Let’s hear it for Date Night!
I was recently approached by a young professional who said, “I’m past due for Date Night; I’d like to bring my wife to one of your cooking parties.”
He planned the evening as a surprise, invited another couple to join them, and didn’t tell anyone where they were going.
They showed up hungry, as instructed, and we got acquainted over Brown Bread with Dates & Raisins and Sparkling Cider. Everyone participated: whipped the cream, chopped the fruits and vegetables and even cooked the broccoli/pepper/jicama side dish. Whoever was on the other side of the counter got to supervise: checking instructions, verifying ingredient amounts and monitoring cooking times.
As the mother of sons and wife of someone who considers himself “strictly a consumer” when it comes to food, it was fun to have two guys volunteer to work in the kitchen. (The wives snapped pictures to have a permanent record.)
Besides the veggie side dish, we made Chicken Saltimbocca, Fruit & Veggie Pasta Salad and Lemon Ice Cream for dessert. Rosemary Bread was baked earlier in the day.
We all sat down to eat, talk and laugh like old friends and it was 9:30 before we knew it.
It was all about what they wanted to celebrate, but it turned out to be Date Night for us, too. What do you want to celebrate?
Your friend in the kitchen,