What shall I cook for my date?

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    Sep 15, 2008 8:34 PM GMT
    I've invited a, ahem, special friend over for dinner on Thursday and I'm wondering what to cook.

    He's Italian, eats meat (obviously) and like his food. It needs to be fairly easy and quick for me to prepare.

    My usual dishes are pasta or shepherd's pie, neither of which are very imaginative.

    So, come on, ideas please.
  • Timbales

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    Sep 15, 2008 8:37 PM GMT
    order in
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    Sep 15, 2008 8:39 PM GMT
    No, that's cheating.

    I was thinking of doing steak. What do u think?
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    Sep 15, 2008 8:48 PM GMT
    How about sushi?

    It looks impressive and doesn't leave that heavy feeling some food does. Handy for later on.
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    Sep 15, 2008 8:56 PM GMT
    Sushi looks really difficult to prepare. I don't think I have the confidence to do that one.
  • Timbales

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    Sep 15, 2008 9:00 PM GMT
    I would say make your own pizza dough from scratch and get loads of different toppings. Have everything ready for when he arrives and let him help you make pizzas.
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    Sep 15, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    It isn't. Plus you can do it as a fun activity together if you aren't sure of your mad 3l33t sushi rolling skillz.
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    Sep 15, 2008 9:02 PM GMT
    I'd cook spaghetti and meatballs, because it's easy.

    meatballs:
    ground beef (you can mix with ground turkey)
    italian bread crumbs (or regular, but add extra spices)
    oregano, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
    one or two eggs and a splash of milk

    buy a good spaghetti sauce in a jar, add a small can of tomato paste, the same spices for the meatballs, and about a half teaspoon of sugar. Also, add a little water to cover the meatballs. Cook the meatballs in the sauce.

    Boil water with . . . OK, you already cook pasta

    Charlie
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    Sep 15, 2008 9:02 PM GMT
    or, for really easy, replace the meatballs with italian sausage.
  • joarky123

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    Sep 15, 2008 9:09 PM GMT
    CarlosGringo saidor, for really easy, replace the meatballs with italian sausage.


    that's what she said....


    hahaha...
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    Sep 15, 2008 9:11 PM GMT
    He's Italian I'm not sure he'll appreciate a badly cooked Italian dish. Hmm.
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    Sep 15, 2008 9:11 PM GMT
    I make a great Honey Mustard Curry chicken - it takes about 45 mins and is delicious!

    4 skinless, boneless breasts
    1/3 c mustard
    1 Table Spoon Curry Powder
    1 Teaspooon Chili Powder
    1/2 Cup Honey
    1/3 Cup butter, melted

    Heat oven to 375. In a baking pan combine melted butter, honey, mustard, curry powder & chili powder. Stir well. Place chicken in pan and thoroughly coat with sauce on all sides. Bake 30-40 mins, basting often.

    I usually serve it with cous cous and steamed brocolli. Its really good. I use the extra sauce and put in on the cous cous.

    Let me know how it turns out!

    Good luck!
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    Sep 15, 2008 9:13 PM GMT
    That sounds good.
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    Sep 15, 2008 9:15 PM GMT
    It is... I make it once a week and use the left overs for my meals the next day (eating 6 times a day).
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    Sep 15, 2008 9:19 PM GMT
    I might do salmon; that's easy innit?
  • Timbales

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    Sep 15, 2008 9:20 PM GMT
    salmon's easy, but i'd go with the pizza idea. that way he can pick what toppings he likes and you can have fun.
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    Sep 15, 2008 9:33 PM GMT
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  • auryn

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    Sep 15, 2008 9:37 PM GMT
    Why not haggis and Guiness or fish and chips?
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    Sep 15, 2008 9:42 PM GMT
    Haggis? Do you know what's in haggis? Offal!
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    Sep 15, 2008 10:18 PM GMT
    something you can eat with your hands.
    Start with some delicious fruit.
  • Puppy80

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    Sep 15, 2008 10:26 PM GMT
    I'm with timber on this one, the pizza idea sounds like a great fun idea. who doesn't like pizza!
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    Sep 15, 2008 10:29 PM GMT
    Puppy80 saidI'm with timber on this one, the pizza idea sounds like a great fun idea. who doesn't like pizza!



    and you can make it together!
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    Sep 15, 2008 10:59 PM GMT
    i have several dishes that are very nice, however, all and plenty more can be found on foodnetwork.com um yea its amazing!

    I'd so marry rachael ray if she cooked for me
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    Sep 15, 2008 11:34 PM GMT
    redheadguy saidI might do salmon; that's easy innit?
    Salmon is a great option, it's easy and it's healthy. If you buy it as a single side filet, be sure you cut it into pieces before cooking. This will allow you to serve nice clean cut piece, salmon's very hard to make clean cuts after it's cook.

    You can poach it in a nice chardonnay, just put the salmon (cut already and bones removed) into a glass dish or aluminum foil pan, fill 2/3 with wine, season the salmon with garlic powder, rosemary, and some sliced lemon. Bake it at 350 for 35 minutes, check to see if salmon flakes.

    Also, you can finish the meal with some roasted asparagus and red potatoes. I use the red or yukon gold so I don't have to peel them. Can give you specifics on cooking the potatoes and asparagus.

    Good luck!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 15, 2008 11:44 PM GMT
    Definitely NOT Liver! icon_eek.gif