Lamb Osso Bucco

lamb osso bucco

Lamb is highly rated in our family.We LOVE lamb!!! (shanks and chops the most) It’s very rich and yet so delicate and mild.

Lamb Osso Bucco  is a comforting delicious Italian lamb dish that is aromatic and full of flavor.The meat is seared and then braised in a flavorful sauce until tender and nearly falling of the bone.

Osso Bucco is Italian for bone with a hole and refers to the marrow in the center of the cross cut shank. The reason for cutting is to expose the richness of the bone marrow.So you can prepare the shank as is or have a butcher cut the shank crosswise for vital nutrients.



6 lamb shanks (or crosscut shanks-osso bucco style)

1 onion sliced

3-4 carrots cut in chunks

4-5 celery and/or fennel cut in chunks

7 garlic cloves

14.5 ozs. diced tomatoes or 2-3 fresh tomatoes

8 ozs. tomato paste

2 cup red wine

1 cup beef or chicken broth/stock

1 tablespoon dried oregano

4 rosemary sprigs

6 thyme sprigs

1 bay leaf


black pepper




Heat a dutch oven or frying pan with oil.

Season lamb with salt and pepper.

Sear on all sides until well browned.

Sear in batches.Add more oil if needed.

Remove each batch and set aside.

Add onions,carrots,celery/fennel to the pot.Add  more oil if needed.

Stir and Sauté for approx. 10 minutes.

Add tomato paste,oregano, and 2 crushed garlic cloves 5 whole garlic cloves.

Continue to saute stirring for another 3 minutes.

Add red wine,stir and cook for another minute or two.

Add tomatoes,stock/broth,bay leaf,salt and pepper.

Transfer shanks back to dutch oven or a large baking dish.(pour sauce over shanks if using baking dish)

Arrange sprigs of rosemary and thyme in between the shanks.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Cover with foil and braise the shanks for 2 hours.

Turn the sides and continue to braise for another 1 hour.

Remove foil and braise uncovered for 20-30 minutes.

When done the meat should be tender and nearly falling off the bone.

Serve over mashed potatoes,risotto,rice, or pasta with your choice of vegetables.Pour sauce over the shank as much as desired.

-I served with mashed potatoes,steamed broccolini and organic veggie mix from Trader Joe’s(corn,green beans,peas and carrots).







Chocolate Creme Brûlée

Chocolate creme brûlée


Still looking for that special sweet treat for your loved one? Chocolate creme brûlée is a divine and luscious romantic  dessert that will be perfect for valentines day or anniversary. It’s one of those very easy and elegant desserts with fancy name and amazing taste.Both chocolate lover and non chocolate lover will enjoy. And if you really dislike chocolate you can check this recipe for classic creme brûlée.


6 egg yolks

1/3 cup sugar

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1/4 -1/2 cup finely chopped or shredded  dark chocolate( depends on your love for chocolate)

2 tablespoons Kahlua liqueur or any other coffee liqueur

2 ounces espresso or 1 tablespoon instant coffee.

4 tablespoon sugar for topping.



Heat oven to 325 degrees.

In a saucepan,heat heavy cream until begins to boil.

Beat egg yolks with sugar.

Remove from heat and gradually whisk in chocolate,coffee,and kahlua.

Gradually, by dribbles at first whisk in hot cream mix to egg yolks.

Divide custard among 4 ramekins (if you have smaller ramekins, you might need 6-8 of them).

Place ramekins in large baking dish.

Add enough hot water to pan to come halfway up sides of cups.

Bake until custards are set, about 30-35 minutes.

Remove from water; chill 2 hours.

Preheat broiler.

Sprinkle each custard with 1 tablespoon sugar. Broil until sugar turns golden, watching closely to avoid burning, about 3 minutes.

Refrigerate until custards are set, 1 to 2 hours.


Use a kitchen torch to caramelize sugar instead of using the broiler.

chocolate creme brûlée