Date Night in The Kitchen: Swedish Pancakes

This breakfast dish a favorite that Josh has mastered and knows I'll love receiving in bed in the morning. It's a childhood favorite that's easy, delicious, and uses ingredients we ALWAYS have on hand. It's our go-to when we're poor or too lazy to make something more appropriate for dinner. You and your spouse can easily master this together for a fun breakfast-for-dinner or try it out on your own for a fun breakfast in bed for your spouse. And even though I suggest our favorites, feel free to get creative with the fillings! That's the best part!

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Date Night In The Kitchen: Asparagus & Pancetta Risotto

When we invite people over for dinner, he lets them know they are in for a treat and openly rolls his eyes when I warn people that they might be setting their expectations too high. He'll "complain" about how I "force him" to go out to eat at nicer restaurants to study their dishes or that I'll make a gourmet dish a million times over to get it right. If I ever hint that my cooking isn't THAT great, he sternly corrects me and assures everyone around that it's just as good as he promises. That sense of pride he carries that his wife is a professionally-trained cook makes my heart swell. 

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Date Night In The Kitchen: 3 Gourmet Paper Bag Popcorns

Now, don't get me wrong. I don't judge a microwavable store-bought bag of popcorn. But the cheapest and easiest way to make popcorn is buying a big bag of kernels and some brown paper bags and popping them in the microwave on your own. Then you can control the salt and flavors and know exactly what is in the bag before you eat it. Of course, if you're anti-microwave or like a more old-fashioned style, stovetop popcorn is great as well. But these recipes are all meant to be cooked in the easiest way possible- the microwave.

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Date Night In The Kitchen: Chocolate Chip Calzone

Whether or not you love Valentine's Day or have someone to share it with, you can't deny the urge to eat loads of chocolate on the fourteenth of February. I have the perfect recipe for you- a great dessert to share or one you can drown in by yourself. A triple chocolate chip calzone. A big pile of melty delicious chocolate wrapped in a soft, sweetened crust. And a big perk? It makes enough dough for you to make a giant heart shaped pizza for dinner. Sounds like a great Valentine's date at home!

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Date Night in the Kitchen: Thai Curry Chicken Soup

Cooking quickly became our favorite activity to do together and thankfully so, because when our finances changed and we had to cut back on our spending, we knew we could still have fun date nights because we so enjoyed cooking homemade meals together. We still dance and chat over the stove and savor the meal at our kitchen table. And it's still just as fun as it was years ago when we ditched our cutesy themed dates and romantic sunset picnics. 

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