February 2017

Game hens

Cornish Game Hens Roasted (A Different Way To Serve Poultry)

     You’re scheduled to entertain guests you want to impress. You know they like chicken, and there are countless ways to serve it, but you want to serve something unique –perhaps a different bird that they won’t be expecting.      You look at your choices: pheasant, pigeon, squab, quail, or Cornish game hen. The cheapest and the easiest to find is a Cornish game hen, and it’s just the right size. Two guests can split one, or if they are really hungry, you can serve each guest a whole hen….

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Macaroni And Cheese (Midwestern Interlude)

The Good Old Days      I want to take you back to a Saturday morning in a bygone era. Women were strolling along streets and boulevards dressed to the nines, some even wearing hats and gloves, on their way to shop. I know this will be hard for many of you to believe, but there was a time when people actually got dressed up to go shopping.       To many it was an all-day event where they’d take a break in the middle of the day, a genteel interlude where they…

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Fried chicken

Chicken Double-Fried And Countrified

    Most of you probably think of chicken as a type of meat that’s found in your grocer’s meat case. Because I grew up on a farm, when I think of chicken, a whole different world comes to mind.      In our hierarchy of animal care, chickens were on the bottommost rung. They were noncompliant, very excitable and mean. They were also free to roam, so on a typical farmstead they would be everywhere, and so were their droppings. As a result every step I took had to be placed with extreme care…

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