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Dinner for your sweetie?

#1 Post by Jeff Pf0h1 » February 1st, 2009, 9:31 pm

Anything she wants. If I have known her for a bit, then I should be in tune with her favorite foods, and wines.

If it is a first date or 2nd, then I tend to go seafood. Aromatic, light and with enough variety to explore.

Champagne to start. Always. Just visiting, starting up the food, something to sip on. Bubbles sets the mood. If she has a favorite champagne, then I get that. No question.

I'd like to start with a fresh scallop, lightly grilled, some neat sauce which varies depending on my mood. Often butter and/or citrus based. I've done one on top of a beautiful pesto sauce. The colors and the flavors rocked!

I LOVE to grill lobster tails, the smaller canadian lobsters tend to work. It surprises people as they don't expect grilled lobsters. But beware, my friends have caught on and beg for this a lot. Great when I have a beautiful woman over, begging can be good but addictive enough that when you have a house full of people......

The lobster starts the tactile part of the meal. It is ok to pick up the lobster pieces, dip them in butter and pop them into your/his/her mouth. The sharing aspect. Often paired with an aged white rhone. Not many people have 10-15 year old white rhones so not only is it a great match, it provides a conversation piece. It isn't chard, it is over a decade old, it matches well. Discuss.

Fresh bread. We're hitting the aromatics here, plus everyone loves fresh, hot bread. A comfort food and sets everyone at ease.

Then what fish is fresh? Is it salmon season? Did I see perfect Black Cod or patagonian toothfish?

For the white fishes, either grilled or lightly steamed with herbs and a delicate white wine. The aromatics here cannot be undersold. Delicate, light, aromatic. It should just pull you in with that first whiff, first taste, first touch as it delicately falls apart.......

For salmon, on the grill, medium rare. Paired with a fabulous pinot. If she has a favorite, that pinot. If not, then one of mine. I have a couple of different marinades, sometimes just salt/pepper, othertimes with a touch of spiced rum and chipotle paste. WOW.

Dessert can be tricky. Are you approaching full? Overfull, as someone pointed out, isn't sexy. But something sweet can help. It might just be a glass of port, PX or sauternes. If so, go old/mature. If you can find her birthyear, go for it. OR something older than either of you. Be impressive, show you think highly of her, and grab that prized bottle. If you have a story about a bottle you acquired, go for it. Adds texture, it is more than a bottle, it is a piece of you that you've decided to share. (plus I sometimes get nervous and go speechless, having the wines planned gives me a guide to help keep the conversation flowing if necessary. "Oh yeah, when I was in France I stumbled across this little place in....... and we found these fabulous bottles. I carried a few back and wanted to try one. Care to give it a try?")

For food.... Chocolate, creme brulee..... rich but light when possible. Just a bit. Grilled bananas is one of my favorites with my famous butter and molasses sauce. Paired with an aged sauternes. I try to go older on the sauternes as well, '60s or '70s. Once again a perfect match and conversation piece. Yes a bit of showing off, bringing out the "good stuff" wine wise and not skimping.

Importantly I keep her in mind. Favorite foods? Favorite wines? Favorite music? I cook nothing that requires me to slave away in the kitchen, as I want to cook in the kitchen but not at the expense of visiting with her. I do as much prep as I can before she arrives, which allows me to do some fancy cooking but make it look easy and focus on her from the time of her arrival.
It should be a casual meal in my experience. If I wanted formal, we'd eat out. Being relaxed is a big part IMHO, YMMV. Allowing her to just watch while I cook is fun. I love to cook for others, and if she can just hang out and not feel like she needs to help in the kitchen, that's great for me. I love to cook WITH someone, but that's into the future. I never counted the number of dates it takes to get to this point, it just seems to naturally flow and when that time comes, we're both playing in the kitchen together. Then anything goes!

