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the first dinner date at your place by
Patricia Virella | 1
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Naturally, of course, it would be a terrible thing indeed to serve up
something your date simply won’t eat. Find out beforehand whether
there are any food allergies you should be aware of, or if he/she just
flat out doesn’t like a certain food ingredient. Don’t delude
yourself into thinking that despite the fact that your guy/girl hates
pork, you’ll be able to convince him/her otherwise by making your
special roasted pork loin. Make the dinner fair, and cook up something
that both of you are sure to enjoy. Run your ideas about dinner by your
sweetie and get the ok before committing yourself to a menu. You’ll
save yourself the pain of watching your date carefully pick out all the
onions out because he hates onions.
I’m a fan of the basic 3-course dinner:
appetizer/starter, main entrée, and, of course, dessert. The
first course is a warm up: serve a light salad and some bread over
wine. Talk and get comfy. By the time you bring out your main
course, you’ll be getting over those nerves, and starting to
relax. And hopefully by the last course you’ll be concentrating
more on each other than the (undoubtedly awesome) food you’ve
stop: there's more this way!
and Sun-dried Tomato Orzo
1 lb. orzo
5 fresh sprigs of basil, finely chopped
½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
2 tbsp. olive oil (extra virgin is Best)
Boil orzo until al dente (there’s some bite to it). Drain.
In a separate bowl, mix oil, basil + sun-dried tomatoes. Pour
mixture into orzo and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Do not drain pasta and rinse under cold water (cold shock the
pasta). The pasta in its warm state will continue to cook so
that by the time you serve it will have a nice texture.
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