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The Short Version: Want to spice up your love life? Why not try whipping up a meal for your significant other at home? Mila Furman, professional chef and food blogger, can show you how to prepare a simple and delicious meal on her blog, the Girl and the Kitchen. She has written thorough guides and detailed recipes (with mouth-watering pictures) to give home cooks of all experience levels a hand during their cooking adventures. You can check out her recipes for one-pot meals, healthy side dishes, and decadent desserts to make your dinners at home all the sweeter. Mila teaches her readers simple cooking techniques to empower them to cook with confidence and savor every last bite. You can use the resources on the Girl and the Kitchen to prepare an impressive and affordable meal on your next date night.
Once her kids are settled down, professional chef Mila Furman enjoys cooking an intimate dinner for two alongside her husband Mark. They gather their favorite recipes, figure out who’s doing what, and get to work. Mila often sets the mood by turning to a Pandora radio station titled simply “French cooking music.”
The married couple have a relaxing time swaying along to soft music, tasting flavorful sauces, and sharing the experience of cooking at home. “You can crack open a bottle of wine to enjoy while you cook together,” she said. “There’s nothing better than that.”
Mila has a culinary degree to prove she knows her way around a kitchen, but she still likes having her husband helping her prepare a delicious meal because they can spend quality time together over a hot stove. She told us there’s something undeniably sensual about cooking with a romantic partner. You’re engaging all your senses as you stir broth, chop vegetables, and roll dough side by side with that special someone.
Of course, not everyone feels all that comfortable in the kitchen — and that’s where Mila comes in. Her food blog, which she calls the Girl and Kitchen, offers experienced cooking tips and simple recipes that can wow any date.
After writing recipes and cooking tips for several years as a side gig, she decided to make food blogging on the Girl and the Kitchen her full-time job. Now she has posted hundreds of helpful articles to encourage home cooks to create mouth-watering appetizers, side dishes, entrées, and desserts.
“I don’t teach recipes — I teach techniques,” she told us. “That makes cooking more approachable because you can make hundreds of recipes if you know the right techniques.”
Mila posts a new recipe every week to satisfy her readers’ appetites. She told us a majority of her audience is in the US, but she also serves a global audience in the UK, Canada, and Russia. Because she grew up in Moldova, Mila cultivated an international palate early in life, so her blog represents a variety of different flavorful cuisines.
From Russian-style home fries to crispy fish tacos, Mila’s recipes combine traditional flavors from all around the world. “My dishes are super flavorful,” she told us. “It’s simple recipes done right.”
Mila’s recipe index features a variety of healthy options as well as comfort foods, so people with all sorts of dietary needs and preferences can find something delicious to fill their plates.
We asked Mila what dishes she’d recommend for couples on a date night at home, and she pointed us to some of her most tempting and popular dishes. She told us her Dreamy Chicken Marsala is one of her husband’s favorites because he adores mushrooms. This dish takes only 20 minutes to prepare and offers an affordable and healthy meal with enough leftovers to last the rest of the week.
Mila said Classic Seared Scallops can also be prepared in a jiffy, giving couples more time to relax outside the kitchen. If you pop some asparagus in the oven as well, you can have a full meal ready to go in about 15 minutes.
Finally, a romantic dinner just wouldn’t be complete without a sinfully indulgent dessert, and Mila’s Nutella Molten Lava Cakes are all that and then some. She posted this decadent chocolate creation before Valentine’s Day because, as she says in the recipe, “The way to get into a woman’s heart is chocolate.” If you like rich, oozing melted chocolate (who doesn’t?!), this is definitely the dish for you.
Whether you’re looking for a fun party appetizer or a gluten-free breakfast treat, you can find tons of different recipes to try with your significant other.
“No matter what your diet is, you can always eat well,” Mila said. “You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen or buy expensive ingredients — as long as you’re cooking with wholesome food, you will be much better for it.”
In today’s fast-paced world, not every couple has time to cook a delicious meal from scratch. If you and your partner both have full-time jobs, you may not be able to summon enough energy to prepare a healthy home-cooked meal after a long day at work. Many families face a daily struggle between what’s convenient and what’s good for their diets.
Mila wants to give wholesome cooking an edge by offering herself and a team of chefs to families who want to put together delicious and healthful home-cooked meals without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Her private cooking business puts together custom menus for families with young children at home. The chefs come into the house and prepare meals twice a week. They also fill the family’s freezer with ready-to-go meals, including baked ziti and stews, so they never have to worry about what’s for dinner.
With Mila’s help, families can enjoy delicious professional meals without all the hassles of going out to eat. Mila and her team of three chefs currently serve a number of families in Chicago and its suburbs. She hopes to expand to help more couples maintain a balanced diet without having to waste time and energy at the grocery store or in the kitchen.
The Girl and the Kitchen fosters a sizzling conversation about cooking and food. In the comments section, people can trade culinary insights and offer their opinions about certain dishes. Many readers write about how their cooking adventures turned out, and some ask for clarifications on specific steps or ingredients in Mila’s recipes.
“My husband super hates carrots,” said Angie in a comment on a recipe for instant pot stuffed cabbage. “Is there anything I could replace them with since it’s such a large part of the recipe?”
“I wouldn’t replace them,” Mila replied helpfully. “Just leave them out.”
“Is there anything on earth that is better than flavorful roasted potatoes? These pictures are making me weak at my knees!” — Bethany, A reader of the Girl and the Kitchen
You can scroll through the comments section of Mila’s recipes to get a sense of how other people enjoyed the dish. Marie said she and her husband loved Mila’s recipe for stuffed cabbage. “This was amazing,” Marie wrote on MarieBlogsLife. “It made so many stuffed cabbage rolls that we had leftovers for days!”
Mila enjoys hearing such positive feedback from her readers because it reinforces why she blogs in the first place. Her step-by-step recipes and technical pointers empower everyday men and women to put together simple, fresh, and delicious dishes for themselves and their families. She loves knowing she has helped people bring a little flavor and quality to their home-cooked meals.
“Everyone can cook, but not everyone can teach,” Mila said. “I pride myself on being able to do both.”
Mila also hosts private as well as large cooking classes for intimate dinners or large team-building events. She prides herself on being able to change the energy of a room when the knives start chopping and the pots start bubbling.
“You literally see people’s stress go away,” she said. “It’s pretty fabulous. That’s the most gratifying part of what I do.”
Couples can browse through the Girl and the Kitchen’s recipe index to find something healthful or indulgent to make for dinner. Mila walks beginners through each step of the preparation and adds personal notes and colorful photos that make the dish pop. This classically trained chef has combined her culinary experience with her enthusiasm for rich flavors to make her blog a go-to resource for home cooks around the world.
“Food has always enriched my life,” she said. “My first passion is food, and my second passion is writing, so it was a natural progression for me to start blogging.”
In the coming year, Mila said she hopes to expand her reach as a professional food blogger by posting cooking videos on her YouTube channel where she will feature her recipes in a more visually stimulating way. From her online library of recipes to her budding catering service, Mila continually grows her business to inspire home cooks to make masterful meals in their own kitchens.