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#2 Post by Jeff Pf0h1 » February 1st, 2009, 9:32 pm

Oh and I didn't mention, but should. ASK what she likes ahead of time. Don't roll out the shrimp, scallops, lobster and then find out she has a seafood allergy. Sometimes a simple "do you have any food allergies or strong dislikes I should know about?" is enough. It doesn't spoil the surprise of the meal, and you don't get surprised when you find out she doesn't eat X, Y or is allergic to Z.

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#3 Post by Mark.Ricca » February 1st, 2009, 10:11 pm

Fortunately, her tastes in food are comfort oriented and relatively simple.
A good meatloaf or fresh made pasta in a bolognese sauce can work miracles.
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#4 Post by Michael Bowden » February 1st, 2009, 10:14 pm

Mark.Ricca wrote:Fortunately, her tastes in food are comfort oriented and relatively simple.
A good meatloaf or fresh made pasta in a bolognese sauce can work miracles.
The simple things are usually the hardest to do.....(meatloaf sucks btw.)
I'm taller than Zach Lang.

It's Michael.....not Mike, Mark, Mick, Mikey...get it? got it? good.

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#5 Post by Mark.Ricca » February 1st, 2009, 10:21 pm

Michael Bowden wrote:
Mark.Ricca wrote:Fortunately, her tastes in food are comfort oriented and relatively simple.
A good meatloaf or fresh made pasta in a bolognese sauce can work miracles.
The simple things are usually the hardest to do.....(meatloaf sucks btw.)
I'll bring it to Dallas. Then you can comment.

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#6 Post by Michael Bowden » February 1st, 2009, 10:26 pm

Mark.Ricca wrote:
Michael Bowden wrote:
Mark.Ricca wrote:Fortunately, her tastes in food are comfort oriented and relatively simple.
A good meatloaf or fresh made pasta in a bolognese sauce can work miracles.
The simple things are usually the hardest to do.....(meatloaf sucks btw.)
I'll bring it to Dallas. Then you can comment.

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If you can get what you get out of your wife out of me....then you'll be one lucky man. :o
I'm taller than Zach Lang.

It's Michael.....not Mike, Mark, Mick, Mikey...get it? got it? good.

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#7 Post by Mark.Ricca » February 1st, 2009, 10:36 pm

Now just where did I say I was married?
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#8 Post by Michael Bowden » February 2nd, 2009, 7:06 am

Mark.Ricca wrote:Now just where did I say I was married?
Well.......I should have said your lady....not your wife. I [notworthy.gif] for your forgiveness.
I'm taller than Zach Lang.

It's Michael.....not Mike, Mark, Mick, Mikey...get it? got it? good.

Good fries are better than great tater tots.

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#9 Post by Mark.Ricca » February 2nd, 2009, 7:15 am

Oh, it's not me brutha. She's the first one to remind me there's no ring on her finger!!

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#10 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » February 2nd, 2009, 7:28 am

Got ya tied down with battleship chains...
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#11 Post by Bob Wood » February 2nd, 2009, 7:39 am

I was going to make cioppino for Melissa but she decided to have dinner with her husband.
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#12 Post by zachary l a n g » February 3rd, 2009, 7:31 am

Ricca, post the meatloaf recipe....I LOVE meat loaf! Bowden has no taste!

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#13 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » February 3rd, 2009, 8:26 am

zachary l a n g wrote:Ricca, post the meatloaf recipe....I LOVE meat loaf! Bowden has no taste!

But you have no sweetie.
It's not easy being drunk all the time. Everyone would be doing it if it were easy.

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#14 Post by zachary l a n g » February 3rd, 2009, 8:36 am

I am my own sweetie [give_heart.gif]

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#15 Post by Michael Bowden » February 3rd, 2009, 8:38 am

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
zachary l a n g wrote:Ricca, post the meatloaf recipe....I LOVE meat loaf! Bowden has no taste!

But you have no sweetie.
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Thats all he needs.
I'm taller than Zach Lang.

