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Where does the bread pudding end and the lamb stuffing begin? They are, in fact, one and the same.

Behold, Heartlandia, a new cookbook from the husband-wife team behind Portland, Oregon, restaurant the Country Cat Dinner House & Bar. He heads the kitchen, and she’s the pastry chef. Needless to say, there’s a lot of love in this food. But when was the last time you saw a stuffed lamb shoulder that didn’t inspire a lot of love? 

By the time summer ends, I’ve had my fill of fresh tomatoes and pole beans. That’s when I start craving the flavors and textures of fall dishes, like bread pudding and stuffing. Here, I feed my cool-weather cravings by stuffing an herb-crusted lamb shoulder with a rich bread pudding. This dish is especially great for entertaining during the holidays because it cooks up beautifully and provides you with an elegant centerpiece. If you aren’t comfortable butterflying the lamb shoulder yourself, ask your butcher to do it for you.

Reprinted with permission from Heartlandia