"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Menu Planning > Today's Menu
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-03-2007, 05:33 PM   #1
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 8
Romantic Dinner Ideas?

I'm cooking (for the first time EVER, mind you) for my girlfriend next week for an anniversary...I got the ambience and table setting set up for the most part, but what should I serve?

I'm thinking a nice salad, dinner (chicken and pasta type...she doesn't eat red meat, she loves chicken and she loves pasta), and then dessert (could be anything...something fun/fancy though, I love crazy desserts!), and a good beverage of sorts. What's something aesthetically pleasing/romantic/delicious that I could make? Any ideas????

__________________

__________________
michaelsahm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2007, 05:43 PM   #2
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Katie H's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: I live in the Heartland of the United States - Western Kentucky
Posts: 15,167
Hi, Michael. First, welcome to DC. You'll get more ideas than you can use, but there's always next time.

If she likes chicken and pasta, how about making a delicious chicken cacciatore and serve it with a side of pasta. That would take care of two of her favorites. For salad, you could prepare a nice one of mixed greens with some grape tomatoes, thin slices of red onion, maybe some shredded carrots, top with a nice vinaigrette (Get a good one at the store if you are hesitant to make your own. It's not difficult, though.) and top it with some toasted pine nuts. Or, you could prepare a Caesar salad. That's good, too.

One of the desserts I used to serve Buck (my husband) when we were dating were kahlua parfaits. In tall glasses put a couple of tablespoons kahlua, a sprinkling of toasted slivererd almonds, a scoop of coffee ice cream, more kahlua, more almonds, another scoop of ice cream and top with whipped cream and a few more almonds. It's like having after dinner coffee and dessert all in one.

Have fun.
__________________

__________________
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
Katie H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2007, 06:20 PM   #3
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Raton,NM, USA
Posts: 4,573
What about a nice light salad with a vinaigrette and Fettucine Alfredo with grilled chicken strips and a nice crusty french bread.Then a dessert with strawberries or other fresh fruit.
__________________
jpmcgrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2007, 07:00 PM   #4
Executive Chef
 
VeraBlue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: northern NJ
Posts: 3,683
Consider Indian food....anything that you can eat with your fingers. Then, feed each other, licking each other's fingers, kissing.... plus, it keeps you sitting very close to each other
__________________
How can we sleep while our beds are burning???
VeraBlue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2007, 07:54 PM   #5
Head Chef
 
auntdot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 2,418
Cooking for the first time, I would not try to get very creative.

The idea of a salad, like a Caesar, sounds good to me. And you can buy a rotisserie chicken and cut the breast into slices and add them to it.

Pre-cooked is good if you have never done a chicken.

Start with a shrimp cocktail, it is not that hard to do. And you can buy the shrimp already steamed from your supermarket.

And buy a dessert.

There are many things you could make but if you have never cooked before, I would recommend the KISS principle.

The last thing you need is attempting a complicated recipe that could end up in disaster.

Oh yes, and a nice bottle of wine. Probably a white. Something not too sweet at all.

The important point is you are making a lovely evening. Taking a chance on screwing up a dish is not going to make it romantic.

Just my opinion. Have a great evening.
__________________
Before criticizing a person, walk a mile in his shoes - then you are a mile away and you have his shoes!
auntdot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2007, 08:56 PM   #6
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 8
Thanks for the ideas so far guys they sound great.

And it's not the first time I've ever cooked...I actually enjoy cooking. It's just the first time I've done it for her. Although you're right...I'm staying away from complicated recipes just for that reason. I don't want to blow it by really messing something up.
__________________
michaelsahm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2007, 08:59 PM   #7
Chef Extraordinaire
 
kitchenelf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 19,725
Send a message via MSN to kitchenelf
I can tell you are up for the challenge and a simple, homemade dish will certainly be romantic. How about taking a couple chicken breasts and pound out to about 1/4" in thickness. Take some fresh lemon juice - maybe juice from about 2 lemons, a "glug" of white wine (not cooking wine, the real stuff), a glug of chicken broth, and a 1/4 palm full of fresh tarragon leaves, lightly chopped. Marinate the chicken in it for a couple/few hours.

When you are ready to cook dredge your chicken in flour that has been salted and peppered, shake off excess.


Pound chicken to uniform thickness of 1/4 inch. Marinate in lemon at least 15 minutes. Drain and add to skillet with 1 tablespoon butter. Saute 3 minutes, turning once. Cover and keep warm.

To skillet, add marinade, scraping up browned bits from cooked chicken, adding more white wine and chicken broth and bring to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes to reduce. Add about 1/4 cup heavy cream or so and bring to a boil and simmer 2 minutes. Whisk in a couple more TBS of butter and taste sauce. If it needs anything add it now - you may want to brighten up the flavor with a bit more fresh tarragon. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Put some cooked cooked linguine in a bowl, pour on some sauce, slice chicken and lay on top of pasta, top with a few capers if you want.

I, personally, would like sauteed mushrooms mixed with the pasta.

Serve with a mixed baby lettuce salad with a pinwheel of pear slices topped with bleu cheese and a very basic red wine vinaigrette (2 TBS red wine vinegar, 6 TBS olive oil, salt, pepper - put vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl and while constantly whisking slowly drizzle in olive oil).

You can do it - I know you can!
__________________
kitchenelf

"Count yourself...you ain't so many" - quote from Buck's Daddy
kitchenelf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2007, 09:07 PM   #8
Chef Extraordinaire
 
kitchenelf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 19,725
Send a message via MSN to kitchenelf
Oh, and for dessert? Take some seedless green grapes that have been thoroughly dried after washing and put in bowl. Mix sour cream and brown sugar until it is nice and caramel in color and flavor. Mix with grapes and let sit all day in fridge. Serve in a wine glass.
__________________
kitchenelf

"Count yourself...you ain't so many" - quote from Buck's Daddy
kitchenelf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2007, 09:36 PM   #9
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Uncle Bob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Small Town Mississippi
Posts: 17,392
Quote:
Originally Posted by jpmcgrew
What about a nice light salad with a vinaigrette and Fettucine Alfredo with grilled chicken strips and a nice crusty french bread.Then a dessert with strawberries or other fresh fruit.
I like this idea...with her favorite salad dressing, grill whole boneless, and brined chicken breast, slice and lay on pasta. Either dip yourself or buy chocolate covered strawberries....I also would envolve her in a small way. You can cook "for" her, while at the same time "with" her, while enjoying her favorite wine. Keep it simple, casual and fun!
__________________
There is only one Quality worse than Hardness of Heart, and that is Softness of Head.

Kool-Aid...Think Before You Drink
Uncle Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2007, 09:47 PM   #10
Head Chef
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 1,783
Tomato/basil/mozzarella salad

Chicken Parmesan
w angel hair pasta (w oil & garlic) or spinach fettucinne (or storebought cheese stuffed shells or frozen ready made ravioli - in the refrigerated section of the market)

with
Steamed zuchinni, roasted brussells sprouts, or green beans

Chicken Marsala

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Saltimbocca

Chicken Wellington


The chicken dishes are easy to prepare. If you need any recipes, send me a pm or you can do a search on this site - upper right hand corner

Dessert
Individual strawberry shortcakes
(you can find the readymade shells in the market near the strawberries. Tope with whipped cream & a sprrig of mint

Wine

The chicken parm & zuke can also be made in a heart-shaped foil packet in the oven.

Have fun.

Edited to add Chicken Wellington - Chicken breasts are wrapped in puffed pastry, w cream cheese & mushroom, etc. filling. Not as scary as it sounds.
__________________

__________________
*amy* is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:12 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.