Rise and Shine Muffins (and cookbook giveaway!)
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Rise and Shine Muffins (and cookbook giveaway!)



My midlife crisis arrived about twenty years too early. The year was 2001 and I had been working in the modeling industry for almost 15 years -- basically since I was a teenager. Modeling afforded me many wonderful opportunities for which I will always be grateful, but it didn't really fulfill me.

I had always dreamed of going to culinary school, yet the thought of simply abandoning what I had done for so long to start something completely new gave me great anxiety, no matter how determined as I was to find my true calling. I researched several culinary programs but never could commit to do anything more than take a tour. And so there I remained, lost, two years shy of my 30th birthday and entirely too young to be so confused about what I was doing with my life.

I was living in New York back then and had made an appointment one day to see yet another school, the Institute of Culinary Education. The tour date was September 11th and as you can probably figure out for yourself, I did not get to visit the school that day. As it did for many people I know, 9/11 forced me to reexamine my life. I decided within days of that unspeakable tragedy that if I was ever going to follow my dream, that was the moment.

I spent the next year as happy as I've ever been, working during the day and going to school at night. As hard as it was, I still romanticize that period of my life for the sumptuous meals (my schoolwork) that I would bring home from my classes for my future hubby and I to enjoy late at night after our long days of work and school.

This all finally brings me to the whole reason for the recipe below. While at I.C.E., I was blessed to meet one of the kindest, sweetest, most talented women I know. At a very young age, Sarah Copeland knew exactly what she wanted to be and she made it happen. A veteran of the Food Network, writer, food-expert, urban gardner and co-founder of Share Our Strength's Good Food Garden's Campaign, Sarah's most recent exploit is The Newlywed Cookbook. Not only is this amazing book rich in information and stories, it features tantalizing food photography and delectable recipes which are perfect for both the newbie and experienced cook. Below is one of my many favorites from the book. I made it for Kenya's snack one day and all the kids (and their moms) went nuts for it.

Sarah is offering one weelicious reader the chance to win The Newlywed Cookbook. For a chance to win, just tell me the first thing you made for your partner when you were a newlywed. The winner will be chosen at random and announced here next week. Good luck!

* Congratulations to Caroline Evans, the winner of The Newlywed Cookbook giveaway!

Rise & Shine Muffins  (24 regular-sized muffins)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins,
  • Cook Time: 25 mins,
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My midlife crisis arrived about twenty years too early. The year was 2001 and I had been working in the modeling industry for almost 15 years -- basically since I was a teenager. Modeling afforded me many wonderful opportunities for which I will always...


  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and grated (2 cups)
  • 1/2 medium zucchini, grated (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375ยฐ F.
  2. 2. Place the raisins in a small bowl, cover with hot water, and set aside to plump.
  3. 3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.
  4. 4. Stir in the carrots, zucchini, pecans, and pine nuts.
  5. 5. In another large bowl whisk together the eggs, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla.
  6. 6. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  7. 7. Drain the raisins and stir them into the batter.
  8. 8. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin tin 3/4 full with batter.
  9. 9. Bake 25 minutes (15 minutes for mini muffins) or until a wooden pick inserted into muffins comes out clean.
  10. 10. Serve.
  11. *From The Newlywed Cookbook by Sarah Copeland-reprinted with permission from Chronicle Books
Rise & Shine Muffins

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    March 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Rosemary Roasted Pork Loin with mashed potatoes and broccoli. It turned out very well!

  4. michal w

    March 11, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Elbow macaroni :) Easy and yummy.

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    March 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    A peanut butter and jam sandwich the next day for a snack.. first meal was probably a few days later and I’m pretty sure it was chicken fajitas.

  6. Shay

    March 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    It was over 10 years ago now, I can’t remember the exact meal, but I want to say it was either an apple pie or tortilla Espanola since we returned from our honeymoon in Spain and wanted to relive every wonderful bite.

  7. Vanessa

    March 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Sweet potato quesadillas from one of the Moosewood cookbooks. Everyone asks me to make that one!

  8. Deborah

    March 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    chicken francese with angel hair pasta

  9. Jordan M.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I don’t have the slightest idea. My husband and I have been together since our sophmore year of high school, which was 10 years ago, lol.

  10. Karyn Jones

    March 8, 2012 at 5:15 am

    I made eggplant parmigiana. It’s still one of his favorites!

  11. Molly K

    March 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I don’t remember our first meal at home after our honeymoon, but I do recall making my husband two cheeseburgers on a George Foreman grill in a friend’s apartment the day we met. We still joke that burgers are a way to a man’s heart. It worked for us, anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Yahaira

    March 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    The first thing I made for my husband when we got married was homemade flour tortillas. He always raved about his grandma’s flour tortilla, how fun it was to make them and how incredibly delicious they were fresh. One day while he was at work, I went searching through town for the ingredients. I got home and got to work. What a disaster! By the time he got home the kitchen was a WRECK and I had made a ton of unsuccessful tortilla’s. I hate to throw anything out but these were inedible. I wouldn’t even let him try them! We still laugh about it to this day! I have come a long way in my cooking but I still have not tried my hand at flour tortilla’s since that day!

  13. Rena

    March 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I remember we poured over cookbooks together and came out with the spinach and rice dish. Which was cooked by my husband himself. :)

  14. Joan

    March 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

    The first thing I made for him was a Chinese 3 cup chicken. It’s called 3 cup chicken because it’s so simple- 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup soy sauce and chicken. I was a novice cook, but I thought this was a foolproof recipe. I brought it to my then boyfriend who was nursing a cold – it was not the most appropriate thing, a chicken soup would have been much better! He still chukles about it but he appreciated it very much!

  15. Jennifer

    March 7, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I don’t recall…but I know that I met him in a safety briefing in a theater eleven years before we married, and I shared chocolate chip cookies with him! That is how he tells everyone we first met.

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    March 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Coffee, scrambled eggs and toast!

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    March 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    The first meal I made for my now fiance was in our first (and still current) apartment together after we moved out of my parents house. I made homemade mac and cheese :)

  18. Kim S

    March 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    The first thing I made my husband-to-be (we had just graduated high school and didn’t get married until after college) was a delicious oven baked chicken with a dijon cream sauce and green beans. I was quite proud of myself:)

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    March 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Boxed macaroni and cheese!

  21. Deanna F

    March 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    First thing? I don’t really remember…but I’ve made him lots of waffles over the last 4 years! : )

  22. Ale

    March 6, 2012 at 11:57 am

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    March 6, 2012 at 3:51 am

    I made chicken parm :)

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    March 6, 2012 at 2:27 am

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    March 6, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Spaghetti and meatballs!

  26. Sara Marlar

    March 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    My hubby & I drove from west Texas to Copper Mountain, CO for our honeymoon. We got in pretty late and so the first thing I made was breakfast the next morning. Sausage, eggs & homemade biscuits. That night I made chicken fried deer steaks & mashed potatoes.

  27. Meghan

    March 5, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    The first thing I cooked for my husband was hotdogs. We eloped and were so poor. We lived in a one bedroom apartment that didn’t even have a stove. We had a camp style single burner, a forman grill, and a really old microwave. We ate hotdogs for the first 2 weeks.

  28. Julie p

    March 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Gosh- we were together 5 years before getting married so I don’t recall the first meal I made once we were newlyweds. However I do remember driving home from the airport after our honeymoon. We were both ravenous and stopped at the grocery store for a rotisserie chicken & Bob Evans mashed potatoes (which we never buy). It tasted wonderful and I remember eating it in bed together!!!

  29. Lee Anne Lasky

    March 5, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Fudge. I coaxed him into the house to have some fudge. It was right after the holidays, and even at a young age, I made a mean fudge. He didn’t even like sweets at the time, but when I asked if he liked fudge, he said “Sure.” just to get the invitation in. :-)

  30. Jessica

    March 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I made my husband a cheeseburger and my scrumptious mashed potatoes. It won him over hook, line, and sinker!!

  31. Jeanna

    March 5, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    The first meal I can remember making for my husband is breakfast. He wanted scrambled eggs, bacon, toast with baked beans. My husband is Canadian and he is the first person I met that enjoys baked beans for breakfast. I have never heard of baked beans for breakfast, but apparently it is popular in Canada. :)

  32. Cheryl

    March 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    The first meal I can recall making for my wonderful husband was grilled sandwiches for lunch and fresh garden tomatoes on the side. He came home for lunch his first day back at the office, and brightened my day like nothing else. :)

  33. Sarah G.

    March 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm

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    March 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I had no idea how to cook, and so out first dinner night at hone together was my husband teaching me how to make spaghetti- I thought he was a chef extraordinaire! Lol! Now he doesn’t even set foot in the kitchen as I’ve grown and flourished in my cooking adventures in our recentely celebrated 13th year of marriage. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  50. Kim

    March 5, 2012 at 10:17 am

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    March 5, 2012 at 7:48 am

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    March 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm

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    March 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm

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    March 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Black cod… Trying to be fancy, but we ended up having to order out that night :)

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    March 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    It was probably either stuffed feta shells…that was one of his favorite dishes in our early days :)

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    March 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    First meal was pasta tono—a much loved dish in our family!

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    March 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm

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    March 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Black bean enchiladas!

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  74. Debbie

    March 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Oh wow- i dont remember what I first cooked!

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  75. Shannon

    March 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    My husband is actually the cook in the family, I’m the baker. Our first meal he made chicken cordon bleu,saffron rice, and steamed baby carrots. I finished it off by baking a triple chocolate cheesecake. It’s still one of our most memorable meals !

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    Baked ziti!

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    March 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    French toast…he said it was better than his mom’s!

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    March 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Dessert!!!! Of course he married me but then we have to work on real food cooking

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    March 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm

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  80. Jill

    March 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Chicken Parmesan!

  81. Lee-Anne

    March 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I’m pretty sure the first thing I made my hubby was Kraft Dinner! I wasn’t much of a cook back then so KD was a regular meal in our appt! lol

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    March 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Breakfast! ๐Ÿ˜‰ French toast, omelette, latte and a fruit salad with coconut shaves.

  83. Corey @ Family Fresh Meals

    March 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Vegetarian lasagna :) YUM!

  84. Jamie

    March 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Spaghetti with ground turkey. He loved it!

  85. Deanna

    March 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I made my hubby spaghetti bolognese. It was delish, he said!! :-)

  86. Sana

    March 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I made Khattay Aaloo (literally sour potatoes) which is a tangy, spiced Pakistani/Indian potato snack which my husband loves!

  87. Lauren

    March 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Chicken enchilada casserole! Still a favorite around here, just had it last week!

  88. Brooke

    March 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    The first meal I made my husband after we were married was lasagna. It’s something i’ve always been comfortable making and proud of. :)

  89. Khara

    March 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Fresh tomato marinara sauce from scratch! My mother-in-law (then, she was my boyfriend’s mother) had a ton of plum tomatoes from her garden and nothing in mind to do with them. That was the first meal I made for my future in-laws and my future husband.

  90. Jennifer Barbee

    March 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Hmmm…..I’m pretty sure it was a full breakfast on our honeymoon. Eggs, bacon, biscuits, pineapple, hash browns! Yum!

  91. Shuli

    March 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    We had breakfast night! I made a yummy omelette and home fries.

