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Tripod-Roasted Leg of Lamb:

Heavy Table (9/26/2016)

Lamb leg roasted tripod pit

Lamb leg roasted tripod fire pit

This recipe features a leg of lamb roasted on a tripod over an outdoor fire pit. The fire pit can be easily constructed. Ideally, the pit will be one to two feet deep with earth or other sides to keep in the heat. Build a large fire of hardwood and charcoal. The smoke from fruit wood, such as apple or cherry, will add additional flavor.

Continue feeding the fire for about three hours before cooking, so that you develop a deep bed of hot, glowing embers.

The leg should be basted about every 15 minutes throughout the cooking process. The surface should not be allowed to burn while it develops a consistently dark, rich glaze. Alternately, the lamb leg can be slowly roasted in the oven. Full Recipe
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July Volunteer of the Month:

Winrock International (7/31/2015)

Farmer to Farmer Assignment in Mali

Farmer to Farmer Assignment in Mali

One of the strengths and benefits of the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program is that the volunteers and local host organizations often develop and maintain strong relationships long after the volunteer assignment ends. Our July Volunteer of the Month, Judy Moses, is a wonderful example of this.

 

Judy, a member of the Browse & Grass Growers Cooperative in Wisconsin, has volunteered with Winrock six times since 2010, supporting a few different farmers associations in Mali and Guinea. On subsequent trips to the same country, she builds in time to check in on her previous host organizations, and over the years she has formed a deep mutual respect and friendship with both her beneficiaries and the local Winrock staff. As a result of these connections and a deep commitment to improving the lives of African farmers, Judy recently won a small grant award with the Browse and Grass Growers Cooperative to manage her own Farmer-to-Farmer program in Mali. We asked Judy to reflect on her prior experiences as a F2F volunteer. She shares her thoughts in this article.

 

Lamb Loin Roast: Herbed and Rolled:

Heavy Table (2/5/2016)

Grilled Loin Roast

The lamb loin, also called a saddle, contains meat from the three most prized cuts, equivalent to the T-bone, porterhouse and tenderloin in beef. The famous tenderloin lies protected under the backbone and is a very small strip. The loin meats are delicately marbled, with an elegant flavor that brings a note of luxury to any meal.

The fat of grass fed lambs should taste clean and fresh. In this recipe, the backbone will be removed (see steps in video) leaving the meat to be rolled and tied before grilling. The result is a very tender roast, easy to carve and with a minimal amount of fat. With no bones and a nice cylindrical shape, can be easily sliced into medallions and served. It is perfect to enhance a special occasion.
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Holiday Leg of Goat:

Heavy Table (12/2/2015)

Holiday Leg of GoatThis recipe, provided by chef Geoffrey Blythe using Shepherd Song’s goat meat, practically guarantees tender and delectable results, with the mild flavor of the meat enhanced, but not overpowered, by the marinade and rub.

Why try goat meat? Environmentally, goats move gently across the earth while delicately browsing. They do not adapt well to factory farm environments, so meat goats are seldom if ever raised using intensive and medicated methods.

Similar to deer, goats thrive on brush; they browse, turning foods humans cannot digest into valuable protein from meat and milk. The meat of young goats is delicate and succulent without the stronger flavors of venison or the fat layers of lamb. Goats have readily adapted to a variety of environments from deserts to tropics to highlands. Full recipe. Featured in Heavy Table Online Magazine.

 

 

Visit Restaurant Alma on a Cold Winter Night:

Heavy Table (3/7/2014)

Lamb Stew at Alma Restaurant

Lamb Stew at Alma Restaurant

Nothing can make harsh, cold weather more bearable than the comforting textures and flavors of slow-cooked meats and vegetables. Chef Alex Roberts and his team at Restaurant Alma are currently preparing a wonderfully delicious gnocchi with black kale, turnips, and locally raised Shepherd Song lamb (above). Try the succulent, complex flavor of braised Shepherd Song lamb and many other wonderful local products as part of a three course dining experience at Alma tonight.

 

Restaurant Alma opened in 1999 and specializes in serving a seasonal multi-course menu in a casual, hospitality driven environment. The cooking is eclectic in style and handcrafted using fresh, organic, and local ingredients. Alma is currently rated #1 in the Twin Cities on Open Table for food and recently earned Zagat’s 2014 #1 overall restaurant ranking among all Twin Cities restaurants. Restaurant Alma is open for dinner seven days a week starting at 5pm. Shepherd Song, a local farm provider, raises 100% grass-fed lamb and goat meat and is located near Menomonie, WI. Visit them online and use coupon code lamb15 for a 15% discount on premium lamb and goat products.

