Herb and Garlic Rack of Lamb

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The strong flavor profile of lamb makes it something that I only want to indulge in every once in a while. However, since our fantastic lamb dish at Le Mouton Blanc on our honeymoon, I’ve decided to make it at home every so often. This recipe is very simple, and elevates the already flavorful meat just the right amount.

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Ingredients: 1 frenched rack of lamb (1-2 lbs), 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp oregano, 1 tbsp rosemary, 1 tbsp fresh thyme, 1/2 tbsp mint, 2 tbsp parsley, 1 tsp paprika, salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet. Meanwhile, pat lamb dry and season thoroughly with salt. Sear the lamb front and back, about 3 minutes per side. Place the rack of lamb on a roasting dish.

Pre-heat oven to 400F. Combine the chopped herbs, spices, garlic and remaining olive oil in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Rub herb mixture all over the lamb until well coated. Put in oven, uncovered, and cook for 15 minutes. After the first 15 minutes cover the rack of lamb in tin foil and cook in oven for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit with foil covering for 10 minutes.

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Cut the rack into individual pieces and serve with favorite sides.

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A Welcoming Entrance

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We’ve decided to start small before jumping into the larger renovation projects for our house, and sprucing up the front entrance seemed like the natural place to start.

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There were already some lovely features, such as our mail slot next to the door, so we knew it just needed a few adjustments to look complete.

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We liked the idea of adding a hint of color and pattern to the blank space right above our front door, so we created a stencil with a floral pattern and mixed some old acrylic paints to get the colors we wanted.

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We love the feel of autumn, and the browns of the house are complimented nicely by a seasonal rustic wreath. When searching for a wreath, we noticed that most pre-made ones were very large and heavy on fake leaves, so we created a simpler one using a variety of pieces found at our local crafts store.

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A more overt reference to the autumnal season are the many squash that we put out on our front steps.

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Its so much more fun to choose a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, rather than stick with the typical orange pumpkin. In the winter, these will be a welcome addition to our dinner table.

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The house was already full of charm, but we love how these additions give it a personal touch. We also look forward to mixing up the look for each season.