Vindaloo Braised Lamb Shanks with Spiced Yogurt Risotto

Vindaloo Braised Lamb Shanks with Spiced Yogurt Risotto
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Looking to make something a little different this Easter? I’ve got a dish for you. These Vindaloo Braised Lamb Shanks feature lamb coated in a sauce inspired by the Goan classic slowed cooked for 3 hours until the meat is fall-apart tender. The lamb is served on a bed of creamy risotto studded with sweet peas and toasted cumin seeds and finished with a hefty dollop of Greek yogurt. Finally, the dish is garnished with julienned cucumber, mint, micro-greens, and thinly sliced red chiles. This meal is a nod to the traditional leg of lamb dinner and two Indian classics – vindaloo and raita. You can scale this meal up or down as your guest list demands and most of the actual cooking is blissfully hands-off. Sound good? Good. Let’s get into it.

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French 75 Panna Cotta with Candied Kumquats

French 75 Panna Cotta with Candied Kumquats
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We are only a couple of days away from bidding adieu to 2021 and from where I’m sitting, that is a very good thing. Sure, I had some good times this year but being the eternal optimist that I am, I’m inclined to believe the best is yet to come. And although I was decidedly wrong about 2020 and 2021. I live in hope that I will be right eventually. Even a broken watch, right? So in the spirit of carefully hoping for better things, I present you with this exuberant French 75 Panna Cotta for two complete with a candied kumquat halo. This is my final dish of 2021 and the closing sweet note of my brief but, I like to think, very romantic New Year’s at-home date menu.

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Smoked Salmon Tartare with Confit Egg Yolks

Smoked Salmon Tartare with Confit Egg Yolks
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I’m back from my Christmas breather to share with you a couple of recipes for New Year’s Eve. Now, these are not for party planners or people expecting a crowd of 50. No, what I have in store for you is a chill but luxurious New Year’s menu for two. You could accommodate up to four if necessary but I did envision this menu as a sort of at-home date night. Consequently, all the dishes are fairly romantic and require very little fuss to serve the day of. No one wants to be stranded at the dinner table as their date fiddles with something in the kitchen. Undivided attention is what we’re after and that all starts with this Smoked Salmon Tartare.

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Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie with Molasses Meringue

Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie with Molasses Meringue
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Welcome to the final dish of my 2021 Holiday Menu and my last post before Christmas. And what a recipe to go out on. This Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie features a slightly savory pecan-studded crust, a velvety bourbon-spiked filling, and a crown of toasted molasses meringue. This pie hits all the festive notes. Warm, cozy, and boozy with a dash of nutmeg for good measure. Now, obviously, this dish breaks with the seafood theme of my holiday menu. But I figure you’ll forgive me this slight deviation from the rules because a seafood dessert is hard to come by. And a good seafood dessert seems impossible. But prove me wrong. I would love nothing more.

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