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Featured Recipe: Mediterranean-style lamb shanks by Chef Rachel Klein

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Chef Rachel Klein, formerly of Liquid Art House, will be opening a new spot called RFK Kitchen in Needham, MA later this spring. We caught up with her to chat about a few of her recipes for home chefs, and about her new place.

Tell us about this recipe: Mediterranean-Style Lamb Shanks with Pomegranate and Roasted Eggplant.


“For this I was thinking about those Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean flavors, and the fall or winter season. The fruit lightens it up, but it’s rich and satisfying. I love eggplant with lamb, it has that rich and smoky, earthy quality to it. What I like about this dish is that you can make it on Saturday afternoon and have it during the week, but it’s also fancy enough to serve for company. I think braised meats tend to get better after a day or two.”

Check out this recipe and others by Rachel at australian-lamb.com.

Meaty menu roundup

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Here are some of the highlights from the past few months that we’ve seen on menus across the country. Think we missed something? Let us know. 

Danny Boy’s Sandwich Shop, Brisbane, Australia:  
Grecian Lamb Aphrodite...Oven Roasted, Rosemary Crusted Australian Lamb, DannyBoys Homemade Beetroot Relish, Sliced Tomato, Sliced Cucumber, Kalamata Olives, Greek Feta Cheese, Freshly Shredded Lettuce, and DannyBoys Homemade Tzatziki.

Gratzia Italian, Pearland TX:
Australian lamb “lollypop” with pancetta risotto

Aaron Brooks, Edge Steakhouse, Miami: 
Fire Roasted Aussie Lamb Chops, Shank Slow Cooked with Apricots, Honey & Saffron, Kale, Mint, & Freekah Salad, Sesame Yoghurt

Aussie Wagyu at The Dutch Miami:
32OZ AUSSIE WAGYU TOMAHAWK FOR TWO, CRISPY ONION RINGS

MAX'S WINE DIVE, Austin:
BRAISED LAMB SHANK, with pumpkin polenta, grilled kale, pepitas and citrus-apple slaw *gluten friendly

PALOMINO, Indianapolis:
LAMB EMPANADA, braised lamb, cambozola, tzatziki, pumpkin seed pesto.

CRAVE:
HARISSA LAMB SKEWERS, leg of lamb grilled and skewered, topped with a harissa yogurt.

ALEGRIA COCINA LATINA, Long Beach, CA:
LAMB CHOPS A LA PARILLA, grilled Australian lamb chops, scented cinnamon red wine sauce, fava bean, sweet onion, mint and lemon vinaigrette.

SABLE KITCHEN & BAR, Chicago:
BRAISED LAMB, creamy parmesan grits, valencia orange-fennel salad, brown butter bread crumbs.

Meet the Chef: Rachel Klein

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Chef Rachel Klein, formerly of Liquid Art House, will be opening a new spot called RFK Kitchen in Needham, MA later this spring. We caught up with her to chat about a few of her recipes for home chefs, and about her new place. 

Tell me about RFK Kitchen - what can we expect from a place with your initials on the door? RK
“I’m going for "comfort chic" - a neighborhood place you can go to more than once a week. We’ll feature a 20-seat counter facing the open kitchen, with options for families or foodies. When you’re in the suburbs, serving families is really important. Our kids menu will feature a take on bento boxes, with a mix-and-match format.”

I know you have two young kids. As a chef, what are the challenges of cooking at home for your family?
“People think, "Oh, you’re a chef, your kids must eat so well.” But really, I’m a working parent, I just cook for a living. I don’t really want to cook when I get home; and yes, I use my microwave!”

“We eat out pretty often, and when we’re home I want healthy, easy, interesting, quick to create just like any other parent. Just like in my restaurants, I focus on good products, and when I shop for meat I look for no added hormones, no antibiotics, good animal welfare, and all-natural. All of those attributes are what I like about Australian lamb, too.”

OK, time for Aussie fun facts. What’s your favorite Australian animal?
“My kids are always learning about animals, and lately it’s been all about sharks and the “Ten Deadliest Animals in the World." So let’s go with Great White Sharks, or Tasmanian Devils.”

Favorite Australian actor or actress?
“Hugh Jackman. He’s hot. And so multi-talented! We also like Iggy Azalea around here.”