Last night's dinner was plain and simple: baked ham with a honey glaze - just honey - and party rice. It's not called party rice because it's exciting; it's called party rice because one of my daughters, when she was about 10, declared, "It looks like a party in the house!" For party rice, use white rice, one chicken bouillon cube for each cup or fraction of a cup of water added, 1 grated carrot, 1 minced onion, 1/2 cup each diced tomatoes, shredded zucchini and chopped green things (spinach, kale, chard and parsley all work fine). I didn't have much green thing to chop because it was raining in my garden. But isn't it pretty?
And an orange almond salad. Red leaf lettuce (any dark colored lettuce or spinach will work) with canned mandarin oranges and slivered almonds. Top it with a vinaigrette dressing made from 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp orange juice, 1/2 cup oil, 1 tbsp chopped chives and a touch each of oregano and garlic powder. Easy and festive looking.
Now the question for all of you: My eldest son read my cookbook. He wants me to put in a "Date Night Cooking" section; says dummies like him want to impress girls, and Cheerios don't cut it. Now, I never had any man cook me dinner. So, tell me, what suggestions should I make for him? Remember, this is cooking for the person who barely knows a skillet from a baking pan. Ladies, what memorable dinners have your dates cooked? Gents? What do you cook to impress a date?
I'm spending the weekend in "Textile Therapy"; explanations to follow!