Merry Christmas and best wishes for the holidays to everyone and their families!
Thursday 25th of December 2014 09:38:28 AM
Zoran and I playing Santa today at Angels Bearing Gifts for disabled families of Santa Barbara <a href="http://www.angelsbearinggifts.org" target="_blank">http://www.angelsbearinggifts.org</a>
Wednesday 24th of December 2014 12:15:42 PM
If you're looking for a digital stocking stuffer, don't forget about my iPad app, available on the iTunes store at this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cat-coras-kitchen/id540859310?mt=8
Cat Cora's Kitchen
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Monday 22nd of December 2014 03:04:13 PM
This is what I am serving for Christmas along with a leg of lamb. Its a great alternative to turkey but Cornish Hens are inexpensive, each person has their own little hen, its healthy, gluten free with the rice and its fun for kids too. Please feel free to share this recipe!
Pomegranate-Glazed Cornish Game Hens with Wild Rice and Chestnut Stuffing
I make these glazed Cornish game hens for special occasions. I love when the stuffing can include fresh Italian chestnuts that I roast myself over coals, but most of the year this isn’t practical. Luckily, most grocery stores carry jars of peeled and cooked chestnuts, which make this part of the recipe easy. (But if you do spot some fresh chestnuts and feel ambitious enough to roast them, the effort won’t be wasted if you use them with this recipe.)
I have included instructions for trussing the game hens. If you choose not to truss, it’s not a huge deal, but with trussing these little birds cook more evenly and come out of the oven better looking.
4 Cornish game hens
1 cup raw wild rice
2/3 cup coarsely chopped and toasted chestnuts (either fresh or from a jar or can)
1⁄2 cup finely chopped medium yellow onion
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh savory
3 tablespoons finely chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup pomegranate juice
1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
2 to 3 cups chicken stock or water
1/2 cup white wine (optional)
To cook the rice:
Rinse the rice in cool water, discard the water, and add the rice to a 2-quart saucepan with a lid. Add 3 cups cold water and a teaspoon of salt. Bring the rice to a boil and stir once. Immediately reduce the heat to low, and cover the pot. Cook over low heat for 45 to 55 minutes, or until all the liquid has evaporated.
Preheat the oven to 325°F. While the rice is cooking, remove the chestnuts from the bottle or can, chop them roughly, and spread them on a baking sheet. Toast them in the oven for about 10 minutes to remove some of their moisture. When the chestnuts are done roasting, turn up the oven to 375°F.
In a large bowl, mix the cooked wild rice, toasted chestnuts, chopped onion, and herbs. Pat the game hens dry with a paper towel. If they have been frozen, be sure they are completely thawed, with gizzards removed. Lightly sprinkle the cavity of each game hen with salt and loosely fill with stuffing, leaving a little space in each for the rice to expand during roasting. Secure the legs, wings, and opening of each hen by trussing with cotton string. (See the note on trussing at the end of the recipe.) You will have stuffing left over. Spoon it into a small casserole with a lid and set aside or refrigerate. During the last 25 minutes when the hens are roasting, slide the casserole into the oven to heat.
Rub the skin of the trussed hens with salt and pepper and place breast side down on a rack set in a roasting pan. Place on the center rack of a preheated oven, and allow the hens to cook for 15 minutes before basting with the pomegranate juice. Continue basting with the remaining pomegranate juice every 15 to 20 minutes until the hens are dark golden brown and the juices run clear when pierced at the thigh. Total cooking time will be about 50 to 55 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, not touching the bone, should register 175 degrees to 180 degrees.
Remove the birds from the oven, and transfer them to a platter. Cover them with foil and let them rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Place the roasting pan with the juices on the stovetop over medium-low heat, add about a half cup of the chicken stock (or water) and scrape up any roasted bits from the bottom of the pan. (This is a good place to cook from the hip as you can use stock here, a combination of white wine and water, or just water.) Sift the flour into the cooking juices and mix well. Slowly whisk in another cup and a half of stock (or water) and stir well, and let simmer until the mixture is thick and has no lumps, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add a few more teaspoons of water or white wine if you’d like the gravy to be thinner. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
To serve, place a bird on each plate, nap with the gravy, and garnish with finely chopped parsley. Serve with a little extra rice on the side, if desired.
Enjoy! - Cat
Saturday 20th of December 2014 01:34:24 PM
100 years until the next 12/13/14 - interesting to think about it!
Saturday 13th of December 2014 10:07:38 PM
Looking forward to seeing everyone at Bird Dog Mercantile tomorrow for our holiday open house! We'll have music by Matt Kustura and cocoa by yours truly from 3-5pm :-)
Saturday 13th of December 2014 04:35:18 PM
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Friday 12th of December 2014 01:38:37 PM
If you're in or around Santa Barbara this Sunday, come down to Bird Dog Mercantile for some hot cocoa and say hello! Can't wait to meet everyone. RSVP here:
Friday 12th of December 2014 01:34:34 PM
Come down to Bird Dog Mercantile this Sunday December 14th for our holiday open house! We're open from 11am until 6pm and I'll be at the shop from 3-5pm with my favorite hot cocoa recipe. Looking forward to meeting you! Bird Dog Mercantile is located at 131 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara in the Funk Zone
Wednesday 10th of December 2014 09:56:27 PM
Here's one of the treasures you'll find at Bird Dog Mercantile :-)
Monday 8th of December 2014 09:27:44 PM
If you are in Santa Barbara you MUST go for The Jenny Schatzle Program Workout! Love the Community, Workout, Teachers...BEST WORKOUT in SB!
Monday 8th of December 2014 09:25:52 PM
Check out this interview I did with Haute Living New York about #ChefsForHumanity: <a href="http://hauteliving.com/2014/11/cat-cora/532258/" target="_blank">http://hauteliving.com/2014/11/cat-cora/532258/</a>
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Friday 5th of December 2014 04:50:54 PM
Don't forget to stop by Bird Dog Mercantile today for our first holiday event. The festivities start at 11am and end at 8pm. The store is located at 131 Anacapa Street in Santa Barbara. Shop local!
Saturday 29th of November 2014 01:31:51 PM
If you're in the Santa Barbara area, I'm thrilled to invite you into Bird Dog Mercantile's home for our first holiday event, Saturday November 29th from 11am to 8pm at 131 Anacapa Street. Recover from the madness of Black Friday and enjoy complimentary holiday treats and wine while you search our holiday collection for new+vintage gifts to share with your friends and family. You'll love it!
Friday 28th of November 2014 09:48:37 PM
We're so excited! See The Cora's on the Pepperidge Farm float at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this morning!
Thursday 27th of November 2014 07:36:29 AM
Great day in NYC yesterday with our four boys! Central Park, FAO Schwarz, 30 Rock, and of course dirty water hot dogs! Rockin' the Holiday spirit!
Wednesday 26th of November 2014 04:46:25 PM
I’m really excited about our new retail store, Bird Dog Mercantile! My partners and I have selected an incredible array of vintage home goods, curios and unique products for living. The store is located at 131 Anacapa Street, Suite C in Santa Barbara, if you’re around this weekend, please stop by and say hello. <a href="http://www.birddogmercantile.com" target="_blank">http://www.birddogmercantile.com</a>
Friday 21st of November 2014 10:08:15 PM
So excited! Starting a six week bootcamp with The Jenny Schatzle Program!
Tuesday 18th of November 2014 02:47:10 PM