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Old 08-27-2007, 07:27 AM   #1
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So I need some serious help

Ok so i have invited this girl round for dinner, i really like her and have done for a long time, and somehow it ended up that i am going to cook for her.
So i have never really cooked with me only being 18.
I need something that is simple to cook, but effective, i was thinking of doing a BBQ weather permitting but then again what should i put on that, suggestions would be very helpful.
I have 5 days to decide what I'm going to cook to impress her, and to get the ingredients.
Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-27-2007, 07:53 AM   #2
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Good Morning, and welcome to DC.

Question, Do you know what some of her favorite foods are? That would be a good starting place...
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:54 AM   #3
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Hi, Chef. Here's an idea: Get a couple of boneless pork chops and just before grilling, brush on a sauce made of a few tablespoons of Dijon mustard and about half a teaspoon of crumbled dried thyme. Grill about 3-4 minutes per side. To go with them, we like to have twice-baked potatoes. Here's an easy recipe: http://www.pbs.org/everydayfood/reci..._potatoes.html

Then a green salad and you're good to go. We don't have dessert much, but Rachael Ray on "30 Minutes Meals" has lots of good ideas for quick, easy desserts. Here's one: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/reci...ml?rsrc=search

I don't know where you are, but I'd look for some really fresh berries, from a farmer's market or something similar.

Hope this is helpful.
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Old 08-27-2007, 12:47 PM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestion.
In reply to the other one, i really don't know what she likes, i have asked, but she says it depends on her mood, and stuff.
I am a bit frightened she may not take to the pork.
Any other simple but elegant suggestions?
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Old 08-27-2007, 12:49 PM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestion.
In reply to the other one, i really don't know what she likes, i have asked, but she says it depends on her mood, and stuff.
I am a bit frightened she may not take to the pork.
Any other simple but elegant suggestions?
You could do the same recipe with boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Ask her if she has any dietary restrictions, so you don't have to guess at what she can't or won't eat
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Old 08-27-2007, 12:57 PM   #6
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The chicken sounds like a much better idea
Could you please give me direct instructions to this, so i cant go wrong ?
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Old 08-27-2007, 01:07 PM   #7
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Grilled Chicken Dijon

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
3 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. dried thyme, crumbled
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat grill. In a small bowl, mix together mustard and thyme. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Brush half of mustard mixture over one side of chicken breasts. Place chicken on grill with mixture side down and brush remaining mixture on second side of chicken. Grill 5 minutes, turn chicken over, and grill 4-5 minutes more till chicken is done, using an instant thermometer to check doneness - temp. should be 165 degrees F.
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Old 08-27-2007, 01:19 PM   #8
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Hey Chef! Listen to your Uncle Bob. The lady will be wowed with anything you cook for her! Just the fact that you did anything will make her happy! Don't give up on trying to find out what she likes!! Hey be discreet, and ask her mother. If ya fix one of her favorites then it will be double WOW!!


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I've always found Angel Hair to be really good, and nice-looking if you prepare it right. Think olive oil sauce and some grilled chicken strips + vegetables, perhaps with some garlic bread and a bottle of wine...she'll be swept off her feet!
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Good advice check with her mother first.. But here is a suggestion get some good fresh French or Italian bread, a little Brie cheese do a simple sautee of chicken tenders with mushrooms, a spinach salad with a store bought dressing.. cut the bread and butter it and toast or grill in a skillet and spread the Brie on it for a starter for a nice side some cous cous in chicken stock desert Berrys and cream Go git em tiger
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