Monday, February 22, 2021

Creamy Garlic Chicken Breasts


Tried and True  ~Shelly

Chicken Breasts in an irresistible garlic sauce

filled with caramelized onions and garlic.

Ready in less than 30 minutes and perfect for any night of the week…even special occasions! 



HOW TO COOK CHICKEN BREAST

  • You’re going to start with thin chicken breasts. For a faster prep-time, cut your chicken breasts in half horizontally to make four fillets.  Quicker and easier than pounding them thin with a meat mallet and yields the same results. Thinner chicken pieces cook faster and evenly.
  • Use a combination of oil and butter to fry the chicken for the best golden browned results and delicious flavor.
  • Cook the sauce in the same pan as the chicken. Don’t get rid of any chicken bits from the pan as they add tons of flavor into the sauce!

COOKING WITH GARLIC

The beauty of this chicken breast recipe is that the garlic is NOT overpowering AT ALL! The secret to having SO much garlic without being overly pungent is caramelising the cloves (some smashed and some whole) in chicken stock (or broth) for 5-6 minutes over medium heat. This allows the garlic to soften beautifully with a hint of sweetness.

GARLIC FLAVOR

YOU can make this as garlicky as you want! How? For a stronger garlic flavor, smash all of your cloves with a heavy knife. Place the blade flat on the clove (sharp side facing away from you) and press the blade down on the clove with the heel of your hand. 

The garlic cloves are lightly browned in a little oil along with softened onion in buttery pan juices before being gently simmered in chicken stock. 

For a much milder sauce, add the garlic cloves whole.

TIPS

  • You can use heavy cream, whipping cream or thickened cream in the sauce.
  • For a lightened up sauce, use evaporated milk or half and half. If using half and half, be careful not to bring your sauce to a rapid boil or it may curdle.
  • The sauce will not thicken immediately after adding in your cream. Once you add your chicken breasts back into the pan, the flour from the chicken will thicken your sauce. No cornstarch needed.  

SIDES THAT GO WITH CREAMY GARLIC CHICKEN BREASTS

We love this chicken breast recipe with steamed rice or mashed potatoes.
You can also serve it over pasta, cauliflower mash or zucchini noodles.

Ingredients - Serves 4

For The Chicken:

  • 2-3 large boneless and skinless chicken breasts halved horizontally to make 4
  • 4 tablespoons flour (all purpose or plain)
  • 4 tablespoons finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black cracked pepper

For The Sauce:

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 whole head of garlic peeled and divided into 10-12 cloves
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken broth (stock)
  • 1 1/4 cup half and half or heavy cream (or evaporated milk)
  • 1/2 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, to serve

Instructions

  • Season the chicken with salt, garlic powder and pepper.
  • In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, Parmesan cheese. Dredge chicken in the flour mixture; shake off excess.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Swirl pan to coat evenly. 
  • Fry 2-3 chicken breasts until golden on each side, cooked through and no longer pink (about 4-5 minutes each side, depending on the thickness of your chicken). Transfer to a warm plate. Set aside.
  • Wipe pan over with a sheet of paper towel. Repeat with remaining oil, butter and chicken breasts. When cooked, transfer the chicken onto the same plate.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Sauté the onion in the remaining oil/juices in the pan until softened. 
  • Smash 6 whole cloves of garlic with the blunt edge of the back of a knife 
  • Add the remaining oil to the pan and heat through, mixing it through the onions. Sauté smashed garlic cloves and whole garlic cloves until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add the broth to deglaze the pan. Scrape up any browned bits and let simmer and reduce to half, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Pour in the cream. Bring the sauce to a gentle simmer for about 2-3 minutes, combining all of the flavours together.
  • Mix in the Parmesan cheese. Continue cooking gently for about 2-3 minutes until cheese melts, while stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to your taste. 
  • Add the chicken back into the pan and let simmer for a further 2-3 minutes to thicken the sauce to your liking. The chicken breast will soak up all of the delicious flavors.
  • Garnish with parsley and a little black cracked pepper. 
    Serve over pasta, cauliflower mash, zucchini noodles, rice or mashed potatoes.

