Romantic Dinner ideas for a beginner cook.


My boyfriend and i have been doing long distance for just over 4 months and we finally get a weekend where its just us. I asked him what he wanted to do, and he mentioned how he misses cooking together.

I love cooking with him as well, but i want to surprise him with a romantic dinner, but i can't find any recipes that are basic enough for me, a beginner. If you know any recipes that are simplistic and delicious please send them my way!

Also, any ideas for making the dinner romantic, he's not really into the dim lighting and rose much as i am. haha

Jul 30, 2010 @ 02:40 pm

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salad - you can buy pre-wash stuff if you are short on time. otherwise, green salads are easy to make.

roasted garlic toast - this recipe is from my food blog. super easy to do and it tastes really good. you can make this ahead of time so you won't have to rush the day of the dinner.

lasagna - you can't go wrong with a lasagna. make a pot of spaghetti sauce (buy those flavoured spaghetti sauce and add your own veggies and meat). put a little of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of your casserole dish, then a layer of oven-ready lasagna noodles, add some cottage cheese, another layer of noodles, layer of sauce, cottage cheese, layer of noodles, layer of sauce and finally top with shredded cheese. bake according to the instructions on the noodle box. very easy to do and super tastey. sometimes I also add baby spinach in between layers.

Note: you can google lasagna recipes., or all have great recipes. you can read the reviews for extra ideas.

dessert - you can buy that if you don't have time. but if you want to be adventurous, i love the following recipes for taste and simplicity:

strawberry cream angel cake
pineapple creamcheese pie - easiest recipe; use pineapple and reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup.
chocolate chip brownie

good luck!!!
Jul 30, 2010 @ 08:33 pm


Thank you so much! The Dessert sounds delish!

I hope he likes Lasagna!
Jul 30, 2010 @ 09:17 pm

keep us posted!

I am sure whatever you make, your boyfriend will appreciate. Keep us posted on your menu ideas and the results of your romantic plans!
Jul 31, 2010 @ 11:34 am

Delicious Shrimp Pasta Dish

I have this great shrimp pasta dish that I found in a Bon Apetit magazine. It was a special request from a reader who had had it in a restaurant in South Carolina somewhere. Sorry, can't find the original recipe with that particular info so I can't give credit where credit is due, but I can say this recipe is pretty easy and very impressive. It does taste restaurant quality in my opinion, it should really wow your boyfriend! My husband loves it, he requests it all the time.

South Carolina Shrimp

1 can tomatoes
1/4 olive oil
20 shrimp (peeled and deveined)
1 tbsp minced shallot
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/3 cup white wine
1/3 chopped cilantro (corriander)
2 tbsps lemon juice
**1/2 cup whipping cream
6 tbsps butter
salt and pepper to taste
12 oz fettucine ( or spagettini or capellini - they cook faster!)

-before you start the sauce, put on a pot of water to boil for your pasta. Add salt when it comes to a boil. Add the pasta in about 5-10 minutes (depending on pasta you prefer to use ) before the sauce is ready.

For the Sauce:
1. Heat oil in a large size skillet. Add shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes until nice and pink. Remove shrimp from the pan, cover and set aside for later.
2. In skillet, saute shallot and garlic for about 1-2 minutes.
3. Add tomatoes, wine, cilantro, and lemon juice and continue to cook until it reduces by about half.
4. Add cream and continue to cook until reduced by half again.
5. Take off heat and add butter tbsp by tbsp, whisking after each addition. Taste sauce, add salt and pepper to suit your individual taste.
6. Transfer pasta into bowls, add reserved shrimp and top with the tomato sauce.

Serves 3-4 people (or 2 hungry ones with some leftovers)


** You can eliminate the cream if you want to, sometimes I just add a bit of chicken stock instead to save on calories.
Jul 31, 2010 @ 04:56 pm

Shirmp, how i love thee

That sounds wonderful, and i do know he loves shrimp, so i'm going to go with this!

I will let you know if it turns out well :)

Thanks so much!
Jul 31, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

oooh! shrimp!

I love shrimp too. The recipe looks delicious and easy to do.

schmoopie, I want to ask you a question: I've tried making cream sauce before and about 50% of the time, my cream will curdle and my sauce looks gross. It tastes fine but just not very eye-pleasing. Do you have any good tips on how not to curdle my cream?

Aug 01, 2010 @ 11:47 am

yum yum!

I think I'm going to have to give that recipe a whirl too! thanks for sharing!
Aug 02, 2010 @ 09:21 am

Curdled Cream

Hello fellow cooks!

I can tell you one thing I learned about cooking with cream: I thought it would be ok to substitute 5% or 10% cream in a recipe that asked for 35% cream or whipping cream but that was wrong, wrong, wrong! It does save in the calorie department but the cream curdles becauses there isn't enough fat in it. The more fat in the cream, the less curdling will occur in the sauce. As I mentioned at the end of the recipe, you don't even have to really use the cream, it's really delicious with just the butter. I forgot to say that I usually also collect the "juice" that comes off the shrimp that you set aside while the sauce cooks and then I just add that back into the sauce for that extra bit of flavour. YUM!

Aug 04, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

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