I was thinking of maybe the Zuni roast chicken and bread salad? (By the way, his parents are divorced so we'll actually be doing this twice — the more ideas, the better!)
Sent by LauraEditor: Laura, the Zuni chicken and bread salad are amazing, but they do require quite a bit of last minute work — the prepping of the bread salad needs some work after the chicken is finished. Also, if you are serving 6 people, you will probably need 2 chickens. So, personally, I probably wouldn't recommend that particular recipe. (Do make it sometime for just your boyfriend and yourself, though! It's delicious.)
Here are a few alternate suggestions:
• Steak - Simple, with a good salad and bread. You can send everyone out to the grill, too, and get the kitchen to yourself for a few extra minutes!
• Duck with Black Olives and Black Olive Risotto - Very fancy-ish, but also not too complicated, and good in a very satisfying way.
• Pork Loin Spiedino with Pine Nut, Garlic, and Currant Soffritto - Somewhat similar to the Zuni chicken recipe, but easier to prep and scale up.
Readers, any good ideas for Laura?
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