Herb-Marinated Rack of Lamb with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce Recipe #TravelToTaste (Inspiration compliments of Italy)

Frenched Rack of Lamb

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Venice, Rome Florence and Tuscany: all favorite destinations in Italy and for good reason.  The art and history of these places will make you want to double the length of your vacation, and the scenery is nothing short of dreamy.  While in Italy a couple of years back we made it a point to spend adequate time in each of these spots, and covering them involved a lot of maps, walking and sometimes more hustle and bustle than we bargained for.  On every vacation it’s important to have some time to relax and soak everything in, and for us that happened to be in the Lake District of Italy.

With a backdrop of the Alps and glamourous villas the Lake District is pristine and romantic.  We opted to take ferries and sometimes buses as our means of transportation, exploring Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Lecco and more.  Our favorite area was a small town called Malgrate, where we enjoyed a dip in the water and sipped Belgian beers at the friendliest bar in Italy.  We were fortunate to have stumbled upon this area, sometimes things just work out that way.  Other times it paid to do our research.  For example we wanted to have at least one unforgettable dinner in the Lake District and turned to our trusted resource  TripAdvisor for research.  Atop the list of restaurants in the area was La Colombetta Restaurant It showed as #1 for the area based on the many reviews written by other travelers, the vast majority of them giving the restaurant an Excellent rating.  We were completely sold after browsing through the pictures and looking at the superb presentation and comments from many people saying it was some of the best food they’d ever tasted.  I’m happy to report that our experiences fell right in line.  Everything from the hors d’oeuvres to the desserts looked right out of a magazine.  The only thing outshining the looks of the food was the taste.  Each dish is based on family recipes passed down from older generations.  My husband couldn’t get enough of the lobster taglietelle, while my seafood dish of sea bass carpaccio was out of this world.  Even veggie dishes like asparagus or mushrooms all had unique, intelligent flavors dancing together   I wasn’t sure if I should also order lamb since the seafood was treating me so well, but I’m so glad I did.   On top of it all the service was friendly and the person whom I believe to be the owner made us feel right at home.  Eating this impeccable meal pushed my passion for food farther and made me realize that the sense of taste is as important as any other in my life.  I have tried many times to recapture some of the flavors from those nights, and even though my creations haven’t always come out perfectly it has been a fun journey.

Herb-Marinated Rack of Lamb Recipe #TravelToTaste (Inspiration compliments of Italy)

While traveling abroad or in the US I now make it a point to study up on the restaurants and visit at least one of the highly regarded establishments in the area.  It always proves to be wonderful experience and equally as important inspires me in my cooking.  I recommend you do the same and develop your own travel-inspired recipes.  Similar to my other travel research, there’s no better resource than TripAdvisor.  With real reviews, ratings and pictures from other travelers, TripAdvisor has all I need to make that important decision of including a restaurant on one of my travels.  They have authentic reviews that help me discover the best restaurants in the big cities and smallest towns, and I can even book a reservation. TripAdvisor also has the Travelers’ Choice Awards, with the crème de la crème of attractions, hotels, beaches and of course restaurants.  These awards are decided by the millions of travelers.  Check out the Best of Fine Dining Restaurants in the World: How’s that for visions of genius!  I have only been to one of the top 25 restaurants in the world and it may very well have been the best food I’ve ever tasted.  From presentation to flavor combinations, service to atmosphere each of these winners showcase the best as evident in the pictures.

TripAdvisor solidifies their place as THE authority in travel; it has become one of those sites that I go to on autopilot when looking up anything related to travel.  To add to that they now also host informative Twitter Chat sessions where you can pick the brains of experts on a wide variety of travel topics.  Wonderful!

Check out my rack of lamb recipe below, also influenced by my feast those nights in the Lake District.  Half the fun is adding different ingredients, spices and meal arrangements to make a dish your own.  This one has more French and wide-spanning Mediterranean tastes, and the Bunapi mushrooms are even from Japan.  Needless to say one probably wouldn’t guess that the inspiration came from a wonderful restaurant in a laid-back, beautiful little Italian city.  It did though, and I hope to someday make it back to that that area and to La Colombetta Restaurant.

