In five days, I will celebrate my 100th day of blogging! To celebrate, I'd like to give away some of my favorite kitchen items. I haven't decided on everything I'm putting in the box, but here are a couple things I'm sure will be in there:
- White Lily Flour (There is none better in my opinion!)
- A bench scraper (A baker's best friend!)
- Vanilla extract
- 3 Madagascar Vanilla Beans to get you started making your own extract
- course AND fine sea salt
- some of my favorite coffee for you to enjoy on your kitchen break :)
- One entry for commenting here with your favorite recipe from my blog so far.
- An extra entry for following (public followers only) via google. Please post a comment here letting me know you're following.
- TWO extra entries for blogging about my blog in general or about my giveaway on your own blog, and linking back to mine. Post a comment here with the link back to your post.
Now, onto my gardening projects. I love fresh produce. What better way to get fresh produce than to grow it myself? I am growing in containers, as I live on a military installation and we're not supposed to grow in the ground. That does limit what I can grow, but I think I've done well. I'm growing cherry tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, potatoes, strawberries, rosemary, thyme, parsley, basil, and hot peppers. Here are a few pictures of my baby plants. I can't wait until we can go out on the back porch and pick some fresh foods and eat them.
Top to bottom: my first red strawberry, a bell pepper plant, and potatoes before being covered.
On the cooking front:
Yesterday, I was able to get back in my kitchen and it felt wonderful. I made Cornish Game Hens with Rice Stuffing, and a garden salad. Everything was so fresh and full of nutrients that our bodies all needed so badly after all the salty, greasy, processed foods we've been eating lately.
Cornish Game Hens with Rice Stuffing
What You Need:
- 4 Cornish game hens (about 1 pound each)
- Salt and pepper
- 1 cup of cooked rice
- 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms (I used baby bellas)
- 1/2 cup chopped white onion
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 3/4 cup shredded cheese (Swiss is nice)
- 4 Tbsp butter, cut into 1 Tbsp slices
- Melted butter for basting the hens
- Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Rinse out the hens and pat dry. Lightly salt and pepper each hen, inside and out. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine rice, mushrooms, onion, garlic, and cheese. Mix well.
- Divide filling evenly between hens, stuffing them quite full. Push a pat of butter into each hen.
- Place breast side up in a baking dish with high sides.
- Cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes. Remove foil. Bake an additional hour, basting with melted butter every 15 minutes or so.