Aug 022011

The following guest post is written by Shellina over at The Frugal Flambe. Check out her blog! She’s awesome.


As an avid home cook, I love farmer’s markets. There are a couple of reasons for this. First and foremost, fresh ingredients taste the best- bottom line. You just can’t beat the bright flavors achieved by using ingredients you purchased that morning. (Of course, this isn’t always possible- but on a Saturday morning immediately following a farmer’s market? Oh yeah, you can do that.) Second, let’s talk about photography. As I outlined in my Food Photography How-To post(s), using high quality, fresh ingredients will yield the best photos. Think about it: bright green spices and vegetables will photograph better than something canned. It just will. And finally, there’s something rewarding about purchasing locally grown ingredients and then making magic in your own kitchen. The benefits of farmer’s markets are obvious.

There’s just one problem: I’m 35 weeks pregnant, and last Saturday it was 90 degrees outside with humidity at about 70%. That’s code for REALLY HOT AND STICKY. Needless to say, I have no desire to walk myself, (let alone my husband and three year old son), through that weather for a couple of hours- no matter how good the food is.

So what’s a blogger to do? Give up on her fresh-food dreams and stay in her air conditioned apartment?

Of course not. If practically living on the internet in the last four months has taught me anything, it’s that any and all questions can be answered (usually) using Google. So, I kept my culinary dreams alive and Googled myself to the next best option: the Midtown Global Market, located downtown right here in Minneapolis, MN.

This amazing place resides in what used to be a department store, but they’ve turned it into a melding of culinary minds. Under one roof I saw more than ten unique foods and cuisines- all from different countries and ethnicities. Greek food, Asian food, Mexican food, Spanish food, fresh vegetables from farmers in our area, fruits I’ve never even heard of… all in an air conditioned building. Yep, I’m sold.

So the hubbs and I hopped in the car with the kiddo, decided to “find our supper” amidst the wealth of amazing food at our fingertips that day, and boy did we find something special.

I don’t know about you, but our grocery store doesn’t sell lamb. Sure, there are butchers in the area that carry it, but for the most part, it’s a delicacy around here. So when we saw it, freshly butchered and wrapped, practically singing our names- we knew we had to grab it. And once we had it home, we did our best to do it justice, despite the fact that we had never cooked it before. And, oh my friends, we did well- and you will too.

Marinated Lamb Chops


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested (about ½ tsp)
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about 2 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 (4 ounce) lamb chops, trimmed of all visible fat


  1. In a small bowl, stir together the first 7 ingredients.
  2. Put the lamb chops in a sealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over them. Move the chops around in the bag to the marinade coats them well. Marinate for one hour.
  3. Grill the chops for 3-4 minutes per side for medium rare.

Shellina is a wife, mom, and blogger from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has her own food blog devoted to educating families on the emotional and financial benefits of eating at home- The Frugal Flambe. With a new recipe or tip every day, it’s your one-stop-read for encouragement and ideas for feeding your family on a dime.



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