Dear Test Kitchen

Our Test Kitchen's Ultimate Date Night Menu

Featuring “sexy date night cheese.”

February  7, 2019

What’s the most romantic restaurant around? Your place. This means you have to do the cooking, sure. But if you ask us, that’s the best part. Planning a menu, prepping ingredients, freewheeling recipes—and snacking and drinking and chatting and laughing. Our test kitchen director Josh Cohen and his wife, our favorite certified cheese professional Elena Santogade have at-home date night down pat, all thanks to a few easy tricks. Watch the latest Dear Test Kitchen episode above, then tell us about your at-home date night traditions in the comment section below!

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Barbra F. February 11, 2019
That is the recipe for those truffles, Please! they look wonderful?
Josh C. February 14, 2019
Hi Barbra, unfortunately, we didn't use a specific recipe for the goat cheese truffles. But the general approach is to mix fresh goat cheese with a little cocoa powder, honey, and a pinch of cinnamon. Chill this mixture, roll it into balls, and coat in melted chocolate. Refrigerate again to let the melted chocolate set. You can garnish with salt, or experiment with other flavors like cardamom or chili powder.
Leigh February 9, 2019
Sorry, but this is not appealing at all. Trendy, I guess, but not the kind of luscious fare we would expect for a “romantic” dinner.
nouveauchef February 8, 2019
I'd love to know what kind of cheese that was - brie or something else? I'm here for sexy date night cheese!
Josh C. February 14, 2019
Hello nouveauchef,

For info on the specific cheese we used, please refer to this website:

In general, that style of cheese is "soft ripened" with a bloomy rind.