Mmm, single-serving whole birds…

Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Cornish Game Hens

There really is nothing quite like roasting birds in the house with plenty of garlic (and thyme or rosemary too). Even if I completely screwed up the hens, the smell in my apartment would have been good enough that resorting to nuking something frozen would have still been all right. I still think Yankee Candle is really missing out on the food scents and that “Roast Chicken” could be a best-seller. The one thing I forgot to buy in my last big grocery store/freezer storage run was a whole bird, though I more think of those as the things you buy when you plan to use them in the next day or two, not to put on ice.

At-Home Restaurant Month begins tonight

So my “At-Home Restaurant Month” began last night with the roasted fowl, roasted broccoli (which may be the only way I’ll ever eat it again) and some jasmine rice tossed with sauteed mushrooms. It ended up making just enough for two meals, which is perfect for me. Since it was my first time with Cornish game hens, I followed the recipe to the letter. I see a few places that I can take some liberties next time for a little extra flavor, though this version was about as low cal as I could make it and still tasty, so no complaints.

The focus on decent sized portions and not ending up with leftovers that will sit in the fridge all week and then get ignored seems to be a good one. I’m not sure what meal is up next, but so far the cost of this versus going out is still a winner.

You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces–just good food from fresh ingredients.

–Julia Child

And it’s true, I didn’t have to hunt down any weird (or expensive) ingredients in the “middle aisles” aside from chicken stock, wine and a baster which I didn’t already have among my tools. Everything else was from the “outer ring” of the store. Much as I’d love to throw down and create some masterpiece, going with simple and tasty seems like a much better option any day.

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7 Responses

  1. William Mize says:

    You are going to make someone the best wife one of these days 🙂

    It looks delish, and this is coming from a veggie; and you can never go wrong with fresh herbs and spices. They are definitely the way to go.

  2. brian says:

    @William Mize: Er thanks… I think ❓

    I blame all those Donna Reed episodes in syndication when I was growing up.

  3. William Mize says:

    See, whenever I think about Donna Reed, I unfortunately think about this clip from Family Guy and it just ruins everything.

    Sort of.

  4. brian says:

    Oh that clip from Family Guy ruins a lot of things. 😯

  5. William Mize says:

    But if we don’t watch Family Guy, the terrorists win.

  6. Keeping it simple is about the best thing you can do with food. Let the flavors speak for themselves. Sorry i couldn’t join you to taste your cornish hens, but I’m sure it was excellent!

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