Don’t forget to join TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice #TravelToTaste Twitter Party on 10/28, 2pm ET

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Roasted Rack of Lamb
Author: Posh Journal
Ingredients
  • 1 rack of lamb trimmed and frenched ( I purchased mine from Trader's Joe)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon Mustard
Instructions
  1. Season the rack of lamb with minced garlic, rosemary, salt, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, black pepper and set it aside
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan then sear the rack of lamb for about 1 minute per side.
  3. Brush the rack of lamb with mustard then roast for about 10 - 12 minutes or until the thermometer inserted into center of the meat reads 130˚ for medium rare
  4. Let it cool for about 5 minutes before slicing and serving

 

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Israeli Couscous
Author: Posh Journal
Ingredients
  • 16 oz of Israeli Couscous
  • 5 tablespoons of butter
  • 5 shallots chopped
  • 1 medium cinnamon stick
  • 2 leaves bay
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup of fresh parsley
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup raisins
Instructions
  1. Melt 5 tablespoons of butter in a large pan then add shallots and couscous. Saute for about 10 minutes (until golden) and keep stirring
  2. Add cinnamon stick and bay leaves. Stir often for about 5 minutes
  3. Add broth then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until couscous is tender
  4. Stir in Parsley, raisins and salt/pepper to preferred taste. Serve.

 

 

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Roasted Bunapi Mushroom
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Japan
Author: Posh Journal
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds of whole Bunapi Mushroom
  • 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 clove whole garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • salt/pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the mushroom on a baking sheet and roast at 425 F
  2. Stir a few times, cook until tender and browned
  3. Meanwhile, cook minced garlic cloves and smoked paprika in in a pan with butter until soft
  4. Toss mushrooms into the pan and season with salt/pepper

 

 

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Blueberry Balsamic Sauce
Author: Posh Journal
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup of blueberry juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • salt/pepper
  • 1/2 fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in skillet
  2. add garlic, onion and rosemary
  3. add balsamic vinegar and cook over medium heat until reduced by half
  4. add blueberries juice, salt and pepper and cook for about 2 minutes
  5. add blueberries and cook until warmed
  6. remove from heat and add lemon juice
  7. Adapted from Food.com

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69 Comments

  • Reply Sandy KS Oct 14, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Your recipes are inspiring. I love Italy and everything about it. I have yet to be disappointed with any Italian meal i have tried or made.

  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle Oct 14, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    That looks so delicious. Those photos are making me drool! I love lamb, so I can’t wait to try this.

  • Reply Sophie O'Reilly Oct 14, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    That rack of lamb look gorgeous. I’ll definitely be cooking this recipe soon, I can’t wait!

  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) Oct 14, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    I haven’t had lamb since I was a kid. Yours looks SOOOOO good that I think I need to go buy some and make it.

  • Reply jmanandmillerbug Oct 14, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    I’m going to be honest…I’ve never cooked lamb because I’ve always been intimidated by it. But this recipe not only looks do-able, it also looks delicious! I can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Reply Jaime Nicole Oct 14, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Deliciousness abounds in this dish! I am loving all things Italian – food, wine, decorating – right now and this fits that mold for certain. I will definitely work this into the fall rotation.

  • Reply michele d Oct 14, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Never had lamb before. I guess it might require a special taste but it’s just not for me.

  • Reply Digna Oct 14, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Have to be honest and admit that I too have never had lamb. The pictures sure do make me think about trying it though. Awesome recipes. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Joely Smith Oct 14, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    I just can’t do Lamb but otherwise the recipe sounds amazing and I don’t see why it could not be done with other meats.

  • Reply Lexie Lane Oct 15, 2015 at 12:07 am

    I love your recipe, its looks delicious and tasty!! I’m gonna try it for dinner.

  • Reply Megan Elford Oct 15, 2015 at 1:26 am

    I’m not a huge fan of lamb, but your pic makes me want to try it anyway, lol! It looks absolutely delicious!

  • Reply Jennifer Clay Oct 15, 2015 at 1:27 am

    I would love to visit these places one day. The recipes sound really good! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply danaventod Oct 15, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Your lamb recipe sounds good. A while back I cooked lamb and never wanted to smell it again, but I grill it now;)

  • Reply tara pittman Oct 15, 2015 at 3:12 am

    My husband loves lamb. He would love for me to make this.

