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« on: October 18, 2007 10:07:14 AM »

I'm a woman with average cooking skills.
But I told my boyfriend that I would cook him dinner (i know, i know)
I want it to be romantic and adult.
any suggestions?

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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2007 11:49:25 AM »

I always find Pasta to be romantic....pasta with a light sauce...

Or Fish....

Any meal, really, can be romantic if you just add candle light...and a nice glass of wine helps too...If you're of legal age of course  Wink

Here's a simple delicious pasta recipe:

Roasted Garlic and Tomato Mostaccioli (makes two servings)
2 1/2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
4 to 5 roma (plum) tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 garlic bulb, unpeeled
1 cup uncooked mostaccioli or penne pasta (3 ounces)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
2 ounces crumbled feta or cubed mozzarella cheese

1. Heat oven to 300F. Place aluminum foil on cookie sheet; generously brush with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Arrange tomato halves, cut sides up, in single layer on foil; brush with 2 teaspoons of the oil. Sprinkile with sugar, salt and pepper.  
2. Cut 1/2 inch off top of garlic bulb; drizzle 1 teaspoon of the oil over garlic bulb. Wrap in aluminum foil; place on cookie sheet with tomatoes. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until garlic is soft when pierced with a knife and tomatoes have begun to shrivel; cool slightly.  
3. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
4. Squeeze garlic into remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and mash until smooth; toss with pasta. Add tomato halves and basil; toss. Top with cheese. Serve immediately.  

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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2007 01:02:48 PM »

I agree with the fish pasta vote.
Planked salmon takes no real skill just a plank:

I absolutely think you must have chocolate fondue for dessert.  you can heat it in the microwave.  Do you need a recipe?  i have a few. 
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2007 08:50:26 AM »

thank you both!
that recipe sounds great thanks for sharing it with me  Cheesy
and fondue is delicious! it never even crossed my mind, thanks for the idea!

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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2007 12:37:17 PM »

I agree on the pasta thing.  Spaghetti can be sexy cause there is lots of slurping and you can also do that "Lady and the Tramp" thing ;-)

Try this recipe for Broccoli and shrimp with Angel Hair.

« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2007 01:54:15 PM »

Pasta is such a great option, and if he is a meat eater you can easily grill or broil up some chicken breasts and throw them on top.  I like to marinate mine in balsamic vinaigrette for a couple of hours before grilling.

And, another sauce recipe!  I usually use penne, but you could probably use just about any pasta.

Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce

1 pint heavy cream
1/2 head roasted garlic*
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan (I use a microplane grater for this)

In a blender, process cream and roasted garlic until smooth.  In a large saucepan, combine garlic cream, pepper, and parsley.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Add salt and parmesan to mixture.  Stir until cheese is blended and sauce has thickened.

*to roast garlic: Preheat oven to 400.  Cut off about 1/2" at top of garlic bulb.  Drizzle with olive oil, wrap in foil, and place in baking pan.  Bake for about 45 minutes.

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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2007 10:21:50 PM »

the most classic romantic dinner main course is spaghetti, or some type of pasta, as other craftsters have said.  But the ultimate romantic dinner dessert is strawberries in melted chocolate! Cheesy  Unless your allergic of course...but they are a classic!

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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2007 12:38:59 AM »

i dont know if garlic is *romantic* personally, though after being married for 3 years, we eat what tastes good now...

in the beginning though, that kinda stuff mattered, i didnt want garlic, onions or anything that could stick in my teeth....

i would personally make a steak and potatoes meal, but thats what my husband loves....

do you know what your bf likes??

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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2007 07:28:53 AM »

Smelly things and things that, um, give you gas...big no-nos on the romance side.

One of the easiest things in the world to cook is beef tenderloin (that is, if you both like beef). Sprinkle some rosemary and time on it, drizzle with butter, and broil it for about 10-15 mins each side. Mix a tablespoon of wine into the meat drippings. Steamed asparagus for looks and some new potatoes.

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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2007 11:50:40 PM »

I made the Roasted Garlic and Tomato Mostaccioli and he loved it! Thanks so much for the recipe!  Smiley

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