Cooking for a friend
June 19, 2014 9:35 AM Subscribe
My dear friend is coming over for dinner tomorrow night and I'd like to impress her with a delicious, healthy meal. Difficulty level: No oven.
A friend that I haven't seen in years is visiting tomorrow night and I promised to cook her dinner. We both enjoy cooking, but lately my meals have been uninspired and focused on efficiency. I want to wow her, but also make it seem like I cook like this all the time. I know, I know.
My friend is very interested in health and fitness, and has previously been vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo at various times. She currently has no dietary restrictions, but requested that the meal be "relatively healthy." I will eat (almost) anything. We are both adventurous eaters.
I have a small but relatively well-equipped and well-stocked kitchen. I do work on Friday so I can't spend all day at the stove. My oven is a temperamental fire-breathing dragon: it doesn't cook evenly, and it kicks out so much heat into my tiny apartment that I never use it. I have access to most ingredients.
Most of my go-to impressive dinners are better suited to colder weather, so something that would be good to serve on a sultry summer night would be great. Bonus points for:
- using in season produce
- make ahead
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