Nutrition

Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 1205mg | Potassium: 403mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 710IU | Vitamin C: 10.3mg | Calcium: 285mg | Iron: 1mg


From Karina at: Cafe Delites

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

When I was growing up, this was my father's favorite cake.  So mother made it often.
I haven't had it lately, so maybe it's time to make it again.  How about you?   ~Shelly

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
slices pineapple in juice (from 20-oz can), drained
maraschino cherries without stems, if desired
1 1/3 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
egg



Steps

Heat oven to 350°F. In 9-inch square pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over melted butter. Arrange pineapple slices over brown sugar. Place cherry in center of each pineapple slice.

In medium bowl, beat remaining ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.

Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately place heatproof serving plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake a few minutes so brown sugar mixture can drizzle over cake; remove pan. Serve warm. Store cake loosely covered.

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Considered a classic American cake, pineapple-upside down cake first appeared when canned pineapple become available. But the method of creating a lusciously caramel-like topping for a cake, pastries (like caramel rolls), or bread has a long baking history.

Update this cake by using sliced fresh pineapple, peaches, apples or pear with fresh chopped herbs or dried spices added to the brown sugar and butter mixture.

Keep the ratio of butter and brown sugar fairly low, enough to create the rich syrup in the pan, but not so much that the flavor of the fruit is lost.

Skip the brightly colored cherries and replace them with candied or crystallized ginger pieces or a cluster of blueberries or cranberries.

The cake needs to be turned out of the pan shortly after it’s removed from the oven or the fruit will stick. Be armed with hot pads and a cake plate or board. Allow the fruit to stop bubbling, then place the plate on top of the pan. Carefully lift up the pan, holding the plate firmly in place, and invert the pan. Let it stand for a few minutes before lifting the pan off.


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Lemon Garlic White Wine Sauce

 This sauce is great over a variety of meats, such as chicken, cutlets, fish, or scallops.  



Sauce Ingredients - I would double this!

  • 2 Cloves Garlic – Minced
  • Juice of 1 Lemon – Fresh 
  • 1.5 Cup Dry White Wine (Pinot Grigio)
  • 1 Tbsp Butter  
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt 

For Preparing Chicken 

  • 2 Large boneless Chicken Breast – Cut horizontally, into 8 flat pieces
  • 4 Tbsp  Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil – For Frying. 

Cooking the Chicken -

  1. In a ziploc or bag, add flour, salt, pepper and mix evenly.
  2. Take the four chicken pieces, drop them in the Ziploc bag and shake 3-4 time to evenly coat the chicken.
  3. Remove the flour coated chicken and add the remaining chicken to this bag and coat evenly. (Now all the chicken are evenly coated with flour mix).
  4. In a large pan, add butter, oil and heat it for a minute on high flame and then reduce the flame to medium.
  5. Now, place the coated chicken pieces evenly on the pan and let them cook for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Turn the chicken to the other side and cook for another 3-4 minutes (Till light brown or golden brown – as per choice).
  7. Transfer the cooked chicken on the large plate.

Preparing the Wine Sauce -- 

  1. In the same pan, add the butter and let it heat for a minute.
  2. Add minced garlic, stir 3-4 times  (You may keep or discard the garlic as per your choice and proceed with next step  I keep it).
  3. Now add white wine and stir everything well using a whisk.
  4. Let it cook for a minute on medium flame and then reduce the heat to low.
  5. Cook the wine for about 4-5 minutes and then add lemon, pepper and salt.
  6. Whisk everything to a smooth consistency and add the cooked chicken.
  7. Let the chicken cook in the sauce for 2-3 minutes and then turn off the heat.
  8. You can pour the entire content of the pan in a serving dish or can place 2-3 chicken pieces in
  9. individual plate and pour some sauce over and around it

Monday, February 15, 2021

Chicken Parmesan Casserole



This chicken Parmesan is done casserole style (so, no breading or frying!), but still offers up that irresistible combination of tender chicken, crunchy/cheesy coating, and flavorful sauce."     

