Instead of making a lavish dinner for your partner, how about making dinner? This wasWhat is the date?
Cooking for others is its own wonderful love language, but it’s a different kind of special to cook together—and it’s a great excuse to try something outside your comfort zone. Maybe it’s something a bit more involved that benefits from an extra set of hands, like fresh pasta. Maybe it’s a fun DIY-style dinner that you assemble as you go. It will take your time, attention, communication, and creativity. A sense of humor is also recommended for when things don’t turn out as expected (nailing those perfect dumpling pleats will take a few tries).
THE COUPLE WHICH PREPS TOGETHER
With an extra hand, recipes are easier to make.
Mix the dough. Shape it into pillows. Add your favorite toppings. Bake it until golden brown.
Che Fico Pizza Dough
GP loved this pizza so much, she asked Che Fico chef and co-owner David Nayfeld to show us how it’s done.
Brussels Sprouts, Pancetta,
and Ricotta Pizza
This lighter version of a white pie is a great choice. The richness of the pancetta and cheeses is balanced well by the sweet cruciferous Brussels sprouts. Finally, the bright lemon juice at end awakens your palate.
This pie’s secret is its simplicity. Use high-quality ingredients.
Making pasta with your partner is so much fun. Try a variety of pasta shapes and fillings.
From Roberta’s CookbookThis is a quick and easy recipe for making pasta dough that can be used for any occasion.
Three-Cheese Tortellini en Brodo
A delicious combination of creamy ricotta, tender pasta dough, garlicky broth and salty Parmesan creates an amazing bite.
Ravioli made with Goat Cheese
Umami-rich mushrooms, earthy greens, and tart but creamy goat cheese.
Making dumpling fillings is easy and quick. Once it’s done, it’s time to fold and pleat. You can keep it simple with store-bought wrappers or try your hand at a homemade dough—we like this dumpling and dough recipe from The Woks of Life.
The classic flavor of dumplings is created by ginger and green onions. We also love the addition of cabbage and zucchini.
Spring Veggie Dumplings
These tiny, veggie-packed green dumplings are light and fresh.
Five-Spice Squash Dumplings
A delicious filling is roast squash, especially when it’s combined with the warming Chinese five spice blend.
Fly by Jing
Fly by Jing, $45
Nobleza Del Sur
Day Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Ravioli Pasta Maker Case
Atlas 180 Pasta Machine
5QT Covered Cassarole
Romance: The perfect bite, lovingly prepared by your crush.
Cool, crisp lettuce stuffed with protein-rich foods or cooked vegetables. There are so many toppings and sauces that you can use to make your wrap unique.
Wraps of Yellowfin Red Romaine
If you’re not into fish, this is also great with sliced grilled rib eye.
Tofu, eggplant, and
Cauliflower Lettuce Cups
We love traditional pork bo ssam, so we wanted a meatless version with the same savory, spicy flavors and crispy texture.
Pork Lettuce Cups With Nuoc Cham
Douse your lettuce cups in nuoc cham and you’ll be in umami heaven.
Grilling is already such a fun way to cook, and it’s even better if you’re able to be outside. We love making skewers because they’re highly customizable.
Turmeric Chicken Kebabs
Feel free to change up the veggies—this one is super riffable.
Detox Teriyaki Chicken
As written, these aren’t skewers, but if you cut up the chicken and stick it on a skewer with some green onion, you’re on your way to an easy and impressive yakitori-inspired situation.
Chicken Kefta Wraps
Wrap each kebab individually in a lettuce leaves. Top with fresh herbs and cucumbers. Finally, dip the entire thing in tahini.
You can cook rice in a rice cooker. Or you can buy rice precooked at the sushi station at your grocery store. Then, put out a spread made of thinly sliced raw or pickled vegetables. For a complete spread, you can add either a super fresh or cooked protein. Roll it up.
Rolls of easy hand
Our go-to combos for hand rolls—they never miss.
Kimchi and Grilled Chicken Nori Wrap
Kimchi adds heat and acidity to this wrap.
Salmon Sushi Burrito
These burrito-size nori wraps are substantial, but you can easily make smaller ones—just use a half sheet instead.
GET COOKIN’, GOOD LOOKIN’
Set of 3-Piece Nonstick Sheet Pans Made from Gold
The Cube Portable Grill
Blackened-Oak Carved Heart
Body Salt and Pepper Shakers
goop x GreenPan
Blush Padova 10-Piece Set
EXTEND YOUR DESSERTS
You’ve done a lot already—enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labor for dessert.
Lady M New York
Signature Mille Crepes
Glass Cake Dome
Rose Cocoa Superlatte
Set of 6 Dessert Plates
Espresso Cup Set of 2