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Lamb Sirloin Roast Recipe (+Giveaway) Recipe

'Tis the season to be jolly, and the way I embrace the spirit of that message is by not feeling very guilty about what I eat! I enjoy decadent desserts as much as the next gal, but what I really crave is meat. It’s probably because I live with so many vegetarians.

I roasted a lamb sirloin today with Herbes de Provence, garlic, tomato paste and maple syrup. Prior to roasting it in the oven, I seared the meat to form a deliciously sweet, herby crust. I enjoyed every single bit of it, and so will you if you give this recipe a try. I guess I'll eat healthier to shed some pounds in 2012. That’s what New Year’s resolutions are for!



Today's prize is sponsored by Somersault Snacks. You could win five 6-ounce packages of their insanely addictive nuggets! These sunflower seed-based nuggets are nutritious and tasty; they're a perfect combination in between gorging on calorie-laden holiday food. My personal favorite? Definitely the Dutch Cocoa. It has a very satisfying mild chocolate flavor. As for the savory options, I really enjoyed the Salty Pepper, which has just the right amount of heat. If you want to experience Somersault Snacks for yourself, just go to the 25 Days of Giveaways page today and enter for a chance to win!

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Somersault Snacks


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Roasted Chicken with Lingonberries Recipe

The first time I tasted lingonberries was during a trip to England. As a child, I traveled a lot to Great Britain and stayed with host families so I could improve my English. There would usually be another international student staying with the host family. One time, I stayed with a Swedish girl. It's been so long I can't remember what her name was, but I do remember that she introduced me to many new flavors. Typically, the students would bring a present that represented his or her culture and country. I would usually bring either chocolates, wine or Champagne. But this Swedish girl brought lingonberry preserves that were delicious. Lingonberries are Scandinavian berries with a flavor reminiscent of cranberries but slightly less tart and sweeter. And like cranberries, I think the preserves go especially well with white meat. If you're preparing your Christmas menu, this lingonberry roasted chicken could be a festive and tasty option for your main course. I roasted a whole chicken, adding the preserves to the marinade and glazed the chicken at the end so the skin turned sweet and crispy.

There's a giant IKEA store near where we live. I sometimes wander in the food area and buy Swedish root beer, delicious sparkling pear drink, Swedish meatballs and of course lingonberry preserves. If you don’t have an IKEA nearby, you can always buy lingonberry preserves online.

Today's giveaway is the Caramelini Gift Box of salted caramels from Das Foods. The flavors are unique: Chili Pecan, Orange Honey and Ginger Pistachio (my personal favorite), just to name a few. I grew up with far more traditional fleur de sel caramels from France, so it was very nice to see such a creative take on a classic treat from my childhood. As an added bonus, the packaging is so lovely that they also make a wonderful gift. For your chance to win these caramels, just enter on the 25 Days of Giveaways page.

Make sure you're a fan of PhamFatale Facebook fan page and Das Foods, or follow @Phamfatalecom and tweet about this giveaway. To make it easy, you can just copy and paste this tweet if you’d like: "the Caramelini Gift Box (salted caramels) #Giveaway from @Phamfatalecom: http://bit.ly/sp4V7y".

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Prime Rib Roast Recipe Recipe

Prime Rib Roast Recipe

12.01.11 by Jackie

It’s December! Hard to believe there's only one month left in 2011, huh? If you're planning on hosting a holiday dinner, a flavorful prime rib roast might be the centerpiece you’re looking for at your holiday feast. The preparation of the meat is relatively simple and requires no marinating time. The key to success is to measure the internal temperature (135-140 degrees F) to guarantee proper doneness. The cooking time varies and isn't necessarily an indicator of a perfectly cooked prime rib. 



I wanted to give my prime roast rib an Asian flair, so I seasoned it with kaffir lime leaves, miso paste, red chili powder and fresh ginger. I rubbed the meat with the mixture and roasted it until the thermometer indicated the right internal temperature. You could of course add your favorite flavors here, but I think because of the high quality of this cut of meat, you should stick to the old adage that less is more. It's a simple, yet very tasty recipe that ensures a succulent and extremely tender prime rib. I finished the dish by broiling the crust for added crispy, intense flavor. It's hard to mess this one up!



We’ve done several giveaways this year, and they’ve been a lot of fun. I wanted to do something special for December, and the Advent Calendars (Calendrier de l’Avent in French) of my childhood came to mind. Each day, I would tear open the corresponding day on the calendar box and claim a little present (usually a little toy or a chocolate). It was so exciting! I thought we could count down the days in the same manner and showcase some really high quality products. With that in mind, the 25 Days of Giveaway project was born.

We're kicking off the season with La Cense Beef and their Four-Bone Prime Rib Roast, which is exquisitely marbled and oh-so tender. La Cense Beef is grass fed and carries no hormones, no antibiotics, no pesticides and is dedicated to restoring the place of nutrient-dense foods in our diet. The beef is intensely flavored with an almost natural “herb-y” flavor. You should really give it a try, and if you enter the contest, you just might win one! Can't wait? Buy a Four Bone Prime Rib Roast and get 4 pounds of beef burger free! A Pham Fatale Exclusive!

Fill out the entry form for a chance to win.

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Be sure to check PhamFatale daily, win delicious prizes and find lots more fun things to do. Happy holidays!

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Oven Prime Rib Roast Recipe with Picture


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Pumpkin Mac and Cheese Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese Recipe

11.22.11 by Jackie

As I spent my childhood in France, Thanksgiving wasn't part of our traditional feasts. I’ve come to believe that Thanksgiving is synonymous with an abundance of comfort food. My personal all-time favorite comfort food is mac and cheese, so I tried adapting the dish with the flavors of the holiday season. I added diced pumpkin to the traditional layers of macaroni, white sauce and string-y, melted cheese. The pumpkin infuses a mild sweetness into the dish and really adds another dimension. It also doesn’t hurt that the colors are so reminiscent of Thanksgiving.

Mac and cheese is a great dish that is suitable all year round. You can flavor the dish with your favorite ingredients such as morel mushrooms, red pesto or any combination of cheeses. If pumpkin isn’t your thing, make your own pasta gratin creation; let your imagination run wild!


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Roasted Lamb Shoulder Recipe Recipe

Roasted Lamb Shoulder Recipe

11.10.11 by Jackie

Too many people tend to stay away from lamb because of its strong taste. I think that’s a mistake. If marinated properly, lamb is so flavorful, tender and juicy without being overpowering. The key is to use lots and lots of garlic, and my go-to meat tenderizer, green papaya (I can't be thankful enough for Lulu's late grandma's secret).


This particular recipe calls for a large chunk of lamb shoulder. To ensure that the meat doesn't burn at the bottom of the cocotte ("Dutch oven" in French) while roasting, I place carrots and par-boiled potatoes underneath so they catch all the delicious flavors from the roasted meat. Just thinking about it makes me drool!

Roasted Lamb Shoulder Recipe with Picture


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