Is Cooking Important to Dating?

When I first started this little blog, one of the main reasons was because I was single and had a passion for food. Part of me thought that showcasing my mad cooking skills would help me find a lady.

Dating and Cooking

Look at the perfect couple… [puke]

Ironically enough, I met a girl shortly after I hit “publish”, but it had nothing to do with this site. Awesomely enough, she’s a great cook and sharing our love of food is one of the things that has made us work so well together. (Awwww….)

We were talking recently about whether or not either of us could date someone that doesn’t cook or have the same love for everything culinary. I had an ex that had a difficult boiling water, and she shared a story about an ex that loved Applebee’s. But, I don’t think I could date someone that didn’t know how to make something more complex that sauce-out-of-the-jar spaghetti or just-add-meat Ready Meals.

For me, cooking is a hobby and stress relief. I’ll spend hours watching the Food Network, reading cookbooks, reviewing restaurant reviews, and also putting together meals. Some say that food is fuel, which is true, but cooking is about sharing. That’s really what I want to do, is share cooking with someone.

What are your thoughts? Could you date someone that doesn’t cook?


How to Make Crosshatch Grill Marks

I love grilling. I can’t stay it plainly enough: I love grilling.

While I enjoy braising, frying, baking, & roasting, it just seems that grilling is quintessentially the manliest way of cooking food. Nothing is cooler than open flame.

Cross-Hatch Grill MarksAnd one of the coolest parts about grilling is the grill marks. If people “eat with their eyes first”, a good cross-hatching of grill marks tells those eyes that this is going to be some tasty goodness. The best part is that making these marks is probably one of the easiest parts about grilling.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Think of your grill like a clock. On my grill, the grates run 12-to-6.
  2. When you’re ready to put the meat on the grill, lay it¬†diagonally¬†across your grates. In my case, that means 1-to-7.
  3. A quarter of the way through your cooking time, rotate the meet 90-degrees. This means aligning the steak 11-to-5 now. You’re not flipping yet, only rotating.
  4. When you flip the steak, repeat the process.
  5. Voila! Cross-hatch grill marks.

Some additional advice:

  1. Make sure the grill is HOT. Don’t just throw on the meat when you start it up.
  2. Make sure your grates are clean. Brush down the grill before & after every use, and it doesn’t hurt to use some vegetable oil to prevent sticking.