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Old 01-23-2014, 04:27 PM   #11
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Busting her chops ? What does that mean ?

What's for pudding do tell
Teasing, GQ.
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:04 PM   #12
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Busting her chops ? What does that mean ?

What's for pudding do tell
I think it means teasing her (at least, I hope so )

EDIT: Sorry PF, I posted before I saw yours
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:26 PM   #13
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Make Rice!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:45 PM   #14
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It's great you're good at multi-tasking but that's not the issue. When cooking for a "date" you should plan on a menu that allows you to spend time charming your young lady, rather than having her watch a frenzy of activity at the stove. At least that's what I'd do.

If your chicken dish calls for cooking low and slow, you can do it in the oven or start it on the stovetop if needed and finish it in the oven. or

You can do your potatoes in the oven. That's where they're usually done.

The microwave is a champ at steaming veggies.

If you're going to make rice, make pilaf rather than steamed rice. Tastes better and its flavor will stand up to the chicken.
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:24 PM   #15
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It's great you're good at multi-tasking but that's not the issue. When cooking for a "date" you should plan on a menu that allows you to spend time charming your young lady, rather than having her watch a frenzy of activity at the stove. At least that's what I'd do.

If your chicken dish calls for cooking low and slow, you can do it in the oven or start it on the stovetop if needed and finish it in the oven. or

You can do your potatoes in the oven. That's where they're usually done.

The microwave is a champ at steaming veggies.

If you're going to make rice, make pilaf rather than steamed rice. Tastes better and its flavor will stand up to the chicken.

Spoken like a successful woo-er!!

And I agree with you on every count. A first date where you are cooking the dinner means simple but yummy. Use the oven and the microwave and cook as much up front as you can.

The LAST thing you want to be doing on a first date is multitasking, IMO.


Good luck to the OP!
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:27 PM   #16
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Spoken like a successful woo-er!!

And I agree with you on every count. A first date where you are cooking the dinner means simple but yummy. Use the oven and the microwave and cook as much up front as you can.

The LAST thing you want to be doing on a first date is multitasking, IMO.

Good luck to the OP!
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:04 PM   #17
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I'll be honest, I've never understood the appeal of steamed vegetables. They taste washed out to me.

You could roast all three of those veggies together in one pan and they would have a lot more flavor. Just toss with olive oil, s&p and roast at 400F for about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped fresh chives and parsley when you remove them from the oven.

Also, I like sweeter wines, like Pinot Grigio or Riesling, with chicken. But that's personal preference
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:19 PM   #18
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I would forget about the carrots, but that's just me. Is there a microwave nearby. You can zap up nice broccoli in a couple minutes. Give the taters a couple minutes, in the same microwave, then into a pan with some olive oil and butter to brown and finish. Beer or wine, what does the lady like? I would keep the meal almost simple and then go all out on a dessert even if it's a glorious hot fudge sundae with all the fixings.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:38 PM   #19
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Here is a good stovetop potato recipe: Parsley Potatoes Recipe - Allrecipes.com
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:47 PM   #20
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Welcome to DC Anthony.

Gosh, by my count you have four things going on for the top of the stove. I've been cooking for a very long time and that's more than I would want to keep tract of for a company dinner, as all your attention will need to be at the stove and not with your girl. You're right, the sauna is a clever thought, but not likely to work.

I'd recommend no more than two dishes for the stove top myself.

For the starch with your meal, I'd do steamed rice instead of potatoes as it can be done without any attention.
Yep, it looks like we've come full circle. I repeat again from post #2 and you sure don't need a rice cooker to cook rice!
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