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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 11, Day 2

Lemon Soy Grilled Cornish Games Hens
Pesto Potatoes 
Grilled Asparagus

Cooking time: 60 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      The 'coquelette' that we get are very young chickens and weigh about 16oz (500gr) each.  They are perfect individual servings (with maybe a snack leftover).  If you get larger birds one may be enough; but we'll use the leftovers in the salad on Monday (or use chicken breasts).

Lemon Soy Grilled Cornish Games Hens (Poussin... little chickens)

Total time: 60 minutes
    If you get one, larger bird, you can cut it in half to cook faster (serving will be easy) or leave whole and add 10 - 15 minutes cooking time.  When done they should have a lovely, dark gold glaze.

Lemon Soy Game Hens Ingredients: 

 Instructions:

Pesto Potatoes

Total time: 30 minutes
    Warm potatoes, tossed with a bit of pesto sauce, make a delicious side dish with grilled meats.  And, as they really shouldn't be piping hot, they can be made a bit ahead, reducing last minute stress.

Pesto Potatoes Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Grilled Asparagus  

Total time: 20 minutes 
    General consensus is that one should not grill white asparagus.  I agree - green is better, but white will taste delicious as well.  It just gets a bit more 'golden' before it's done.  Finish with some fresh herbs.

Grilled Asparagus Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 60 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, barbecue grill, tools, or roasting pan,
basting brush, small saucepan, medium saucepan
with lid, grill pan or baking sheet

Turn on/light barbecue grill, if using, or oven
Prep hens, tie legs, rub with oil, put on barbecue
    20 minute break - but mind the hens
Cut potatoes, cook
Make basting sauce for hens, baste

Prepare asparagus, rub with oil
Baste hens
When potatoes are done, drain, toss with oil
Add pesto to potatoes
Baste hens
Cook asparagus
Baste hens
Stir potatoes
Remove hens if done, remove string, let rest
Finish asparagus
Serve