• October 25, 2012

    Date Night Dinners

    Posted: 20/10/2012 11:56:59 AM by Curtis Stone

    I’ve said this before, but it’s always worth repeating: One of the most appreciated gifts you can give someone is a home-cooked meal. So, whether it’s your first date or your 50th anniversary dinner, throw on an apron and cook. A few simple tricks will make date night truly special.
    Play favorites. While a restaurant is designed to delight a whole bunch of people, date night at your place can cater to your sweetheart. Make a playlist of your date’s top 50 songs, mix up his go-to cocktail and design a menu that satisfies her palate.

    Be a romantic. Honestly, the little things make a huge difference on date night. Use the nice china. Light candles and put fresh flowers on the table. Even if you’ve known each other for a lifetime, the little touches really set the mood.

    Think simple. Even if you’re a fantastic chef, you don’t want to spend the night in the kitchen. Prepare something that can be assembled in advance like a baked pasta dish or a potpie. (This Chicken and Leek Pie is a winner.) Have hors d’oeuvres, such as cheese and charcuterie, ready to go and make sure the table is set before your date arrives. If you need to add finishing touches before dinner, invite your sweetheart into the kitchen with you.

    Finish big. End the meal with a chocolate dessert. It’s the sexiest food in the world. A pot de cream or flourless chocolate cake can be made a day ahead.

    Lighten up. It’s sounds strange for a chef to say this, but don’t serve too much food. That stuffed and bloated feeling isn’t exactly romantic and it makes you tired.

    Get messy. When your date offers to help you clean up, don’t accept. Pop the dishes in the sink and cover with a cloth. Pour yourself a glass of wine and go snuggle on the couch. The dishes can wait until morning.