Lamb Chops & New Potatoes w/Rosemary & {a GIVEAWAY !}


I was recently sent a complimentary copy of The Silver Spoon for Children cookbook. This cookbook is adapted from The Silver Spoon, Italy’s best selling cookbook for over fifty years. The Silver Spoon for Children features over 40 authentic Italian favorite recipes & is broken down into “Lunches & Snacks”, “Pasta & Pizza”, “Main Courses” & “Desserts & Baking”. They’re all easy to make recipes (like 3o mins or less people) are good for you & are geared at children 8 and above. You know you want a copy, don’t you *wink wink*!

The book is honestly beautifully done. Very visually appealing! Each recipe is presented with a short introduction about the origins of the dish & has facts & info about the ingredients & the Italian culinary culture (you know how curious those bambini are, they’ll eat that up). Plus each recipe has step by step instructions & include drawings & a final photo as well (you all know how much I like my pictures LOL).  & the cover is even gaw-geous!


Well naturally having 3 bambini myself I was THRILLED about receiving this cookbook. I decided that I would let Miss Priss (who is 12, that’s her above, ain’t she purty!) choose ANY recipe in the book she wanted and make it herself from start to finish & I’d just sit back and enjoy my night off ; ) So she looked through the entire book and settled on LAMB CHOPS with NEW POTATOES & ROSEMARY *ah, proud mama moment*

Recipe from the book  The Silver Spoon for Children
What you’ll need: (makes enough for 4 people)
1 lemon
1 sprig fresh mint
2 tbsp Olive Oil
4 Lamb Chops

for the roasted new potatoes:
1 1/2 lbs New Potatoes
1 sprig fresh Rosemary
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp Olive Oil

What to do:
1. Using the bridge technique cut the lemon in half & then squeeze its juice into a bowl. Pull the mint leaves off the stalk & add to the lemon juice w/the oil, & mix everything together.

2. Put the lamb chops into the lemon juice mixture & mix to make sure that the meat is well coated in the oil.

3. Let marinate for 1 hour. This gives the chops time to absorb all those lovely oil & herb flavors – you will find that the lamb is really tender & had wonderful flavor when it is cooked.

4. Once the lamb has been marinating for 45 mins, turn on the oven to 375 degrees. Using the bridge technique, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise & put into a roasting pan with the rosemary & garlic. Drizzle over the oil and, using oven mitts, put the pan in the oven & roast for 20 mins.

5. Take the lamb out of the marinade & if you pan is big enough, add the lamb to the potatoes. If not, you will need another roasting dish for the lamb. Roast the lamb chops for 10 mins. Wearing your oven mitts, take the lamb out of the oven &, using tongs, turn the chops over.

6. Using oven mitts, put the dish back into the oven for another 10 mins. The potatoes should be golden & tender when you poke them with a skewer or table knife. The lamb will be very slightly pink in the middle, which is how it should be. Cook for a little bit longer if you prefer.

Buon Appetito!


Doesn’t that look GOOD? Well, I’m happy to report that Miss Priss is a natural! She followed the instructions to a tee & her meal came out beautifully. The lamb was tender & delicious! And the potatoes were perfectly roasted and fork tender! Brava baby! She can’t wait to try more of the recipes from the book & I can’t wait for her to try more myself!

This is definitely a cookbook that I would recommend. The book retails for only $19.95. It’s hardcover too people! & a nice large size book. I know I’ve already said this, BUT it’s really beautifully done! I think everyone who has a child in their life should have a copy (that means you Aunts and Uncles, Babysitters. Feel free to pony up, this would be most appreciated, trust me!) So run out & pick up your copy today. You won’t be disappointed. (If you’d like to order it online, check out the link above, it’ll save you a few bucks ; )

WAIT.. don’t run off just yet… we’re going to GIVE ONE LUCKY READER a FREE copy of this fabulous book! **and the crowd goes wild**To enter just leave me a comment sayin who you’d love to have this book for!

