A delicious, easy, and special recipe for two is my Cornish Hens with Orange/Wine Sauce. I have been married for 48 years and this was one of the first recipes I made for my husband on Valentine’s Day. It is among his favorites and whenever I want a special dinner for two, I make Cornish Hens. Not only is this convenient for two, but I have also made this many times for dinner parties of four and even six. Just double or triple the recipe and you will have a dish that is sure to impress. Anyone just starting to cook will enjoy the simplicity of this recipe and the gourmet touch it presents!
My Mother made this recipe often for our meatless Fridays or during Lent. She and my Dad would grow their own plum tomatoes, basil, oregano, and garlic. Needless to say, we had all the makings for homemade, fresh, and delicious tomato sauce.
When harvest time arrived Mom and Dad would be busy in the kitchen canning tomatoes, which they stored for the winter months. I remember watching them in the kitchen, boiling and peeling tomatoes. They placed them in Mason Jars and put the jars in a hot water bath. It was fun to watch them work in an assembly line. Mom would peel the tomatoes and add them to the jars. Dad would add a sprig or two of fresh basil and seal the jars with special lids and place them in the water bath.
My son, John, grew up enjoying homemade pizza since he was a toddler, had a few teeth, and could chew. Pizza became a staple in our home and I would prepare it every Friday night and whenever John had his friends over for dinner. The aroma of the sauce cooking and the sight of the dough rising brought everyone into the kitchen longing for the pizza to be ready. I would bake the pizza on a cookie sheet in a very hot oven.
While viewing the road show company of a recent Broadway musical comedy called “Legally Blonde”, I began to realize that as a young New Yorker, I was fortunate to grow up during an era of great musical theater; Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Lowe, Kander & Ebb, Webber & Rice. All of whom were titans of the musical art form and wrote incomparable scores and lyrics. They followed greats like Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Rodgers & Hart. I guess I’m spoiled, because when intermission came during “Legally Blonde”, my husband and I decided to leave. I was hoping to be entertained but instead was thoroughly disappointed.
This recipe brings back fond memories for me as it was a dish my daughter, Allison, loved from the time she was a little girl. It became her all time favorite dish and she would always request it, no matter what the occasion was. Be it a birthday, coming home on a college break, or when she became a working woman. It was a dish she always looked forward to. It got to the point that we would all refer to this meatloaf recipe as “Ali’s Meatloaf”.