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    March 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I remember making spaghetti in our mountain cabin on our honeymoon…over an electric stove that took FOREVER to boil water! I think we ended up eating dinner around 10:30 or 11 that night….

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    March 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    My husband had to have my famous Chicken Pot Pie of course! So easy and healthy to make! Still trying to convince him he can do this on his own to surprise me with dinner one night!

  94. Heidi

    March 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

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  95. Prisclla

    March 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Spaghetti :)

  96. Trish

    March 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    The first thing my dear hubby made for me was pasta alfredo with veggies. The first thing I remember making for him was my mother’s recipe for matzoh ball soup.

  97. Sonnia

    March 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I worked in a restaurant part time as a line cook when I first started dating my hubby. The first meal I made him was from there (with my own touches). It was a thai noodle bowl with shrimp! He loved it and still loves my cooking!

  98. Kristin

    March 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I think the first thing I made was spaghetti…I had NO IDEA how to cook anything.

  99. Karen

    March 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    pork loin medallions with an apple cream sauce

  100. Chelsea

    March 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Lasagne! We still enjoy it every few weeks 10 years later!!

  101. Erin

    March 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    We came home from our honeymoon and I made sweet corn along with the french bread and cheese we bought on the way home.

  102. Erin

    March 4, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Spaghetti and meatballs! It was simple and delicious.

  103. Audrey Burkett

    March 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Spaghetti…one of his favorites..the same way I had always made it from day one. :)

  104. Rebecca Van de Ven

    March 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

    My first meal to him was breakfast- eggs, toast, bacon. His first meal was chicken cooked on the George foreman grill, broccoli, and rice. That was 10 yrs ago and boy have I improved as a cook!!

  105. Vanessa Jensen

    March 4, 2012 at 10:51 am

    wow really can’t remember but Im sure it had to be mexican and it probably wasn’t good heh heh

  106. Denise

    March 4, 2012 at 10:18 am

    French onion soup with ooey gooey gruyere cheese. He adores it to this day, but says it never tastes as good as the first time I made it.

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    March 4, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Homemade pizza

  110. Karen D.

    March 4, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Swiss Steak, my mother’s recipe.

  111. Melissa

    March 4, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Stuffed shells with “gravy” which the fight still continues over “sauce” or “gravy” :)

  112. Tracie

    March 4, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Green Curry.. delish!

  113. Joan

    March 4, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Since it’s been over 32 years ago I really can’t remember what the first meal was I cooked for my hubby.

  114. Sophie

    March 4, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Wow, that was so many homemade dishes ago! Tea- does that count?

  115. Arica Saltzman

    March 4, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I am pretty sure the first thing I made for my husband once we were married was pasta. Not sure that counts as cooking though.

  116. Reynaul

    March 4, 2012 at 1:57 am

    I believe the first dish was meatloaf. If didn’t come out so great, but he ate it anyway! :-)

  117. Tricia

    March 3, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I don’t remember the dish but it was chicken. But i do remember that I needed to quadruple the amount I made! I forgot how much food he needed to eat after cooking for one for so long!

  118. Rachel

    March 3, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Marinated flank steak and roasted veggies.

  119. Pasuki

    March 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Penne with vodka sauce, a simple salad with homemade poppyseed dressing, and garlic bread.

  120. Kelly K.

    March 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Is it terrible that I really don’t remember! It’s been a while! :) I do remember cooking a full Italian meal of some sort for Valentine’s day in our little apartment after checking out the ice burgs on Lake Michigan. Romantic. Love the idea for this cookbook. My younger sister is getting married this coming June and her and her fiance love to cook. This would make a great shower gift!

  121. Nicole

    March 3, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I wish I could remember. One of the things I made during that time was vegetable lasagna w/ roasted red peppers. It was so good, but it made a lot and he ate so many helpings of it from the freezer and got so sick of it I haven’t dared make it again!

  122. Leslie

    March 3, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Nachos! It’s kind of our tradition now. We make them together and enjoy eating them together, too!

  123. Kathy Y.

    March 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Pasta primavera. I couldn’t remember…but, he did, 13 years later!

  124. Lauren R

    March 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    homemade spaghetti sauce and homemade garlic bread

  125. Karen

    March 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    stir-fry chicken & broccoli

  126. Esther

    March 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    chicken dish I learned from my mom. =D

  127. Tamara

    March 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    My husband (then boyfriend) loves Olive Garden so I decided to make him spaghetti w/homemade sauce and found a copy cat recipe for Olive Garden’s salad dressing. I also made my first attempt at a homemade chocolate pie that ended up being chocolate pudding in a pie crust. ha! It was horrible!! We got a good laught though. :)

  128. Sheena

    March 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I made cherry balsamic chicken. It was really the only think I knew how to make…besides spaghetti, eggs, etc.

  129. Paula

    March 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I don’t remember anymore. It probably was a roast beef dinner or Hamburgers.

  130. Lisa

    March 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Chicken wrapped in phyllo dough (he said it was too rich :) Guess he wasn’t raised on the mass quantities of butter that I was!

  131. JenE

    March 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Black Olive Hotdish. I’m Norwegian-Lutheran so it involves cream of mushroom + chicken soup, sour cream, and shells. Amen.

  132. Lizzy Vera

    March 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I made cheeseburgers on our new George Foreman Grill!

  133. Geetha

    March 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    The first thing I made for my hubby the next day after our wedding was ‘Upma’, which turned out to be quite a disaster since it did not turn out to be nice and fluffy the way my mom used to make but a sticky lump! But he ate it without complaining and said that it tasted nice!

  134. Lauren

    March 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    One of the first was homemade ravioli…it was his birthday and my first time making it, and he fell asleep on the couch because it took several hours longer than I anticipated!

  135. Amiee

    March 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I don’t exactly remember since its been a couple years ago but I’m pretty sure we ordered pizza when we got home from our honeymoon. Although I love to cook, we had no food in the house and was tired so we opted for our favorite take out meal.

  136. Alicia

    March 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I’m not sure what my first meal was for him as it was ages ago, but it was probably a veggie quesadilla or a pasta salad…and a big garden salad. I made them often the summer we got married. We lived together before we got married, and we had a wonderful garden the summer we got married. :)

  137. Stephanie

    March 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Chili which is one of his favorite foods. Unfortunately it was ridiculously spicy. The first thing he made for me was tuna Mac and cheese when we went camping.

  138. Deirdre

    March 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    We cooked and baked a lot for one another before we were married (or even engaged for that matter), but the first meal that I made for my husband as a married couple was meatloaf, mashed potatoes (with lumps, which is the only way to go) and steamed green beans. It is our comfort dinner, and even our kids (almost 5 years later) love it.

  139. Ash Lee

    March 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    jack daniels baby back ribs. Yum!

  140. Abigail

    March 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Apple Pie!

  141. Carolyn

    March 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Risotto Caprese

  142. Nary

    March 3, 2012 at 11:59 am

    My husband and I made pho which is beef noodle soup together. It was fun and he has never made it himself before. It was a great learning experience for him and fun for me. The fun part is watching the broth reduced down to a rich, savory broth. Yum yum!

  143. Rachel

    March 3, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I don’t remember, but since he was the cook back then… I would guess it was along the lines of PB& J or boxed mac n’ cheese? Or maybe spaghetti with jarred sauce if I was feeling daring? I do cook now… and pregnancy opened my eyes to all the junk we were eating, so we’ve come a long way. :)

  144. Jennifer B.

    March 3, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I don’t remember the first meal I made for my hubby, but the first meal we made together was Hamburger Helper and biscuits. :-) Thank God we’ve learned how to cook better now! Haha

  145. Chrisi

    March 3, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I don’t remember the first meal I made for my hubby. The first “thing” I made for him was a Giant Heart Shaped No-Bake Cookie.

  146. Holly Henderson

    March 3, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I don’t remember the first thing I made after we got married, but for our first date I made two-colored (spinach and wheat) linquine with sauteed scallops. For some reason, he remembered my making couscous, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t… ?!

  147. Andrea

    March 3, 2012 at 8:45 am

    One of the first things I remember cooking is spicy shrimp with red pepper flakes. I didn’t find out until later that he doesn’t like food very spicy!

  148. Debs

    March 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I’ll never forget the first thing I made for my husband…salted potatoes! I knew nothing about cooking at the time and when I was making potatoes I used 1/2 CUP of kosher salt…he was so sweet eating away, he even asked for seconds, finally I tasted the potatoes and immediately spit them out! He said he wanted to be nice since it was the first time I cooked, I told him to stop eating! I didn’t want to kill him! Luckily I’ve become much better in the kitchen…or so he says.

  149. Lindsay

    March 3, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I made him chili.

  150. Stacy Walls

    March 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I made my Moms lasagne recipe with salad & garlic bread!

  151. Kristin

    March 3, 2012 at 7:52 am

    pecan chicken and chocolate mousse

  152. Jenny

    March 3, 2012 at 7:21 am


  153. mandy hammons

    March 3, 2012 at 1:56 am

    I believe it was a breakfast casserole with eggs, ham & cheese

  154. Glyne

    March 3, 2012 at 1:39 am

    The first meal I cooked for him was chicken adobo which is a Filipino food. I am a Filipina and my husband is an American. He came over to the Philippines and we got married there. I wanted him to have a taste of the distinct and unusual Filipino cuisine. He apparently loved it. And up to this day, (I am in the US now with him)we have to have chicken adobo at least once a week. If not… well, I don’t know what will happen yet! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  155. janelle weems

    March 3, 2012 at 1:23 am

    What an inspiring story!!..the first dish i ever made for my husband was bbq spaghetti!! and its still his favorite =) i also cant wait to buy this for my friend who is just discovering cooking and getting married soon! (ill keep this copy if i win for myself tho ๐Ÿ˜‰

  156. Tricia

    March 3, 2012 at 1:02 am

    A big breakfast of eggs, potatoes, and bacon. :)

  157. Leilei P

    March 3, 2012 at 12:52 am

    chicken stir fry with bok choy and brown rice.

  158. Colette

    March 3, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Chicken in a crockpot with a mustardy sauce

  159. Kelly z

    March 3, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Carrot cake for his birthday

  160. Tina

    March 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I’m not a good cook…..I made him overcooked, mushy broccoli….

  161. spylick

    March 2, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    The first thing I made for hubby was a hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes, a recipe my dad taught me.

  162. Lo

    March 2, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Probably his favorite, a BLT salad with a garlic lemon dressing Even though it was only 9 months ago I can’t remember exactly what it was…

  163. Channa

    March 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I am almost sure it was Lasagna because back then it was my go to dish. The hubby still loves it :)

  164. Tina E

    March 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I can’t remember the first meal but I do remember making Iranian food and having to call my mom a million times and try to get her to give me more specific directions than a little of this and some of that. :)

  165. maria

    March 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    i think it was pork chops

  166. Crispa

    March 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I don’t remeber. We lived together for so long before we got married that it wasn’t a special event.

  167. Maribel

    March 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    the first thing I made my husband was mexican red enchiladas It was my first day of cooking and I think he like it because he finished all the plate

  168. Emily @ Random Recycling

    March 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I think it was “breakfast for dinner” just before we left for our honeymoon!

