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Subject: what can you cook to hook a man's heart??
Date Posted: 10/18/2009 1:07 PM ET
Member Since: 10/16/2009
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hi, me and my fiance have been together for two years now and he refers to me as "his little cook" because i love cooking for him ands he loves eating what i cook. but lately i have been wondering what sort of new dishes i can cook for him.  now i need a word advice from everyone here to help me find what kind of dishes that hooked the love of YOUR life's heart. plz share your experience with me, no matter depressing or everlasting.

thank you

yours sincerely.


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Date Posted: 10/19/2009 5:50 AM ET
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Bacon Explosion?

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 5:03 AM ET
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Tory, sorry if I sounded flippant. Giving it a bit more thought, the dish I make that my guests like most, that they beg for over and over, is just a simple roast chicken. 

I serve it with a deglazing sauce, and asparagus or broccoli steamed and buttered. Fresh homemade bread from the bread machine with sweet cream butter. That's all. It's very simple. The only secrets are not to overcook the chicken, and to let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes after you take it out of the oven. (Which is about how long it usually takes to make the sauce anyway.)

The recipe for the chicken and sauce is on my web site at tomfarrell.org/food .

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 11:18 AM ET
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From my experience, you can't go wrong with classic comfort food.  A good spagetti and meatballs meal with garlic bread and a salad is my husband's all-time favorite.  Homemade macaroni and cheese, potatoes au gratin, meatloaf, tuna-noodle casserole, pork chops with apples, good old fashioned beef stew, chili and cornbread- all great options.

Subject: thank you for all the wonderful suggestions XD
Date Posted: 10/20/2009 4:45 PM ET
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these suggestions are really helpful!! thank you once again ;)


love tory :)

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 6:07 PM ET
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One of my husband's favorite meals is an old, old recipe that our mothers and grandmothers made called Cocktail Meatballs which is simply a bottle of chili sauce and 1 cup of grape jelly (melt jelly until mixable in microwave) mixed together. Place meatballs either homemade or purchased in crockpot and pour sauce over and heat on high 2-3 hours. I usually serve this over cooked rice and make a tossed salad. This also makes a great appetizer for parties, etc. People rave over this and are so shocked when you tell them the ingredients. This is the dish my co-workers always want me to bring when we have special meals at work.

Subject: thank u!! :D
Date Posted: 10/22/2009 9:36 PM ET
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this dish really sounds good :D ill try it and see if he loves it thank u for the suggestion :D

Date Posted: 10/26/2009 8:38 AM ET
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My is the cook int he house and I am a pretty good baker.  The dessert that I make that everyone always asks me for the recipe for is Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.  The fall is a perfect time for these.  This dessert will be on my table for Thanksgiving too.  And, I just found a good recipe for and Apple Coffee Cake that I have made twice now (second time much better).  People have requested this too.

Date Posted: 10/27/2009 4:19 AM ET
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Oh yes, and for dessert, my grandmother's apple pie. Everyone swears it's the best they've ever had. I've seen grown men wrestle on the floor for the last slice of it. Again, recipe at tomfarrell.org/food .

Date Posted: 10/27/2009 8:14 PM ET
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I'd just like to second Lesley's suggestion of "comfort foods", especially beef stew and home-made macaroni and spaghetti. 

But the only trick about home-made macaroni (which has long been a favorite in my family) is that you have to make a nice not-too-thick white sauce (with butter, flour, whole milk, salt and white pepper), to add to the cooked noodles and good cheddar cheese and then bake for 40 minutes in a moderate oven. 

The spaghetti sauce should be bolognese-style, with good ground beef you have browned and crumbled added to the "Italian" ingredients (olive oil, tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, garlic , fresh celery, sliced mushrooms,  salt/pepper to taste, and oregano).

My hubby has always eaten everything I've put in front of him, and we're now 81 years old, married since 1955.  My two daughters use the same recipes and cooking prejudices as I do.  (For instance, pie crust should be made with lard, salt, and flour, and top crusts should be painted with milk and sprinkled with "parl socker"  (pearl sugar) before baking.) 

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Date Posted: 10/27/2009 11:23 PM ET
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Whatever his mama cooks that he likes best. You won't succeed, of course; but he will be touched in the right place for your having tried.

Date Posted: 11/12/2009 5:42 PM ET
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I hooked my hubby with ham biscuits. At the time we were dating he left very early in the morning to go to work and I was in college, but still at my parents home. Luckily my commute went right past where he worked so once a week I would make homemade biscuits, and country ham and take it by to him. I usually made enough for the rest  of the folks that worked with him. He says he has never forgotten about me getting up early to do that for him and we've been married for 26 years.

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 5:25 PM ET
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After moving back to Ky after 24 years of living in LA, I can't imagine anyone wanting anything but good old cajun food. Talk about missing something, I"d sell my soul for roast beef  Po Boy and gumbo from Jake's in Marrero. Can't even buy decent red beans up here. They want to sell me pintos or kidney beans. 

But if you really want something differant try combining some cajun and tex-mex, we can get mexican seasonings around here so we use some of them in our dishes from home. Not bad... sub a lot of beef either ground or very thinly sliced for seafood in jambala etc.