As most of you already know, I love cooking as much as I love writing, so I’ll always have at least one scene in my novels where my characters eat in, and I include the recipe at the end of the book.
The Letter, however, has proven to be a bit of a challenge. This novel has two different scenes, with two different characters, eating in with a special guest, so decisions, decisions. Which recipe do I include? It was a toss up, but here is the one I didn’t include. It’s easy to prepare and the perfect romantic dinner for two. Just saying.
ORANGE GLAZED CORNISH GAME HENS
- 2 Cornish Game Hens (defrosted)
- 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- lemon pepper blend
Preheat oven to 350. Wash hens thoroughly, shake off excess water and place in a baking dish. Mix orange marmalade and orange juice in a small mixing bowl. Once the marmalade is blended smooth brush 1/2 of the mixture on each hen with a pastry brush. Sprinkle lightly with lemon pepper blend. Bake for approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Serve with rice, wild rice or potatoes. If desired, garnish with fresh orange slices.
Note: If preparing more than two hens simply increase orange mixture by adding 1 tablespoon of orange juice and marmalade for each hen. If you’re using fresh oranges, be sure to add the zest.
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