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.