  169. Mary Sanchez

    March 2, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    The first thing that I made my husband was ground beef tacos, I had never really cooked anything and this was the only thing I knew how to make, but he totally loved it.;)

  170. Erin

    March 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    The first thing I made my husband was espresso, because the first present I bought him was an espresso maker! First food though was chocolate chip cookies because we were dating long distance and I wanted to leave him a surprise the day I had to leave so I baked them before going to the airport to head back home.

  171. Sarah

    March 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Scrambled eggs…I know…pretty boring, but it did the trick.

  172. Sherry W

    March 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    We were together for years before we got married so I made my usual meal of chicken, rice, and baked broccoli. Nothing to exciting but always turns out delicious.

  173. Kimmi McCarrell

    March 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    The morning after our wedding night I got up early and made him biscuits from scratch, gravy, scrambled eggs and bacon. He got up a while later and told me he’s not a big breakfast eater! He’d be happy with just a piece of toast, but I can’t help it! I’m a big eater and I LOVE breakfast! And I love to cook. Now we have a family of 6 and thankfully our kids love breakfast as much as their mama, and their daddy has grown to as well.

  174. shirley

    March 2, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Can’t quite remember but during that time probably hamburger helper or “chow mein” with ramen noodles and s bag of frozen veggies:/ Things have changed=)

    • Andrew

      February 5, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      “You only live once.” The great justification for bad beohivar. And yet, if people believed they lived twice, it would be all the more reason to screw up this time around. “I’ll do better in the next one” or “It’ll be a learning experience.”

  175. Eryn Belles

    March 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    It was a beautiful night….I made Homemade calzones and stuffed them with everything he loved (that would fit) and threw in a little more! He LOVED it. And we married soon after!

  176. Stephanie

    March 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I made cinnamon frosted zucchini squares. I don’t cook, but like to bake and this was my favorite from my grandmother’s recipes.

  177. Carrie R.

    March 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Breakfast burritos with potatoes, eggs and cheese. I had forgotten how often we would make and eat this together. I may have to bring back the burritos.

  178. Syeda Mohammed

    March 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    It’s been quite a while since I got married so I’m not really sure but I think it was chicken, rice and salad.

  179. Lori

    March 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Lentil soup…my husband asked me to marry him over my lentil soup ๐Ÿ˜‰

  180. Kori Penkert

    March 2, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I made my husband spaghetti which seems to be my signature meal.

  181. Shannon S

    March 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I wanted to impress him, so I made a pork loin with a warm mustard salad & angel hair pasta with lava cakes for dessert. Yum!

  182. Jessica H

    March 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I made lemon chicken. It was simple but delicious.

  183. Jessica S

    March 2, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    The first meal we made together was probably Chicken Helper with green bell peppers fresh from our garden. We always tried to add a little more to it to make it more interesting.

  184. buzzkehl

    March 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    baked pork chops & rice. only three ingredients (beef broth being the third) but tastes so gourmet…

  185. PamelaW

    March 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    WHile we were dating, I made spagetti & lasagna for my beau- now hubbyD! :-)

  186. Kirstin

    March 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Gosh, I haven’t thought about this for a long time…. It was chicken stir fry. Good times!

  187. Elisabeth

    March 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    It was a while ago, and we lived together before we got married, so I have no idea what the first meal was. I’m sure it was something vegetarian (back when he ate practically no vegetables), and he probably said it was good just to make me feel good about my cooking.

  188. Melissa Herrmann@ Kids in the Sink

    March 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I made some sort of chicken, don’t remember what exactly.

  189. Donelle

    March 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Sadly, I am having a hard time remembering the first meal I made for my husband. We went out a lot when we were first dating but then I think I started making meals for him pretty regularly after we moved in together just before getting married.

    I made and have been making dinner for him ever since…

  190. Joan

    March 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I have no idea. I can’t remember that long ago. It was no big deal to me. I started cooking with my mom so long ago that I can’t remember NOT cooking. So it isn’t something that stands out in my mind. I guess it was good enough.

  191. Emily

    March 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    One of the first things I remember making my hubby was a chicken stir fry..yum!

  192. Julie

    March 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    We made egg rolls together using his Mom’s recipe.

  193. Allison Butler

    March 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Scrambled eggs, toast, and orange juice :)

  194. Kristy

    March 2, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Spaghetti and meatballs- yep, you can win someone over thru their stomach. :)

  195. Caroline

    March 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Shrimp tamales, haven’t made those in a while.

  196. Kim

    March 2, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    A really delicious vegetarian Mexican pie … which he was a real trooper about and tried, even though he “doesn’t eat vegetarian stuff” … we compromise now, I eat meat sometimes and he doesn’t sometimes :)

  197. Denise

    March 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Grilled cheese and tomato soup. We get much fancier now with our cooking but still love going back to the simple meals too

  198. Vanessa

    March 2, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Brownies :-)

  199. Dianna

    March 2, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Ten bucks says most of you don’t remember at all what you made. Or is it just me? :-) Thinking back, it was probably something Italian like a bolognese or marinara sauce.

  200. Beth

    March 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    The first thing I made him was his favorite – Shephard’s pie! It still is one of his favorites :) We always have it for his birthday!


  201. Narine Sukyas

    March 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I made homemade pizza from scratch!

  202. Caroline Evans

    March 2, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Chicken and rice

  203. Onehappymommaoftwo

    March 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I made and this sounds so strange… “Hunter’s Surprise” it’s a secret family recipe that my dad made. He loved it and it’s great on cold winter nights. It’s super healthy and so good

  204. Cindy Bayless

    March 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    It was lunchtime and all I had were tortillas and lowfat cheese, so an incredibly unappetizing quesadilla it was.

  205. Carissa

    March 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    It’s been a while, but it was probably rice and sausage…a super easy (and kind of gross now that I think of it) meal with rice, a can of tomatoes, chicken stock and cut up keilbasa…He liked it, but has been the cook in our house ever since. I probably need this cookbook more than I know! Ha!

  206. jamie

    March 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I am so impressed everyone knows the answer to this! I haven’t the foggiest. After nearly 20 years together, remembering the first thing I cooked for him as newleyweds is near impossible for me. lol. He was the main cook in our house back then…

  207. Cheryl R

    March 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Teriyaki pork chops with rice :)

  208. Danielle K

    March 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    First meal I made when we started dating was spaghetti with homemade marinara sauce with cheesy garlic bread. I was vegan at the time and he wasn’t but I still made meatballs and sausage to go with the meal for him. Still one of his favorites.

  209. Alexandra

    March 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I made chicken cacciatore that I found the recipe for on food networks website. I also made mashed potatoes and a veggie. I remember that we took a picture of it because my hubby was so impressed!!

  210. Julie

    March 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    My husband and I started dating, via Match.com, a few weeks before Christmas. I knew he had a sweet tooth so I made him Monkey Bread on Christmas. To this day we have monkey bread with our two, preschool children on Christmas day. Oh, I should mention, one year my parents surprised me and came to visit. My husband knew they were coming and planned to make monkey bread Christmas morning. He thought with the added guests he should double it. Needless to say, doubling was not a good idea. It took three plus hours to bake!

  211. Christine

    March 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I can’t really remember, but I do remember one of the first meals I tried to make from scratch after leaving home. It was a mac and cheese for my sweetheart. It didn’t turn out to well! Fortunately, I’ve learned a great deal since then!

  212. dana

    March 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Shortly after we began dating it was Valentine’s Day. We weren’t fully at the “I love you” stage yet but were getting there. I suggested we make crepes together instead of tackling an overpriced, overcrowded restaurant. I was alarmed to discover that he had no real butter (some sort of pseudo-healthy margarine) or milk in his fridge…also lacked a spatula. It was then that I learned that I’d be doing much of the cooking in our relationship (and I’m totally ok with that). We had a blast making crepes and experimenting with different fillings. It’s become a Valentine’s tradition for us.

  213. Gaby

    March 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    What could you substitute for pine nuts? They ate so spendy! And would soy milk work for buttermilk?

  214. Gaby

    March 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Homemade pizza was one of the firsts!

  215. Anita

    March 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    He’s the cook, I the cleaner….I baked brownies :)

  216. Nan

    March 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I put a lot of effort into that first meal for my husband (boyfriend) at the time. I had gone shopping at the local gourmet food store, planned everything to the detail (or so I thought). Candelight, hors d’oeuvres and martinis with bossa nova in the background. The ambiance was very romantic, my husband was so pleased. First course was a tomato, mozzarella topped with basil drizzled with a fine olive oil. A good California cabernet sauvignon served with the meal. The entree was filet mignon wrapped in bacon, served with mashed potatoes. However, unfortunately, I had postponed mashing the hot potatoes, and, as it became apparent that I was having some problems in the kitchen, my husband came to my rescue. He took off his jacket, rolled up his sleeves and got to work. We had a great laugh, and it was then that I knew he was someone that I could fall in love with!

  217. Celia

    March 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    We were staying at a Bed & Breakfast and made some black bean soup in a cup in the microwave… made pancakes when we got home.

  218. Elizabeth Smith

    March 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Sadly, i have no recollection of a newlywed meal but while we were dating, the meal that sealed the deal was chicken thighs braised in a red wine sauce. i’ve never made it for him since, and i think he’s a little sad about that. Maybe i’ll have to go look up that recipe!

  219. Paula

    March 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Scrambled eggs

  220. Rori Catherine

    March 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    My husband and I dated for 5 years before marrying so I had cooked him many meals in the meantime. The first thing I ever cooked for him was Natilla with Buรฑuelos. I’m from Colombia and this is a traditional Christmas desert. We’d been dating for a month after being friends for 2 years and it was his first visit to my family’s home for Christmas. That night he got to try all sorts of Colombian food my mom and sisters cooked along with my desert. He was so appreciative and has been ever since. Natilla and Buรฑuelos is a vanilla custard type mouse and corn/cheese round fritters.

  221. Kim

    March 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I think it was a curried quinoa chicken salad!

  222. Kim Saf

    March 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I’m not actually sure what the first thing was that I made (I guess it wasn’t that memorable), but I have a feeling the it may have been chicken parm from the Pampered Chef cookbook. I know my husband made our first meal as a married couple – grilled chicken.

  223. Christine

    March 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Chicken parm. It was his favorite then, and still is!

  224. Gina

    March 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I made my husband a pasta dish with a fresh tomato mozzarella sauce sprinkled with parsley or oregano … a relatively quick and simple meal.

  225. Jahnavi

    March 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Potato curry!!

  226. micki

    March 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    i made a muffaletta !!!!

  227. Beth Z

    March 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I think it was steak. :)

  228. shannon grochowski

    March 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    After we were married we worked at a summer camp till the fall so it wasn’t until 3 months later till I was able to cook him a meal. We were short on cash so one thing that is a great cheap meal is stir fry and instead of the usual rice I made it with noodles and we’ve never gone back to rice since.

  229. Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips

    March 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I can’t remember the first thing I made for him. Cooking was just such a natural part of my life and way I show love, that I don’t know that it was anything all that special. I think it may have been some sort of marinated steak on the grill. The first thing he made me was lasagna.

  230. Jessica Hernandez

    March 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I believe we had pancakes :)

  231. Joanne

    March 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I made him a spinach and sausage pasta dish! Luckily, it turned out quite yummy! :)

  232. Jenn

    March 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I made him salad, pasta, and cheesey bread.

