Gin Braised Lamb Ragu: The Food in My Beard for TABLE Maine

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Want to use gin in a pasta sauce?  Find out how with Dan Whalen of  “The Food in My Beard” blog.

“The last time I visited Kennebunkport, Maine I attended a gin class at Table. Darren Case of Round Turn Distilling and Andrew Volk of Portland’s Hunt + Alpine Club taught us about the history of gin, the types of gin, and how to make (and drink) a few really great gin cocktails. The class was a lot of fun, and I have been drinking more gin since then!

Here is a picture from the class:

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Wanting to branch out from just using gin in cocktails, I thought I would try cooking with it. I knew lamb would stand up to the strong flavors in gin, and I was really craving a slow braised dish, so braising lamb in gin was a no-brainier. Tomatoes, some onion and mushroom made a hearty sauce for fresh pasta. This was one of the best meals I have made in awhile!”

Read on for the recipe and great, step-by-step photos.

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Dan Whalen Food in My Beard table Bio headshotDan Whalen is the founder and creator of the popular recipe blog The Food in my Beard. In the past 6 years since the website’s inception, he has published over 1000 recipes that have been viewed over 6 million times. He has been featured in many prestigious publications such as Saveur, Bon Appetit, Serious Eats, Fine Cooking,, MSNBC, and Huffington Post.

He currently lives in Boston, where he is writing for the General Mills blog, He also does restaurant menu consulting, the most recent of which is a recently opened burrito and coffee shop called Cafe Burrito in Belmont, MA.

Dan Whalen Food in my beard Stuffed Cookbook Cover Table Maine Kennebunkport Resort CollectionDan is the also the author of the cookbook, “Stuffed” – From TFIMB Website: “After writing comfort food recipes for many years, I realized that I had a lot of stuffed food on this website. And it was all really good! I took that idea and ran with it and eventually wrote a whole book of stuffed recipes! I am really proud of this book and could talk about it for days, but I am going to let some other people do the talking instead!

When not working, Dan can usually be found looking for inspiration at indie rock shows, watching scripted TV series, taking classes at Improv Boston, eating out with his friends, or playing Super Mario.

All text and photos belong to Dan Whalen and the “Food in My Beard” Blog.