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Menu Plan for Fall I: Week 3, Day 2

Roast Cornish Hens with Lemon and Herbs
Buttered Potatoes with Chives
Zucchini (Courgette) and Tomato Gratin

Cooking time:  65 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       We're having the last zucchini this week, and the last of the fresh herbs.  Summer is officially over. I get small chickens, just 16oz (500gr) each (approximately)  Cornish Game Hens would be the US equivalent. 

Roasted Cornish Hens with Lemon and Herbs

Total time: 65 minutes
    Small, perfectly roasted hens make an elegant presentation and are perfect individual servings (with maybe a snack leftover).  Lemon and herbs under the skin infuse lots of flavors.

Roasted Cornish Hens with Lemon and Herbs Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Potatoes with Butter and Chives

Total time: 35 minutes
     Simple boiled potatoes with a twist: Sautéed in a bit of butter and topped with freshly snipped chives.

Potatoes with Butter and Chives Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Zucchini (Courgette) and Tomato Gratin

Total time: 55 minutes
Zucchini (Courgette) and Tomato Gratin   Thin slices let the flavors meld together easily.  The breadcrumbs between the layers soak up all the goodness from the tomatoes and the zucchini.... All topped with a golden, cheesy crust.  This will be enough for 2 meals.  

 Ingredients:

 Instructions:courgette tomato

Cooking Schedule: 65 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, medium saucepan with lid, medium skillet,
small bowl, 2 baking dishes

Turn oven on, 400F (200C), arrange 2 shelves
Wash, dry hens
Mix herbs, lemon, oil
Loosen skin on hens, put half of herbs under
Mix remaining herbs with rest of lemon, oil
Tie hens, spoon half herb mixture over hens, bake
Mix remaining herb sauce with wine for basting
Slice zucchini, tomatoes
Snip all herbs
Assemble gratin, bake

Baste hens
   15 minute break while stuff cooks
Cut potatoes, cook
Baste hens
     Pause while stuff cooks
Baste hens
Drain potatoes
Melt butter in skillet, add potatoes, sauté
Uncover zucchini gratin
Baste hens
Mind the potatoes
Remove hens, cover with foil
Add chives to potatoes, finish
Remove gratin
Serve