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (not too large)
2 cups prepared marinara sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil                                    
1 (8 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 (5 ounce) package garlic croutons
                                                             

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Coat the bottom of a 9x13 inch casserole dish with olive oil, and sprinkle with garlic and hot red pepper flakes.
  3. Arrange the chicken breasts in bottom of the dish, and pour marinara sauce over chicken. Sprinkle basil over marinara sauce, and top with half the mozzarella cheese, followed by half the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle on the croutons, then top with the remaining mozzarella cheese and remaining Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until cheese and croutons are golden brown and the chicken is no longer pink inside, about 35 minutes to an hour, depending on the shape and thickness of your chicken breasts. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a chicken breast should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).  


Monday, February 8, 2021

Homemade Baked and Buttery Soft Pretzels

Do you love Auntie Anne's Pretzels? 


I have not tried this recipe yet, but I'm excited to try this!
Doesn't it look delicious?   ~Shelly




Braided and baked soft pretzels.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of all purpose flour plus a little more for dusting 
  • 1/4 cup of sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1.25 cups of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar 
  • 4 teaspoons of active, dry, baker’s yeast 
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of melted butter or vegetable oil for the dough
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter for brushing after baking
  • 4 cups of hot water
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • Pretzel, kosher, or coarse sea salt for salting the pretzels

Equipment

  • Small bowl
  • Large mixing bowl
  • 1 or 2 baking sheets
  • Aluminum foil
  • Large pot
  • Slotted spoon
  • Rubber spatula
  • Cup, tablespoon, and teaspoon measurements
  • Pastry / basting brush
  • Large flat surface
  • Knife

