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Serves 2

A CookTale

The Lamb Chops were from The Smokehouse of the Catskills. The Mushrooms from Wilbank Mushroom Farm. The Mint from our Garden. Put them all together and you have dinner.
Marinating the uncooked Lamb Chops in a dilution of Pomegranate Molasses and water adds to their flavor as well as providing attractive grill marks to the meat. Years ago I learned about the benefit of combining Pomegranate Molasses with Lamb Chops. I highly recommended this as a marinade, and be sure to dilute it, as in full strength it’s extremely rich and thick. The Mushrooms were simply sauteed in EVOO and Butter.

INGREDIENTS For Lamb Chops & Marinade

2 Loin Lamb Chops (each 8 ounces & 1-1/4″ thick)
Kosher Salt & Black Pepper
1/4 Cup of Pomegranate Molasses (available online & in specialty stores)
1 Ounce of Water


1. Whisk together the Pomegranate Molasses & Water.
2. Season the Lamb Chops, place in a deep dish & coat
with the diluted Pomegranate Molasses.
3. Marinate for 1 hour or as long as overnight in the fridge.
4. Heat a grill pan to high, add a TB of Olive Oil & add the chops.
5. Grill for 1-1/2 minutes & turn diagonally for another 1 minute. Turn the chops & repeat. The Lamb will have cooked for a total of 5 minutes. It will be charred on the outside & pink in the middle, as it should be.

RECIPE Mint Pesto

A CookTale

As an alternative to good old Basil Pesto, give Mint a try. It even works in combination with Basil. As you know the flavor of Mint in conjuction with other herbs add brightness. There are 25 types of Mint. Any one of the available types works.
Here is the version used in last evening’s dinner.


1/2 Cup of Pine Nuts (toasted)
2 Garlic Cloves (peeled)
2 TB of Parmesan Cheese (grated)
1 Small Jalapeno Pepper
1/2 tsp of Salt 1/2 tsp of Pepper
2 Cups of Mint Leaves
2 TB of fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 Cup of EVOO


1. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a food processor. Using the on/off button process until the mixture is smooth.
2. Add the Mint Leaves & the Lemon Juice, process until smooth. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
3. Add the EVOO gradually & process until the Mint Pesto is creamy & smooth.

RECIPE Shiitake & Oyster Mushroom Saute


8 Ounces of the Mushrooms
2 Garlic Cloves minced
1 tB of EVOO + 1 TB of Butter
Salt & Black Pepper


1. Stem the Shiitakes & slice the Oysters.
2. Heat a saute pan to high, & add the Garlic.
3. Add the Mushrooms & saute until lightly browned, & look ready to serve. They will be delicious.


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