The Recipe I Didn’t Include–Orange Glazed Cornish Game Hens

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.




  • 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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