Okay here’s the legal schmeagal…I am sorry to say that the contest is only open to US Residents! Contest will be open until MONDAY 12/21st at NOON EST (well that’s because it’s my time zone LOL). One lucky winner will be drawn by Random Number Generator and will be notified via email. Winner has 24 hours to confirm or another winner will be drawn. ONE entry per person. Duplicate entries will disqualify you (so play fair!)

So what are you waiting for? Leave me a comment below! GOOD LUCK!


I was given a complimentary copy of this book to review. For my full disclosure policy please see this page.



  1. 1

    This sounds like a fun book! I’d love to have it for ME :)

  2. 2

    I would love to have the book for my two children.. A and Z.

  3. 3

    I’d love this for my girls! 10yo especially!

  4. 4

    Your little lady is so cute ~ and following in her mother’s footsteps. Way to go, Paula! I’d love the book for my family…maybe it’ll encourage the budding chef to actually enter the kitchen. :-)

  5. 5
    Missy /

    Miss A is so ready for the camera :) I am thinking that Miss Jaidyn would LOVE to learn to cook some great Italian eats for the family…Hope you all have a VERY Merry Christmas.

  6. 6
    Shannon /

    Both of my children love to bake and cook (Grayson even wants to be a chef when he grows up) so I think they would both love it! Thanks for letting me know about the contest :)

  7. 7

    Holy mackerel – I’m dying trying to finding gifts for the kids in my life – this would be great for one of the zillion nieces I have!

  8. 8
    Kelly /

    Hi Paula, love that your daughter got a moment of fame (sure not the last)! Cute pix too!
    Hmmm, I would say that if I won I would give it to my three sweet boys—BUT, after reading Shannon’s post above me, I would give it to HER little sack-o-sugar. He really IS a sweetie.

  9. 9
    lisa Bailey /

    I have several friends with young children who would love this book. I’ll name two-
    Chris and Emily
    Mark and Kristin

  10. 10
    Gigi /

    My son would love this book! He always says he wants to be a chef. He’s even got a jacket, checkered pants & hat already. (Santa’s bringing him his own knife too)

  11. 11
    ambrosia /

    I’d love to have this book for my own little man!

  12. 12
    Tracy /

    I would love to have this book for my two older children

  13. 13

    I would love to win this cookbook for my little sister. She will only eat overly processed foods that are white in color (ie- bagels with cream cheese and ramen noodles) UNLESS she helps make it. This book would be a perfect way to get her to eat more nutritious meals.

  14. 14
    Jennifer /

    My daughter loves to cook with and and try new things, this would be a great addition!

  15. 15
    Jacquelyn G /

    I would love this for my son. He loves to be in the kitchen helping mommy.

  16. 16

    I would like to have such a nice book for my little kitchen chef :)
    Have a nice day :)

  17. 17

    Jakob (my almost 5 yr old) told me the other day that he would like to be referred to as Chef Jakob….so this would be perfect for him!

    Also – can’t wait to make the lamb recipe! Its my fav meal!

    Happy Holidays.

  18. 18

    If all the recipes in the book look and sound as fab as the lamb chops, I NEED a copy!

  19. 19
    Lucy /

    My grandaughter, Adrianna is such a foodie, she calls me and gives me recipes she comes up with all the time. Some things are actually edible, we wont talk about the others, she is only 6 yrs old after all.

  20. 20

    My 3-year-old niece loves to cook and has her own play kitchen. I would love to have this book for when we visit each other and play “chef”!

  21. 21

    The food looks wonderful! Your daughter is darling. What fun cooking together.

  22. 22
    jessica /

    selfishly my self. I am always in the search for wonderful new tasty creations!

  23. 23

    I’d love this for myself! Che bella bambina che hai, Paula! Un abbraccio!

  24. 24

    I would love to have this to teach my nieces how to cook!

  25. 25

    I have an 8 yr old neice who would love every page of this book. She’s discovered a deep passion for cooking at such a young age and it’s stinking adorable!

