Friday, December 30, 2011

Mediterranean Marinade for Lamb Recipe and My Family





 I am so blessed to have a close and loving family, our Christmas was wonderful, despite the economy and tough times, we have each other, that's what's important to us. The season was quite tiring for all of us, we all work somewhere in retail. Lucky for us we were all off this Christmas Day and shared making some new and wonderful memories.  One of my highlights this year working in retail was to be able to actually be part of the wonderful spirit some folks had to pay off layaways. I loved that idea so much I had to do it myself, I felt more than the rewards of just watching it happen when I did this gesture myself personally.  The expressions on peoples faces when I called them to tell them to pick up their merchandise and someone had been a secret Santa, just touched my heart so much.  So I  decided, I had to do this somewhere too.
 A customer in a local retailer didn't have enough money with her to buy what her daughter wanted. After she left,  I paid it off.  I can't tell you how good it felt. It is now added to my traditions every year, I am so happy that I made someones Christmas a little brighter this year!



Mediterranean Marinade
1/3 cup olive oil
2 lemons seeded and juiced around 1/2 cup ( if you don't have lemons use white wine which we use all the time for the leg especially)
1/2 cup fresh oregano chopped or 1/4 cup dried oregano  
6 garlic cloves (chopped)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped or 2 tablespoon dried
2 tablespoon fresh mint or 1 tablespoon dried
4 pounds leg of lamb or chops

Place the marinade in a big enough container to hold the lamb. Marinate for 4 hours or overnight before cooking.
Grill, bake or fry.
Bake the whole leg on a slow  low heat in half the juices on 250 degrees for around 1/2 hour per pound.


A very Merry bunch and more than a few good men!
( Nephew Matthew, brother John, husband Nemo, son Curt, nephew Devin and son Chad on the end)
All with hearty appetites~ my handsome bunch! Who can resist such merry men?


My son Chad's favorite!  He learned how to cook it this year and helped me too!

We hope you had a wonderful Holiday season and we all wish you a very
Happy Healthy Prosperous 2012 !
                                       @What's Cookin Italian Style Cuisine.....  Buon Appettito

10 comments:

Leticia's Cook Book said...

Happy new year Dear Claudia and thank you for all your wonderful posts and friendship. You're amazing! May God bless you and your family in every way! May 2012 be a wonderful year for you!
XO!

Lizzy Do said...

What a handsome bunch!!! Your lamb marinade sounds extraordinary! Hubby would be in heaven~~~

Happy New Year, my friend!!! xo

Curt said...

First of all, that marinade sounds delicious. I still have never had lamb. (Except in a Gyro).

You have a good looking family. And yes, that truly is one of the blessings in life.

That's an awesome idea for paying off layaways. I haven't seen that one around here. It is indeed a blessing to give to someone in need. My wife and I ring the bells twice a season and we pick a family in need through the Salvation Army and give to them rather than to each other. A tradition we've done now for 3 years.

A very happy New Year to you and yours Claudia!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Love the pictures and the marinade! Happy new year Claudia!

Reeni said...

You are so sweet for doing that! I can't imagine how surprised they were. You have a beautiful family! Wishing you and them a blessed and Happy New Year! xoxo

Claudia said...

What a beautiful idea - Secret Santa in retail! All heart - all in the spirit of the season. Thank-you so much for doing that - it just warmed my heart. I love that people still do layaway rather than charge.

As for the lamb - perfect - my favorite way to marinade it.

Your family is so beautiful - I think it's cause of all that love.

Magic of Spice said...

What a wonderful thing to do...you are such a delight Claudia, and you have a beautiful family!

Kiri W. said...

The lamb sounds like it was perfectly tender and so flavorful with this beautiful marinade :)
And your family seems like one great bunch!

Greg said...

Wow that a flavorful marinade. I bet it would make old boots taste good.
I hope you got some help coking out of that group. I think you need a New york phone book on your empty chair in the last picture. 2 cushions are soft and you will sink down in them.

Tina said...

So sweet of you to adapt the gesture of paying off someone's debt. That does reflect the true spirit of giving!
Your lamb does sound delicious, I know you had to prepare a bunch since the men outnumbered the women!
Glad to see that after all the retail hours you got some quality time with family. XOXO