  233. Kristen S

    March 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I don’t remember the first thing I made for him but I do remember being shocked that he not only knew how to cook but he liked it and wanted to cook. I came from an all girl family where the only thing my dad ever cooked was a pot of whatever leftovers he found in the frig, sometimes six different meals dumped in to one. Yuck!

  234. Marcia

    March 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    The first thing I made was a tuna mushroom pasta casserole. It wasn’t fancy, but it was tasty and one of my favorites. I’ve come a long way in the kitchen since then!

  235. Chrissy

    March 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Looks like a lovely cookbook.
    The first thing I made for him was Cashew Chicken with coconut rice.

  236. Eden

    March 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I probably made something pretty plain. We had been close friends for a few years before we got married. I do remember trying to make salmon one time, and it catching on fire, but it turned out awesome.

  237. Dana U,

    March 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I honestly don’t remember — it was so long ago! But we enjoyed cooking together, like making citrus teriyaki salmon :)

  238. Jessica

    March 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    My husband and I would never get this question right if we were playing the Newlywed Game b/c I have no idea. Maybe a picnic in a park from the Sydney Fish Market when we were on our honeymoon?

  239. Misty

    March 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    It was a meal from a box. I’ve come a long way since then!

  240. Keayna

    March 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    We got married in the middle of a hurricane. Determined not to spend out wedding night stuck at home we ventured out in the horrible weather to a grocery store and bought ANYTHING that didn’t need to be refrigerated in case the power went out at our hotel. The power did go out (of course) and we had a buffet of 3 different cereals, chips of multiple flavors, candy bars and so much else. Completely unhealthy, I know! But the restaurant ran out of food and atleast we had something! We watched the horrible weather outside, cuddled together, stayed away from the windows and ate our crazy food for the next 3 days! It wasn’t a very good first meal, but it’s a story for the kids! Lol.

  241. Kerri

    March 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I don’t cook that much, so I’m not sure about an actual meal, but I know I baked him some chocolate chip oatmeal cookies!

  242. jenna

    March 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I made Biscuits and Gravy and while we ate our meal I left the pan on the stove, with the burner on, with his crappy plastic spatula in it and as I started to smell something burning I went into the kitchen to find a plastic puddle in the middle of the pan….whoops! I was obviously nervous that it would come out ok :)

  243. nicolem05

    March 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    The first thing I made as lasagna! It’s my husband’s favorite, I was a younger bride and trying to cook more! it’s still a favorite in our house!!

  244. Rosie

    March 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Most likely something like quesadillas….we didn’t have a stocked kitchen yet?

  245. Erica

    March 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I don’t remember what I made for him as a newlywed since marriage wasn’t a big deal to us. We didn’t get married until the tenth anniversary of our first date. But I do remember one of the first things I made for him was a birthday dinner of Chile Rellenos. :)

  246. Christine

    March 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    These muffins sound delicious! Can’t wait to try them.
    First thing I made for my husband was Penne with Feta, Tomatoes and Kalamata Olives (and garlic of course!). He loved it!

  247. Kristina

    March 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I made pounded chicken and wrapped it around feta and fresh basil…. I thought I was such a chef at the time… Ha! At least it tasted good.

  248. Amy

    March 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Stuffed Peppers!

  249. Rachel

    March 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I honestly don’t remember! But I know early on I made a tater tot casserole that neither of us were impressed with. I’ve come a LONG way since then. :)

  250. Alisha

    March 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    chicken pot pie – my grandmothers recipe. Always a winner

  251. Crystal

    March 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Hamburger Helper. He was not impressed.

  252. Jessica

    March 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I made beef fajitas for my husband. He is Hispanic and I wanted to show him I could make an entire delicious meal just like his mom.
    I do have to share a brief story from when we were dating though. This illustrates how little my husband at the time of this incident just boyfriend cooks. He was trying to make me dinner, however it wasn’t from scatch it was leftover spaggatti that his sister gave him. I get home to him VERY frustrated because he put the noodles back into water to heat them up, not even realizing they were already cooked. Needless to say they were extremely soggy and we had to go out. LOL

  253. RejoicedOver

    March 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    chicken pasta

  254. Lorraine

    March 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    lasagne… a favourite for both of us!

  255. Carrie

    March 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    From scratch chicken & noodles…my homemade egg noodles are the best. My Mom knew that he was THE ONE because I actually de-boned the chicken (I typically just threw it away because I couldn’t stand to touch it). That is still one of his most favorite meals that I make.

  256. Omni

    March 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Brownies I think, he loves chocolate!

  257. Stefani

    March 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    The first meal I ever made my husband was Chicken with capers, sauteed potatoes and green beans. It was my go to meal. The only thing I knew how to make perfectly and totally impressed everyone. Now thanks to you, I have a whole army of recipes to choose from that never fail and everyone always loves.

  258. Sharee

    March 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I think it was lemon chicken.

  259. Danielle

    March 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    The first thing I cooked for my husband was Chinese Sesame Shrimp, which he requested for our first valentine’s day dinner.. :-)

  260. Lauren @KidEats

    March 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I’m sure it was Red Beans & Rice… This is one of his favorite dishes his mom makes and has now become a staple in our house too! Lucky for us, our 2 1/2 year old likes it!

  261. Shelley

    March 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Beef stroganoff

  262. Sana

    March 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    My husband was the better cook. He concocted a sauteed vegetable dish with tofu and mangoes when we were first dating and I knew I loved him then. The first dish I made for him was pasta…he taught me a lot since.

  263. Gretchen Randall

    March 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I made my “to be” husband a pasta dish with cauliflower and broccoli – not knowing at the time that he hated both of those vegetables :)

  264. Elisheva

    March 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    we baked cookies together!

  265. Wendy Christmas

    March 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Boston Cream Pie – his favorite for his birthday – it took me a while to find a recipe because I didn’t even know it was really a cake!

  266. Robin

    March 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Chicken pasta. mmmmm

  267. Susan

    March 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I made him almond sugar sandwich cookies with raspberry jam in between, shaped like hearts with smaller heart cutouts on the top (showing the jam inside). Having no furniture yet in our new house, I spread a blanket on the floor for a cookie picnic. It was all very romantic, until one of his buddies showed up unexpectedly, plopped himself down, started eating cookies, and wouldn’t leave. Funny now–not so funny then. :-)

  268. Karen C

    March 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Whole chicken cooked in a broiler. Recipe was taught by my mother and he loved it!

  269. Debbie

    March 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm


  270. Shpresime

    March 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I can’t remember what I made but I remember as an appetizer I gave my hubby mini cucumbers with Italian dressing. He thought they were the greatest thing ever! Lol

  271. Melissa B

    March 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I made baked chicken, green beans, and mashed potatoes.

  272. mlb

    March 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Fried Chicken!

  273. PinkPunkerMomma

    March 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Since that was almost 7 years ago, I really don’t remember! I think it was Chicken ‘en Croute! So yummy!

  274. Eileen

    March 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    heart-shaped sugar cookies

  275. Darlene

    March 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Kahlua pig with cabbage and rice. mmmm….

  276. Juliana Walters

    March 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I made my husband baked tilipia (no recipe). I did not know the first thing about it at the time. I made it because he is Catholic and it was a Friday, and I was trying to support that. It turned out awful! Dry as a bone! He was very sweet, and choked it down. We have good laughs about that night now.

  277. Amber

    March 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Gosh, I have no idea! We probably ordered a pizza or picked something up for our first true meals as newlyweds, but I have a baked salmon dish I was making a lot so I’ll go with that

  278. Zara G.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I think we made supper for each other, actually! He took care of the salad and I made pasta that night. Nice and simple.

  279. Heather Kasvinsky

    March 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I don’t remember the very first meal as a newlywed (I cooked homemade meals every meal and we were living together) BUT I do remember the most memorable night I cooked for him for one of the first times after we met. I made fresh spring rolls, potstickers, and steamed broccoli salad. He is a carpenter and had an issue at his jobsite so he arrived later than planned. I had already cleaned everything up from cooking and kept the potstickers warm in the oven. Everything else was room temperature. After eating about half of his dinner he asked where I had gotten the amazing take-out food from? I laughed and said I made it! He couldn’t believe it. The kitchen showed no signs of me cooking which is what made him think that way in the first place.

  280. Doreen V.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    My first meal was rice and beans and chicken. My rice was salty, my beans were runny and the chicken burnt. I was so upset about our meal that we ended up ordering take-out food.

  281. Gary

    March 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    the first meal I ever made was after marriage – for my hubby. It was a simple comfort meal – lentils with saute potatoes served with steamed rice. Blissful .. but that was 13 years back!

  282. Jamielynn C.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    The first thing I made for my husband was a tomato sandwich- fresh homemade bread, beefstake tomato right out of the garden, homemade aioli and a pinch of seasalt & pepper. Simple yet amazing

  283. Cynthia

    March 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    chicken cutlets with extra garlic and spaghetti!

  284. Mya

    March 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I don’t remember, but he always says that my homemade jam, I gave him as a Christmas present after we met made him decide to marry me!

  285. Marcy

    March 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I don’t quite remember the first thing I made, but I think that it was either salmon patties or spaghetti. I do remember the first thing that he ever made for me though. It was chicken breast cooked on a George Foreman Grill and a salad. Melted my heart!

  286. Monica

    March 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I made him my Ukrainian Potato Soup with a side of corn muffins. He loved it & it’s still his favorite!

  287. Christy

    March 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    The first meal I made for my husband as a newlywed was sweet and sour meatballs. It was part of our wedding supper.

  288. Erika Cooper

    March 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Banana Pancakes:)

  289. Catherine

    March 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I made him homemade pizza. My mom always made it so I wanted to carry on the tradition.

  290. Jen A

    March 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    The first meal I cooked I can’t remember but I do remember the first thing I ever baked for him when we were dating in college and it was peanut butter blossom cookies on our first Valentine’s Day together. They are his favorite!

  291. Maria

    March 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    The first meal I made for my partner was very simple.
    It was a oven roasted chicken, asparagus sauteed in
    olive oil, a little butter for extra flavor and rich-
    ness, and fresh rosemary, and sweet potato mash with
    mashed roasted garlic and greek yogurt for a little tang.
    She loved it and so did I.
    I will try your recipe for these very healthy rise and shine muffins and share them at church this Sunday. I am
    also a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. I studied pastry arts there and actually attended at a time
    when I needed a change/something new and exciting in my
    life after 27 years in the medical field. The experience at ICE was very fulfilling, and I am happy that I gave my-
    self the chance to try something different. Thank you for your wonderful website.

  292. Angela

    March 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I think it was whole wheat pasta with jarred sauce and sauteed onion and red & yellow peppers and some chicken sausage.

  293. Angela Chambers

    March 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I love to cook now but the 1st thing I made my husband…?! I ‘made’ him go pick us up something :)

  294. Stephanie

    March 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    My husband and I got married very young, and money was tight those first few years, but we were happy. I always loved cooking, but grew up in a household where everything came from a box. I made my new husband BBQ chicken legs and boxed pastaroni and salad. I have grown tremendously as a cook since then, and enjoy making meals for my husband and our beautiful daughter.

  295. Tiffany

    March 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Chicken and Rice
    Not really fancy or difficult!

