Dear SOS: We recently traveled Amtrak’s Southwest Chief from L.A. to Chicago. The dining car served the most delicious lamb shanks with mushroom sauce. Could you see if you can get the recipe? Thanks.
Dear Kathy: Amtrak was happy to share its recipe with us, telling us that the lamb shanks are the creation of Seattle chef and cookbook author Tom Douglas, who is part of their culinary advisory team. Amtrak’s executive chef, Daniel Malzhan, developed the recipe, using sous-vide cooking (“20 hours at a precise 160 degrees”). Amtrak has converted the original recipe here for home use so that cooks can braise it in the traditional manner and still get terrific results in far less time.