Cooking together is always a great date. There are so many options to choose from. If you search the web for cooking classes in your home town, you are bound to come up with something. If you live in a more remote area you may be able to find a chef to provide a private cooking class in your home. Also check with local restaurants and hotels, as they may have special events. Sur La Table offers in store cooking classes which are fabulous. In Phoenix we also have a great cooking store called Sweet Basil Gourmet that offers couple cooking classes.
How about preparing a recipe you have always wanted to try? Have the recipes and ingredients ready for the two of you to create your own cooking class at home.
Today with all of the amazing meal delivery companies it really is a breeze to create this FFR. They do the shopping for you and ship it to your door. Here are a few that we like: Blue Apron Plated Chef’d
What about a lobster dinner delivered to your door? Lobster Gram is on it. They have everything from lobster dinners to an entire clam bake. Yummy!
Keep in mind if creating the experience at home, taking some extra time to create an inviting ambiance is well worth the effort. Dim the lights and light some candles. Have some great music playing. We like Michael Buble or Frank Sinatra. Take the time to create a romantic mood for dinner. Set the table nicely and use placemats and cloth napkins. You can find great deals at a local home décor store.
You can purchase a beautiful cookbook and pick recipes to prepare. Do all of the pre-shopping for ingredients. Gift wrap the cookbook and give it as a gift at the start of the evening before you begin cooking together.
As you can see, the sky is the limit with options available to you in the cooking arena. We can’t wait to hear what you cook up. We have also attached a couple of our favorite recipes to get you started.
The FFR Team
- 4 fillets tilapia
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon
- Trader Joes 21 seasoning salute or your favorite seasoning
- 1 lemon thinly sliced
- 1/8 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- Garlic powder to taste
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Preferably glass
- Season the tilapia fillets with salt, pepper and 21 seasoning Salute on both sides. Arrange the seasoned fillets in a single layer in the baking dish. Place a layer of lemon slices over the fish fillets.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes uncovered in the preheated oven, or until fish is flakey.
- If you can make the dill sauce the day before it tastes much better. Mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic powder, lemon juice and dill in a small bowl. Serve with tilapia. You can double the dill sauce if you like.
Suggested Wine Pairings
Pinot Grigio (Italy)
Sauvignon Blanc (Washington)
Chicken a la FFR
- 4 skinless, bonless chicken breasts
- Milk as needed
- 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese
- 2 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 Lemon
- 1 ¼ cup white wine
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 ¼ cup chicken broth
- Grand Marnier to
- Pour enough milk over chicken to cover and soak for 30 minutes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly butter a baking dish.
- Mix bread crumbs, parsley and cheese together.
- Remove chicken from milk and place in bread crumb mixture until coated.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; lightly brouwn about 3-4 minutes per side.
- Place chicken in baking dish, reserve 1 tablespoon of oil in the skillet.
- Sprinkle chicken with salt and peper and then put 1 to 2 lemon slices onto each chicken piece.
- Add a little bit of wine to skillet with oil and bring to a boil while scraping the brownie bit from the bottom of the pan with a non-metal spoon. Add the rest of wine and chicken broth and boil until reduced by half, 10-12 minutes. Pour wine mixture over chicken and drizzle orange liqueur over each.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes when chicken is no longer pink and sauce is bubbly.
Suggested Wine Pairings