March 9, 2011

Cornish Hen and Awesome Friends

As I get closer to becoming a wife I've started to realize the importance of strong relationships, outside my upcoming marriage. Especially strong friendships with other women. I've always held my friends in high-esteem but after college most of my best friends moved back to their hometowns in other states. I stay in constant contact with most of them but there's nothing that can replace a coffee date or a girl's night out. I've been missing these things and as a result I've made an effort to meet other women by joining some volunteer organizations and other networking nonprofits groups. I've meet many wonderful people, men and women alike. But I've found some great friends in one of the most unsuspecting places, work!

I know people warn against mixing work and pleasure but I have met several women who I think are kind, well-educated, and strong-minded and I think it would be foolish not to pursue and nourish those friendships.

The last couple weeks have really solidified some of these friendships for me. One co-worker had me to her home for an impromptu dinner with her husband. Besides having some wonderful wine and conversation, I was also able to watch her work in her kitchen. She was making a Cornish Hen and asparagus with a tomato, cucumber, olive, feta cheese salad-it was WONDERFUL! I knew it was something that I had to try.

A week later, I had a different coworker over for some more wine and conversation. I decided I would try the Cornish Hen recipe, and it was a complete success, as you can tell from the picture. We had a great time and I discovered how easy and delicious these little birds can be! I was so proud of my accomplishment but I knew I had to pay-it-forward and share the recipe, so here it is.

1 Cornish Hen Cleaned (insides removed)
Salt and Pepper
1/2 Stick of Butter
4-6 Large Garlic Cloves
Kitchen String

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter and mince 3 cloves of garlic. Salt and Pepper the inside of the hen. Tie the legs together. Use half of the butter and garlic mixture and brush the hen with butter until well covered. Put 1 or 2 whole garlic cloves inside the hen. Bake for 1 hour in a 9" x 13" baking dish. Remove and brush the remaining butter and garlic on the hen, put back into the oven for 15 minutes. Remove and serve.

It's so simple but you will definitelyy impress with the awesome presentation. Just for fun, and leftovers, I make one hen per person. Next time I'm going to try stuffing the hen with various fresh herbs and an onion. As a result of this recipe and the two meals I've now shared with coworkers I've discovered how one of the best places to kindle a friendship is over a good meal.

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