  • Reply The Wardrobe Stylist Oct 15, 2015 at 4:02 am

    That looks so good I think the hubby would love it….I’ve got lamb at home, I should follow this recipe for it.

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc Oct 15, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Looks so delicious! In our home, it is only my hubby who absolutely loves lamb. This would be a great meal to make for him on our date nights!

  • Reply Mykidsguide Oct 15, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Oh wow, that looks divine! I am not huge on lambs, but this one looks like something I will enjoy. I’m going to save these recipes for later.

  • Reply Chanelle Oct 15, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Your recipes make me want to travel more often.

  • Reply Elizabeth O. Oct 15, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Lamb is one of my favorites. It’s so easy to prepare and it requires the simplest of ingredients. Not much is needed to make it tasty! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Reply Liz Mays Oct 15, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I’m not sure what looks more incredible, the lamb or the mushroom. Amazing!

  • Reply Erin Shebish Oct 15, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Oh my goodness, I need this in my life. Maybe I’ll make this for the holidays!

  • Reply Claudette Esterine Oct 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Oh my, another great looking dish from you and an easy to follow recipe! Thank you!

  • Reply yumeating Oct 15, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    This looks amazing. I will have to show it to my husband. He loves rack of lamb and would adore this recipe.

  • Reply Shaylee @ Data Nerds Oct 15, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    I have never had lamb but these recipes make me want to try it!

  • Reply lisa Oct 15, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I have never tried rack of lamb before but this looks amazing. I will add this to my list of recipes to try!

  • Reply Ayesha Heart Oct 15, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Yay for the recipe 🙂 Thank you I”d love to try this! You’re making me hungry at this time ^ ^

  • Reply Chubskulit Rose Oct 15, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I have never tried making lammb. I shy away from it because I dunno how lol. That looks so good though.

  • Reply Susan Oct 15, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    This looks so delicious! I have to try the recipes this week!!

  • Reply Travel Blogger Oct 15, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Those are lovely photos, wow. You’ve made me hungry 🙂

  • Reply LaKisha Riddick Oct 16, 2015 at 12:32 am

    I love Italian food! Your photos make the food look even tastier! I’ll add the lamb and mushroom recipes to my Pinned collection!

  • Reply A Forks Tale Oct 16, 2015 at 12:44 am

    OMG!! This looks absolutely fabulous!! I am drooling over these pictures. Pinning right now so I can make this soon!

  • Reply bmw1943jof Oct 16, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Oh my gosh, you are one after my heart and stomach… All these look and sound delicious/ I’ll be back for some of these recipes . Thank You Love this blog

  • Reply Bonnie @wemake7 Oct 16, 2015 at 1:07 am

    I have never had lamb before. Not sure if I will ever try it but this looks tempting.

  • Reply Sarah Oct 16, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Wow this looks amazing and I love your photography!

  • Reply chbernard Oct 16, 2015 at 1:57 am

    I have never tried rack of lamb before! The pictures are fantastic, it looks great!

  • Reply Lynndee Oct 16, 2015 at 10:55 am

    That looks yummy! I only had lamb once and that was a long time ago. I think it’s about time to have some again. 🙂

  • Reply Sara-Jayne Oct 16, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    That looks mouthwatering! I grew up on a farm in Wales and so we had lamb a lot – but we don’t really eat it nowadays except for in the Spring. Delicious!!

  • Reply Shelly Blur Oct 16, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Sounds like you had a great trip! The food looks absolutely stunning and must have been delicious. I love lamb but do not eat it more than once or twice a year.

  • Reply Alli Rutherford Smith Oct 16, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I didn’t grow up eating lamb, so I’ve never really cared for the taste, but after seeing your (always!) amazing photos, I’m thinking I need to go back and revisit lamb. It looks delicious.

  • Reply carol Oct 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Amazing looking recipe. My husband adores rack of lamb. He’ll be pleased I found your blog.

