My Dad Was Visiting & Stuffed Cornish Game Hens w/Oregano

      Ok folks I will have to admit this week I have been lazy, My Dad, (now age 89) came in from the Detroit area and has been the past 8 days with me. I took off work and was able to drive him all over the Cape from Orleans to Sandwich to Falmouth back to Hyannis then out to Orleans down to Chatham and back to the homestead here in South Dennis. My wife who has been away with our kids and her sister for the past 6 weeks came home last night. So remembering a memories has not been my first thinking. We will be back on schedule next week, but as I promised a long time ago, your recipe is to follow. I hope that all you out there in your 50s and maybe 60s can still enjoy one if not both your parents. I am in my mid 50s and feel it a pleasure to host my father, and think it is crazy great he was still able to keep up with me. I rejoice everyday for having another day with him here on this earth. We will see you all back here next week. Until then,,,,   

      Quick update on the old light house, this week has been quiet which has been good. We are slowing down on one hand but getting ready for Halloween on the other. For some reason we think that old lighthouses and Halloween go together, with all the past light keepers and the stories they held to of rescues and wrecks of ships off the Cape. So come in a week and be prepared to be spooked. Hope the weather has been as great where ever you are as it has been here on the Cape. Have a great and wonderful especially if you are right here on old Cape Cod with us all. 
      As usual this is not my own, but another one found and taken to pass on. I remember we Game Hens used to be super cheap like chicken wings. Well they are not so much today but if you watch and get them on sale or an occasional buy one get one does make it so much better. But remember I cook frugally which does not necessarily mean cheap, but wisely. This is a great special night with the spouse or with a couple other couples meal. But please don't let that scare you off, I just want to give you warning or think this is 2 dollar a person meet meal, but it is well worth your time and money to do it and it really is not that hard. So put your fears behind you and give this a try, I think you will really enjoy it. Now on with the show.
 
      This week's recipe: Stuffed Cornish Game Hens w/Oregano
 
      4      hens      Cornish Game, approx 1lb each thawed.
      1      Tbsp      olive oil
                             salt and pepper
                             Oregano
      
      Stuffing
   1/4      cup       butter
   1/4      cup       chopped onion
   1/4      cup       chopped celery
      2      cups     white bread cubes 1/2 inch cubs
   1/2      tsp        dried oregano leaves
   1/4      tsp        celery salt
                           dash black pepper
      1      tbsp      water
 
      Sauce
   1/2      cup       water
      2      Tbsp     butter
                           salt and pepper
 
      Remember to remove the bag of livers and neck from the hens before anything else. Rinse and Dry. Rub Hens with olive oil. Season inside and out with salt, pepper and oregano, and set aside. 
      Next make stuffing, heat butter in saucepan until completely melted, add onion and celery and cook for about 1 minute. Stir in bread cubes, oregano, celery salt, black pepper and water. 
      Now loosely stuff each hen with stuffing mix. Place stuffed hens in a roasting pan and roast at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and roast an additional 30 - 40 minutes or until juices run clear when thigh join is pricked, tranfer to serving platter and allow to sit while you make the sauce
      To make sauce skim off excess fat and transfer juices to saucepan. Add water butter and simmer 2 minutes. Season to taste. Service it hot along side the hens.   

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