Orange Glazed Cornish Game Hens

Cornish game hens are the perfect dish to “Wow!” your guests. I particularly recommend them as an entree for a romantic dinner for two.  Cornish game hens are economical, easy to prepare and full of flavor, yet exotic enough to make any guest feel special. The orange glaze and lemon pepper add just the right amount of zing without becoming overpowering.

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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 F. 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 you are preparing more than two hens simply increase orange mixture by adding 1 tablespoon of orange juice and marmalade for each hen. If using fresh oranges, the zest adds a nice touch.

Orange Chocolate Chip Loaf

So, what to do when someone gives you a big bag full of fresh oranges? Do what Rosie would have done. Use them to create something wonderful. This quick bread recipe is easy and delicious. Enjoy.

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ORANGE CHOCOLATE CHIP LOAF

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Optional Glaze

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a medium-size mixing bowl. Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add orange zest and orange juice. Mix until well blended. Add flour mixture, a little at at time. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan. Bake for one hour.

If desired, make glaze by stirring sugar and orange juice together in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Pour over loaf. Let stand for 10 minutes before removing the loaf from the pan.