Date Night

Can You Say SpatchCock?

What the hell is a Spatchcock? It’s definitely not the first thing that popped into your head I assure you.

No, it's not a sexual technique, but it is a technique…

It is a way to prepare a bird, such as a turkey, chicken, or game hen for grilling, baking, or broiling.
This technique allows the bird to lay flat, about the same thickness throughout, which allows it to cook evenly.

spatchcock-chicken-recipe

I’m introducing spatchcocking now because I have a great EASY new recipe I just tried that knocked my socks off. And I guarantee you, if you cook this for your dates, it might knock off far more than her socks!

Try this ASAP!

BROILED LEMON BUTTER GARLIC CHICKEN

What You'll Need:

  • 1 chicken (Spatchcocked, and brought to room temperature)
  • 1/2 stick of butter, melted but not hot
  • 5 or 6 cloves of garlic, minced and/or mashed. Use more garlic if ya want!
  • Zest of 1 lemon, and the juice from it
  • 1 lemon cut in half for broiling

How to Make It:

  1. Bring oven to broil for at least 10 minutes to get really hot.
  2. Spatchcock the chicken. Mix the butter, garlic, and lemon zest together.
  3. Separate the skin of the chicken from the meat GENTLY by running your finger underneath all over the chicken without breaking the skin.
  4. Stuff the lemon butter mixture under all the skin, coating the meat completely.
  5. Broil the meat for 10 minutes skin side up, 10 minutes skin side down, then 10 more minutes skin side up.
  6. Once it registers about 165 degrees, take it out and let it sit for at least 10-20 minutes. (If you don’t have a broiler, try baking at 450 degrees for apx 45 mins to an hour)

Then eat the hell outta that bad boy!

My Damn Good Italy Inspired Red Sauce

Seriously, you MUST make this sauce ASAFP!!!

This will undoubtedly be your “Go To” tomato sauce and you will use it with everything you possibly can.

Not only is this sauce inspired by my Italian honeymoon, but I also found a very similar version from Thomas Keller in his fine cookbook, “Ad Hoc At Home.” Together it is a dreamy combo! And it’s so frickin easy!

Italian-sauce

The reason why this is so interesting is that there are a couple of ingredients I doubt you put in your tomato sauces. As fate would have it, while staying in our Moneglia AirBnB, I had to use the local ingredients, whatever they had and/or was in season. So, using the fennel and leeks was just what was done. And what a great surprise.

I am sharing (basically) Thomas Keller’s oven roasted way of doing the sauce. But for my version, I did it all on stovetop. I added pan seared prosciutto to start and then added a little red wine (whatever we discovered that day), and I would add fresh rosemary, butter, and top with parmesan. Add whatever you like. But his base is crazy good, so let’s start with his recipe. I have simplified it to make it easy for you to cook it up for your dates and store as much as you can. But I doubt it will last long!

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Pour olive oil, fennel, onion, leek, and garlic in an oven proof pot. If you like, just throw in the bay leaf and time and fish them out later. As for the peppercorns, well, figure it out. Sprinkle with salt. Put in oven for about 1 hour.
  3. Stir in brown sugar and red wine vinegar and heat for another 20 mins.
  4. Add the tomatoes and sachet.
  5. Cook for another 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
  6. When it is to your desire thickness, you are done!

Use this on pasta, throw in meatballs, or my favorite, serve warm over fried eggs in the morning. So frickin' good!

Play with it and add some of the things I did in Italy and you will be a very happy man with very happy dates.

Keep spicin' it up!

Iconic Cities, Iconic Dishes, Iconic Dates

Here at “Don’t Kill Your Date (and Other Cooking Tips)” I’m all about showing you adventurous dating tips. But not all of you can be trekking across the globe to share exotic locales with your lovely ladies. That can get a tad expensive.

But just because you can’t surprise her with a private jet trip over to Paris to punch a mime and grab a baguette doesn’t mean you can’t bring her the world. Every city has an iconic dish, an ingredient, or a local specialty that they are known for.

Once you visit those places these are the things you want to bring back home and savor those cherished memories. But if you haven’t been there yet what do you do? Thanks to the fancy intrawebs these days you can research just about anything. So now you can…

Bring the iconic dishes from iconic cities to your home and impress your dates.

This is a great way to show your ladies your adventurous side. Even if you are not particularly well travelled, you can both share a “pre-memory” of a place that you both want to visit through a few iconic dishes from the region. And they don’t have to be difficult to prepare.

For example, let’s say you both want to visit Argentina, as do I and my wife. What are they known for? Great wines, grilled meats, and tango predominantly. There are several easy ways prepare a killer Argentinean date night.

Don’t have a full on Argentine parrilla to roast up a side of beef on an open fire? Neither do I. But I can go down to my local store, grab a nice inexpensive bottle of Malbec and a couple of steaks. I can find a decent tango type station on iHeart Radio or Pandora for background ambiance. And now I am mostly set. But there is one step further you might wish to take.

Its not always the iconic dishes that make the meal, but the accoutrements that are added to the mix that really make it memorable.

