Women adore men who cook for them. However, most men rarely cook for the women in their lives. As a result, their humblest attempts at cooking -- whether boiling instant macaroni or microwaving frozen fish sticks -- are met with an embarrassingly disproportionate amount of enthusiasm. With the following recipes, we give the men out there a delectable and, more importantly, foolproof menu. So if you've got a woman you'd like to impress, start here. Fret not: No kitchen experience required.
tips + ideas
DATE NIGHT RULES
Take down photos of old girlfriends. Turn off your computer and the ringer on your cell phone. (Internet chat partners and your buddies can wait a few hours.)
Always serve her first. If you burned the food, serve yourself the portion that is the most "well done."
Fill the wineglasses half full (or half empty, depending on how you feel the dinner is going).
Walk her out at the end of the evening -- provided, of course, she does walk out at the end of the evening.
Don't talk with your mouth full of food. Don't chew with your mouth open. And, most importantly, don't talk with your mouth closed.
Don't do the dishes while she's there. You can take care of them next week.
Don't let her do the dishes, even if she insists. Unless, of course, she's stronger than you are. And don't ask her to do the dishes. Especially if she's stronger than you are.
If she excuses herself to go to the restroom, don't offer her a magazine.
Set The Mood
Swoon Songs: These albums will help set the mood:
Everything But the Girl - Like the Deserts Miss the Rain
Serge Gainsbourg - Couleur Café
Sarah Vaughan - After Hours