I’d like to take minute and say thanks to all of you: thank you for indulging me as I share my recipes and for helping this little blog turn into something that means a lot to me and that has led me on an incredible journey. It’s given me confidence, (in the kitchen and out of it), given me the opportunity to travel to new places and make new friends (and to reconnect with old ones!), and has turned into quite the interesting little job (I know I complain about being overworked sometimes but I never forget how lucky I am to have not one but two jobs that I love with all of my heart). I couldn’t have done any of it without your support.
I’m contributing two dishes to tonight’s feast: Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad and this Pecan-Bourbon Tart. I’ve been making this tart for years, and it’s Shawn’s favorite dessert.
Lasagna is sacred in our house. We make it every year for Christmas Eve, using Shawn’s “secret recipe.” It’s expensive and fattening and totally the kind of thing that you only make once a year. Until last week, it was also the only lasagna Shawn will touch – you should have seen the look on his face when I tried to use slices of eggplant instead of noodles for some of the layers a few years ago. I was scared that there might be mutiny.
But I finally did it! After years of trying, I made a healthier lasagna that not only met his approval, but also had us fighting over the leftovers.
Last month, McCormick spices asked if I would be interested in becoming part of their “worlds longest dinner party.” Since I’m a huge proponent of using spices and seasonings to add bold flavor to healthy recipes, I didn’t hesitate before I said yes. (Seriously, have you seen my spice collection lately?)
Uh, so I’m a little embarrassed. The whole point of this post was supposed to be to let you know about a photo contest that Superior Farms was hosting. In fact, that was the whole reason I made this dinner. The problem is, I lost track of time; the contest closed on Monday. Oops!
It was worth it though – you should run to the store and buy some lamb tonight so you can make this meal the very next chance that you get. It’s absolutely divine, we kept moaning about how great it was as we ate. We sat at the table for at least a half hour after we had finished our plates, picking at the lamb that was left on the platter – we just couldn’t bring ourselves to pack it away!