  296. Sheila

    March 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    My husband and I were in college when we were dating so I’m pretty sure that the first meal I ever cooked for him at his off-campus apartment probably included mac & cheese! :)

  297. Sarah El Guerrab

    March 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I made burnt Lasagna. I had made it great many times before, and it was just awful this time. To the point we ended up eating the bread and salad. We are going on our 8th year of marriage next week!

  298. Kate

    March 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Oh, that’s a good guess b/c that was almost 12 years ago. More than likely, it was home fries – a staple in our diet back then. :)

  299. Katara

    March 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Two meals come to mind… mashed potatoes & gravy that turned into mashed potato soup and enchiladas (I didn’t know what enchiladas were, but I really wanted to impress my fiance) so I tried to make them, he ended up helping me and we had enchilada filling all over, they turned out ok, but I’ve since revamped my recipe and they are just as good or better than our favorite restaurant in Arizona serves!

  300. Kristin F

    March 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I believe the first thing I made my husband was chili, but it’s been awhile so it could have been something else :)

  301. Cecilia

    March 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Ham and cheese quiche.

  302. Rania

    March 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Vegetarian stuffed grape leaves , to die for !!

  303. Amy D

    March 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    At his request, I made him beans at 3 am

  304. Whitney Stauffer

    March 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Chicken Parm. I made it for him on his birthday.

  305. heather

    March 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    after dating for seven years! when we got married, i had already been cooking for him for a long time, but i decided that because buckeyes are his favorite, i’d make them every christmas for him. i’m sure i made many other things in between, but this sticks out as something he loves and consistently requests.

  306. Theresa

    March 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Chicken broccoli casserole

  307. Camille

    March 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    We lived together before getting married, so the newlywed meal doesn’t stick in my mind. The first real meal I made for him was a Thanksgiving for just the two of us. Turkey, all the fixins and he loved it.

  308. Chris L

    March 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Homemade pizza and let him pick the toppings for his half! :)

  309. Dana

    March 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Chicken marsala. I’m not really a fan of it, but its one of his favorite. He loved it! I still make it for him on our anniversary!

  310. Leah

    March 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I made my hubby enchiladas!

  311. Juliet

    March 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Linguine w clams, tomatoes, garlic & artichoke hearts. Yum!

  312. Cheryl

    March 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Teriyaki chicken with broccoli over white rice. Gosh, I haven’t made that in sooo long. Takes me on a trip down memory lane. I’ll have to make it again soon, but with brown rice now. ๐Ÿ˜€

  313. Kim L

    March 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Chicken cacciatore in the crock pot. It was a major hit :)

  314. Teslaca

    March 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    At the time I had a huge vegetable garden so I made a vegetarian pasta with fresh baked bread. It was good!

  315. Candice

    March 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Carl’s Jr : )

  316. Angelle

    March 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Pasta salad with grilled chicken

  317. yeni

    March 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I think it was pasta with jarred marinara sauce. It was all I could make back then!

  318. Dominique

    March 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Ha, mine is not so special but it is our favorite easy go to meal! Buttered pasta with bacon bits and onions topped with Parmesan cheese. This meal was from back in our college days, but we still eat it all the time!

  319. Tiphanie

    March 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Gosh, I don’t even remember the first dish I made for my husband. I’m going to go with spaghetti, since it’s in our regular rotation. Would love to win this cookbook- thanks for the wonderful opportunity!

  320. Stefanie

    March 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    We cooked a wasabi crusted tuna steak together on our honeymoon. Cooking has always been something we love doing together.

  321. Crystal Z

    March 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I am very impressed that you all can remember the first thing that you made for your husbands as newlyweds. Sadly, I have no idea.

    One of my favorite stories to tell people though is how I tricked my husband into eating a little healthier. He is NOT an adventurous eater and is notorious for snubbing new foods just by the look. Turkey sausage was definitely not in his repetoire of foods, so I started cooking them and telling him we were having polish sausage instead. He loved it! I made them a few more times until it got to the point where he would ask for it. One time he asked and I said “oh, you mean turkey sausage?” and pulled out the package to show him that he had unknowingly been eating a little healthier. The LOOK I got!!

    I think he was impressed with my super sneaky healthy cooking and he will now willing eat–and enjoy–the turkey sausage.

  322. Terri

    March 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Chicken Picatta with rice. Time to make it again…it’s been a while!

  323. Christina Gorski

    March 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    The first thing I made was homemade, all by hand Perogis! My husband is from Poland and Loves them! Spent time with his mother to learn how to! Everyone loves there moms cooking!

  324. Katy

    March 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I attempted to make a chicken, cheese and tortilla casserole. It took 4 hours to make and almost destroyed the kitchen. He loved it and was gone in 5 minutes!

  325. Vanessa

    March 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Breakfast is my husbands favorite, so it must have been waffles, eggs, and potatoes. Our first special dinner though (on Valentine’s Day) was heart-shaped chicken parmesan and steamed broccoli.

  326. Yolanda

    March 2, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Mexican rice and cheese enchiladas. Our favorite still after 12 yrs

  327. Robin

    March 2, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Turkey & Spinach Meatloaf – still a huge hit!

  328. Sherri Zachos

    March 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

    The first thing I made for my husband was a homemade spaghetti and meat sauce

  329. Melissa C

    March 2, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Chicken Bangkok Soup. Still his favorite 6 years later – And now my 2 and 5 yr olds FAV too!

  330. Irma

    March 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

    The first thing I made was Spaghetti. :)

  331. Susan

    March 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I made chicken alfredo with mushrooms and broccoli. My guy loved it and almost 5 years later still talks about how delicious he thought that meal was! I think I was the first girl to ever cook for him!

  332. Julie

    March 2, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Tortellini Soup is one of the first meals I remember. He came back for seconds and thirds!

  333. Catherine

    March 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I made Spaghetti with tomato sauce.

  334. Kelly B

    March 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I made my hubby (boyfriend back then) shrimp scampi, I think :)

  335. Jessica T.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I don’t really remember the first meal, but the first treat I made him was chocolate chip cookies!

  336. Tracy G

    March 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I’m pretty sure I made steak for one of our first meals. It was the only thing I really knew how to cook. Could have used this cookbook back then :)

  337. Tami G.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I can’t remember the 1st recipe, but I used to make Rachel Ray’s 30 minute meals from her tv show. I’d write down the recipe and it would always take longer than 30 minutes as I had to prep the ingredients myself and I’m no master chopper! My future hubby always said he liked what I cooked. I guess anything was better than a frozen meal or canned soup, his idea of cooking!

  338. Kelly

    March 2, 2012 at 11:31 am

    My husband and I fight over who cooks. I think our first meal we made together was his favorite: steak and ‘tatos

  339. Bonnie

    March 2, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I made meat lasagna and it required a chainsaw to cut through. I didn’t know you needed quite a bit of sauce to keep the pasta moist. To this day, he still teases me. :)

  340. Laurie

    March 2, 2012 at 11:30 am

    After 9 years and two pregnancies, I don’t remember the first meal I made him! Plus, my husband does much of the real cooking– hence my marrying him : )

  341. Amber

    March 2, 2012 at 11:27 am

    It was some type of rice/veggie stir fry with pine nuts and balsamic vinegar…2 ingredients that were new to me then. I put them in everything back then!!!

  342. AZniayz

    March 2, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Still single but i’d love the cookbook! haha

  343. Mary McGeehan

    March 2, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Anything that we could put in a taco!

    • Fronda

      February 4, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      What a great answer! I think about all the tinghs I would do differently in my second marriage (if I would ever get the chance to do this with a wonderful man), as opposed to some of the crap I did in the first one. Lessons learned. That’s one of the questions I always ask guys I meet/date, what did they learn from their marriage and what would they do differently.

  344. Svetlana Goldenberg

    March 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I was 17, so I think I reheated mommys fried chicken.

  345. Jen

    March 2, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Considering that I was in college…I microwaved cous cous, steamed carrots, and grilled chicken (on my trusty George Foreman grill). He loved it!!!

  346. Karina

    March 2, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I love to bake so I made him a ton of treats, brownies, cookies and cupcakes and then had it delivered to his office! It was a big hit. It was Valentines Day too. He loved it and thought it was great that I would have it delivered to his office, it was a great surprise.

  347. Monica C

    March 2, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Scrambled eggs. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  348. Melanie

    March 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Enchiladas, my favorite. Too bad I didn’t know he hates olives. He sat there picking them out…

  349. Ashley

    March 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I’m pretty sure it was my famous baked macaroni and cheese. Nine years and two kids later and it is still his favorite comfort food!

  350. Carmel

    March 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    chicken stir fry

  351. Tammy Bilodeau

    March 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I think the first thing I made was my mom’s delicious homemade lasagna. It’s a family favourite.

  352. Heather H.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Breaded pork chops and chocolate chip cookies. He still loves them both.

  353. Melanie

    March 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I made him shitake mushroom ravioli stuffed with goat cheese and topped with a homemade tomato sauce all from scratch. He was hooked :)

  354. Stephanie

    March 2, 2012 at 11:14 am

    We cooked together a lot when we were dating. He was the cook back then. I remember making a lot of not so good lasagna the first year we were married since that’s his favorite. Now, I’m the cook in the family!!!

  355. Tasha

    March 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Chicken Parmesan – I haven’t made that in years.

  356. Casey H

    March 2, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I used to make this luscious Mac & cheese recipe for us…then my husband became lactose intolerant!

  357. Amy

    March 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Hamburger helper lol

  358. Lisa Laughs

    March 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

    My friends and family had given me a recipe box full of their family favorite recipes.

    The first one I made for my then husband was a dish my mom used to make called Yankee Franks and Noodles. It was horrid. We ordered pizza. :-/ I’ve grown a lot since then

  359. Melissa G

    March 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Portabella mushrooms in balsamic served on top of angel hair pasta and a salad. Turns out he dislikes a lot of balasamic, but he ate it with no complaints!! I only made it a few more times, he eventually told me it “wasn’t his favorite”.

  360. Veronica

    March 2, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I made guacamole …..I know this doesn’t count as cooking, but I was scared of my oven and stove for anything other than rice. I started to ” domesticate” myself once i married my husband.

  361. Jamie

    March 2, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I love all your recipes!! So super easy and I always seem to have the ingrediants needed, and I hate to cook but you make it fun!!

  362. Samantha

    March 2, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Oh and the first thing i made him (not as newly weds since we are engaged, see above comment.) Chicken Merango. He thought I was a chef, it was an awesome feeling.

  363. BriAnna

    March 2, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Fettucini Alfredo. This started a love for pasta for my husband.

  364. Lisa

    March 2, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Enchilada casserole. He loves it, and after every deployment he’s been on, that’s one of the first dishes he wants to eat when he gets home.

  365. Samantha

    March 2, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Hi, I love your website, we use it at our childcare (we cook our own meals) and I recently just got engaged a week ago, and think this book would be awesome to have! I felt it fit me perfectly. I have been doing wedding stuff, and it’s been super stressful, I saw this on your facebook, and it made me smile! thanks for brightening my day! Ps, loved the muffins they were yummy

  366. Alesha

    March 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

    It was a long time ago, but I think it was a lasagne.

  367. Christy

    March 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

    The first thing I made for my hubby when we were married was Mac and cheese. From a box. We didn’t have much money and it was (and still is) his favorite meal.

  368. Christina

    March 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

    The first thing I made him was poached eggs and toast.

