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Old 10-21-2007, 09:48 AM   #1
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First night home...

...so I wanted to cook a dinner that would be fairly easy, and one in which at least a few of the elements could be cooking while I attended to non-cooking tasks. Always a bunch to do immediately after arriving home. The mail alone takes an hour of sorting...


These cauliflower florets, turnip, and butter:



became a puree, made with a touch of cream and some white pepper (I blanched some cialntro in the cookng water just before adding the cauli and turnip); and--

These mushrooms, shallots, butter, sherry, some thyme, and salt and white pepper:



became duxelles:




and were scooped into roasted acorn squash halves (shown just removing from the oven and before inverting and filling):




These cooled while I brought lamb loin chops:




to room temp, salted, while making a rub of aleppo, thyme, garlic, onion, marjoram, oregano, savory and green pepper. Also, meanwhile, I took plain yogurt, reserve evoo, white balsamic, and red Hawaiian salt:



whisked into a dressing, and thinly sliced some Vidalia and cucumber and quartered some small tomatoes.

We had this salad,



topped with the dressing a little more red salt while the squash, filled with the duxelles and topped with bread crumbs mixed with Gruyère, were baking and the coals were in the chimney igniting.


Grilled rubbed loin lamb chops, duxelles-stuffed roasted acorn squash with a crumb-cheese topping, cauliflower-turnip puree, cilantro oil:





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It was a good meal.
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Old 10-21-2007, 09:53 AM   #2
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Looks great...don't know about fairly easy....but looks great...
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Looks good.
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Old 10-21-2007, 11:19 AM   #4
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Looks great as usual Kevin! Nice work!
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A super meal Kevin. Lamb is always a treat.
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Old 10-21-2007, 05:43 PM   #6
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It is, Griff, it is. I had planned on spares for today but didn't get back from home Depot in time (50 miles roundtrip and, you know, I can shop at Home Depot...).

Tonight, more lamb. Going to butterfly, lightly pound, and grill some lamb tenderloins.

Mike, I have a one man, one truck, one trailer trucking biz--and I cook privately around the country as well. Last trip, about a month: Miami-Spartanburg-Atlanta-Dallas-Las Vegas-Houston-Dallas-Tucson-Phoenix-L.A.-LaGrange (Ga)-Naples.

Thanks all. Good to be home cooking.
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That looks great!!! [smilie=a_goodjobson.gif]
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Old 10-21-2007, 06:13 PM   #8
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I've never tried lamb.......this makes me want to.
Looks great!
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Holy Moly, if that's easy I would hate to see hard; Great job Kevin. With all the cooking & traveling you do I'm surprised you don't make someone else cook at home.
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What kind of truck and trailer, Kevin? FTE to you!!
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