Search for a recipe. By now you should know what you want to make. Get out the cookbook (HOW TO COOK FOR HER) Read the instructions and ingredients and choose a recipe that you feel comfortable making — if the first one you find looks too difficult, keep looking.
Choose accompanying dishes. Depending on what your main dish is and how big a production you’ve decided to make your meal, you may want to add side dishes, a salad or a dessert. Often, entree recipes will have suggestions for side dishes and wines, or you can find an entire meal planned out.
Decide on a date for the big meal. If you’re planning on cooking today, you’re probably in a hurry — skip this step. Otherwise, make plans with your girlfriend. You can just tell her you’d like to cook dinner (or breakfast or lunch) for her, or you can surprise her. If you’re going to surprise her, make up some pretext — a good one is to tell her you’re taking her out to eat — so that she will (a) show up and (b) show up hungry.
You can cook just about anything you want, really — it’s the thought that counts. Put a little more thought into the meal, however, and it counts a little more. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if your girlfriend is a vegetarian you should skip the meatloaf, but if you really want to make the meal special, you’ll need to look beyond the obvious. This can require some advance preparation — you need to listen to her and make mental notes to yourself. For example, maybe a couple months ago she mentioned how she used to love Brunswick stew but she never learned to make it. Surprise her with some for dinner, and she’ll be amazed you remembered. In other words, you’re not just cooking; you’re being an attentive boyfriend.
Before you plan that exquisite gourmet meal, it’s a good idea to think about where you are in your relationship. If you’ve been with a girl for a while, cooking a fancy meal that takes a lot of time to prepare can seem really romantic. If you just met the girl last week, however, that same meal can seem kind of creepy. Early in a relationship, it may be best to stick with simple dishes–still mindful, of course, of what your girlfriend likes to eat — or you might give the impression that you’re too eager to please her. Besides, if you cook a six-course dinner on the second date, imagine how many courses you’re going to have to make if you’re still together in a year or two.
Not every man can cook well. Not every man has a desire to cook well, and not every man has to. But what every man does need to realize is that cooking for a woman from time to time is a guaranteed way to impress her. This is why it is important that every man be able to competently cook a few simple meals. Cooking for your girlfriend is a great way to show your appreciation for her. With a little planning and work, anybody can pull off a thoughtful, home-cooked dinner…
The following recipes involve minimal ingredients and very few, uncomplicated steps to follow, but the rewards they bring are priceless. Pay specific attention to the suggestions for presentation. Women love a plate of food that looks as good as it tastes.
The recipe for each entry is followed by a suggestion for a reasonably bottle of wine and easily prepared side dishes. Follow these tips and you’ll be cooking up romance in no time.