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Roasted Pheasant Stuffed with Sage and Granny Smith Apples Recipe

I'm still on the quest for the perfect 4-course "French meal" in honor of the opening of the movie called "Julie and Julia".

Pheasant is a French delicacy. My family would cook pheasant around the holidays. I looked through Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in search of a good pheasant dish to make, and the only recipe I found was a stew called "faisan en escabèche" (pheasant jellied in lemon). I think it tastes better when it's roasted, so I made this dish.

I stuffed the game bird with sage, bread to absorb all the fat (and flavors) of the bird, and some Granny Smith apples for their sweet and acidic taste. Yogurt is used as a meat tenderizer. In France, I would always use two Petits suisses instead. What's a Petit suisse? Le Petit suisse is like yogurt, but better; it has a richer consistency than regular yogurt and is sold in half the size (4 ounces) of the standard American yogurt because of its high fat content . It's made from milk, sweet cream and a starter. And it's oh, so good.


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Soy Sauce Roasted Cornish Game Hen (Ga Mai Ro Ti) Recipe

Soy sauce roasted hen is a Vietnamese version of my French-Style citrus roasted chicken. It's almost the same procedure with a substitution of soy sauce and other Asian spices. I used a hen for the tenderness of the meat. It's always a winner amongst the carnivores in my house.  

My favorite part of the soy sauce roasted hen is the dark sweet crispy skin. The only downside to this dish is that you have to be prepared and marinate the hens for at least 2 days for a guaranteed moist, flavorful bird.


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A Brace of American Birds (Pheasant and Duck) Recipe

This is meal fit for a President. Or two. A brace of pheasant and duck was the main course at Abraham Lincoln's Inaugural Dinner and will again be featured at President-Elect Barack Obama's Inauguration. Pheasant is no longer commonly available but I finally was able to get some at Whole Foods.


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