I’ve always loved cooking, even before I knew how to cook. As a kid I remember watching a show called “The Galloping Gourmet.” His name was Graham Kerr and was from England. He made cooking look like fun – he must have, for he caught my attention and kept it time and time again. His show was one of the very first cooking shows on TV.
Fast forward to today – Tom and I love to watch the Food Network and Cooking Channel on TV. We’re hooked on shows like Master Chef and The Next Food Network Star. So you could say the idea for this date night seems like a natural fit for us. We both enjoy slicing and dicing together. Not to mention wining and dining! 🙂
When Tom walked in the door, I had an appetizer tray waiting for him with a sign announcing the theme of our date night at home. He had no idea what I had cooking – literally! 🙂
I had done all the shopping. I had done a lot of the prep work. The recipes were selected based on their ease of preparation, how quickly it could be cooked, and how good it sounded to eat, of course.
After enjoying our appetizers together and downloading about the day. We moved to course #2 – an Orange Avocado Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette. We chopped the veggies and enjoyed Chris Botti‘s Italia playing softly in the background.
Once it was ready we sat at the candlelit table and took our time enjoying every bite.
Next we worked on course #3 – Apple Halibut over roasted potatoes.
Halibut is a special dish for us because a few years ago Tom went on a fishing trip with his dad to Alaska. They went fishing everyday and on the halibut excursion, Tom caught a 179 lb. halibut. It was quite the catch taking many hands to reel him in, but what a great catch. We ate halibut for a year, and we never tired of it. Now we know why halibut isn’t the cheapest fish at the market!
Once the fish was cooked and plated we sat again at our dining table and enjoyed an amazing dinner.
We discovered this date was a lot more relaxing than we expected. The slower pace of eating allowed us to enjoy the entire experience. So often we gobble down our food and move onto the next thing on our list. Lingering around the dinner table provides a great platform for intimate conversation.
Our final course was Three Berry Cobbler with Breyers Vanilla Ice Cream.
This was a date that we are sure to repeat. We had a wonderful time, and this idea could be incorporated using any type of food and the best part? It doesn’t require a babysitter!
We have a saying on our dining room wall that reads:
“The fondest memories are made while gathered around the table.”
When was the last time you and your spouse made special memories while lingering around the dinner table?