Cooking and Dating for the Romantic

Cook and Date for that Special Someone in Your LIfe, even if you fail at food

Gasp! I made a commitment! I know, I know; don't worry about me. I'm fine. I mean, it's just a commitment. Right? Well, if you recall, I had a talk with my girlfriend about going out to eat and drink and dialing back the frequency with which we do that. I agreed and that was fine, after a process of maturing had taken place, of course. The consequence has that we've been eating in more often, thus hitting the grocery store more often and cooking more at home. That's been really nice. However, my girlfriend isn't exactly thrilled with my choice of gourmet Spaghetti Ohs and Top Ramen. Surely, those food selections are really only suitable if you have no money or are you have limited food options due to a recent Nuclear Fallout. In any case I knew I had to be create. I knew I had to be awesome… I just didn't know how… That is, until I decided to phone a friend.
So I reached out to Roberto Cialdella, the Marketing Associate at “Cook and Date,” the brain child of Cristina Mucciardi. I've seen the good people at Cook and Date all over the place, on Twitter, making the rounds in different blog posts and just doing events and being in the media, in general. Yet we hadn't connected. My innate ability to fail at simple culinary mediocrity was pretty amazing; legendary even.

Over all, I absolutely love the Concept of Cook and Date:

CookandDate, all in good taste…

A gastronomically enjoyable experience where you learn, eat and mingle, in a luxurious kitchen with a reputable chef and other interesting singles.

I've seen people try to start similar operations in LA and Orange County yet I've not seen anyone succeed. Good food +

Chef Franca Mazza instructing one of her students in fine culinary delights.

drinks + cooking = A fun time, I'd think. It seems Cook and Date got their “mix” right to make this a successful venture.

Anyway, I asked Roberto if he could offer up a simple dish that I could make for my girlfriend that was also elegant. He did not disappoint.

Roberto brought in the heavy hitter: Chef Franca Mazza to draw up the recipe for romantic, homemade bliss! At first, I was a little intimidated by the recipe laid before, but I went to the store, bought what I needed and went to town.


  • 4 green figs, peeled
  • 4 slices Prosciutto di Parma
  • Mozzarella di Buffala
  • Quality Olive oil
  • Preheat oven to 500F.
  • Wrap a slice of prosciutto around each fig.
  • Place figs on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 5 mins,or until prosciutto is slightly melted.
  • Sprinkle with pieces of Mozzarella.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

In a word: AMAZING. In more words: Amazingly and surprisingly simple to make. Ladies, if a guy busts out something like this, you owe him some “under cover” loving or parking lot petting, if you get me.

Stay tuned, we're going to be featuring contributions from other Chefs for their recipes of tasty love and yummy and romantic good times.

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Alex is the founder and managing editor at the Urban Dater. Alex also runs: DigiSavvy, for which he is the co-founder and Principal. Alex has a lot on his mind. Will he ever get it right? If he does, he'll be sure to write.

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  1. Euphemisms only work if I get them…and not being a quitter…I cannot give up…are "undercover loving" and "parking lot petting" the same thing? or two different though related actions?? I ask because I'm not sure of the specifics of undercover loving…what exactly is subject/object that is going to be going to the overcover zone? Love the post. Figs are awesome. Now I'm hungry.

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