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A meal to get on their good side

post #1 of 12
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Ever feel like you want to treat your loved one to their favorite meal? Maybe as a way to say you are sorry or maybe to butter him/her up for something you want? What meal do you make for your spouse, gf/bf, mother, friend, or other loved ones when you want to get on their good side?

I've been married for almost 2 years and I have finally realized that if I want to put my hubby in a good mood all I have to do is cook something extremely healthy. If he walks in and I say "honey tonight we're having poached salmon with broccoli and brown rice" he gets wildly excited. I think it's mainly because he feels I'm trying to take care of our health and this pleases him greatly.

For my Dad I make anything involving seafood.

For my Mom I just have to give her a loaf of bread and she's puddy.

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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post #2 of 12
With my family, it really depends on what I'm supposed to be doing, since cooking isn't my profession. If I'm supposed to be getting real work out, it's best if I say, "tonight, I'm just doing something simple, because today I got a chapter more or less done!" And then I serve something like chicken piccatta. If I'm ahead of the game or my wife has had a rough time lately, something fancy that involves steak or the like -- but not obviously expensive -- is more the right thing.

And if I produce a nifty dessert, after setting up right, it's game, set, and match.
post #3 of 12
I think a good seafood dinner (lobster, shrimp) and a homemade dessert does the trick, at least from my perspective :)
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post #4 of 12
Usually something comforting.
My wife loves Lemon Chicken, French style not Asian.
That or a Thai Peanut Chicken.
Either one and I can close the door to the doghouse.

My daughter loves Stuffed Pasta Shells, with chicken and spinach.
That, or maybe a honey, dill, mustard pork loin.
She also loves Gnocchi.

Me?
When my wife makes mashed potatoes, that's when I know she is extremely happy with me.
I love mashies. :D
But really, for me, anything is good.
Just the fact that someone takes the time and effort to cook for me shows the love.
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post #5 of 12
Jim,

Could you give me the recipe for the Thai Chicken, please.
post #6 of 12
For me, just cooking anything comforty, makes me putty.

something I've never had before or a preparation I've never suggested is good for me too.

The biggest part is not having to be involved or even think about it. Every once in a while I get "Manday Mondays" where I come home, and just sit on the couch in front of the TV until dinner. no thinking, no chopping, no nothing, not even allowed in the kitchen....and dinner is served in front of the tv on a tray table....NRatcheds chicken parm or any pasta dish she cooks is usually a homerun. aaah mandays.



With NRatched, as long as it's followed by an ice cream sundae I'm golden.
post #7 of 12
My fiancee goes positively apesh** for hollandaise and soufles. She gets all smiley and gives me kisses when I tell her that I'm making one of those.

Tonight's menu... cheeseburger soufle avec hollondaise :smoking:
post #8 of 12
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I didn't even think of what I would like!! It is quite a rare occasion when someone cooks specifically for me. In fact it only happens once a year when I visit my folks in greece. My Mother makes my favorite vegetable bean soup and it couldn't make me happier. Of course I make the soup myself sometimes but it's just not the same unless Mom makes it for me. The rest of the time I'm cooking to please hubby or spend time with my inlaws where they're always making my hubby's favorite dishes. :look:

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post #9 of 12
Jim's recipe for Thai Peanut Sauce:

2 c. Peanut Butter
1 c. Water
3/4 c. Soy Sauce
3/4 c. Sesame Oil
2/3 c. Chopped Peanuts
1/2 c. Granulated Sugar
1/2 c. Rice Vinegar
1/4 c. Chopped Garlic
1/4 c. Chopped Cilantro
1 1/2 T. Crushed Red Pepper
Juice of 3 lemons

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well blended.

This makes enough sauce for a few meals.
*You'll note the lack of coconut milk. Without the milk this sauce can keep for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator. It tastes good without the milk, but for a more authentic flavor I add a little coconut milk as I make the meal.

Cubed chicken breast in seasoned flour.
Brown in olive oil with a little sesame oil for flavor (not too much or you will lower the smoke point too far).
Remove from pan and set aside.
Stir fry your choice of thinly sliced vegetables (squashes, broccoli, carrots, celery, etc.)
Add precooked chicken.
Add peanut sauce, heat thoroughly.
Serve with steamed rice.

My wife likes to have the peanut sauce on hand for dipping veggies or whatever, so I never have any waste.

I made the lemon chicken last night, looks like I'll be making this sauce this weekend.
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post #10 of 12
Being that my fiance is pregnant it seems that anything with cheese in it makes her absolutely giddy!! Last night I did a parmesan and potato crusted Mahi with Rissoto and she was in heaven. Cheese is king right now in my house
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post #11 of 12
Does that mean she gets to have her Sundae Sundays? :D

I usually cook, but I love it when once in a while my wife cooks, and I come home to a wonderful meal.

As for my wife, Once in a while I'll ask her what she wants, then do it. "What do you want tonight? Paella? Ok. Mushroom Risotto? You got it." She just loves it. For her it's like having her own Chef at home!

She's better at pastry, so for my birthday she said "Ask me any birthday cake you want". I said I wanted a chocolate fondant, but she said that was too easy. So I asked her for an Norwegian omelette, and... . she made one!!That was truly amazing.
post #12 of 12
Anything with sea food or on the BBQ. he's simple. lol
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