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Leg of Lamb Scallopine by Chef Jason Gibbons:

Heavy Table (5/2/2013)

Leg of Lamb Scallopine by Chef Jason Gibons

Leg of Lamb Scallopine by Chef Jason Gibons

Jason Gibbons, executive chef at Zelo and Bacio, goes to great lengths to source, prepare, plan, and deliver consistent, high-quality food in a high-volume setting. For him, it is only natural to partner with local farmers who feel the same way about what they do.

His Leg of Lamb Scallopine is perfect for Mother’s Day or any family dinner and uses locally raised, Shepherd Song, 100 percentgrass-fed, leg of lamb.

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Shepherd Song Goat Meatballs with Belgian Carrot Soup:

Heavy Table (3/27/2013)

Goat Meatballs with Belgian Carrot Soup

Goat Meatballs with Belgian Carrot Soup

Shepherd Song Farm raises 100% grass-fed lamb and goat meat on the meadows of Wisconsin. The cool northern summers of the upper Midwest result in outstanding pastures that produce premium, lean lamb and goat in a healthy environment.

When you buy protein from Shepherd Song Farm, you support environmentally-friendly, sustainable agriculture, healthy, relaxed animals, and the rapidly disappearing family farm. Recipe is by Chef Sarah Master, Barbette Restaurant

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From Field to Fork with Chef Sarah Master:

Heavy Table (3/27/2013)

Shepherd Song 100% Grass Fed Lamb

Shepherd Song 100% Grass Fed Lamb

Lamb is one of those things you see in the market or at the butcher shop and might be tempted to buy, if only you knew how to cook it, right?

Monica Walch sat down with executive chef Sarah Master of Barbette’s to discuss methods of cooking grass fed lamb at home. The discussion started with the “middle” cuts* as Shepherd Song has noticed that these are the most popular products purchased from their online store.

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Braised Shepherd Song Lamb Shanks with Roasted Turnips and Parsnips:

Heavy Table (2/16/2012)

Shepherd Song Lamb Shank

Shepherd Song Lamb Shank

Recipe and picture courtesy of Chef Lucia Watson, Lucia’s Restaurant, Minneapolis. Enjoy the colors of autumn with aromatic, succulent, slow cooked lamb shank and late season root vegetables. This is a leisurely preparation filling the kitchen with wonderful aromas. In this recipe, the low-fat, grass-fed lamb shanks are stove-top braised for 2-3 hours.

Use a meat fork to check for doneness. Pierce the meaty portion of the shank with the fork. If the fork slips out of the meat easily it’s done to perfection. The tender meat will literally fall off the bone. This is a perfect cold weather dish to enjoy at home or while dining out with family and friends this holiday season.Enjoy the colors of autumn with aromatic, succulent, slow […]

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Lambs, Pumpkins, Apples, and Turnips — not a recipe!:

Heavy Table (11/9/2012)

Sheep in the Pumpkin Patch

Sheep in the Pumpkin Patch

Have you ever wondered where all the pumpkins go after Halloween? The lambs, sheep, and goats at Shepherd Song welcome leftover pumpkins; big, small, or broken. They do not like to share and will shoulder or head bump to maintain ownership of the full pumpkin. Opening a pumpkin without hands or tools is a learned behavior and passes on through the flock as members become skilled pumpkin eaters.

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The Goat: Why You Should Eat It … and a Recipe:

Heavy Table (9/15/2012)

Why You Should Eat Goat Meat

Why You Should Eat Goat Meat

Recently, everyone from Mark Bittman to Michael Pollan and our own Andrew Zimmern has been making a strong pitch for goat meat as an environmentally sound alternative to factory-farmed proteins — one that, lamentably, hasn’t quite caught on here in the United States, despite the fact that goat is one of the most widely eaten meats in the world. As Zimmern told the Baltimore Sun: “It’s delicious, and it’s inexpensive, but goat is like soccer in America. It’s growing. We like it, but we don’t get it.”

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Two Guidelines for Grilling Grass-Fed Lamb:

Heavy Table (6/28/2012)

Grilling Tonight? Try Shepherd Song's Lamb Chops!

Grilling Tonight? Try Shepherd Song’s Lamb Chops!

Are you grilling tonight for family or friends? Need some new ideas? Grass-fed lamb is easy to grill successfully if these two guidelines are followed. First, in general, grass-fed meat requires less grilling time, at least partly due to low fat levels. Overcooking is common and will significantly diminish flavor and texture. Rare to medium rare is optimal. Allowing grilled cuts to rest for 5-8 minutes before serving allows the juice to redistribute and adds to the flavor.

 

Lamb is naturally tender and delicious straight from the grill with just some salt, pepper, and olive oil, as illustrated in the pictures. While only simple seasonings are needed, lamb meat has an affinity for many spices and herbs, resulting in a variety of traditional and unique flavors, as in this recipe for grilled,  marinated loin chops.

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