Directions

  1. Combine the 3 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 1/4 cup of sugar in a large mixing bowl. Mix the dry ingredients well using a fork. man-fuel-food-blog-homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe-dry-ingredients
  2. In a small bowl, mix the 1.25 cups of warm water with a teaspoon of sugar and the 4 teaspoons of yeast. Mix well until dissolved and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes until it gets a little frothy. It may even smell a little bit like beer, which is good because yeast is one of the ingredients that gives beer a lot of its distinctive flavor and aroma. man-fuel-food-blog-homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe-yeast
  3. After 10 minutes, melt a tablespoon of butter in the microwave (or use vegetable oil) and add it to the flour mixture along with the yeast liquid. man-fuel-food-blog-homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe-flour-and-yeast
  4. Mix the ingredients well starting with a rubber spatula. When the dough starts to form into a uniform paste, you can use your hands to knead the dough for 6 to 8 minutes until all of the ingredients are well incorporated and you can shape the dough into a ball. Don’t overdo it with the kneading though. The idea is just to get everything well mixed. man-fuel-food-blog-soft-pretzels-recipe-dough-ball
  5. Next, use a teaspoon of vegetable oil to grease the outside of the entire dough ball to keep it from sticking to the bowl as it rises.
  6. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a towel and let it rise for 1 hour at room temperature (don’t refrigerate!). man-fuel-food-blog-soft-pretzels-recipe-covered-dough
  7. After an hour, the dough will have risen noticeably and be very soft to the touch. You’ll also start to smell that wonderful yeast and dough combination that is a precursor to baked breads. man-fuel-food-blog-homemade-pretzels-recipe-risen-dough
  8. At this point, start to pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees F.
  9. Dust a flat, clean surface like a counter-top with some flour and carefully get the dough ball out of the bowl and onto the counter. Dust the top of the dough with a little more flour to help keep it from sticking. man-fuel-food-blog-homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe-risen-dough
  10. Dust your hands with flour and cut the dough in half. Start stretching and forming half the dough into an elongated rectangle that you can then cut into 6 equal pieces. When you have a nice stretched rectangle, cut the dough into six pieces and repeat this process for the other half of the dough. You should end up with 12, evenly sized pieces of dough. man-fuel-food-blog-homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe-dividing-dough
  11. Now it’s time to create some fun shapes! Roll out a piece of dough into a long, thin cord. The length is really up to you depending on what kind of shapes you want to make. The typical bowed pretzel shape is always fun and you’ll need a decently long cord for that. I found that the usual pretzel shape is great, but I also really liked just rolling out a cord of dough and tying it in a single knot (like the first knot in a square or granny knot for anyone that knows their knots). I don’t recommend the long twisty style you might see in my pictures. Those looked fun, but didn’t give the best results. man-fuel-food-blog-soft-pretzels-recipe-braiding-pretzels
  12. Repeat this process for all of the pieces of dough. Mix and match the shapes as you like! man-fuel-food-blog-soft-pretzels-recipe-braided-pretzels
  13. When done with the braiding, get 4 cups of hot water and 1/2 a cup of baking soda ready to use. If your hot tap water isn’t clean or isn’t hot enough just heat some cold water and let it cool slightly so that it is hot, but not boiling. Some light steam is ok. Then add in the baking soda and mix until well dissolved. This step is especially important because this alkaline mixture of baking soda and water is what will help to give the pretzels that deep brown color on the outside as well as that nice outer texture that is so characteristic of soft pretzels. It works because the alkaline mixture speeds up the browning process as the pretzels cook.  man-fuel-food-blog-soft-pretzels-recipe-baking-soda-and-water
  14. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (2 baking sheets if your pretzels won’t all fit on one sheet). Keep in mind that the pretzels will expand a bit as they bake. Also make sure to grease the foil very well using butter or vegetable oil. This will help to keep the pretzels from sticking when they bake.
  15. Using a slotted spatula or large slotted spoon, carefully scoop up a pretzel and place it into the hot baking soda mixture. Let it sit for 15 seconds or so as you splash some of the water over the top using the spatula or spoon. Then take it out of the water, let it drain a bit, and place it on the baking sheet. Repeat this process for all of the pretzels. man-fuel-food-blog-soft-pretzels-recipe-blanched-dough-in-baking-soda
  16. Sprinkle the pretzels with pretzel salt, kosher salt, or coarse sea salt. Don’t go overboard with the salt, but just make sure to lightly cover the tops.
  17. Slide the baking sheet(s) into the oven and make the pretzels for 10 minutes or until they are a nice deep brown. Not all areas of the pretzel will get that deep brown, so just pull them out as soon as the outermost edges are that classic pretzel color. man-fuel-food-blog-soft-pretzels-recipe
  18. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave to brush butter onto the pretzels. man-fuel-food-blog-soft-pretzels-recipe-melted-butter
  19. Brush each pretzel with a nice amount of butter to coat the entire top. Then throw them in the oven for another 1 to 2 minutes. You’ll end up with some rich, buttery, glistening pretzels. man-fuel-food-blog-buttereing-homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe
  20. Serve them immediately or, better yet, let them cool. I discovered that the pretzel flavor actually depends as these pretzels cool. They taste great piping hot, but they taste even more like traditional pretzels when they cool down. man-fuel-food-blog-homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe
  21. Eat them with your favorite mustard for a savory treat or eat them like a dessert dipped in a sweet vanilla glaze! These pretzels work as a salty or sweet treat. They’re also just wonderful plain or buttered.
  22. If you have leftover pretzels, place them in a sealed plastic zipper bag and refrigerate. Use them the next morning to make pretzel breakfast sandwiches! man-fuel-food-blog-homemade-pretzels-recipe-pretzel-bun-breakfast-sandwich

