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    Dinner Ideas

    I'm looking for a little help from my fellow CF'ers today. My wife was sick earlier this week and I had the work schedule from hell, so I told her instead of trying to cram something in on Tuesday, I would just cook her a nice dinner Friday night. Less to do with Valentine's and more to do with her having an awful week and me trying to do something nice. Anyway, I'm a decent cook, but I am striking out on what the hell to make tonight. Anybody have some decent, somewhat romantic recipes for two?



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    Re: Dinner Ideas

    Ham steak + potatoes of some sort and maybe a fruit salad? Impossible to screw up and excellent food.



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    Re: Dinner Ideas

    Rib eyes and asparagus on the grill with Texas toast and potato of choice.


    Last edited by 2020cy; 02-17-2012 at 11:13 AM.

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    Re: Dinner Ideas

    How much prep time will you have? 2020cy's idea sounds like a winner.



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    Re: Dinner Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by yCy View Post
    How much prep time will you have? 2020cy's idea sounds like a winner.
    Should be able to get out of the office around 1 or 2 unless some sort of crisis comes up this morning. Plenty of time to pick up groceries and prep.



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    Re: Dinner Ideas

    Milk steak with a side of your finest Jelly Beans, raw.




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    Re: Dinner Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by yCy View Post
    How much prep time will you have? 2020cy's idea sounds like a winner.
    Agree that 2020cy's idea sounds good.

    To throw another option out there, a good fallback for me is linguine with clam sauce. It takes ~30 minutes start-to-finish, isn't fishy tasting (first reaction I get from people when they here there are clams in it), and leftovers taste great once the pasta has overnight to marinate in the sauce.


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    Re: Dinner Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCyGuy View Post
    I'm looking for a little help from my fellow CF'ers today. My wife was sick earlier this week and I had the work schedule from hell, so I told her instead of trying to cram something in on Tuesday, I would just cook her a nice dinner Friday night. Less to do with Valentine's and more to do with her having an awful week and me trying to do something nice. Anyway, I'm a decent cook, but I am striking out on what the hell to make tonight. Anybody have some decent, somewhat romantic recipes for two?

    If you don't want to grill, go get a couple of NY Strips. rub them with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Take an oven safe, stainless steel saute pan and get it nice and hot. Sear the steaks for 2-3 min per side, and then pop the whole pan in a 350 degree oven until they're done to your liking. Remove the steaks from the pan and let them rest.

    In the meantime, put the pan back on the burner and make a pan sauce from the drippings. You could do a roux if you want to make a thicker sauce, but just deglazing with a little flavorful liquid like wine or fruit juice is really good, too. Let it reduce, add some herbs and pour it over the steaks.

    Serve with steamed vegetables. Restaurant quality meal that would normally cost you $30 - $40, for about $15.


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    Re: Dinner Ideas

    If she eats garlic, shrimp scampi is always good, otherwise maybe try this chicken with bowties and sun dried tomatoes recipe. Serve either with a salad and some sort of bread or rolls and finish with a cheesecake for dessert. (store bought is fine imho).

    Farfalle Bow Tie) Pasta With Chicken amp; Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe - Food.com - 52376



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    Re: Dinner Ideas

    Chicken Parmesan with fettuccine and marinara! Top it off with some texas toast or garlic french bread!


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    Re: Dinner Ideas

    Tequila chicken. Any food or beverage with tequila in it is a panty dropper.



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    Re: Dinner Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Senolcyc View Post
    Tequila chicken. Any food or beverage with tequila in it is a panty dropper.
    6 months pregnant, not really looking to pour any alcohol into her tonight, lol.



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    Re: Dinner Ideas

    Spaghetti/garlic bread and a veggie is always a tasty, relatively quick dinner selection!


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    Re: Dinner Ideas

    I made some pretty awesome orange chicken a few weeks ago with OJ, starch, flour, sugar, chili flakes. It was really good.



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    Re: Dinner Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCyGuy View Post
    6 months pregnant, not really looking to pour any alcohol into her tonight, lol.

    Yes that bit of information voids my recommendation. Congratulations!



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