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Old 08-19-2006, 01:05 AM   #1
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ISO Food recipe for date!

Hey,
I need some help from you guys. I got a hot date tonight and I told her I would cook her a nice dinner, the thing is, I can't cook!!

Please, could someone give me some advice here? I need something that is simple to do, yet very tasty and looks really cool. Doesn't matter if the ingredients are expensive.

What would you cook if you were in my situation?

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Old 08-19-2006, 03:25 AM   #2
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I'm thinking I would throw together a lasagne. You can buy the sauce premade, you can buy no cook noodles, shredded cheese, frozen spinach just thaw and chop, cottage cheese just needs to be drained, and don't forget you will need eggs. Toss together a caesar salad from a mix, add some garlic toast and you are set.

Editted to add - Be sure to let the lasagne rest for 15 minutes before you cut it.
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Old 08-19-2006, 08:44 AM   #3
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Whatever you decide to do, make it simple. A meat (or fish) a great salad (you can buy them premixed at the supermarket and steamed veggies should do it. Store bought ice cream or sorbet with a cookie garnish or brownie would be great.

I just remembered, my supermarket sells preseasoned pork or turkey tenderloins which are easy to prepare and very tasty. Hope this helps.

Good luck

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Old 08-19-2006, 09:51 AM   #4
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Make a nice chicken marsala, rice, roasted asparagus, dessert. Rolls.
Cook your rice--get Uncle Ben's converted (not instant) for good results.
Put the asparagus (drizzle with a little oil, S&P) in a 400* oven for 20 minutes.
Chicken marsala is dead easy.
Boneless chicken breasts. Pound them lightly with "something".
In a saute pan put some olive oil in to heat. Stir a little chopped garlic in, but don't let it brown. Dredge the chicken in flour, knock off excess and brown the breasts to golden on both sides. Remove from pan.
Add 8 oz. sliced mushrooms and saute. Add 1/4 (+) cup of marsala to deglaze the pan. Return the chicken and cook 5 minutes or so at a simmer to complete cooking.
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Old 08-19-2006, 10:38 AM   #5
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The first time my husband cooked for me, he fixed steak and salad. He didn't even have a kitchen table...we sat on the floor on big cushions and ate at the coffee table. It was a lovely meal.
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Old 08-19-2006, 11:49 AM   #6
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Chinese take-away.

Remove the items from the cartons and put them in/on serving bowls and plates, put a couple of pots and some cooking utensils in the dish drainer and a greasy wok on the stove top, throw the restaurant cartons in the garbage, and be sure to take the garbage out to the dumpster!
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Old 08-19-2006, 01:08 PM   #7
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First off - 2 things. One - do you know (or can guess) her basic food likes/dislikes (although if she likes you she won't care one way or the other - lol!!); Two - even though you say you "can't cook", I'm sure there is something you have successfully cooked - even if it's just a steak, pasta, or an omelette.

That leads us to the age-old adage - "If you want to impress - stick with what you know". Don't choose this moment to try to learn something with lots of steps, even if someone tells you "it's easy". Those of us who do love to cook & have been doing it for years tend to find many things "easy" or "2nd nature", that really aren't to people who haven't done a lot of cooking.

If I were you, I'd keep everything as simple as possible. Forget about fancy sauces or anything that's going to take more than an hour total to put together. A broiled or grilled steak, baked potato, & green salad; a simple pasta with a purchased sauce, salad, & purchased garlic bread; lobsters (which only need be dropped into boiling water for 15 minutes or so) & a green salad - stick to simple ingredients that only need simple cooking.
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Old 08-19-2006, 01:14 PM   #8
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Fry some spam and serve it with canned pineapple. I would freak if I had told my date I cook dinner and did not know how to cook. Can you make pasta? Just add a canned sauce to some well draine pasta and serve it with fresh italian bread and butter.
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Old 08-19-2006, 01:18 PM   #9
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Tell her you lied and take her out to dinner.
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Tell her you lied and take her out to dinner.
Get chinese.
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