  369. Danica

    March 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

    One of my twins had such a horrible teacher last year that we started “Muffin Monday” this year. I bake muffins every Monday morning and send them into school just because we are so happy with this year’s teachers. I will be making these this coming Monday!

  370. Catharine Devigne

    March 2, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I recall a very unfortunate baked fish with miso–so salty that it was nearly inedible but he ate it regardless and now it is still an ongoing joke. Fortunately my cooking has gotten much better…

  371. Jen H.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Green chile stew!

  372. stella

    March 2, 2012 at 10:59 am

    eggs, we got home very late from our wedding and starved! The honeymoon had to wait for grad school to end.

  373. Natalie

    March 2, 2012 at 10:58 am

    We made challah bread together on our honeymoon!

  374. Denise

    March 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I love to bake, so I would have to say Lemon Cake!!

  375. Rosa

    March 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

    for us it was a homemade garlic spare ribs, his favorite. He had never cooked before we got together and had no idea how easy it was to do at home.

  376. christina

    March 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Baking Powder biscquits to go with the beef stew

  377. lindsay

    March 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    it was the summer solstice and we shared a lovely garden salad. so crisp and clean it captured the moment of a “fresh start”

  378. Mary

    March 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I’m pretty sure it was spaghetti with jarred sauce and frozen garlic bread.

  379. Laurie

    March 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Ham sandwich

  380. Joy Lee

    March 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Probably shrimp and pasta…I can’t really remember!

  381. Amber Gray

    March 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Spaghetti!! It’s his favorite!

  382. Sarah

    March 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Roast chicken and vegetables. I used too shallow of a pan and the grease splattered and caught fire in our gas oven!

  383. Jenny Irwin

    March 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Angel hair pasta with feta, fresh basil, tomatoes, and shrimp sauteed in garlic and white wine…still a favorite, even with our kids!

  384. Kristi

    March 2, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Spaghetti in spicy tuna sauce. Mmm…

  385. Kate

    March 2, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I made sesame chicken – never had done it before and we were still in college in the dorms so it was definitely an adventure!

  386. Carrie

    March 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

    It was probably Chicken Parmesan.

  387. Dani

    March 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I have no idea what I first made for him, it’s been too long. I do remember our first Thanksgiving together and we’ve come a long way since then…. the bird is now fully cooked when we pull it off the bbq and the potatoes are smooth and creamy, no longer from a box.

  388. Alison

    March 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I don’t even remember. I was working as a restaurant manager, so I wasn’t even home most evenings. I remember baking a German Chocolate Cake for my mom’s birthday and inviting my parents over to eat it and take a look at my wedding photos that I was putting together for the photographer to put in a book.

  389. Nikki

    March 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I have known my husband for 13 years, since we were 19! In college I don’t remember doing much cooking. Probably the first thing I really made was a full Thanksgiving Dinner that I served to my best friend (future husband) and the rest of our college friends!

  390. Nikki

    March 2, 2012 at 10:42 am

    the first thing i made for my boyfriend was a tofu scramble which he ate and it turns out he hates tofu and bell peppers!! as a newlywed the first thing i made hime was meatloaf! turns out my meatloaf cooking skills are lacking and it was slimy and burnt but still delicious and he ever so kindly ate it anyways!!

  391. Lindsay

    March 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

    A terrible, terrible spaghetti dinner. Oh how far I have come! :)

  392. Maureen

    March 2, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I made a chicken limone which we now joke about as Pucker Chicken. (TOO tart–I added too much lemon).

  393. Kate

    March 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

    A green olive and chicken dish from Guiliano Hazzan’s cookbook — I can’t remember the exact name… but he loved it!

  394. Michali

    March 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

    The first thing i made was chicken soup!

  395. Andrea

    March 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

    The first meal I made as a newlywed was BBQ beef brisket, roasted vegetables and roasted rosemary red potatoes with salad and rolls. It was delicious! He was pretty impressed too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  396. Jane

    March 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I’m pretty sure the first meal I made my husband was a spicy pork and green bean dish, but a better story is the first one he ever made me when we first started dating. Pork chops. yup, that’s it. No vegetable, no rice or potatoes, just the meat. He pulled out a can of green beans to microwave up. I STILL make fun of him for that one 10 years later, so clearly he needs a easy-to-follow cookbook! :)

  397. ann p

    March 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I cooked for a family during college but once I got married I got nervous. I remember buring pork chops right after we got married and my hubby thought it was so funny but I was so ready to climb under a rock

  398. Shira

    March 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Tinolang Manok (Chicken Tinola, a Filipino soup)!
    The first night we met, a group of our mutual friends went out for cocktails. As nights in NYC often do, one drink turned to many, and my future hubby suggested a late-night slice of pizza. I was like, “Pizza? Why don’t you come over and I’ll make you a batch of homemade soup?” A tita (my friend’s mom) introduced me to the recipe (which uses garlic, ginger, fish sauce, chicken, spinach, and chayotes). Needless to say, it was love at first bite!!!

  399. Erin

    March 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I believe it was a risotto!

  400. Michelle

    March 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Homemade Mac n cheese. He knew I was trying to fatten him up! :)

  401. viridiana jones

    March 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

    The first meal I made my hubby was my version of spagetti which consisted of boiling noodles draining them and then adding cold Ragu sauce. (i grew up eating it this way) He thought it was the weirdest thing ever :)

  402. Heather

    March 2, 2012 at 10:18 am


  403. Heidi

    March 2, 2012 at 10:14 am

    My husband is Danish, I don’t know what I first made him, but I know it was something American. Probably cheesey hash. :)

  404. eek

    March 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

    The first meal I ever cooked for my husband was pasta with Italian sausage and the most yummy homemade herb bread. The pasta was good, but it was the bread that sealed the deal, we have been married for 7 years and he still remembers that meal!

  405. Gia @ rungiarun

    March 2, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I made him a steak … with gloves on. I dont eat meat and hate to touch it. Now I keep a box of latex gloves in the kitchen for when I have to handle meat :)

  406. jodie

    March 2, 2012 at 10:09 am

    We were married in early November and had a destination wedding. We decided that year to have Thanksgiving alone (strange, I know) and that was my very first attempt at making a turkey! It turned out great, but I dropped the pumpkin pie as I was taking it out of the oven. Almost seven years later, my husband still mourns the pie he did not get that year :).

  407. Myla

    March 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

    The first thing I made was some “wagon wheel” pasta and garlic bread with jarred sauce. I had no idea he hated pasta. we were married 6 years late and have 2 awesome kids LOL!

    • Regan

      March 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Eggplant Parmesan!

  408. pauline

    March 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I made my hubby the only thing I really knew how to cook- mexican rice and tacos :) I’m so glad I have more than 2 dishes to offer up now!

  409. Karen

    March 2, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Beef Wellington :)

  410. Amanda

    March 2, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I think it was lasagna which is still always a hit!

  411. Dyan Rupan

    March 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I can’t even remember. Probably Hamburger stroganoff. My favorite….he hates it. I make it and eat it for lunches for a week.

  412. Brenda

    March 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Really terrible meatloaf that was not even edible. I’m a much better cook now!

  413. Erin Smith

    March 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I made him my eggplant parmesan. He couldn’t get enough!

  414. Alysha

    March 2, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I made a beef and corn burrito, pretty simple but yummy. I knew mexican food was the way to his heart :) Our favorite thing to do has always been cook together. This would be a fun book for us.

  415. Sara

    March 2, 2012 at 9:56 am

    It was a broccoli, ham, and cheese noodle casserole from my Grandma’s cookbook. He loves comfort food!

  416. Jennifer Sansone

    March 2, 2012 at 9:53 am

    That’s a tough one, I believe it was pot roast in the slow cooker. He couldn’t get enough of it!

  417. Laura

    March 2, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Reservations ๐Ÿ˜‰

  418. Julie

    March 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

    The first big meal I made for my new hubby was linguine with clam sauce, which is something I love. A couple months after I learned that he really didn’t like seafood, but he never mentioned that after I had prepared the meal for him. He didn’t want to hurt my feelings so he just ate it! That’s why I love him so much!!!


    March 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Chicken francese and cesar salad.

  420. Monette

    March 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Oh dear! I don’t remember since it was almost 20 years ago!:) I probably made casserole or stir-fry dish.

  421. Sarah M.

    March 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

    My husband and I are highschool sweethearts. We’ve been living together since we were 18 years old. So I”m pretty sure the 1st thing I made my future husband was spaghetti with jar sauce. Oh, the easy days.

  422. Karen

    March 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I can’t remember! I’m sure it was something spicy, that’s the way to his heart.

  423. Bonnie L.

    March 2, 2012 at 9:48 am

    The first thing after we were married was probably a nice breakfast at the cabin we were staying at, including fruit that was leftover from our wedding. (I had brought a small cooler on the plane.) The cabin had a nice kitchen, and we enjoyed cooking a few meals together.

  424. Christa Moore

    March 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I think it was shepherd’s pie.

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      February 5, 2014 at 8:19 pm

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  425. Melissa

    March 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Eggs!! And, boy, have I come a long way since :)

  426. amythwing

    March 2, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I attempted to make whole salt crusted sea bass….too bad getting the fish cleaned and gutted wasn’t part of the instructions :)

  427. Toni

    March 2, 2012 at 9:43 am

    it had to be a chicken dish. I was much more comfortable with chicken back then. However, my husband is a great guinea pig & let’s me be creative all while he finishes his plate.

  428. Stephanie

    March 2, 2012 at 9:42 am

    This looks so awesome!

  429. Jamie

    March 2, 2012 at 9:42 am

    The first thing I made my husband after our honeymoon was biscuits and gravy!! He has since perfected my recipe. LOL! I taught him how to cook, and now he’s FAR better than me. I don’t complain, I just reap the Yummy benifits!! Yay!

  430. Jeannie

    March 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

    back then @ 18? Hamburgr helper was it! My mom never taught me to cook. But pretty close to 20 yrs later and we do mostly organic/grass fed/raw/and natural! YAY!!

  431. Brenda

    March 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

    We were living apart and he was working long hours, so I made and sent him a package with meringues and peanut butter cookies with Hershey kisses. He had been diagnosed with celiac and was gluten free then.

  432. Erin

    March 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Chicken Parmesan – his favourite!

  433. Nancy

    March 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

    We were going to the pool at my apartment that day, and I made sloppy joes, buttered corn, and homemade mac n’ cheese. I also remember the first thing I cooked for his parents: chicken satay, rice, and steamed mixed veggies….I was nervous!

    Thanks for making me recall those memories. I look forward to checking our the Newlywed Cookbook.

  434. Tracy

    March 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

    A delicious omelet!

  435. Ana Quiceno

    March 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Chicken Parm

  436. Shaunna Ulrick

    March 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I am engaged but when my baby daddy and I started dating we cooked all vegetarian meals for our first month together. We made a potato and rosemary pizza together…..totally yum. :)

  437. Claire

    March 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I don’t remember our first newlywed meal (NOT italian, as we had just returned from Italy and couldn’t have replicated that food!). But I do remember our first meal we cooked together dating – pasta with pesto, shrimp, and asparagus. At 23 and 24 years old, we felt very sophisticated!

