Love is in the air and I always love when my husband Nick and I have time to be in the kitchen together. I know not everybody feels the same way about cooking with their significant other, so I wanted to share some tips for couples cooking together.
In my 5-Ingredient Cookbook, I actually have a whole section in the back that talks about some tips and tricks to make the most out of couples cooking with one another and different menu options they can make.
So, it’s time to grab your cooking partner and get to it. I always like to pour a nice glass of wine and put on some music (ever heard of the yacht rock playlist? It’s a good one!)
- Decide who is going to do what. One person could chop vegetables, while the other focuses on the protein. Or, you could each take a course. One person might focus on dessert and salad, while someone else does the main meal. Having tasks divided up helps ensure you aren’t stepping on each other’s toes.
Talk about favorite foods
- Cooking together allows for you and your partner to talk through some of your favorite foods and recipes. When prepping your menu for your cooking night in, see if you can incorporate one thing from each of your favorites list.
Learn from each other
- Cooking with your partner might allow you to learn something knew. If you’re not sure how to best slice an onion, maybe your partner knows. Just ask and you can figure it out together!
- Cooking dinner together isn’t a race to get things done. Slowing down and taking time to cook a meal together is an opportunity to spend some quality time together. So pour that glass of wine and enjoy the cooking!
Keep it fun
- There is no wrong or right way to do couples cooking; do what works for you and have fun!
If you don’t have a copy of my cookbook, snag one now on Amazon and get it in time for Valentine’s Day! But, if you’d prefer to look at recipes online, below are a few great options to make with your loved one in the kitchen.
- This recipe is great if you’re looking for a quick meal that’s easy to put together. Plus, you’re cooking with wine, so you can always have a little sip here and there while making the meal. Great for date night!
- I love this recipe when cooking for two because who doesn’t love tacos!? This recipe is built for two people and allows you and your cooking partner to add as much kick as you’d like. Get creative with your taco toppings and have some fun!
- This take on a traditional surf and turf is all things luxury and indulgence. Featuring lobster and filet paired with a date night – what could go wrong!? Give this one a try for pure decadence.
Oh, and we can’t forget dessert! Date night screams for chocolate in my mind. This recipe for chocolate cake for two is built for date night. Plus, it’s only five ingredients, making your grocery trip that much easier.
A date night in can be so much fun, especially these days! You can get all dressed up, put on some great music and enjoy the evening. Or, you can even enjoy your delicious meal in your comfiest clothes. The best part is, you can cater the night to exactly what you both love and enjoy!