After a short cooking hiatus, I'm feeling a little off my stride. I have a few things I want to try, but not quite feeling it yet. So, I walk up and down the meat counter until something moves me into action. Have you ever looked at the marked down meats? There is a section at my neighborhood QFC that has items coming close to their "Sell by" dates marked down. I struggle with this concept as I am one of those shoppers that picks through the stack, finding the one with the latest date of expiration. I do this on everything edible. It is one of my little cooking quirks. But, I still like to look at the mark down section. After all, who doesn't like a good deal? You can usually tell by looking at it if you're good to go. In my last working life, I remember one of my managers saying, it's part of our jobs to look. We are paid to look. On this particular day, I find some very fine looking lamb chops marked down to less than half their original price. Expiration date: tomorrow. Sold!
In the marinade are sherry vinegar, port, honey, fig jam, sweet chili sauce, dijon mustard, olive oil, minced shallots and ground black pepper. A heavy nose in the lamb confirms no worries here.