  438. laura

    March 2, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Ched. Broc. Soup. First time using our new pans in our brand new house…kinda runined it by having the heat too high and having soup boil all over. Ya ALL over.

  439. Mika

    March 2, 2012 at 9:33 am

    The first thing I made my partner was Japanese beef curry.

  440. Rebecca

    March 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I made my husband Shepherd’s Pie and I even forgot a key ingredient! He ate it with a smile though. :)

  441. Karen

    March 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Thanksgiving Dinner – and the smoke alarm only went off once during the process :)

  442. brooke cherry

    March 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I am pretty sure one of the first things I made for my dh was barbecue chicken pizza. I’ve thankfully come a long way since then

  443. Jessica

    March 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

    we got back from our honeymoon right before thanksgiving and made thanksgiving for our families together! I brined a turkey for my first time and i think the hit was sweet potatoes with a brown butter sage sauce. Everything was great but the gravy was a big fail. we used the brown butter sage sauce. huge hit!

  444. Julie

    March 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

    It was a busy week for me with school and work, so I didn’t have a lot of groceries in the fridge. I made miso soup with tofu and scallions, sesame soba noodles with cucumber, and mushrooms with sake. Little did I know that when my husband was touring with his band, that was the kind of food he found comforting. We’ve been happily married for seven years now. :-)

  445. Anne

    March 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Chicken Tetrazzini :0)

  446. Vicki

    March 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I made him my family recipe of chicken adobo!

  447. Liza

    March 2, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I made him a homemade coconut cake for his birthday. I hid it in another room and half way through dinner his dog came in wagging her tale with white frosting all over her mouth. She had eaten 3/4 of the gorgeous cake! Quit a laugh.

  448. Karen

    March 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Hmmmm… between the two of us, I’m the cook, but I remember better what he first made for me – veggie stir fry with tofu! :) (And he is a serious meat eater)

  449. Larissa

    March 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

    One of the first things I made for my partner was a fish dish with a sweet and sour sauce. I remember him turning to me and saying, “You’ve got to cook this for me at least once a month!!”.

  450. Jennifer

    March 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Actually, my husband is who got me cooking. When we first got married he did all of the cooking, but I think what got me started was making stir fries or pasta with Alfredo sauce with sun dried tomatoes. Now I’m totally in love with cooking and have been researching culinary schools myself. Thanks.

  451. Casey Barton

    March 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Lasagna, made from scratch. his favorite!

  452. Marcia

    March 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I can’t remember . . . but I was definitely not a cook!! I’m sure I picked up bagels somewhere and served them with cream cheese! He was from Texas and had never eaten one until he met me!

  453. Kristin

    March 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    The first thing I made for my husband was a caprese salad. We had just returned from our honeymoon to Capri and could not get enough of the simple salad. 7 years later, and now we make it with fresh tomatoes and basil from our garden in the spring and summer.

  454. Amanda

    March 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I can’t remember the very first thing I cooked him as a newlywed. I wasn’t a cook back then (still more of a baker than a cook)! But there’s still a running joke that because I was pregnant when we got married, I made the worst mac and cheese he’s ever had. I had added BBQ sauce to it because I craved BBQ sauce on everything. 9 years later, he still trusts me in the kitchen. lol

  455. Krista

    March 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

    angel hair pasta with marinara and shrimp. hmmmmm haven’t made that in awhile…might make it this weekend.

  456. wendy

    March 2, 2012 at 9:16 am


  457. Sarah

    March 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I made risotto and he brought champagne…the rest was history!

  458. Lisa Hindmarsh

    March 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

    meatballs and spaghetti

  459. Amber Maddux

    March 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

    i will never forget this to the day but I made some sort of something like chicken or fish & then velveeta shells n cheese. but the kicker was I was so nervous and drank a bit too much wine that when I was draining the noodles I spilt more than half of them in the kitchen sink. I scooped up the noodles threw them back into the pan and added the cheese like nothing had ever happened. I was silently mortified yet laughing histerically at myself!!!!!

  460. Lisa L

    March 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

    i can’t remember!!! how sad is that?

    he loves lasagna but his mom makes it for him so…maybe something like breakfast? or baked chicken?

  461. Carrie

    March 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Our first meal together as newlyweds was made by my husband. Since we were married in August, the weather in Chicago is perfect for grilling. He made us steak on the grill-it was delicious.

  462. Shira

    March 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

    pretty sure it was baked ziti or chicken parmigian

  463. Jill Conrad

    March 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I am always cooking! But the first thing I made him after our wedding was probably what I call Fish in a Bag. It’s halibut, kalamata olives, big white beans, cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil, and white wine all wrapped up in a pretty foil package. We still eat it 8 years later!! My 4 year old lives it too.

  464. Jem

    March 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I honestly don’t remember the first thing I made as a newlywed since we had been living together beforehand and I cook at least 5 out of the 7 dinners a week. I’d probably have to say chicken fajitas, everything from scratch except for the tortillas and sour cream.

  465. Courtney

    March 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Grilled ham and cheese sandwich and a can of tomato soup! I am a far better cook now but I have to admit still a comfort meal for both of us:)

  466. Bethany

    March 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Pasta, broccoli, chicken and Italian dressing. Blech!! Why he didn’t run screaming, I’ll never know! :) Thank goodness I’ve gotten better since then!

  467. Christina

    March 2, 2012 at 9:06 am

    When we got married, we were short on time and money. So we ate a lot of pasta! Now, we actually cook and spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

  468. Regina

    March 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I honestly can’t remember what I first cooked for my husband. I just remember he has never disliked anything I have cooked for him except for some carrot soup which he said wasn’t his favorite. He likes my meat loaf and lasagne.

  469. Dawn

    March 2, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I believe our first meal made together was BBQ. He grilled and I made the sides. We still love to BBQ together!

  470. Evelyn

    March 2, 2012 at 9:02 am

    A delicious Corn Cake with called “Arepa”. We still make this 14 years later. This recipe is a family tradition.

  471. Megan Fluetsch

    March 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Pancakes! Breakfast has always been our favorite meal of the day.

  472. Kim

    March 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

    His mom’s lasagne.

  473. Katie | Healthnut Foodie

    March 2, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Get this… Scrambled eggs in the MICROWAVE with Velveeta! I hadn’t thought about that for years! Amazing to think that we’ve now published a real food cookbook and own a business that teaches others how to switch to a whole food way of eating. Ha! We really are proof that it works!

  474. monica

    March 2, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Chicken parmesan

  475. Jaime

    March 2, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Do mimosa’s count? :) But seriously, the first thing I probably made him after we tied the knot was a sandwich (not very labor intensive at all!), BUT we love a good sammy!

  476. Stacy Grogg

    March 2, 2012 at 8:52 am

    No idea what the very first was. But…the very first thing we cooked together as a couple was crab stuffed trout for our first married Valentines Day. Delicious.

  477. april

    March 2, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Chicken tacos. He still asks for them weekly!

  478. Kristin Gideon

    March 2, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I can’t remember the *first* thing I cooked, but the first thing I made at his request that I was excited about as beef stroganoff. Yum!! This cookbook looks great, thanks for the opportunity!

  479. Brenda

    March 2, 2012 at 8:50 am

    The first real thing from scratch was one of his Mom’s Bar-B-Q sauce recipes. Of course he failed to tell me not to put my face over it when I took the lid off and it about knocked me down from the steam of the vinegar in it, LOL. It was awesome if I do say so myself. That was 31 years ago.

  480. Jessica

    March 2, 2012 at 8:43 am

    chocolate chip cookies. :) the only thing i could really make at the time. :)

  481. lynn Morejon

    March 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Been married for 9 years this year and we cook together on a rare occasion. ONly b/c we end up wanting to kill each other in the kitchen :)

  482. Laura

    March 2, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I can’t remember the first meal I made him as a newlywed, but I do remember making him chicken parmesan that he absolutely loved!

  483. Dana

    March 2, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Since I’m not a cook, I’m assuming it was pasta and jar sauce! We’re still married! It’s pretty obvioius I need some help!! :)

  484. Michelle DSouza

    March 2, 2012 at 8:38 am

    When I was pregnant with my daughter (started thinking about all the stuff I would make for her), I developed an interest in cooking. I used to watch Food Network all the time and from there started my passionate relationship with food. I love to cook, it gives me such peace and joy. I owe it all to my darling daughter.

  485. Dawn

    March 2, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Tator Tot Casserole…We make it all the time now!

  486. Serena

    March 2, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Chicken coconut curry!

  487. Amy

    March 2, 2012 at 8:36 am

    pasta with shrimp and homemade garlic toast. i still make it, 7 years later.

  488. Molly

    March 2, 2012 at 8:34 am

    this recipe looks great!!
    regarding the first recipe i made my husband, i have no idea. however, i do remember that when we were dating, i planned a dinner that i was going to cook for him. i was so nervous that i would mess up that i ended up ordering carry-out and tried to pass it as my own. that lasted about 5 minutes, then i told him what i did :)

  489. manin76

    March 2, 2012 at 8:34 am

    wow !! I guess Im in the same situation as you in 2001, let’s see what happens !! :)

    I made some blueberry muffins (he LOVES blueberry) .. but they turned out all purple !!!! I used frozen blueberry and they colored the whole dough! But he said they were good :)

  490. Sunni

    March 2, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I introduced my hubby to many new foods when we were newlyweds. I think a homemade basil pesto over tortellini was there first and his favorite.

  491. Tara

    March 2, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I have no idea! We eloped after already having a one year old and living together. Plus he works evenings so he’s rarely home for dinner!

  492. Dena

    March 2, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Not married, yet, but my first meal as an engaged couple was a shrimp, feta, and tomato pasta dish we both love.

  493. Holly

    March 2, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Wow…I am thinking it might have been a big pasta dinner. Yummy!

  494. Jeannette

    March 2, 2012 at 8:27 am

    My husband is the cook and has been since day one :). I can’t remember but he probably made our first meal together. The first thing I made for him, however, was potato leek soup.

  495. skymommy

    March 2, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Mussels. He loved it and still asks for it but claims it is never quite the same. It was 10 yrs ago – I am not the same dish either lol.

  496. Amanda

    March 2, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I think the first thing I ever made was salsa, my family’s recipe. It was delicious enough to win him over.

  497. Nichole

    March 2, 2012 at 8:26 am

    turkey sausage and peppers!

  498. Danielle

    March 2, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Pot roast, twice baked potatoes, homemade bread, roasted carrots, onions and parsnips. Seems so long ago! :)

  499. nikki

    March 2, 2012 at 8:23 am

    i think the 1st thing i made for my hubby after we got married was fish tacos :) we still have them today; but he cooks the fish now…

  500. Melissa

    March 2, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Definitely a stirfry – I was the queen of stirfrys when we first started cooking for each other. Luckily we have expanded our recipes after 10 years together!

  501. Karen

    March 2, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Don’t remember the first thing I made for him, but I remember clearly the first thing he made for me! It was quesadillas. The recipe came from a cookbook called: “A Man, A Can, And A Plan”. I sooooooo need to win this cookbook!

  502. Betsy

    March 2, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Honestly racking my brain to remember but I am clueless! Probably some type of pasta and if I was going all out, a pot roast and gravy, one of his favorites.

  503. Kate

    March 2, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Spaghetti squash with homemade marinara – he was impressed and we’ve had it many times since!

