I need your gourmet menu suggestions, please!

@astromama (1226)
United States
March 3, 2007 2:37am CST
My husband's birthday is fast approaching... March 11, and what he has requested to celebrate his 28th rotation around the sun is MY homemade cooking! Before you go assuming I'm some kind of 'good cook', you should know that I'm actually not that well versed in the kitchen, and my husband spent almost 10 years working in great restaurants. When he cooks for me I get to dine on things like filo-wrapped brie, toasted and served with a fig reduction, and fresh mint on crackers, black-bean croquettes with a cherry-mole sauce, asparagus with a lime-cilantro tahini on the side, and pickled balsamic asian pears. Then we have something ridiculous like a vanilla-bean hot fudge sundae with fresh raspberries served in martini glasses. My cooking is more like, "Hey, I did it! I managed to make a curry, from a recipe mind you, that tasted decent... great!" HELP!! I am a stay at home pregnant woman right now, so I can't really buy him a gift, so I want this dinner to be spectactular. Got any ideas??? He won't even tell me what kind of food he wants, he's leaving it all up to me... What do you think?
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• United States
3 Mar 07
I'm no expert chef either. I have been teaching myself all kinds of things. I think I do a pretty good job though and rarely get many complaints. Maybe I can help but first, what is his favorite food or foods? Is there something you normally make that he really likes? What foods are you pretty good at making?
• United States
3 Mar 07
Oh, and will her like it if you are inventive or what he prefer you stick to something simple? It sounds like with him being a chef he would like something inventive but I don't know him.
@astromama (1226)
• United States
3 Mar 07
Definitely inventive. I am really good at following recipes, but I'm not that confident otherwise. I have made some decent lasagna and baked ziti dishes, some curries, soups, things like that. He makes vegetarian sushi rolls a lot, but I can never seem to make the rice correctly on my own. i would say he is a lover of all foods vegetarian... expecially exotic mushrooms and fine cheeses... I think those two ingrediants could go a long way. he's also a 'sauce' man... he really likes delicious sauces and usually makes a few different ones when he cooks for me, so I assume that's what he loves to eat as well. I will look up some recipes on the internet, but I'd love some suggestions on where to start!
@astromama (1226)
• United States
12 Mar 07
Just so you know, surfin, yesterday was his birthday and due to unforeseen events, we had our dinner the night before and ending up going out on the actually b-day. I made lasagna rollups... the filling was smoked provalone mixed with chopped spinach and egg wrapped in roasted eggplant and a lasagna noodle. I topped these with a creamy zucchini sauce and a thick slice of tomato and crumbled bleu cheese, then baked until warm and the cheese melty. It was actually an amazing combination, and he was very happy. For our restaurant meal we shared butternut squash ravioli with an arugala-walnut pesto and dried cranberries. Appetizers were soft pretzels with a swiss cheese dipping sauce and a chedder-ale soup. Dessert a chocolate caramel tart with pumpkin seeds and a hint of chili. I couldn't have made such an amazing meal at home, so I'm grateful for the unforeseen events! My foodie gourmet of a husband had a wonderful time and I thank you for attempting to help me!
• United States
3 Mar 07
Does he like seafood? It isn't that hard to prepare and doesn't need fancy dressings to make it taste wonderful. My favorite is crab legs, they taste great and also make me feel special when I eat them.
@astromama (1226)
• United States
3 Mar 07
Ooops. A very important point I forgot to make... we are both vegetarians!!!