How long have you know this woman you love? A few days? Weeks? Months? Years? Is it not time now for you to cook for her? Save your dining out for another time. Let your woman know how important she is to you. What are you afraid of?
Not all women like salads, but that is one of the easiest part of the meal. Here are a few ingredients for a good salad. Make sure she isn’t allergic to any of it first.
Spinach leaves, or green leaf lettuce
Sliced red cabbage
Diced or sliced celery
There are also croutons, bacon bits, and salad dressing, but let her decide on these items. Have a couple of salad dressings sitting on the table. Put the croutons and bacon bits in small decorative bowls with spoons to dish them out. This will be a good sign that you went to the trouble of a presentable dinner. If you go for the full course meal, remember that the salad comes after the main course and before the dessert.
Have the table ready with dishes, silverware, and glasses in place. Learn to fold real napkins, and set them in the center of the plate.
Should hors d’oeuvres be on the menu? Why not! This would make a great ice breaker for the evening. Here is a wonderful one. Stuffed tomatoes. Use Roma tomatoes, and you can eat what is leftover that she could not.
Bring a two quart pot of water to a boil and drop in however many you want to make. Let them set in there no longer than a minute and take them back out. Cut off the bottom ends about a quarter of an inch thick and set them aside. This should be enough to get a spoon down inside and core out the seeds and inner walls. Peel the skins off the outside before they get too cool. You may want to do that before you core them out.
Take some cream cheese, artichoke hearts, and Italian spice to create a stuffing for them. Add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil to it as well. Carefully stuff them. Take your cut ends and use colored toothpicks to turn them into umbrellas, and make your tomatoes look like little drinks. Set them on a plate in the middle of the table. This will catch her eye. Maybe you might put some other snacks around them like olives or celery sticks. Keep it minimal.
Understand that what I am offering are just suggestions.
The main course does not have to be meat, but instead could be beans and rice with a couple of cooked vegetables. Try a new meat. Veal or filet mingon might do the trick. Maybe some oysters or some peeled shrimp would be better. Again, make the presentation of the meal count. Have some baby asparagus and pickled beets would add variety of flavor and color.
Set the mood with scented candles, but not too many. I would not go over two scents in the room. Actually, one scent will suffice. You do not need to dim the lighting. Pull the drapes or curtains closed.
Forget about the internet, that game on the television, or the video game you want to play. Turn off your cell phone, too. Make it her night. Listen to every word she has to say and do you best to remember as much as you can.
Distant music will help, too. Play something she has never heard before. Even better, play something you have never heard before. When she asks what it is, you can reply back that you have no idea, but it sounds great. That know-it-all persona will fade away, and she will be glad that you do not have an answer for everything.
There is one last step that will really play on her mind. Sit opposite of her instead of right beside her. In the two corners behind you of the room, have identical plants with long standing mirrors behind them. I prefer the tall ferns. This will not only give the room depth, but will add a restaurant feel to it. Plus, your woman will get a sense of what it would be like to be the other woman in a restaurant looking at you as the two of you eat.
That may sound weird, but it works. You do not have to do the latter part. Just show that you care enough to go out of your way for her in so many ways.
Three other things to do will add to this evening with her. Shave again as close as you can. Make sure your hair is trimmed well, and put on some cologne. Maybe you have a special cologne that you have been dieing to use. Go ahead. You may find that won her hear for the evening.
Whatever you end up cooking for your girlfriend or wife, make sure you are well prepared for it. Running back and forth to the grocery store can ruin the evening. Spend time planning out that special dinner with your loved one.