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Menu Plan for Spring II: Week 11, Day 2

Grilled Cornish Hens with Lemon Honey Glaze
Skillet Roasted New Potatoes
Green Beans with Butter and Herbs

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

        We grilled two hens and had almost half left of each.  Save the rest for the salad on Monday.  The skillet roasted new potatoes happened because of a broken oven... Very easy, very tasty. This will be the last of the new potatoes for the season.

Grilled Cornish Hens with Lemon, Honey, Rosemary Glaze

Total time: 60 minutes
   If you can get them weighing 16oz they are perfect individual servings (with maybe a snack leftover).  If you get larger birds one may be enough.   When done, they should have a lovely, dark gold glaze.

Grilled Cornish Hens with Lemon, Honey and Rosemary Glaze Ingredients

 Instructions:

Skillet Roasted New Potatoes

Total time: 30 minutes
      New potatoes are very thin-skinned, immature potatoes.  They have a short shelf life, usually only a few days before they start turning green and need to be added to the compost pile.  You probably can only get them at the farmer's markets - but try, if you can.  They're worth it.  If not, substitute the small 'creamer' potatoes. 

Skillet Roasted New Potatoes Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Green Beans with Butter and Herbs

Total time: 20 minutes
   A simple summer dish!  Use any fresh herbs you have, but basil, summer savory and chives are especially good with beans.  Use one or any combination.

Green Beans with Butter and Herbs Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  If you prefer your beans to be more on the crisp side:  Bring a medium saucepan half full of water to a boil over medium-high heat.  Add beans and blanch for 4 minutes.  Remove, drain and immediately plunge into cold water until cool.  Drain.  When adding to butter and herbs, stir-fry for 1 minute to warm.

Cooking Schedule: 60 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl, medium skillet with lid,
small skillet with lid, barbecue grill

Light/turn on barbecue grill
Prepare hens, rub with oil
Start to cook hens
Make basting sauce for hens
    Pause to while hens cook
Baste hens
Wash new potatoes
Sauté new potatoes in oil, medium high heat
Snip all herbs

Reduce heat under potatoes, cover, cook
Baste hens
Top, tail beans, cut
Cook beans
Roll/shake potatoes to turn
Drain beans, put into serving bowl, set aside
Baste hens
    Pause while everything finishes
Heat butter, herbs for beans
Add beans, heat through
Add butter, salt to potatoes
Remove hens
Serve
Don't forget finger bowls...