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!
Emma is the food editor at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles on the fly, baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., and writing about the history of pie in North Carolina. Now she lives in New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's award-winning column, Big Little Recipes (also the cookbook in October 2021!). And see what she's up to on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.