A Passion for Goat Cheese



I've found that there is an enormous variety of topics that can stimulate great online conversations, but none elicit such excited and passionate responses as "cheese"!
You'll find everything you need at Harter House and World Flavors!
Here are several interesting ways to enjoy my favorite - goat cheese:
  • Goat cheese and avocado sandwich.
  • Mix goat cheese with balsamic vinegar and olive oil for a great salad dressing.
  • Make a salad with butter lettuce, goat cheese and small cubes of fresh pineapple with a sweet Vidalia onion dressing.
  • Asparagus lasagna with a goat cheese bechamel sauce.
  • Make a savory goat cheese frosting for cupcakes.
  • Chocolate-hazelnut spread and goat cheese brownies.
  • Goat Cheese Truffles: Roll balls of goat cheese in different herbs and spices and serve with crackers
  • Enchiladas filled with Sweet corn, green chilies, onion and goat cheese - spiced with cumin, garlic, chili powder & cilantro.
  • Devils on Horseback: dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon.
  • Goat cheese, Italian white beans, olive oil, fresh flat leaf parsley, sea salt, & cracked pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Blend goat cheese with the fruit curd of your choice; spread between two waffle cookies & freeze for an hour. Best ice cream sandwich ever.
  • Phyllo dough spread with pesto, goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and pine nuts; rolled, sliced and then baked. YUM!
  • Lamb chops topped with goat cheese, rosemary, and white wine sauce.
  • Goat cheese, strawberries and mint pesto on pizza dough - grill it!
  • Add goat cheese to sweet pea risotto and finish with fresh thyme.
  • Stuff goat cheese under the skin of a chicken breast and bake in the oven.
  • Top homemade pizza dough with olive oil, goat cheese, fresh thyme and caramelized onion; top with a sprinkle of good sea salt.
  • Rosemary and goat cheese bread pudding.
  • Boil a cut-up head of cauliflower. Drain and beat with an electric beater. Add goat cheese, mayonnaise, butter salt & pepper.
  • Goat cheese and scallion scones.
  • Semi-hard goat cheese bechamel macaroni & cheese with shaved truffles (or morels) topped with crispy bacon.
  • Mix goat cheese with colatura (anchovy sauce) and stuff into halved peppadew peppers; broil until cheese is lightly browned.
  • Tomatoes, goat cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh basil, pine nuts!


100 Ways to Show Your Love



Enjoy this very special day with your sweetheart, have a wonderful romantic dinner and listen to romantic love songs.

These wonderful ideas brought to you by your favorite neighborhood market - Harter House Supermarket!






Ladies, Just a few of these ideas will make your man feel loved. To show him how truly special he is, pick a bunch of ideas and surprise him with your loving bouquet of sweet sentiments on February 14. From 100 to one, here are lots of romantic Valentine's Day inspiration for you!
Men, These will work for you too!


Of course, my favorite is #1
1. Grab him spontaneously and kiss him like you mean it.







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100. Send your sweetie a sweet, short and sexy text or email. (Not to his work email!)

99. Leave a little note in his briefcase or laptop bag so he will find it when he gets to work.



98. When your significant other gets home, be waiting in the bedroom dressed in your favorite sexy lingerie (or nothing at all!) … you know what happens next.





97. Plan a surprise outing! Start with dinner at his favorite restaurant, then reveal tickets to a show or sports game.

96. Take a hot air balloon ride together.

95. Surprise him with that special something he has been coveting (no matter how big or small).

94. Send flowers or cookies for no reason at all.

93. Take his dog for a walk.

92. Stock his fridge with his favorite beer and his shelves with his favorite snacks. (from Harter House Supermarket)

91. Stop by your sweetie's office around lunchtime with his favorite noontime food.

90. Take a drive together -- car trips provide some of the best time for talking one-on-one.

89. Snuggle after sex -- even if you are tired.

88. Give a back massage.

87. Offer a foot rub -- without asking for one in return!

86. Fill up his gas tank.

85. If he comes home after a boy's night WAY past the time he said he would, let it go.

84. Make breakfast in bed.

83. Stay in bed all day -- pajamas optional.

82. Take a late-night, hand-in-hand stroll.

81. Sign up for a class you know he has been wanting to take together.

80. Make up silly nicknames for each other that you ONLY call each other in private!

79. Make a mousepad (or a mug or a calendar) with your picture on it for his desk.

78. Start a hobby together.






77. Do something nice for his mother, brother, sister, etc.

76. Let him pick the movie this time.

75. Make a special dinner for him.

74. When he gets home, hand him a glass of wine, sit down together and let him talk about his day.

73. Do chores or errands without being asked and without complaining.

72. Put the toilet seat down.

71. Leave a note on the bathroom mirror so he will see it first thing in the morning.

70. Send a sexy picture message to his phone.

69. Leave a note for him to meet at his favorite bar or club. When he arrives, do some fun role-play and pretend you are meeting for the first time.