  26. 26
    Sara /

    I would love to have one for my son. We loves to help in the kitchen. Merry Christmas all! :)

  27. 27
    Andrea /

    I would like my niece to have this great book with such great ideas

  28. 28

    For my little niece . . . as soon as she’s old enough to use it!

  29. 29

    I have no kids, but I have a senior neighbour who owns 6 grandchildrens. I would like to give this book for them since they are willing to learn lots cooking stuff from me.

  30. 30

    I would love my niece to cook with that book. When she is older of course. Thanks Paula! baci!

  31. 31

    I’d love to have this for my daughter. She’s only three, but I can’t keep her out of the kitchen. And to prevent me from having to eat any more of her one-of-a-kind recipes (think bread heel, carrot ends, and bell pepper innards as a salad), I’d love to have a good kids cookbook to have her help me from!

  32. 32
    Sommer /

    I would be so excited to win this book for me and my husband who cook together all the time! We will soon have children and this would be such a treat! Buon Natale!

  33. 33
    angela Hansberger /

    I would love to give this book to my friend Geoff. He lived in Italy for two years and was the house husband there, caring for his two boys. He grew to love cooking and cooking with kids. These past few weeks he has been taking care of our family with delicious meals and Italian wines to assuage the grief of my father’s death. This would be a perfect gift.

  34. 34
    Tiffany D. Schaub /

    I would LOVE to have this cookbook to enjoy w/my little guys!! 😉 I am teaching them to cook and care for the people they love. Your recipes are AMAZING!!!

  35. 35

    Your daughter did a great job on dinner! I’d love to have the cookbook for myself!

  36. 36
    carol /

    For me, but of course I’d share.

  37. 37
    carol /

    I’d love to have it, but I would indeed share.

  38. 38
    Christy B /

    My munchkin would love to try her hand at this. Awesome giveaway! Grazie.

  39. 39
    Beth /

    Paula, I would love to have this cookbook for both my boys. The 13 year old cooks all the time but only simple stuff because that is all he knows. He would be proud to cook a better meal then his Daddy. My 6 year old cooked just this week chicken and rice. Which is a huge deal for him. I think they would both enjoy new recipes.
    And if we do win… Can I get an autograph copy of the photo and the pretty model? She has grown into a pretty young lady.

  40. 40
    Deborah /

    I would love to have this book for all of kids but my oldest (Simon) would really enjoy it! Thanks Paula!

  41. 41
    Van /

    I’d love to have this book for my sister.

  42. 42
    Lainie /

    I would like this book for my 4 yr old SON. He’s whipping up cakes in his new Easy Bake Oven. I’d like to see what else the little man could learn to cook!

  43. 43
    Deana Floyd /

    Oh, Jenna and Allie would love to cook something. They are always trying to help me in the kitchen!

  44. 44
    Gina F /

    Hi, my Dear daugther will love to have it and me too of course!! Thanks….Gina F

  45. 45

    hahaha, this was a hilarious post! congrats to Miss Priss on such a beautiful meal. i would love to give my youngest sister a copy of this cookbook as she’s a cook in the making and would love to try some new recipes.

  46. 46

    I would love to make my family lots of great meals and goodies from that cookbook!

  47. 47

    Dinner looks wonderful! Your Miss Priss. Would love to win this for my niece! Thanks for the lovely post and the offer.

  48. 48
    Cheryl /

    Oh this book looks so cute. I would give this to my daughter, as her first cookbook from momma. She is turning 16 this Sunday and she is in the kitchen a lot learning my favorite recipes, to carry on in her life someday. Thanks for the opportunity to enter my name for this great giveaway.

  49. 49
    Crystal /

    I would like to win this for my son! He is only two but I plan on involving him as much as possible in many thing including cooking! He has already taken an interest in spices and stirring. Thanks.

  50. 50

    Your lamb chop look beautiful! Good choice by your daughter. I would love to have this book for my two boys. They are my sous chefs and “official taste-testers”, as they call themselves.


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