  504. marta howard

    March 2, 2012 at 8:12 am


  505. Charlotte

    March 2, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Steak with a blackberry butter sauce. It was his recipe and we made it together. We could have made anything and it would not have mattered. We were just so happy to be together.

  506. Amber

    March 2, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Mac and cheese, straight out of the box :).

  507. Rhiana Wackenhuth

    March 2, 2012 at 8:06 am

    We were already living together before we were engaged. I didn’t know how to cook then…at all, so I am sure that I made a ton of those wonderful frozen heat and eat meals *blush*

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  508. Jamie jones

    March 2, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I made him a lasagna!

  509. melissa

    March 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

    I’m not exactly sure, but I do know that lasagna is his favorite. Being that his birthday wasn’t long after we got married, I probably made him that.

  510. Bridget

    March 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Steak, baked potato and asparagus. His favorites!

  511. Katherine

    March 2, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Tamales oaxaquenos for his birthday. He’s Mexican and had never had this kid of tamale. He loves them, and I make them every year for his birthday (except this year because we just moved and I don’t know where to get banana leaves).

  512. Laura

    March 2, 2012 at 8:03 am

    My family recipe for Lentils and pasta! SO easy and SO yummy. We still eat it often and the kids love it (most of the time).

  513. Meredith

    March 2, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Pretty sure it was lasagna. Thanks for taking me back in time :)

  514. Anna

    March 2, 2012 at 8:01 am


  515. jennifer

    March 2, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I made my husband lasagna. At the young age of 20 I ended up burning the entire thing! So he ended up taking us out for dinner! 13 years later I do make a much better lasagna!

  516. MichelleJ

    March 2, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I made a pot roast, one of my mom’s recipes she shared with me.

  517. Kathy

    March 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

    My husband loved breakfast so i made him scrambled eggs, toast & coffee…he loved it!

  518. Dorothy

    March 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Cream puffs – after 31 years he still talks about them. A wonderful memory <3

  519. Chrissy

    March 2, 2012 at 7:53 am

    What a special memory to think about! The first thing I made my husband was an omelet with a side of bacon and toast on our honeymoon. We have pictures of us enjoying our breakfast looking out over the Rocky Mountians from the deck of our cabin. Oh how I wish we could relive all life’s special moments like that :)

  520. Kristin

    March 2, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Osso bucco and polenta.

  521. Jenny G

    March 2, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I’m pretty sure it was lasagna. The first thing he cooked for me was chicken parmesan …so good!

  522. Deanna

    March 2, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Turkey spaghetti

  523. kay

    March 2, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Hamburger helper – I didn’t know how to cook anything else!

  524. Jaime L.

    March 2, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Penne alla vodka

  525. Rebecca Selway

    March 2, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Too long ago to remember!!! But most likely stuffed peppers. Can’t mess that meal up too bad!!

  526. Lilit

    March 2, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I remember my husband – boyfriend back then, was sick and i made him a chicken soup…

  527. jem

    March 2, 2012 at 7:44 am

    His favorite pork chops.

  528. Heather

    March 2, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Well funny story..we met at the grocery store when he asked me what I am going to make with the leeks I was buying. Months later coincidentally my first meal I cooked for him was chicken with leeks! He also ended up proposing at that same store years later:)

  529. Christina

    March 2, 2012 at 7:42 am

    The first meal I made was spaghetti with shrimp and crab.

  530. Sue

    March 2, 2012 at 7:39 am

    It has been so long I can barely remember. But it must have been something Italian like baked ziti….

  531. Amy J

    March 2, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Chinese fried rice :)

  532. Daiga

    March 2, 2012 at 7:35 am

    He did all the cooking back then:) I LOVE his bacon and eggs:)

  533. Rebecca Woods

    March 2, 2012 at 7:34 am

    The first thing I made for my husband was homemade chicken ettuccine alfredo. It was his favorite meal and I had never made it before. I had always bought the pasta and sauce, but I decided I was going to make it from scratch. The pasta was like lead and the sauce was like glue, but he ate it anyway! What a guy.

  534. Steph

    March 2, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Stuffed peppers!

  535. Amanda

    March 2, 2012 at 7:30 am

    A full breakfast with eggs, pancakes and bacon!

  536. Ana

    March 2, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Chocolate mousse

  537. Bethany Hutchinson

    March 2, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Shortly after we got married, my husband had to work late. Usually he made dinner, but we’d be eating way to late if he had to do it after getting home. It was my first time making a full meal on my own! (I’m more of a baker!) I made sautรฉed pepper, chicken breasts, and mashed potatoes. The chicken was a tiny bit dry, but everything was very tasty and I became more confident in my cooking skills!

  538. Leah

    March 2, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Chocolate chip cookies-a study pick-me-up when he was still in school.

  539. Carolina K.

    March 2, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Brunch: home fries, eggs over easy, bacon, toast, freshly squeezed OJ.

  540. Marie

    March 2, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Hrm. I have no idea, but I do recall making chocolate chip cookies with him. He had never made cookies before!

  541. Laura Degnan

    March 2, 2012 at 7:25 am

    A ham and cheese sandwich! I remember packing his lunch for the first time after our honeymoon.

  542. Melissa

    March 2, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Grilled skirt steak, steamed brussel sprouts and quinoa! Still one of our favorite meals!

  543. Elicia

    March 2, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I don’t remember from when we were newly wed, but I do remember he talked me into making gallons of plum preserves the day of our ceremony at the courtroom. We had our wedding a week later, but had a good friend perform the ceremony. It was easier to do it that way than to get him legalized for ceremonies.

    I imagine it was something with plum chutney or sauce.

  544. Ruth Anne

    March 2, 2012 at 7:18 am

    My first meal for my husband was French Onion Soup, made just the way my father likes it… I found out much later, that the way my dad likes it is just too “French” for my darling husband…nevertheless, he suffered through 2 bowls of it (I suffered too, I am allergic to onions so I had to take precautions when making it…LOL).

  545. Mikki

    March 2, 2012 at 7:18 am

    The first thing I made was a pan of lasagna.

  546. Leanna

    March 2, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Some kind of pasta casserole :)

  547. Heather @ Kids in the Sink

    March 2, 2012 at 7:15 am

    I think one of the first meals I cooked was shepards pie. My husband loves shepards pie and is very specific about how it’s made!

  548. Christina

    March 2, 2012 at 7:13 am

    This first thing that I made was breakfast tacos. He loved them and i still make them for him to this day.

  549. Jeannie

    March 2, 2012 at 7:13 am


  550. Rosalind

    March 2, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I believe I made my hubby baked salmon with roasted veggies

  551. Katie

    March 2, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Cooking for my husband has always been one of the ways that I have been able to show him love. I made him his favorite spaghetti and meatballs.

  552. Erin

    March 2, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I made my husband french onion soup, homemade caesar salad served with baguette and white wine!

  553. karyn blass

    March 2, 2012 at 7:07 am

    baked chicken and rice…….but he cooked for me first—stuffed turkey–with meat stuffing,veggie rice,hot and spicey pineapple……

  554. Jolene (Homespun Heritage)

    March 2, 2012 at 7:04 am

    ~Stuffed Peppers~ I had never made them before so I had NO clue what I was doing and it turned out amazing! Since then I have messed up very very few things and even if it doesn’t turn out just how *I* want it the dish always seem to garner rave reviews.

    It was always my dream to attend Culinary school and took every single business and cooking course in my high school (and eventually took college business courses while in high school still). I never attended a Culinary secondary education, though, my children (all 4 going on 7 of them!) do call me a Chef!

  555. Lauren

    March 2, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I made him baked ziti.

  556. Marissa Marcantonio

    March 2, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Meatloaf !

  557. Sara

    March 2, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Since he does most of the cooking, I’m pretty sure my first meal cooked for him was along the lines of a bologna sandwich! But DH makes a meatloaf that knocks my socks off and I love acting as his sous chef in the kitchen!

  558. Natalie

    March 2, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Hi there. I have a small request. I was wondering if you could possibly state the measures in the metric system too? We don’t use cups or Farenheit in Europe and it would have so much more of a broad appeal internationally if you could put them in brackets following the US measures as the whole appeal is that your recipes are quick and easy. I often give up on an “off the cuff” recipe of yours as with noisy kids around etc. I can’t face factoring in the calculations which occasionally change the recipe so that it fails. Many many thanks!

    • Heidi

      March 2, 2012 at 10:16 am

      I think Google has conversion charts for weighing and metric. I used them when I was in Europe. I am sorry I can’t say more. I do know that at most temperatures that one bakes at,you just take half of Farenheit to use Celsius. Good luck. :)

  559. Kalee Wolf

    March 2, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Cooking together was one of the ways my now husband and I saved money on date night. One of our favorites was a modified recipe from Alton Brown’s Good Eats show–Baked chicken nachos. Each chip gets some seasoned, shredded chicken and cheese then bake until bubbly. We then add toppings that we each like–salsa, sour cream, onions, etc. Still a favorite at our house.

  560. Valerie

    March 2, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Stuffed peppers. I make them very healthy with a grain; brown rice or bulgar or barley. Add loads of veggies, tomato sauce. He loved it and still does!

  561. Elizabeth

    March 2, 2012 at 6:59 am

    My husband and I have dated since college so the first meal I made for him was monte crisco sandwiches from my on campus apartment.

  562. Kate Schwarz

    March 2, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Salmon burgers…that were rather dry. Luckily he stuck with me anyway!

  563. Amy

    March 2, 2012 at 6:56 am

    breaded chicken cutlets… still his favorite!

  564. chase

    March 2, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Chicken fajitas

  565. Nicole

    March 2, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Chicken picata… It was a hit!!

  566. mebrr

    March 2, 2012 at 6:51 am

    I “made” him order pizza. Oh, that’s not what you meant! He makes brocolli cheese soup with homemade bread bowls and I am known for blank casserole– casserole with noodles cheeses spinach and creamy mushrooms, so I am betting it was that

    • Tangie

      February 5, 2014 at 4:47 am

      I was drawn by the hoensty of what you write

  567. Viktorija

    March 2, 2012 at 6:51 am

    I made melted cheese sandwich next morning! :)

  568. motherof6cuties

    March 2, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Lasagna was the first dish I remember making for my then boyfriend. It was a mess but he ate it with a smile. That is why I love him so much.

  569. Jess

    March 2, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Spaghetti, and it was a hit!

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  571. Meghna Grover

    March 2, 2012 at 6:44 am

    The first thing i made was a full Indian meal. It was quite an undertaking and I was so proud of the accomplishment. My husband and I are both Indian-American and I wanted to show him just how culturally in-tune I was with our Indian roots….looking back, I am not that sure it was very good, at all….I am a way better Indian cook, 7 years down the road!

    • Shauna wilkins

      March 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Fried chicken with mixed vegs! Chicken was pretty good, but vegs not so great.

    • Kat

      March 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

      I made SPANAKOPITA!!! I am German and he is Greek we live in Hong Kong and now our two kids were born here!!!!!

    • Maria Balouris Handrinos

      March 2, 2012 at 7:29 am

      The first thing I made was frozen tortellini with jarred sauce for my future husband . . . and he still married me! :). Eleven years later, both the meals I cook and our relationship get better each day. My husband is the one who has taught and encouraged me the most about cooking. Food is love!