68. Wash his car for him.

67. Do his laundry.

66. Recreate your first date -- then recall all the feelings you had for each other that very first night.

65. Make a creative coupon book (free massage, free night out with the guys, etc.) without an expiration date!


64. Book a couple's massage.







63. Plan a romantic getaway to a bed and breakfast.

62. Dedicate a day to the one you love -- plan a day filled with his favorite things.

61. Plan a surprise party for him.

60. Send him a nice (or naughty!) card. Even if you live together, mail it!













59. Take out the trash.

58. Buy him a calendar and fill it with important dates (our first dinner together, our three-year anniversary, etc.).

57. Have a romantic/sexy photo session done together or have sexy pictures taken of yourself and make a private album for him.



56. Make a big deal out of the holidays.







55. Scatter rose petals on the bed

54. If he has to work late, have his favorite take-out delivered to the office, and pre-pay, of course!

53. Have a talk about the future and let him know that he is a part of it.

52. Buy his favorite perfume, and simply put it in the medicine cabinet for him to discover on his own.

51. Declare a day of the week "your" day -- always spend that day together, even if you just snuggle on the couch together.

50. Take him home to meet the family.



49. Propose.







48. Go on a picnic.

47. Explore your adventurous sides together -- do something daring that neither of you have tried before, such as bungee jumping or sky diving. The experience will bring you closer.

46. Designate a place as "yours" -- your favorite restaurant or bar -- and frequent it together often.

45. Volunteer together. Work side-by-side at your local animal shelter, nursing home or as you gather donations for your local food bank.

44. Take him to an art gallery or art walk.

43. Arrange to have a house cleaner come to his place and spruce things up!

42. Introduce him to your best friends.

41. Walk him out when he leaves for work.

40. Make him a special bag lunch with a note written on a napkin inside.

39. Get him a subscription to his favorite magazine.

38. If he has a business trip, offer to drive to the airport, so he doesn't have to take a cab.

37. Leave a sweet note on a post-it on his car windshield or steering wheel.



36. Flirt with him unabashedly.






35. If he has been working out extra hard or dieting, compliment him on his weight loss or how big his muscles are getting.

34. Rent some silly comedies and spend the night laughing together.

33. Take a shower together.

32. Offer to shave his face or ask him to shave your legs.

31. Guys, offer to paint your ladies toes.



30. Go stargazing. Bring a bottle of champagne.








29. Try an activity that he loves, such as golf, or that she loves, like shopping! (No complaining!)

28. Get up early on the weekend and do some of the chores he has on his list.

27. Laugh at his jokes.

26. Compliment her on her new hairstyle, shoes, outfit, etc.

25. Frame a picture of the two of you during a special trip.

24. Ask his mother for the recipe to his favorite dish that she made him growing up.

23. Ask her father for her hand and his blessing.

22. Buy a little teddy bear to sleep with when you are not there.

21. Get her oil changed and her brakes checked.

20. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride. (Bonus points if this is at Christmastime or Valentine's Day.)

19. Buy her favorite chocolates and sneak some into her purse.

18. Buy him a new tie.

17. Iron his shirts.



16. Feed each other dinner. Or better yet, dessert.






15. Sneak a sexy note into the pocket of his slacks or into her purse.

14. Kiss him when he leaves in the morning and when he gets home at night.

13. Brag about him to his friends for something really macho that he does.

12. Tell her mother how smart you think she is.

11. Go on a bike ride -- extra credit for using a tandem bike.

10. Baby him when he is sick.

9. Leave lipstick kisses on the bathroom mirror.

8. Go to the park together (even if you don't have kids). Go down the slide, play on the teeter-totter and go on the swings.

7. Let him teach you a new skill.

6. Buy a little gift and surprise him at the end of a long week.

5. Go hiking together.

4. Take a trip to the beach.


3. Watch the sun set or rise together.




2. Share the morning paper and some mimosas over the weekend.

1. Grab him spontaneously and kiss him like you mean it.