(Above: Cook’s Country Milk Chocolate Truffle Hearts)
In case you haven’t noticed, we love food here at America’s Test Kitchen. With over a hundred tastings a week, a library full of 4,000+ cookbooks, and a fridge dedicated entirely to left-overs, who could blame us? In addition to our love for food, some of us are also fortunate enough to be in love with someone who loves food. And let’s be honest, it’s not very common to find a someone with a similar affinity (late-night cooking, driving 2 hours for lobster rolls, waiting in the cold for a freshly baked loaf of bread). But if you’re lucky enough to find compatibility in palate and personality, it can be a match made in culinary heaven.
CALLING ALL SWEETHEARTS: SHARE “YOUR DISH” & WIN A COOKBOOK
(Above: Cook’s Country Raspberry-White Chocolate Bombe)
As the common saying goes (that most of us hopefully follow), “The quickest way to a man’s/woman’s heart is through his/her stomach.” So let us tap into our inner romantic and re-live those magical moments of being in love with each other through food. Similar to “our story,” and maybe even “our song,” we want to hear your story about our dish.
Maybe you met at a friend’s dinner party and savored slices of homemade pecan pie together, or on the night of your engagement you shared an unforgettable plate of fried pickles that you both still dream about today. Whatever the story, whichever the dish, it’s time to re-live the moments you’ve savored together. Share the story of “your dish” in the comments below and one lucky person will win a copy of Cooking for Two autographed by Christopher Kimball.
If You Were Curious, Here are Some Love Stories from the Test Kitchen
(Photo Credit: Vratislav Darmek)
Just to heat things up, I asked around the Test Kitchen for some “our dish” stories. They’re cuter than a cupcake. (And sometimes, quite literally.)
“One of my early conversations with my last boyfriend (when we were friends) was about how he was convinced that a cupcake is the perfect gift to give a girl. My argument was, what if the girl doesn’t care for cupcakes? You can show just as much attention with a juice-laden burrito! I like to believe that the ‘boorish’ rebuttal was what won him over, and lo and behold, he surprised me with a trip to an awesome hole-in-the-wall burrito joint for our first official date.”
“Though we manage to have the time of our life in any hedonistic combination of snackage and booze, wings are probably the most constant running theme through our 3-year relationship. On average, we get Korean fried chicken delivered about once a week (half-half, soy and spicy). One time on ‘holiday,’ he surprised me with a trip to Buffalo, NY. After we landed, got to the hotel in Amherst, and I sobbed in that Marriott room for about 2 hours after looking out into the industrial abyss, he finally dried my tears, took out a scribbled-on piece of paper from his pocket, and outlined the details he had planned of our 3-day wing-eating spree in the city where it all began. We ate wings, and only wings, every night in a spicy and messy haze—getting takeout to enjoy back at the hotel, watching Paul Rudd movies and making hell later for the housekeeping.”
“I’m pretty sure my husband married me because of a little something called a ‘Jody-Mc-Muffy.’ Right when McDonald’s introduced their popular sandwich, I decided to re-create my version at home—he told me it was the best meal he ever had, especially because it was made with love.”
“Eight years ago, to woo my husband (then-boyfriend), I sent him conversation hearts from which I had wiped off the messages and written a message of my own. (I made sure he didn’t eat them, since I wrote in pen!) The rest is history…”
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“I met my partner over 8 years ago. He lived across the street from me. After seeing him several times, I wanted to meet him and be friends. Seems like we never really could ever meet each other, kept missing one another. After some thought on how we were going to meet, I decided I should throw a potato on his balcony with a note attached to it! After the 5th day and three potato’s later, he found the note and emailed me with the subject, “Hot Potato”. We’ve been together ever since. The best part is that we used the potato’s as a starter for making bread. From this day on, potato’s have a very special place in out hearts. From scalloped potatoes with Gruyer cheese, to smashed potatoes, or potato’s found in the garden. This has been the best potato recipe yet. My Grandmother loves this story and tells people: If you want to meet someone, you have to throw a potato.” —Lucky James