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date night


Pan-Seared Scallops

If you’re looking for a special but easy meal, you can’t do much better than seared scallops.

Yield: 2 servings Total time: 30 minutes

Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Salmon

This easy but impressive dish makes the perfect dinner to serve to company. Parboil baby red potatoes, and roast alongside long green beans and salmon slathered in garlic herb butter.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes

Sicilian-Style Grilled Steak

We celebrated the end of a long week with this fresh, flavorful, garlicky steak. You start by blending garlic and salt into a paste, and then add fresh herbs, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice. This sauce is called a salmoriglio – use as a marinade and then serve it over the sliced grilled steak.

Serve with roasted brussels sprouts or roasted broccoli, and Meiomi Pinot noir.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Guy’s Grilled Beef Tenderloin

If you’re planning a special dinner, you can’t do any better than this delicious beef tenderloin. Follow these simple instructions and use a meat thermometer, and the garlic herb rub, decadent cut of meat, and your grill will do the rest.

Serve with a side salad and garlic mashed potatoes.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Miso-Glazed Salmon

This grilled salmon, marinated in mirin, sake, miso paste, sugar, and sesame oil, is moist and incredibly flavorful. Serve with sushi rice.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes

Guy’s Shrimp Risotto with Peas, Lemon, & Pecorino

Patience is one of Guy’s virtues, as is generosity. Throw in a sense of adventure in the kitchen, and you’ll find someone who makes great risotto. He made this risotto for Valentine’s Day and then again when we invited another couple over for dinner and ping pong. The combination of creamy rice, shrimp, peas, lemon zest, and pecorino cheese is hard to forget.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour

Spicy Beef with Peanuts & Chiles

This spicy, aromatic, delicious dish featuring fish sauce, lime juice, shallots, serrano chiles, cilantro, and basil, is perfect for a date night. It comes together quickly, so have your side dishes ready.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes

Salt & Pepper Shrimp

On Valentine’s Day, it’s always more fun to make dinner at home together than to go out to dinner. This recipe for salty and spicy shrimp is easy enough to be fun to cook on a date.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes

Sweet Potato Risotto

Making risotto takes patience, which is part of why Guy is so good at making it. I much prefer his risotto to any I could get in a restaurant, and he often makes it for special occasions.

This risotto has soft cubes of sweet potato, dry white wine, Parmesan cheese, and fresh oregano.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 40 minutes

Doni’s Pesto-Crusted Chicken Breasts

Amplify the flavor of packaged pesto sauce with walnuts, lemon juice, and lemon zest, and then pack it onto chicken breasts and bake. Doni serves this pesto chicken with her Caramelized Onion and Roasted Red Pepper Linguine.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes