What did you cook for your first meal for your lover?

Inspired by Jenny's post, I wonder if anyone has brilliant ideas for a good first meal to woo someone? Bold, traditional? elaborate or simple?

  • Posted by: lloreen
  • February 6, 2012


hardlikearmour February 8, 2012
Wow.... I first met my husband when I was 19. I can't say what the first meal I made him was, but I am almost certain the first thing I ever made him was Famous Amos Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies.
meganvt01 February 8, 2012
This is too cute! I made lamb chops with GARLIC and rosemary, twice baked potatoes with GARLIC and smoked gouda, and a very GARLICKY ceasar salad. needless to say, we still laugh about how not romantic an overload of garlic is on a date :)
CarlaCooks February 8, 2012
I burned the hell out of some spice-rubbed fish. My poor boyfriend, now husband, said, 'Maybe it's supposed to be black like this... it's probably just the pepper.' What a sweetie!
My Dad's girlfriend calls my Dad 'lover'. Coming from a 70 year old woman, it's pretty darn funny!
boulangere February 7, 2012
King crab, garlic butter, hand-made baguette, salad nicoise, cheesecake. And croissants for breakfast ;0)
Niknud February 7, 2012
Ha! Tostino's frozen pizza with extra shredded cheese on top crammed in an Army barracks room (using his not really allowed toaster oven) and outstanding scotch. But several years, two kids and homemade lamb stew later we still laugh about it being really delicious!
Devangi R. February 7, 2012
My husband then my boyfriend loves palak paneer , so i had made him palak paneer and homemade naan!
dymnyno February 7, 2012
At the time that I met my husband, we both lived in Portland, Oregon. Henry Thiele's was a favorite breakfast spot which was famous for their puffy pancake. I made him that receipe for one of our first breakfasts. The night that I met him, my roommate and friends were helping pit cherries for my Cherry Chutney. (he was there for the wine, but that changed.)
bigpan February 6, 2012
About fifty years ago I made bacon and eggs - you figure it out ! (still make bacon and eggs once a month for her)
Julia C. February 6, 2012
Veal Marsala with homemade pasta
gege 1. February 6, 2012
Coq au vin
drbabs February 6, 2012
I dont remember...probably filet mignon... But I always make chocolate pots de creme for dessert.
SKK February 6, 2012
In 1985 Grilled Game Hens with Raspberry Marinade from The Silver Palate Good Times cookbook. The game
hens caught on fire so we went out to a restaurant.
MTMitchell February 6, 2012
When we had been dating not-too-long I made game hens. As I was making them I couldn't understand why I didn't make them more often. Then my now-husband made some crack about then looking like toddler chickens and it was all I could do not to give mine to his-now-our dog and get pizza! I got over it though and we had lovely hens at thanksgiving courtesy of my sister-in-law!
allans February 6, 2012
Stuffed Cornish Hens with wild rice and new potatoes
ChefJune February 7, 2012
Love it! I've made those too. But they weren't the first dinner. ;)
Mei C. February 6, 2012
I met my husband in college and left him a loaf Challah on his desk.
lloreen February 6, 2012
yeah, I don't use the term "lover" in real life either because it makes me think of of a velour-clothed, motown-playing, mustache-sporting guy.. But I hate "partner" which makes me think of John Wayne - and husband is too gender and sexuality specific. Hence...I was trying to ask about a meal to woo so "lover" seemed to fit....ironically
amysarah February 6, 2012
Yes, totally got that inclusion (gender/sexuality, married/single, defying definition whatsoever) was your - admirable - intent. Didn't mean to sound critical - that word just always strikes me. (Not that I can suggest a better one!) But I like your description of the iconic porn 'stache...very '70's Lifetime movie, starring Lindsay Wagner indulging in illicit fondue. (What, did my age just show?)
amysarah February 6, 2012
On my first date with my husband - camouflaged as a casual dinner party with mutual friends - I made a pasta with seafood, including lots of calamari. Only later did he fess up that calamari squicked him out - at least back in those days, as a child of small town Kentucky, whose family's idea of fish extended to Mrs. Paul. If there. And yet, he ate every bite. (Speaking of squicky, only me who cringes a little at the term 'lover'? I understand it handily covers a multitude of relationships, but whenever I hear it, I always think: too specific!) (Sorry, don't mean to nit pick...just one of those 'things.')
MTMitchell February 6, 2012
A Sunday supper of spaghetti and meatballs, with the sauce the way my grandmother and mother make it where it simmers almost all day. Not only does my husband still request it (all the time) he now makes the pasta by hand, which is a step farther than I took it that first time I made it for him. The pasta maker was my first Christmas present from him, too, so it's a nice little reminder, too.

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miss J. February 6, 2012
Veal scaloppine, rice pilaf, haricot vert with a great bottle of wine slowly. Followed by Mousse au Chocolat with cognac by the fire. That was 30 years ago & the love is still strong but dessert not often enough.
lloreen February 6, 2012
I'd marry you, Panfusine!
Panfusine February 7, 2012
In retrospect, I realize how mismatched it was...but hey it worked! and we have 2 lovely kids to show for it!
Panfusine February 6, 2012
Gosh...I remember that as clear as day, Baby potatoes stuffed with mint chutney in a cream sauce, Cranberry Rasam, Afghan Pilaf with nuts & dry fruit, Onion Sambhar, yogurt rice, & store bought Naan.
KimW February 6, 2012
He took me out for dinner and he ordered veal Marsala and told be it was his favorite. It was terrible.
The next night I made him veal Marsala at my place. I have been cooking for him every night for 6 years now.
lloreen February 6, 2012
nice...I hope he still takes you out on occasion though ;)
ChefJune February 6, 2012
Chicken with Red Wine Vinegar Sauce! http://www.food52.com/recipes/11458_chicken_in_red_wine_vinegar_sauce

and he requests it over and over and over again. A real winner, and so easy.
lloreen February 6, 2012
wow, looks easy. will try this weekend ;)
Bevi February 6, 2012
I made eggplant parmesan, and it was a hit. I posted a roast chicken recipe that its creator, Peg Knickerbocker, swears by for a romantic dinner: http://www.food52.com/recipes/15853_alice_b_toklas_chicken_via_peggy_knickerbocker

Good old filet mignon with a nice sauce always works. Served with potatoes and a nice veggie, who would turn that away?
lloreen February 6, 2012
looks great - I will save it in my file
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