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 a writer and recipe developer 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., reviewing restaurants, and writing articles about everything from how to use leftover mashed potatoes to the history of pies in North Carolina. Now she lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's cooking column, Big Little Recipes, all about big flavor and little ingredient lists. And see what she's up to on Instagram and Twitter at @emmalaperruque.