Just Another Saturday Night …

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Not!  We hosted a dinner last night featuring local lamb provided by a good friend.  There were ten diners, including our shepherd friend and his wife, a good friend and Food Network Challenge winner and her husband, some new friends who are originally from England and a lovely food writer and her daughter.  The shepherd provided everyone with the lamb cut of their choice on Wednesday, and we served tastings of each dish over a leisurely few hours last night, with wine pairings.  We had lamb sausage balls, chop lollipops, stuffed breast of lamb with scalloped potatoes and parsnips, spiedie kabobs with grilled vegetables, Mediterranean ragu over pasta with Missing Willow Farm goat cheese, homemade lamb sausage and rice salad, tangerine sorbet, curried leg of lamb, tenderloin of lamb with asparagus salad, coconut cake and a cheese course.  All I can say is WOW!  Each dish was a masterpiece showcasing an incredible product.   When we moved to the middle of nowhere, an hour from a movie theater or Home Depot, we never guessed we’d end up in such a culinary oasis.  For that, I’m thankful.  There are lots of leftovers (except for those lollipops), including the cake which is mine, all mine!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Shepherd
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 12:09:07

    What a night it was indeed. Many inquire about the rewards of farming and how I rationalize the reality of harvest I tell them that I provide my lamb to those who know how to honor my animals.

    Last night we had a dish with a reduction sauce that someone toiled over for hours if not days, another whose inspiration was a favorite dish from their past lives in a different place, and another from a family who moved to our rural community from the UK who had not found a breast of lamb to prepare in over 26 years and were now able to share a taste of the old country with us all, and I had the joy of helping a 9 year old prepare lamb sausage and cheese balls in my kitchen to share with “friends” she had yet to even meet. The love, care, and talent that went into the preparation of that dinner, for days before we sat at the table, is the reward for the harvest – and honored my lambs indeed.

    So upon my “harvest” when I am no longer here, I hope there is a grand feast, with as much love and effort going into the food, as much laughter as we had last night, with excessive amounts of outstanding wine and grand spirits, all shared by friends who care and are willing to share their gifts and talents and love to honor my animals and me.

    What a delightful evening you provided to us all, as host. What a joy it is to enjoy the labor of your loves – your cheese, your culinary gifts, and the manner in which you honored my lamb.


  2. Knickertwist
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 12:46:17

    Gah! My Saturday was a culinary disaster… a drippy pan in the oven that filled my kitchen with smoke, sushi lunch with the worst service on the planet, a cake that flopped topped with gross and gritty chocolate icing.

    *sigh* I want to come play at your house!


  3. Lora
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 09:17:13

    It was a fabulous night of good food, good wine and good friends. Thanks Connie and Brian for hosting and showing all of us such graciousness.
    If I ever make that reduction again, come over and we’ll drink the leftover wine!


  4. Tracy
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 22:56:32

    It sounds like you guys had an amazing time and all the food sounds wonderful. What a night!


  5. Connie
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 23:43:43

    You would have loved it!


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