A few years ago Dad came to visit Andy and me in England. It was early March, that last dreary month of winter. The trees were bare, the last of the snow was melting and everything was grey. But that week a tradition bloomed. One chilly day, Dad and I embarked on a mission: lamb shanks. We spent the better part of a day researching recipes, driving to the butcher’s, the wine shop and the supermarket. We prepped, we opened a bottle of wine and we got cooking. It was one of the best meals of my life, not only because the lamb shanks exceeded our wildest expectations, but because I was spending time with my Dad, which during the England years was a rare gift. We sat around the table and marveled at these shanks. I think we were simply surprised that we had cooked something that good.
Now whenever Dad and I are asked to cook (which isn’t all that often, making it even more special), we make lamb shanks. It has become our signature dish. We both have a deep love for lamb, but also that slow cooking process and that rich jus that makes meat fall off the bone. So when I saw that there was a new cookbook out by Jean Anderson called Falling Off the Bone, I knew that Dad and I had to have it. I talked about it all day, told friends about it and then before I had a chance to buy it, my friend Erika ordered it for me.
This past weekend Andy and I headed out to our family’s home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania for a mini vacation. Mom was away on book tour, so it was Dad, Andy and me again. Just like several years ago in England. A chilly night, a bottle of red and something “Falling off the Bone.” Though there are so many amazing recipes in this book (including lamb shanks), I already knew what we’d be making: Hassle-free Stew of Lamb with Peppers and Prosciutto.
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I am really excited about this book, particularly as the holiday season is approaching. Most of the recipes are one-dish dinners (which you know we love around here) and will be perfect for feeding hungry family and friends in the coming weeks. When the book arrived I spent a good hour looking through it and checking out all the mouth-watering recipes. I contacted Justin (who also has an awesome food blog) at Wiley to see if they would be interested in doing a giveaway. So we’re giving away a copy of Falling Off the Bone! To enter, just leave a comment letting us know what you’re feeling thankful for this week. Giveaway ends on Friday, November 12th at noon (EST).
The winner was Comment #81 – BEYOND today i am thankful for the friendship i share with my husband.
I’m thankful for my wonderful boyfriend and our new engagement!! and my flannel sheets!
I’m thankful for my amazing friends and family!
Torrie @ a place to share... says
I am thankful for my very patient husband who sometimes comes home to see the house in the same (messy) shape as it was when he left… and doesn’t say a word:).
I am thankful that my husband served 36 years in the military and retired safely and healthy.
Debbie Schuetz says
I’m thankful for my family, my home and my life.
I am thankful for our health, my husband’s retirement, our family, and thankful that I have a life that I am able to be thankful for. Stephanie
To start off with, I am thankful for this beautiful Indian summer November week we are having. I am thankful that my husband, dog, and I are content and joy-filled living in our little cabin in the woods. I am also thankful for a healthy and happy extended family that enables us to live so peacefully.
So thankful for the veterans and their sacrifices for our country!
Lily G says
I’m thankful for my parents, my husband and our beautiful children. They are the love of my life. I’m also thankful for the good health and for the life I experience.
LInda H. says
Good health, family, friends and great cookbooks.
I’m thankful for my husband. He is the inspiration for my hunt for awesome recipes. I couldn’t feel more appreciated.
I’m thankful for a healthy familiy.
I am thankful for ripe persimmons, on mornings when i have to wake up hours before dawn to work.
I’m thankful for my loving family and we all are well.
Lori Kimmel says
I am thankful for my family – especially my father who is still working on the farm, as he so enjoys – it must be his secret to staying young – he is 86!
Heather Bonner says
I am thankful for a four day weekend!
Karen Hopkins says
I am thankful for my two beautiful daughters.
Frosting covered kisses from my two lovely kiddos. 🙂
I’m so thankful for my family and my boyfriend for being so perfectly supportive of me. 🙂
Natalie White says
I’m thankful that my 85 yr old neighbor who broke both her wrists got a clean bill of health this week.
Deborah Eliason says
I’m thankful for the love of my family and friends, and for each day I’m blessed to wake up to.
I’m thankful for my job and health!
Michele Albert says
I am thankful for my friends and family
Cindy Brodin says
I am thankful for 9 healthy grandkids.
thankful for the great recipes on this blog!
I’m thankful for some great news that one of my friends received.
I am thankful for my husband because without him I would have to join the rat race again, and I would not have my time to spend cooking and exploring cooking blogs!
As always I’m thankful for my awesome family. Lately I’m especially thankful for the pair of cats that have become part of our family. They are filling our lives with all kinds of love! And fur.
I am thankful for my two happy healthy daughters!
I’m thankful that I have the freedom to cook and bake for fun, or not at all!
I am thankful to my 2 beautiful children that we were so blessed to adopt this year.
I am so very thankful for my amazing boyfriend. He has been my biggest supporter for going to Culinary School. He has helped me financially as well as spiritualy. He is my rock, my love, and the best man I have had the pleasure of knowing! (besides my father, of course!)
I am thankful for my family. Thanks for the chance to enter the contest.
yay! thank you…