We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
All Dads need is a little appreciation, a couple of books, and butterflied lamb on the grill - cooked by Himself, of course. We do Costco for lamb.
I toss the lamb into a small garbage bag in the fridge overnight (we marinate everything in garbage bags) with olive oil, a pile of chopped fresh mint and rosemary, chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Wine is optional.
Next day, toss on grill, and let the herbs etc burn into it. Unless you are Irish, cook only until red in the middle. Overcook it, and you have made a very expensive dog dinner (or an Irish feast). One cool thing about butterflied lamb is that the variation in thicknesses permits all preferences of done-ness. The thick parts should be rare.
Serve with a mountain of mashed potatoes and salad, and a Cote Roti.
If you require mint sauce, do not use the store junk. Make this - it takes 2 minutes, assuming that your mint patch is already overflowing. No dessert - you don't want to ruin the experience. Just go straight to bed with your books, dogs, and wife because you have to get back to work in the morning.
In my opinion, it's the only grilled food that approaches burgers and hot dogs for pure grilling joy.
The lamb would have been a good idea...since we didn't think of that, he's getting his pile of books on naval and military history, a new unlocked cell phone to replace the Razr he lost at Home Depot getting grout and toilet parts one day (frugally, guiltily, after that he took up using a 4 year old bar phone that can't do email, or lock). Also a check for a camera lense of his choice.
For his dinner: chicken marinated in yogurt and Tandoori spice until it turns red and done on the grill. And an ice cream cake made by "the longhairs" (teenaged daughters) of crushed oreo base, layers of coffe and chocolate ice cream with crushed Heath bars, chocolate sauce, and topped with whipped cream and whole oreos.
Iím an intern with Superior Farms and I noticed your great article on your preparation of lamb leg! Since you were paying respect to your fathers, I thought you might be interested in our summer grilling promotion at www.GrillLamb.com. Weíre giving away a Mediterranean cruise for two and promoting simple Mediterranean seasonings for lamb. We are hoping to get more lamb lovers this summer by highlighting delicious recipes and cooking tips. We donít sell to Costco right now, but I hope everyone some time has the opportunity to taste Superior Farms products. If you have any posts coming up, we would love to hear about them!