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what do you cook to impress?

if you had just one meal to make to impress someone, say a romantic interest, what would you make?

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  1. Find out what he or she really likes; the thoughtfulness will outshine any culinary skills.

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      I have to agree with this. Whenever I want to please my guests, I always specifically ask what they especially enjoy, and work around that. I may make the best Quiche Lorraine around, but if my company are on diets for instance, they aren't going to appreciate the fact that I slaved to make them that artery clogging meal.

      1. re: MobyRichard

        Great choice MobyRichard, perhaps the individual Beef Wellingtons served with grilled asparagus w/a light balsamic dressing.

        1. re: giveittomikey

          Unless you're feeding a vegetarian, or someone who doesn't eat red meat, or a low-carb-er who won't eat the pastry. I reiterate: find out what your special guest likes & dislikes before you plan something magnificent & complicated. Nothing worse than going whole-hog to have your lovely meal go uneaten due to food allergies, diet restrictions, or ethical matters. Then you & your guest BOTH feel uncomfortable.

      2. I make a killer osso buco and wild mushroom risotto. Make for the hubby's b-day every year

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        1. re: HungryRubia

          I too do an osso bucco that I am quite proud of, but am lacking in risotto skills. You wouldn't care to share your wild mushroom risotto recipe, would you?

          1. re: Mothership

            My risotto recipe is from Epicurious. I've included the link below. It is very very good and I've never made it using real truffles because I just can't afford it. But I have made it with truffle oil and sometimes without. Either way its good. This is the time to use all sorts of fancy/exotic mushrooms. Enjoy.

        2. Don't forget a gooey chocolate dessert with champagne. Chocolate lava cake maybe, or chocolate fondue so you can feed eachother.

            1. Steak au Poive!
              practice it at least once so your timing is right.
              Serve with a giant salad, good wine.
              And dessert, of course. Make ice cream sundaes. Or, sautee bananas in butter, deglaze pan with bourbon and serve with ice cream.

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              1. re: anita_cocktail

                I'd add some crispy frites to go with the steak au poive. Luckily they are not difficult becuse you can do the first frying earlier and hold them until you are ready to eat and pop them back in for the second crisping fry.

                1. re: Candy

                  My mother-in-law always used to recommend roast beef as the best dish for company. I disagreed, saying that -

                  It's not really creative; you just take a hunk of cow and toss it into the oven, and

                  It's a real pain to watch the thing and determine when it is neither under nor overcooked.

              2. I wouldn't impress, I'd interview her to see just how good a CH she is ;-)

                1. Serve something not using standard silverware. Chopsticks, hands, injera...
                2. Serve an app or entree that's a bit juicy, major potential for dribbling
                3. Serve something that stinks a bit, some garlic or horseradish in the main dish, maybe some epoisses for a cheese course (bonus points for stinky AND messy)
                4. Open a fresh jar of Nutella and toast some crostini over your candles... because if she's still with you after that dinner, you've got yourself a winner and there are all sorts of things you can do with Nutella...

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                1. re: Panini Guy

                  So funny - I have a standard "first date test" where I take a guy to an Ethiopian restaurant. Tells me right aways whether he's willing to share, open to new things, and ready to get his hands a little dirty... ;-)

                2. Gazpacho as an appetizer(can be made a day ahead)
                  A scoop sorbet to clean the palate
                  Shrimp Scampi(easy to make hard to screw up)
                  A simple risotto
                  Asparagus with lemon butter

                  Chocolate Mousse for dessert also can be made a day ahead or early in the day

                  All with nice crisp Fraschati

                  1. hi switters
                    romantic...mmm, i am thinking of all the treats I made my hubby when we just met a few years ago:Starter: avocado Ritz was always a hit! Ripe avocado halves,drizzled with lemon,sea salt and black pepper, filled with creamy seafood.I use smoked salmon,prawns and tuna,mixed with good mayo,tartare sauce,fresh dill and lots of fresh lemon.serve with a glass ice cold Brut champagne.
                    Entree: Fondue for 2 is romantic!have lots of options for cooking:cubed beef tenderloin,cubed pork loin,cubed chicken,cubed chorizo sausage,butterflied prawns,scallops,dipping sauces,fresh crusty bread, a good,crispy green salad!good wine,yum, and you can wine and dine and romance over the pot for hours! Desert: chocolate mousse without a doubt!