Love and Romance in the Kitchen: The First Dinner
Dec. 12, 2011 11:36 am
Updated: Feb. 11, 2012 11:14 am
You know the first date is important but what really counts, gentlemen,
is your first dinner; i.e. the first time you cook a complete romantic dinner for that potential special someone in your life. We're
NOT talking heating up a frozen pizza here we're talking the real thing, appetizers to dessert, cloth napkins and candlelight, magic and mystery! Nothing says romance like a lovingly prepared meal for that special someone.
The woman in my life who inspired and encouraged this blog is Tammy. I am lovingly referred to as her personal chef and I embrace that title wholeheartedly. The meal that started it all occurred back in January of 2010 and she still
talks about it. And we will get to one of the recipes for that meal in a sec. But first...
Gentleman, you've got to set the table. You are not going to be eating on trays in front of the TV. You are going to show her how much you care by setting the table and focusing all your attention on her. You need a table cloth, cloth
napkins, candle sticks and don't forget the candles! For those of you that don't have those things here are some hints. First,
MEASURE the table. I know, it sounds simple but get your tape measure out and measure the top and note whether it is round, square or a rectangle. Don't have a tape measure? Dude we need to talk
about your man skills. (GO to Lowe's and buy a good 20 foot tape measure, it will last forever). Write down the measurements and then go to your local thrift store, A.J. Wright or Wal-Mart or Macy's any other store and get the necessities. A few thoughts on
candles; buy unscented. You never know what she’s allergic to and you don't want to cover up the smell of the food. While were at it, let’s make sure that we have
MATCHING dinner plates, salad plates, desert plates, cups and saucers and some descent glassware. Doesn't have to be expensive but does have to match and
not be plastic.
A few other notes before we get started. Do your preparation as much as possible before she gets to the house. Get all that measuring, chopping, washing salad greens, sauce making done before she gets there. You are going to have to
cook some while she watches but it should be like those cooking shows where all the ingredients are prepped and ready to go. Finally, get cleaned up and dressed before you cook. this is not the time for T-Shirts and cut offs. Casual, but nice. Short sleeves
are fine and I personally prefer them when I cook.
Here's a great appetizer that my Tammy loved and loves. Major thanks to Gabsmom on AR for the recipe!
Marinated Scallops Wrapped in Bacon for two
1. 1/4 cup maple syrup
2. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
3. 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
4. 4 large sea scallops
5. 4 slices bacon
7. 1 tablespoon brown sugar
8. 1 tablespoon chopped pecans