Food tastes best when made with love. So when you need a recipe for romance, cook as a couple! Make a two-cook kitchen work with these tips from three chef couples from hot restaurants around the country, plus our favorite recipes to make on date night.
Made for Each Other
Gabrielle Quinonez Denton and Greg Denton, chef-owners of Ox restaurant, Portland, OR go all out on date night! One person is the chef, and the other takes a supporting role. It helps them not step on each other's toes, literally and figuratively! If they can't agree, they each cook a dish, then decide which one wins. At home, they turn on some music, put on your slippers and open a bottle of wine, so making dinner doesn't feel like work!
Roasted Onions & Beets
The meal they love to make is Roasted Onions & Buttered Beets with Blue Cheese. This dish is inspired by a trip they took to Europe. They rented a cottage in a Provencal vineyard, picked up produce and cheese at a farmers' market, then roasted the onions in the fireplace, using grapevine clippings for firewood.
Crunchy walnuts contrast with the smooth roasted beets and creamy blue cheese.
Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier, Chef-Owners of Arrows and McPerkins Cove restaurants, Ogunquit, ME would rather stay in watching the news and making a meal than go out! They like to see what looks good at the market and plan the meal from there. Shopping together and getting excited about the ingredients is half the fun. When they cook together they have two cutting boards and two sharp knives, so they don't end up competing for one tool. They recommend being mindful of sharing the kitchen space, but laugh about it when you both end up in the same corner!
The meal they love to make is Roasted Salmon with Mom's Sauce, String Beans and Pine Nuts. A few months into dating, Clark invited Mark to his parents' home for Memorial Day. His parents and him hit it off immediately, but he was horrified when he realized they were having salmon for dinner. There weren't
many foods he disliked, but salmon was one of them. He planned to take small bites and wash them down quickly with red wine! But to his my surprise, Clark's mom's version was tender, flavorful and far from fishy. Mark knew this was the beginning of a good relationship!
A smoky and sweet mixture of brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce caramelizes as it roasts.
Liz Pruiett and Chad Robertso, Chefs, Bakers and Co-Owners of Tartine and Bar Tartine, San Francisco, CA spend most of their "couple time" with their daughter, Archer, who is 5 years old, and loves to cook, too. But Chad and Liz will sometimes add a little something extra to their dishes that's just for them -- like chiles, which they'll leave out of Archer's dish, since she doesn't like spicy food. To keep home cooking as uncomplicated as possible so that you'll do it often they recommend building a meal around something you have on hand or from the market, like a great loaf of bread or delicious chicken.
Hominy & Jalapeno Chicken Soup
The meal they love to make is Hominy & Jalapeno Chicken Soup. Chad's a surfer, and in San Francisco you never know when the good waves will strike. So he'll find a way to make it to the beach whenever that is. But because they don't want to miss family time, they'll grab a blanket and some spoons and bring a thermos of this spicy chicken soup to enjoy together after. It's one of their favorite rituals.
Set out herbs, chiles and sour cream so you can each customize your bowl to your taste.
How to Cook a Steak
If you and your partner enjoy big juicy steaks, then save money by skipping the steakhouse and cooking at home. Our easy technique shows you a simple trick for testing steak temperature when cooking, so your meat will be done exactly as you like it.
Homemade Pasta Night
When cooking together, draw on inspiration from your relationship. For example, if you've just come back from an Italian vacation, roll out and shape fresh pasta together while reminiscing about your trip.