“First Hot Date” menu

Ask these ‘key’ first date questions as you serve dinner and you’ll get to know that special someone pronto (and they’ll be so distracted by your decadent food that they won’t even recognize your ‘Spanish Inquiry’)! What’s in your fridge is a great question! Wait until you get to the Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes for that one! If you find out that your date is a foodie with a fully stocked refrigerator, jack pot! This is also a telling sign about this person’s lifestyle – are they a planner or more spur-of-the-moment?

“First Hot Date” main course demo

‘One take’ Cooking Videos so forgive any faux pas & yes I know that I talk too much at times!
PS: If you’re enjoying the ‘Menu Mood Music’, please remember to pause or mute it before watching this Main Course Demo—unless you’re really into multi-tasking!



Some music to get you in the mood!
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“First Hot Date” menu shopping list

BEGIN: “You Do What for a Living?” Heart-shaped Cheese Crostini

  • Light Rye Bread Slices
  • ½ cup Feta cheese
  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dry oregano
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Parmesan Cheese coarsely grated for topping

BEGIN: “How Much Do You Make?” Bacon Wrapped Smoked Oysters

  • 1 tin smoked oysters
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ lb bacon strips
  • 40 round wooden toothpicks

FOLLOW: “Have You Figured Out Your Calling in Life?” Chicken Breasts in a White Wine Brandy Cream Sauce

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced (omit mushrooms if you don’t love ‘em)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 2 tablespoons sherry
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup cream (heavy or light)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, finely chopped (1/2 teaspoon dry if you don’t have fresh)

FOLLOW: “What’s Your Favourite Place in the Entire World?” Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

  • 1 lb (about 20 stalks) of asparagus spears
  • 6-8 paper-thin slices of prosciutto, fat removed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup freshly grated Reggiano Parmesan
  • Shaved Reggiano Parmesan
  • 1 lemon, quartered

FOLLOW: “What’s in Your Fridge?” Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

  • 2 large russet potatoes, about a pound each
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter, just melted then cooled
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 strips bacon
  • 2 chopped green onions, sliced, divided

FINISH: “What Should I Know About You That I’d Never Think To Ask About?” Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis

  • 1 ¼ cups 35% cream
  • 8 ounces (225 g) semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, raw if you have it
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups chocolate baking crumbs
  • ½ cup melted unsalted butter