Well, I recently found a colleague who raises lamb, and so next week am getting a whole lamb butchered (trying to figure out what cuts to get this weekend).
And so I'm hoping to grill/cook a bit of a meal for some friends for some upcoming Packer game...maybe fall break (panthers, argh) ... haven't had time to do the Wade-goes-overboard-cooking in ages ... yet-to-be-narrowed-down list:
Bloody Marys and Marias.
Leinenkugel's (the original).
Grilled baby lamb chops (rosemary and mint marinade).
Grilled jumbo shrimp (Grand Marnier and orange marinade, wrapped in bacon).
Grilled venison tenderloin medallions (strawberry/balsamic glaze, medium-rare to rare).
Grilled chicken drumsticks (poultry seasoning ratcheted up with sage and peri-peri spice)
Eight-cheese mac-n-cheese (Sharp cheddar, Extra sharp cheddar, Fontina, Muenster/Provolone, Pepperjack, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Maytag Blue)
Fire-and-ice four-meat chili
Cajun corn-on-the-cob (1" chunks, cooked in Zatarain's shrimp boil).
Grilled beans, potato and onion cubes (thyme and garlic marinade)
Halved cherry tomatoes with feta cheese, basil, and green onions.
Bousin-stuffed mushrooms, sautéed in garlic butter.
Smoked-salmon-and-cream-cheese stuffed celery.
Toasted baguette slices with seriously-spicy hummus.
Boiled quail eggs with devilish flying fish mayo.
No-apple, no-orange, fruit salad.
Fresh baked mini-ciabbata rolls (okay, I cheat here, get them in a bag at Walmart).
Actually, I look at this, and except for the mac/cheese and the stuffed mushrooms, this is all surprisingly healthy stuff. Plus I always eat far less when I cook, isn't that weird?
Hmm....who should I invite?