Rosemary Sage Lamb Chops with Fennel Salad
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Well, I can officially say that I am a resident of Chicago. After 2 years of living with my parents, I have finally escaped! (No offense, Mom and Dad!) While I have in return gained a longer commute to work, specifically Friday afternoons, which have been upwards of 2 hours, I couldn't be more happy with the move. The one thing that I wish I could do is explore. Chicago has decided to plunge into a deep arctic freeze this past month. It has been like dropping a kid in a candy shop and not allowing him the enjoyment of its sweet flavors. Although, my roommate and I ventured out recently with my cousin to Revolution Brewing - a Chicago brewery that is on the fast track to Tommy's list of Chicago favorites. Here are a few of the highlights: +Coup D'état: a French-style saison. This is Revolution's take on a classic French ale, injected with a more citrus hop character, accompanied by an earthy spicy aroma. +Bacon Fat Popcorn: bacon, crispy sage & shaved Parmesan. +Pork and Apple Pizza: cider-braised pork, beer onion, gorgonzola, braised apple, fennel, cider gastrique. +Guajillo and Chorizo: House-made chorizo, pineapple, red onion, guajillo cream, chihuahua cheese, lime zest.

You can bet that I am going to try to find a way to make that bacon fat popcorn! My mouth is watering now just thinking about it!

Like so many others, I have fallen into the black hole that is Kinfolk Magazine. Initially it was just the photography. Being a picture buff, I am a sucker for a good photograph. Before I knew it, I was following them on Instagram, stalking their Facebook and website, and most recently, purchasing Kinfolk Table.

Again, I go back to the photography. Please just go look at the website for yourself...

lamb chops

Before moving into the apartment I had given my roommate warning that there would be lighting, photography tents, all the bells and whistles. But I don't think she realized all that went into a food blog until she walked in on me, with every single light off in the apartment, laying on the hardwood floor taking pictures. She even had to pull out her cell phone to take a picture of me to put on Instagram. Welcome, Jenny, to the world of SMAK...

rosemary sage lamb chops

I don't have a set recipe for this post. I took inspiration from a few recipes in Kinfolk Table and threw them all together. I am slowly beginning to learn what it is like to cook without boundaries. It's a little stressful at first, but when you begin to trust your instincts, and your taste buds, you open yourself up to so many options!

Until next time...happy eating!

Rosemary Sage Lamb Chops

Ingredients:

lamb chops rosemary, chopped sage, chopped salt and pepper, to taste olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Season lamb chops with rosemary, sage, sea salt and pepper.
  2. Drizzle them with olive oil and cook them on a hot grill for 1 to 2 minutes per side or until they are cooked to desired doneness.

Fennel Salad

Ingredients:

organic greens fennel, thinly shaved pear, sliced salt and pepper, to taste olive oil truffle oil white balsamic vinegar

Instructions:

  1. Toss ingredients together.
  2. If desired, finish with shavings of Spanish manchego cheese.