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#16 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » February 3rd, 2009, 8:40 am

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#17 Post by Jorge Henriquez » February 3rd, 2009, 8:57 am

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#18 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » February 3rd, 2009, 9:09 am

[quote="Jorge Henriquez]
Dessert?[/quote]

Nope...desert.
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#19 Post by Mark.Ricca » February 3rd, 2009, 9:31 am

zachary l a n g wrote:Ricca, post the meatloaf recipe....I LOVE meat loaf! Bowden has no taste!
will do.

Thanks Zachy.

Can we ship to Mass yet?
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#20 Post by zachary l a n g » February 3rd, 2009, 10:56 am

meat loaf recipes yes...wine, not yet! the Attorney General is appealing the ruling!

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#21 Post by Steve Manzi » February 3rd, 2009, 11:30 am

I like to serve the very best.

Italian Sausage!! [heat.gif]
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#22 Post by Steve Manzi » February 3rd, 2009, 11:31 am

I know, there come the wise asses with.....Nice appetizer. What about a main course? [blackeye.gif]
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#23 Post by zachary l a n g » February 3rd, 2009, 8:07 pm

Steve, It's not as much fun when you do it to yourself with the self deprecating comments! Gotta leave that to us! (but even though you ribbed yourself, well done!)

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#24 Post by Mark.Ricca » February 4th, 2009, 5:14 am

Meatloaf:

1 large spanish onion
4 ribs celery
2 bell peppers (your choice on color)

All the above medium diced.

5 cloves of garlic minced

Saute' the above in olive oil on medium heat until translucent (don't brown if possible) and season well with salt, black pepper, dry thyme, and 3 whole bay leaves.
Cook until most of the liquid from the veg has evaporated. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Remove the bay leaves.

2 lbs. 80/20 ground beef
2 lbs. ground turkey (not just breast meat)

4 whole eggs
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup BBQ sauce of your choice
3 cups fresh breadcrumbs with more on hand if necessary
the cooled sauteed veg from above
2 Tbsp salt
1 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

mix the above ingredients well.
the mix should be moist but hold shape when molded so add more breadcrumb if necessary.

form 3 loaves approx. 10" long by 4" wide in an appropriate sized baking dish(s)

Bake at 350F for approximately 1 hour (165F internal)

I don't glaze the loaves as the sugar and fat from the olive oil and BBQ sauce usually brown sufficiently.

Serve with gorgonzola mashed potatoes and sauteed broccoli.
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#25 Post by Bob Wood » February 4th, 2009, 6:38 am

Stink, I've just decided to take a page out of Jabba the Raffle's book and claim you know zip about food. [haha.gif]

Bell peppers and guajolote in meat loaf? No swine? Say it isn't so!
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#26 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » February 4th, 2009, 8:08 am

Bob Wood wrote:Stink, I've just decided to take a page out of Jabba the Raffle's book and claim you know zip about food. [haha.gif]

Bell peppers and guajolote in meat loaf? No swine? Say it isn't so!

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#27 Post by Jeff Pf0h1 » February 4th, 2009, 11:28 pm

zachary l a n g wrote:I am my own sweetie
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#28 Post by c fu » February 4th, 2009, 11:31 pm

Jeff, don't mean to detract from the thread, do you have a specific herb mixture you toss on white fish when you grill? I'm usually pretty freaked about tossing white fish on a grill (direct contact) due to it sticking.. any suggestions?
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#29 Post by Mark.Ricca » February 5th, 2009, 4:50 am

Bob Wood wrote:Stink, I've just decided to take a page out of Jabba the Raffle's book and claim you know zip about food. [haha.gif]

Bell peppers and guajolote in meat loaf? No swine? Say it isn't so!
Between you and Bowden, I will have to perform this at FFII....


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#30 Post by Mark.Ricca » February 5th, 2009, 5:43 am

We don't eat pork in this house (she doesn't). So the standard BPV mix doesn't cut it here. I started mixing in turkey a few years back. It tastes better and is cheaper than say.................Lipitor.
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