In our Argentinean date night example you have the big three and that is great. But what will really evoke “future memories” is the addition of a chimichurri sauce (recipe here) which is the iconic condiment that really makes Argentinean meat dishes stand out.

Or if you are planning a tasty Indian adventure for your evening, you might want to prepare a simple lentil dal, tandoori chicken or tikka masala. But what are these dishes without some naan bread for soppin and a spicy sweet mango chutney to top it all off?

And what’s an Italian meal without a rich Chianti, some nice olive oil drizzled atop, and premium Parmesan cheese grated all around, but only use the good stuff! Don’t skimp on the extras, they can make or break a dish and they go a long way.

It’s the little details that can really knock her socks of (maybe even more).

Take the time to listen to her when she talks of far off lands she wants to visit and the dishes she wants to enjoy there. Be the man to spark her adventurous desires. Research a little, surprise her with a tasting menu of her dreams. Don’t just cook up a delicious meal, go the extra mile to discover what really makes that specific region stand out, and add the little tasty details.

You don’t have to fork out a ton of money and take her around the world to make her attracted to you. You can do it all right from your own home. It is amazingly simple and affordable. An added benefit is that you get to find out how well you click together beforeyou attempt one of the toughest tests of whether a couple can work – traveling together. And that is a whole other story……

Bon Apéttit!

Get Cookin' with this Sexy Oil

Get Cookin' With This Sexy Oil!

I have a cooking/sexy tip for you this week. And it involves one of my favorite ingredients, grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil has many uses.

1. Cooking

Well, this use is fairly obvious. You can cook with it, as it has a high smoke point and makes a decent vinaigrette. But, actually for cooking, I prefer olive oil. Blame my amazing culinary memories of our Italian Honeymoon.

Olive oil is cold pressed and has been used for centuries. It truly is nutritional and beneficial in many ways. The benefits/dangers of cooking with grapeseed oil are still unknown really and it is usually pressed using hexane and other unnatural junk. So go for cold pressed to be safe.

I use grapeseed oil for general simple stuff, as other oils like canola and corn oil are pretty full of GMO crap. I also use coconut oil and grass fed butter a lot. Add these into your cooking rotation and you will be very happy indeed.

2. Massage 

Oh yes, grapeseed oil makes a GREAT massage oil. A little bit goes a long way. I have tried other oils and they just don't measure up. Olive oil gets very tacky, coconut oil coagulates when it cools and makes a creepy mess, and Vaseline is just wrong (I was young and it was handy, don't judge.)

Commercial massage oils are expensive and not always natural, full of chemicals and nasty junk. Grapeseed oil is good for you, silky smooth and you can add your own natural scents. Just add a few drops of rose oil for a nice aroma or a little peppermint oil for a nice peppy "zing."

3. Lubrication

Yep, just like with massage oils much of the commercial lubricants out there are full of chemicals that you can't pronounce. These are things you know you don't want to eat. So if you don't want to put these things into your body why would you put those things on your most sensitive sexy tidbits?

I would recommend you do not put too much peppermint oil in this particular delivery system as the tingle may turn to a raging fire down below. Not that I would know this....

Also be careful adding anything that might compromise the strength of any birth control apparatus you may be utilizing, do your homework!

Oh, and one draw back of grapeseed oil is that it will stain your sheets. But that can happen anyway, so it's not that big of a deal. Of course, there's always the option of covering your bed in plastic sheeting. If you aren't afraid of scaring your date in a Dexter-esque nightmare, I guess it could be a bit of kinky slippery fun. Just don't break a hip.

Keep Spicin' It Up!

 

 

Garlicky Potatos with Swiss Chard

Make this amazing side dish for any meat or fish dish for your date. As always, it's super easy.

What You'll Need:

  • Potatoes, chopped in 1 inch chunks

  • Swiss Chard (or other greens), chopped

  • Garlic, 4 cloves, chopped in thin slices (a la “Goodfellas”)

  • Olive Oil

  • Nutmeg powder (grated fresh is the best!)

  • Salt and

How to Make This:

Boil potatoes for about 7 minutes.

Heat sauté pan on med high heat.

Add oil.

Add garlic, sauté for a minute.

Add potatoes and sauté for 5 mins or so.

Add greens, sauté till wilted.

Sprinkle nutmeg, salt and pepper on top, serve it up!

Chicken Marsala

This is a date dish that is sure to impress. And, it's super tasty and easy (like all our DKYD recipes).

What You'll Need:

How to Make It:

First flour the chicken breasts (if you're flouring), brown the chicken in a little olive oil over med. high heat. Once it’s done, remove from pan.

chicken-marsala

Next step, add the mushrooms and sauté til browned. Then add the garlic for 1 minute.

mushrooms

Take the pan off the heat and add the Marsala wine. Place gently back on the heat, deglaze the pan to get up all the tasty bits. Stir in the pesto.

Drop the breasts back into the pan to coat for a minute, then serve over pasta.

Garnish with Italian parsley if you like. (See, I told you this was easy!)

Keep spicin' it up!