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.