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Cooking For Different Types Of Women / For men

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Thomas Wolfe certainly had one thing right: The preparation of food for another is an act of love. On the other hand, times have changed, and the traditional roles of men and women have evolved. Let’s switch gears by replacing ourselves with the woman in the quote above. Women tend to pick up on the small things. Our shoes, mannerisms and even our treatment of complete strangers all play into her impression of who we are. With that said, there’s probably no better environment to demonstrate your sense of preparation, confidence and dedication to her than in your very own kitchen.

Because tastes and appetites vary widely, I challenge you to create a romantic meal that’s geared specifically toward her preferences. Beyond impressing a date, a meal at home allows you to control the ingredients and costs, something your waistline and wallet will appreciate.

I’ve laid out four meals that cater to the needs of four different personalities. Stereotypes aside, keep in mind that these are merely starting points. It’s best to find out in advance if she’s not particularly fond of certain food items, as you can adjust these recipes or themes based on your subject. All of these entrees could be accompanied by a salad of mixed greens and vegetables of your choice. Create a dressing by using a 3-to-1 ratio of extra virgin olive oil to balsamic vinegar along with a pinch of salt and fresh cracked pepper for the perfect vinaigrette. For dessert, choose either a store-bought cake or yogurt dressed up with some fresh sliced fruit. In other words, keep it simple. Imagine the adoration she’ll pour on as you work in the kitchen. Your only worry after this meal is if you have your fridge stocked for breakfast in the morning.

Sautéed portobellos, asparagus and tomatoes over angel hair pasta
This is a hearty dish that’s packed with nutrition. For nonvegetarians, the meaty texture of the mushrooms will satisfy any protein cravings. Whole grain pasta could be used for a meal with higher fiber content. Pair with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or a lager beer.

220 gr angel hair pasta
Fresh cracked pepper
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
220 gr sliced portobello mushrooms
½ cup dry white wine or vegetable broth
230 gr fresh asparagus, cleaned, trimmed, and sliced in half
1 can diced tomatoes (400 gr)
½ cup pasta cooking water, reserved
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, optional

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21 марта 2011


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