What A Crock!: Give a fig in Cornish hen dish _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Flavor slow-cooked Cornish hens with fig preserves and green peppers.

For those who are fortunate enough to have access to fig trees and are trying to do something with those fig preserves you have on hand, try a Cornish hen slow cooker dish.

If you had a bumper crop, as some of my friends and coworkers did, try several slow cooker dishes with them.

The fig taste is distinctive and does very well with just about any kind of poultry. The slow cooking method allows the flavor to sink into the hen with just the right amount of flavoring.

Cornish hens should be placed in the refrigerator the night before placing them in the slow cooker the next morning. They may not be completely thawed and that’s okay. If you are able to put them on high for an hour before leaving the house, that will jump start the cooker’s temperature. Then, turn down to low for the duration of cooking time.

Julie Kay is a columnist for The Advocate. She can be reached at juliekay6122@gmail.com.