Cooking together can be surprisingly unenjoyable. Either you're peering over the person's shoulder as they chop garlic painfully slow, or you're cringing while they peel carrots so fast that you're sure their thumb is going to land in the kitchen sink. Or, even worse -- they've taken your favorite knife hostage, and all you want to do is point your finger to the living room and yell OUT.
But cooking together can also be dreamy. It can be fun, playful, and a great way to do some bonding, like those trust falls we were all forced to do in the 9th grade. Divvy up the tasks and take out two cutting boards so you're not stepping on each other's toes, and make sure to crack open a bottle of wine. These recipes all have a few components to them, so you'll be busy with your own chopping, peeling, sautéing, and searing. Before you know it, you'll be exchanging high fives.