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Old 07-02-2014, 03:50 PM
 
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I'll say it again: cooking well is an art as much as it is a skill. Those of us who cook don't always stop to think about the years it has taken to know how well a new recipe is going. My SO and I can each take a brand new recipe off Allrecipes.com or something like it and we can make instant substitutions for suggested ingredients that we either don't care for or don't have on hand. The first meal SO made for me was a Salmon fillet, done in the microwave! It really tastes much better than it sounds and is dead easy to do. And he won't drift off afterwards. There is nothing hotter than a woman saying to you that she has prepared a light fish meal for dinner, because she doesn't want you getting slouchy and sleepy before .... before its time to do so. FWIW.

H

P.S. Now that we share house we grill the Salmon. Fish is underrated as Soul Food. Even Catfish.
Wild caught catfish is, in my opinion, one of the most underappreciated fish meats. Blues, yellows, channel or even gafftop... All great. I'd never eat a hard head, though.
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:12 PM
 
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See what your local farmers' market has available. Nothing like fresh fruit and vegetables! For a Southern flavor to your meal, try iced tea (let him sweeten it himself), sliced tomatoes, a tossed salad, "snapped" green beans cooked with ham hock or a couple of strips of bacon, boiled new (small, red) potatoes, corn bread or spoonbread (look for a mix - time-consuming otherwise) and perhaps a peach cobbler or peach-pecan pie (with vanilla ice cream) for dessert. Blackberries are also coming into season and are a sure-fire favorite of many.

As for the main dish (and I don't mean you. Or him), try mustard maple pecan pork chops (leave out the pecans in the pie if you choose this). Sounds and looks elaborate, but is really extremely simple to prepare, and is Southern. Or a ham slice, or grocery store fried chicken. A local discount grocery store has the best fried chicken in town, and you can buy it by the piece (if you go with by the piece, be sure to allow him at least two good-sized pieces). Perhaps there's something similar in your community.

Don't forget a pretty centerpiece - most farmers' markets have fresh flowers. Keep it simple and colorful. Use nice chinaware - not necessarily your best at this point, but things that match - and coordinate your tablecloth and napkins. Wear something simple but pretty - maybe a nice sundress and sandals. Do as much as you can ahead of time, and make it appear that fixing his dinner was a snap! And yes, do let him help with clearing the table, etc., but it's okay to postpone doing the dishes once the leftovers are put away. You may have other things to do...

Good luck!
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:19 PM
 
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I think we made this just way too complicated -tho with good intentions

pick up a bucket of kfc fried chicken, then give him dessert, very simple!



the lady's that wanted to cook for me,,,made it wayyyy too complicated, got so upset things didn't turn out perfect, that it ruined dessert

looking back, id have been pleased with some pre-cooked chicken,,,, and looking forward to dessert...
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:35 PM
 
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Grill up some ribs, long and low. sauced or rubbed, some corn bread and some green beans and call it a day.
Sauced ... definitely sauced. It allows for lots of sexy finger licking opportunities.
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:39 PM
 
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Grill up some ribs, long and low. sauced or rubbed, some corn bread and some green beans and call it a day.

BTW, you are a good woman already, effort accounts more to men than most women would ever know.


well neil....how bout one of your songs in the back ground


baby tonight, baby tonight by the fire all alone you and i, nothing around but the song of your heart on my side .......
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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I think that might be illegal. Punctuation matters. :P

Sorry I just couldn't resist.

OP try doing oven fried chicken and for a side do some roasted corn on the cob and a good home made potato salad.
"cooking a man you like a meal" means cooking for a man you like.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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I'll say it again: cooking well is an art as much as it is a skill. Those of us who cook don't always stop to think about the years it has taken to know how well a new recipe is going. My SO and I can each take a brand new recipe off Allrecipes.com or something like it and we can make instant substitutions for suggested ingredients that we either don't care for or don't have on hand. The first meal SO made for me was a Salmon fillet, done in the microwave! It really tastes much better than it sounds and is dead easy to do. And he won't drift off afterwards. There is nothing hotter than a woman saying to you that she has prepared a light fish meal for dinner, because she doesn't want you getting slouchy and sleepy before .... before its time to do so. FWIW.

H

P.S. Now that we share house we grill the Salmon. Fish is underrated as Soul Food. Even Catfish.
Ever have Maple-baked Salmon, marinated in syrup, soy sauce, garlic and ginger?
Holy Mary Mother of God, is it ever good!!
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:45 PM
 
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If you're not into cooking already, or even if you are, I would hope he'll just appreciate the thought and effort, regardless of how the meal turns out. If he isn't, then he's probably not worth any future effort anyway. My girlfriend is just not really into cooking, so I do all of it, and she really appreciates it.

I don't know if anyone mentioned this already, but : Chicken and Dumplings? I make this on a regular basis, and it's really easy and hard to mess up.
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Sapulpa, OK
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If you're not into cooking already, or even if you are, I would hope he'll just appreciate the thought and effort, regardless of how the meal turns out. If he isn't, then he's probably not worth any future effort anyway. My girlfriend is just not really into cooking, so I do all of it, and she really appreciates it.

I don't know if anyone mentioned this already, but : Chicken and Dumplings? I make this on a regular basis, and it's really easy and hard to mess up.
Unless you have your heat up to high and scorch it!
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Ever have Maple-baked Salmon, marinated in syrup, soy sauce, garlic and ginger?
Holy Mary Mother of God, is it ever good!!
Our standard fish marinade for grilling is melted Butter (1/3 stick), soy sauce (2TBS), lemon juice (1/4 C), garlic (clove or 1tsp) and black pepper (1tsp). This works for most fish but for Salmon we usually add ginger and marinade for longer. Maple syrup.... hmmm...

H
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