Karen invited Jim and I for dinner and served Cornish Game Hens stuffed with apples. Asparagus, sweet potatoes with nutmeg butter, and wine rounded out the meal. Desert was poached pears with chocolate sauce. I have to say, dinner was delectable and the Cornish game hens were a wonderful treat as I hadn't eaten them in years. They were a popular entree during the 1960's and 70's for dinner parties but have lost their appeal in recent years, mainly because they've become expensive. Maybe the stagnant economy has some nuggets because they are quite inexpensive right now.
But, the point of all this is that Jim was a quality control engineer for a nuclear plant in the 1970's and he was being wined and dined by the powers that be from a Nuclear Power Facility in North Carolina. They were courting his approval so they could renew their license.
"They took me to this upscale restaurant with tuxedo ed waiters in a private upstairs dining room, " remembered Jim. "Nothing was too good for me. The wine and the food was the best you could buy when a high end entree at a good restaurant was $10.99 for a steak.
At this restaurant, the Cornish Game Hens were priced at $12.99 and $15.00 without buckshot. "It was written right on the menu. I never forgot that entree."
He may never have forgotten the memory, but I realized for the first time that Cornish game Hens, really were "game".