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Visiting my Chicago-based girlfriend later this month from NY. Need some solid "go to" romantic meal suggestions (appetizer, entree and tasty side) to whip up for my lady during our too few weekends together. Thanks in advance!

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  1. why don't you ask her what she likes? it's the thought that counts.

    1. 25 years ago my husband courted me with what is essentially pasta carbonara, I think, spaghetti with bacon, egg yolks, parmesan, maybe mushrooms --I forget exactly what he did but it was delicious. And a nice wine, of course. It worked. Although he rarely cooked after that, & we are still together. I searched for a similar dish & found this possibility:

      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

      I have not tried this recipe, but it should be adaptable to a spaghetti carbonara. Maybe cut back on the 4 egg yolks, though.

      1. For a romantic dinner (and we've been married 10 years now) - I love to serve things that can be nibbled on ... a favorite is the equivalent of a plat de fruits de mer - oysters on the half shell from the seafood market with mignonette sauce, sea urchin (DH loves it), poached jumbo shrimp with a tarragon mayonnaise, salmon roe or caviar if you are splurging - you get the idea. Served with a very good chilled white or champagne and candle light.

        If you want to do some "real" cooking - I also like making risotto - standing around drinking wine while I stir, and, again, if you feel like splurging, I believe it is white truffle season.

        I'm detecting a theme here - wine & splurging = romance (not that it should, just appears to in my case).

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        1. re: MMRuth

          absolutely, risotto, for the reasons mentioned. My favorite is a shrimp risotto from Bon Appetit--
          http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

          1. re: DGresh

            And, I would add, what is not romantic is my slaving away all day in the kitchen to make some fantastic dish and being grouchy by the time I serve it. So, I'd keep it simple, unless you both enjoy cooking together.

        2. Do you want to keep it simple since you only have the weekend together, unless you both love cooking and want to spend time in the kitchen... I have a soft spot for chicken marsala because it was the first thing my husband made for me. A simple appetizer is dates stuffed w/ goat cheese, wrapped in bacon and then baked--so much better than it sounds; it's got that sweet and salty combination. A simple side would be wilted spinach salad w/ hot bacon dressing (you can use the oil from the appetizer) poured over it. Some good crusty bread and you've got a simple dinner that's tasty, too.

          1. And if she's a chocolate fan, then molten chocolate cakes are super easy, decadent and impressive. You can make them ahead and keep them in the fridge or freezer. If you need a recipe, this one at epicurious is no-fail.

            http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

            I prefer it with vanilla ice cream. A swirl of raspberry coulis on the plate makes even more special. And really, it doesn't get much more romantic than feeding each other warm liquid chocolate by candlelight...

            1. Something I like to do for an easy and special dinner are duck breasts. They are almost as easy to fix as chicken breasts, but more special. For me, a seafood starter would be a must (another favorite in this situation is a mixed fresh and smoked salmon pate, made in a little mould with a "rose" made of wrapped smoked salmon on top).