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Favorite Dinner of Seduction......

I know this has probably been asked countless times, but- I am cooking for the first time for the possible new boyfriend and he is definitely on the shy side. Looking for your favorite dinner of seduction...you know, the one that " sealed the deal" with your wife/husband/boyfriend/girlfriend on that first critical date night. Also hoping to keep it on the easier side in terms of preparation or can do ahead of time- just don't want to spend the entire night in the kitchen (unless he's there with me:-)) Thanks in advance for the help!
Also should mention the dinner will be taking place this Thursday night!

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  1. One of the sexiest meals I have ever had with my now husband was a seafood paella for two. It can be as easy or complicated as you want it to be. I generally use whatever seafood is freshest in my area moreso than following a recipe. Also, a large pitcher of sangria is a must.
    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
    That recipe will give you an idea of the method.

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    1. re: ArikaDawn

      I should also say to not worry too much. I bet your guy will think it's sexy and appreciate the effort no matter what you make.

      1. re: ArikaDawn

        Smelling like seafood, though... Hmmm....

      2. One of my good friends swears by lasagna.

        First of all, you can make it the day ahead of time so you're not running around stressed in the kitchen (which may free you up to make more elaborate appetizers or cocktails if you feel like showing off your skills).

        Second of all, no one doesn't like lasanga. And you can customize it according to his favorite ingredients.

        Finally, since it will be baking when he arrives, the house will be full of heady tomato/cheese/garlic aromas that set the stage for sensual experiences.

        Good luck with whatever menu you decide...!

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        1. re: Absonot

          Don't forget a really good red wine to go with it! That might seal the deal. Do you know his preferences in wine?
          When I was quite young, like about forty years ago, an Italian told me the way to a woman's....heart, was a good bottle of red wine. He said they got "roller heels".

          1. re: Absonot

            I like the pasta idea, Absonot- I had that idea as a possibility in my mind already- I usually do my very simple red sauce from scratch and have that amazing smell wafting through the apartment when my company arrives- plus, they say that garlic is an aprodisiac! I am loving seeing what things make different people happy. I also subscribe to the red wine = pleasant evening too.

          2. Hmmm... I am usually cooking for the Female palette... what would do it for me?

            > Damiana based cocktail paired with a spicy Tuna Tartare sopecito

            Followed by

            > Tequila Blanco paired with Oysters on the Half Shell with a little raw tomatillo-serrano salsa

            Followed by

            Camarones a la Diabla & Cucumber Agua Fresca

            For dessert.... licking on a Guanabana sliced in half lengthwise that has been soaked with Malvasia Bianca... while watching my hostess work on a chocolate covered chilled fried plantain.

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              1. re: Eat_Nopal

                Eat_Nopal, this is a 007 level seduction menu. I needed a moment alone after reading it. Sadly, I am guessing that my friend coming for dinner may never achieve the level of sophistication necessary to appreciate a menu like this........very creative using Damiana!

              2. For me, it's more about dessert. Skip the chocolate, it's cliche.

                Get some big, juicy, fresh turkey figs, slice them in half lengthwise, dip the cut halves in sugar and broil until they're all brown and caramelized. Serve over extremely pricey french vanilla ice cream with crushed almonds (toasted ahead of time). Now that I think of it, some good sea salt might not be amiss in there (maybe with the almonds?). Cover the broiling pan with foil; burnt sugar is pretty hard to get off a pan.

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                1. re: bunburyist

                  i'm with bunburyist that it's all about dessert. however, chocolate can definitely be the way to go, when done right:

                  - fondue pot & skewers
                  - good chocolate melted with a bit of cream or evaporated milk [for smoothness], a dash of pure vanilla extract, and a pinch of espresso powder
                  - chunks or slices of assorted fruits & berries

                  there's something very seductive about it...plus it has the potential to become interactive ;)

                  have a wonderful time, and good luck!

                2. Really depends on the person, but for DH, it would probably have to be a big hunk of meat like steak. I think gnawing on the bones brings out the animal side in him.