Grilled Rack of Lamb with Duck Fat-Garlic Braised Potatoes

Evidently Americans eat less than 1 lb a year. I think I can eat 1 lb in a sitting so either these stats are off or people for some CRAZY reason do not like lamb??? Maybe because it is expensive. At a restaurant it can get pricey but if you make it yourself its not bad at all. My husband and I bought a 1.5 lb rack of lamb chops for $17 and we ate so much we had to decompress on the couch for 2 hours – and still had leftovers! So, morale of the story is eat more lamb and make it yourself.  This was also really easy. Took about 15 mins in prep work and very little clean up.

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Easy Potato Bread in the Bread Machine

My parents bought me a bread machine when I was a newlywed living in Manhattan.  I had about a foot of counter space and it took every inch of it. But I loved it anyway. I remember setting its delay function and at like 5 am the kneading would wake us up (it was a lofted studio so we slept on top of the kitchen) but it was so worth it. By 8 am we woke up to the amazing smell of fresh bread. I was the best wife ever!
I bought a bread machine cookbook soon after I got the machine and that is generally what I use for base recipes when I bake in the bread machine. A bread machine takes up space but its so easy. You literally throw the ingredients in and then 3-4 hours later you have bread. You don’t even need to clean up because it comes out clean from the mold.
It taught me how to make bread but its very limited. It generally only makes soft sandwich type breads. If I want to make more crusty or rustic breads I use the kitchenaid stand mixer and go through the steps of kneading, rising, punching down, rising, shaping, baking, cleaning, etc. Of course those breads taste better but its a lot more work. So sometimes its nice to go the easy bread machine route.

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