Rack of Lamb

Rack of Lamb

Any person that voted for Trump or is considering a vote for Trump in the 2020 Presidential election must watch the 1940 film The Grapes of Wrath. Oscar award winning actor Henry Ford stars as Tom Joad, a poor parolee from a share cropping family living in dust bowl era Oklahoma. I particularly enjoy this film because it led me to understand who the Ronald Reagan acolytes that propelled him to national office were.

Even though my mother grew up on a farm in rural Mississippi and my father on a hog ranch in Arizona, I never knew blackberries and corn were summertime fare, and crawfish could be simply picked up inland during certain tides until I moved to the Sacramento area. Many people that fled Texas and Oklahoma during the Depression ended up in this river delta working as migrant farm workers. During the 19th Century, Chinese immigrants were recruited to Western territories to build rapidly propagating railroad systems. Mexicans lived throughout California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas beginning in the 16th Century, well before the territories even considered statehood. During Reconstruction, Black soldiers were recruited to join Buffalo Soldier regiments their chief duty being to protect White settlers from Native Americans whose lands they’d encroached.

The Sacramento River Delta remains one of the most racially balanced cities in the nation also because people of all backgrounds moved there to pick the almonds, grapes, tomatoes and lettuce that continue to flourish. Racism was not invented by President Trump, sadly our country was founded upon it, but his rhetoric has managed to reignite violence from far right, white supremacy groups. Where there is knowledge and truth, understanding and compassion follow; otherwise our future is predictably dim. May lions lie with lambs.

Rack of Lamb

1 Rack of Lamb

2-3 cloves organic Garlic

Organic Rosemary

Dash Organic Thyme

Spike Seasoning

If frozen, allow lamb to thaw to room temperature. Finely mince garlic and massage the lamb with about 1 Tablespoon of the spices and the garlic. Let set in the refrigerator overnight or for a few hours. Remove from refrigerator to allow lamb to return to room temperature. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until the outside has a golden crust. Let cool, slice and serve. Serves 4-5 people. I paired the dish with a Cranberry Quinoa so satisfyingly reminiscent of Autumn.

18 thoughts on “Rack of Lamb”

  • Delicious looking dish! I have never tried cranberry quinoa before I love the colour. Does it actually taste like cranberry?

  • With Easter approaching I wanted to get a headstart on my holiday menu. I did a test run of these and now I want to make them at least once a month, forget just on the holidays! The recipe was easy to follow and the meat was perfectly cooked.

  • I’ve been dreaming of a rack of lamb for a long time now, and this was exactly what I needed. I love the mix of rosemary and garlic.

  • I’ve never seen a rack of lamb that beautiful and with just 5 ingredients to make, I’ll have this more often!

  • What a great recipe for a rack of lamb. This one is super flavorful and the family loved it. Will have to make it again.

  • Your comments about the people who left Oklahoma during the Depression and the dust bowl years reminded me of a book I read recently about a farming family from Oklahoma who went to California in search of a better life. Called The Four Winds, like the Grapes of Wrath it’s an excellent read. But what shocked me most about the story was the way these people were treated by the Californians of the time. Another form of racism not caused by skin colour! Your lamb looks delicious love the sound of cranberry quinoa!

    • Hi Jacqueline, by definition racism occurs when a person is discriminated against due to their race, and color of their skin. “The Grapes of Wrath” is about how poor Whites are discriminated against, and exploited by their wealthier White brethren. My point is that these same poor, White people will continue to religiously vote for candidates that will never help them rise out of their financial misery. Cheers!

  • This is such a delicious way of making lamb and I am definitely tempted to make this for my family! The lamb looks so tender and tasty, thank you for sharing this recipe I cant wait to give it a go!

  • I’ve always struggled to cook a rack of lamb decently. Your instructions were spot on and it turned out perfectly.

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