  • Reply Alex Oct 16, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! I’m definitely going to put this on my list of recipes I want to make 🙂

  • Reply Jenn @ EngineerMommy Oct 16, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve actually never made rack of lamb at home. But this looks incredibly delicious and surprisingly easy! 🙂

  • Reply peachykeen32 Oct 16, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Holy Yum! As soon as I can find some great chops i’ll be making these! They look mouth watering good!!

  • Reply Ilona's Passion Oct 16, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I am hungry already just by looking at this lamb! Looks very delicious!

  • Reply Dhemz Oct 16, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    what a perfect pair! Now I’m starving looking at these chops.
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  • Reply Jennifer Mercurio (@DoubleDutyMommy) Oct 16, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    oh my gosh the recipe… the photos!! I’ve actually NEVER cooked lamb before because it scares me but you make it sound so easy. Thank you for turning me on to lamb!

  • Reply Samantha Oct 16, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    These photos are beautiful and that looks so yummy!!

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  • Reply Fashionable Librarian Oct 16, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Don’t think I have ever eaten lamb but this looks like something I can try…though mine would have to be less rare

  • Reply Crystal McWhirter-Lopez Oct 16, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    This looks and sounds amazing. Dinner at your place? Your photos are stunning!

  • Reply CourtneyLynne Oct 16, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Omg yum!!! Hubby and I are the biggest lamb fans ever! So need to try your recipe!!

  • Reply binarybeautynz Oct 16, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    This looks and sounds amazing. I don’t eat much lamb, but think I will have to make an acception for this one

  • Reply tiarasandtantrums Oct 16, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    great advise – I love trip advisor and have used them for probably almost 20 years(have they been around that long)! I wish I could look into more restaurants – when my kids are older for sure!

  • Reply Danielle @ From Girlie to Nerdy Oct 16, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    What an absolutely gorgeous meal. The flavor combination sounds amazing and I really want to try and make this.

  • Reply Mary Edwards Oct 17, 2015 at 1:21 am

    I’ve never had Blueberry Balsamic Sauce but I sure do love a rack of lamb. This sounds delicious, I just wish the rest of my family wasn’t picky!

  • Reply Adriana Oct 17, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Your backdrop story was so visual and beautiful to read! I also love the presentation of this, you did an amazing job! I really want to try that balsamic sauce, I can imagine how many meals it would be amazing for OMG!

  • Reply Mimi MimiCuteLips" Green Oct 17, 2015 at 3:14 am

    That looks really fancy, I’ve never made lamb before but I will try.

  • Reply Renee Nicole's Kitchen Oct 17, 2015 at 3:50 am

    This looks delicious! Lamb always mystifies me a bit, but you make it sound so much simpler than I thought.

  • Reply Krystal's Kitsch Oct 17, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Lamb is MY FAVORITE. It’s always a treat when we eat it because it’s not very often.

  • Reply Yona Williams Oct 17, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I’ve only had lamb once, and it was a nice experience. What really interests me is a Blueberry Balsamic Sauce – that sounds very tasty!

  • Reply Brooke Oct 17, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    It all looks wonderful and complements each other so well. Can’t wait to give this a try.

  • Reply kleebanks Oct 17, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    I don’t eat lamb, but I’m wondering if pork would work in this recipe as a substitute.

  • Reply Rosey Oct 17, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    That’s a great rack of lamb recipe. I think I’ll make it when I have my mom in town.

  • Reply Patricia Oct 18, 2015 at 2:04 am

    I had lamb a couple of times and thought it was pretty good. I have not made it since and not sure why. Thanks for sharing this as this has inspired me to want to make lamb again.

  • Reply Ana De Jesus Oct 18, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    This looks heavenly, although I am a veggie I am very impressed with your culinary skills!

  • Reply livingoffloveandcoffee Oct 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I’m not really a lamb person. My mom however loves it, I will have to show her this recipe.

  • Reply Stephanie Pass Oct 18, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    This looks amazing! I love cooking with lamb.

  • Reply Shannon Gurnee Oct 19, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Your dish looks amazing! I love the pictures you took!

  • Reply Stephanie Oct 19, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Great pictures and interesting dishes. I don’t eat lamb, but the mushroom dish looks good and seems like a fairly easy recipe.

  • Reply Jason Young Oct 21, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    That looks absolutely delicious. Now I just need you to make it for me 😉

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