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Jan 24, 2012 04:55 PM

Sexy food-What do you cook to woo someone? date this weekend...what do you cook without looking like you're trying? Something that can be quickly grilled/sauteed? Or something that cooks a long time that can be made ahead? Thanks!

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  1. If it's cold in your part of the world, I vote for something braised that can be made ahead (something that goes well with a nice red wine!). Homemade bread is always impressive. Fondue, although cliche, is delicious and the interactiveness of it can be good for a date. Chocolate for dessert?

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    1. re: biondanonima

      I recommend finding out if the person likes chocolate before making something chocolate. Not everyone does. I've been annoyed by people my whole life who just assume everyone loves chocolate and have given it to me as gifts, chocolate birthday cakes, etc. Wasted time and money for them, nothing to eat for me.

      1. re: biondanonima

        You can do the NYT no-knead bread and you and your guest will certainly be seduced by the texture, flavor, aroma... Start the process the night before.... mmmmmm! Here's a picture of my 1st-ever batch from this fall:

      2. i like to make pad thai. all those spices and flavors dancing around in your mouth. enticing and evocative! if you prep ahead of time, you can nonchalantly toss everything together in the pan when your date arrives and wow her with "I can't believe you put this together in just 5 minutes!" (Of course, your ingredients have to look casual like all chopped veggies on one plate and not everything in individual ramekins like you see in the cooking shows!)

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        1. re: seamunky

          Do you have a good recipe for Pad Thai? Could you share it here?

        2. Beef Wellington worked for me. Its the first thing I made him and I now make it on our anniversary every year. :)

          1. When I was dating I'd always have cloth napkins, white china, table cloth and multiple courses. Start w/ an aperitif of Champagne. Do a soup, pasta and a meat course (all homemade of course). Have coffee to serve w/ whatever dessert you have.
            And if she/he doesn't enjoy it then they're not the one;]

            1. Miss G;

              I'm going to assume you are wooing a man. I will remind you about something you already know.

              WE ARE ALL PIGS! Just show up. That's all you need to do.

              If you really want to cook something that will woo him, try oysters and a salad with avocado on it. Wear an apron with nothing else. That will take care of it. If it doesn't, he is gay.

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              1. re: Hank Hanover

                Wow, thank you...yes, I'm trying to woo a man

                1. re: MIss G

                  Well if you want to enjoy the meal first, then maybe wear more than just an least until dessert.

                  I say gougeres to start. Burgundy to drink. A med rare steak with sauteed mushrooms and a spinach salad with warm bacon dressing.

                  I like an airy chocolate cake with powdered sugar and berries. My mom always said men liked yellow cake. Or maybe just a really good cognac. bonne chance!

                  1. re: MIss G

                    Honestly, Cook whatever you like. I would recommend making it meat and potato intensive. Try to get him involved in the cooking for a little bonding. Have a small dessert. Chocolate would be wonderful. Don't fill him up with a heavy meal.
                    Ooh, I know. Share a chocolate brownie sundae.

                    Watch a movie together.... not a chick flick ...not an action flick... maybe a comedy, even a romantic comedy.

                    By then if you two are attracted to each other, both of you will know it.

                    1. re: Hank Hanover

                      Best response to ANY question I have seen on Chowhounds ... EVER.

                      Keep it simple. Since guys are all pigs - serve up pulled pork. Slow cooked in crockpot until it's 200 degrees. Or oven @225 until meat is at 200. Shred, infuse with olive oil, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and srirachi sauce if heat is desired. Simple and perfect. Serve with veggies like brussels sprouts or butternut squash.