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The Short Version: Couples can get cooking in more ways than one thanks to The Kitchn, an online food magazine that delivers 20 new articles daily to help “everyone live happier, healthier lives at home through their kitchen.” The site reaches over 17 million readers a month and is a place to find delicious recipes, quick grocery shopping tips, and expert advice on cleaning and organizing your house. The Kitchn also boasts helpful articles on dating, including lists of the best date night dishes and advice for choosing the right Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor for any romantic situation.
A survey by Dr. John Gray, author of “Men Are from Mars, Women Are From Venus,” says more than 70% of married couples enjoy cooking together and those who do are more satisfied in all areas of their lives than married couples who do not cook together.
Connecting on a culinary level often helps couples bond on a more intimate level, and knowing your way around a kitchen can be an attractive quality in a partner. Skill level aside, couples who cook together and encourage each other in the kitchen bring the same inspiration and compassion to other areas of their lives, as the study shows.
With the goal of helping people make connections around food, Sara Kate Gillingham founded The Kitchn in 2005. She believes the kitchen will always be the heart of the home. “It feeds us. We need that to be alive, and we also get so much pleasure from it.” Her passion also echoes The Kitchn’s mission, which is to help everyone live more joyful lives through their kitchen.
Whether you have limited cooking experience or have prepared every recipe in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” The Kitchn has how-to sections for cooking and baking to help you tackle any culinary task.
Not sure how to prepare the main ingredient in a roasted shrimp scampi for date night? Have no fear; The Kitchn has a step-by-step slideshow as well as a video to teach you how to peel and devein shrimp. Are you too intimidated to tackle the ultimate romantic dessert — Ina Garten’s four-layer Devil’s Food Cake? It might sound like a lot of work, The Kitchn says the trick is to bake the cake one day, and the next day make the buttercream frosting and assemble the cake.
The site also runs a 20-day cooking school to help hone your savory skills. On the first day, you learn how to use a knife properly, and that’s quickly incorporated into the next two days where the tutorials are chopping onions, garlic, and vegetables. Learning about eggs, chicken, beans, and mastering the art of sautéing and braising are some of the other lessons included in this course.
If you’re more of a baker and want to surprise your partner with sweet treats, ramp up your skills with The Kitchn’s 20-day baking school. Don’t feel overwhelmed, though. By day two, you’ll be a pro at making French pastries. As part of the program, a new recipe will also be emailed to you daily, and all of the recipes are archived on the website for you to reference later. These tutorials are even more fun if there are two of you participating, so get your date involved, too!
For inspiration on making that special meal or setting the mood, The Kitchn has a helpful article from five couples who share their tips for having a date night in.
That’s right; date night doesn’t always mean going to a restaurant followed by dancing or a movie. Staying home for date night is a good way to mix things up, especially if you toss in a little creativity to make it a memorable evening (e.g., dressing up and setting out candles).
Food editor Sheela Prakash says the menu doesn’t have to be fancy — just something you both enjoy. If you need inspiration, follow her recipe for a delicious date night meal that includes champagne cocktails, Parmesan zucchini, and pork tenderloin.
After the meal, if you want to be sure to have the right Ben & Jerry’s flavor on hand, writer Ariel Knutson has the scoop. After all, the two of you are putting effort into creating a meal, so ice cream is an easy option for dessert. Ariel says Ben & Jerry’s Half-Baked is the way to go. The chocolate and vanilla ice cream mixed with fudge brownies and chocolate chip cookie dough can provide a rich ending to any meal.
The Kitchn offers more than recipes and cooking tips, too. With sections devoted to meal planning, shopping, and staying on budget, you’ll never be stuck opening cupboards and wondering what to cook. Get a little help from Cambria Bold, who rates seven online meal and menu planning tools, including Evernote, Food on the Table, and the Menu Planner App.
If you’re bringing a dish to a party or potluck or are cooking for a crowd, The Kitchn also has you covered with an entire section devoted to hosting or contributing to any kind of gathering. Looking to surprise your partner with a crazy concoction? You could make caramel sauce from a watermelon.
Stepping out of the kitchen, readers can find lots of advice about weddings, child care, cleaning, organizing, travel, and healthy living. Need a good laugh? The Kitchn’s LOL section will tickle your funny bone. For example, have you ever heard of a couple taking their engagement photos at Costco?
Cooking together gives couples much needed one-on-one time, where they can talk about themselves, as well as their feelings and experiences, while creating a special meal.
Dr. John Gray discovered a link between cooking and companionship. That may be because we can learn a lot about someone through preparing a meal. Creativity, kindness, respectfulness, cleanliness, and organization are just some of the qualities that are often observed in the kitchen.
Through easy recipes, fun tutorials, and expert tips, The Kitchn strives to inspire people to get into the kitchen and build a happy, beautiful home and life with the ones they love. Because, as the research suggests, those who cook together, stay together.