One-Ingredient Date Jam Is Excellent on Anything

Typically speaking, jam is a mixture of fruit and sugar—often lemon juice, sometimes pectin—cooked until glossy and thick and as spreadable as soft butter. But this recipe stops at the fruit.

And not fresh fruit either. While preserving is a simple wa…

Typically speaking, jam is a mixture of fruit and sugar—often lemon juice, sometimes pectin—cooked until glossy and thick and as spreadable as soft butter. But this recipe stops at the fruit.

And not fresh fruit either. While preserving is a simple way to stretch the seasons—to carry spring strawberries into summer, summer peaches into fall—dried fruit is evergreen, shelf-stable, and, it turns out, just as jam-able.

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Pan-Seared Scallops Are for Date Nights With Yourself

Table for One is a column by Eric Kim, who loves cooking for himself—and only himself—and seeks to celebrate the beauty of solitude in its many forms.

For years, one of my favorite places to be alone was the Grand Central Oyster Bar. Specifically th…

Table for One is a column by Eric Kim, who loves cooking for himself—and only himself—and seeks to celebrate the beauty of solitude in its many forms.


For years, one of my favorite places to be alone was the Grand Central Oyster Bar. Specifically the saloon in the way back, where the lighting was dimmer, the drinks were stronger, and people left you alone at the bar.

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Need Romantic Dinner Ideas? Here Are 10 Date-Night Menus.

You will never find me in a restaurant on Valentine’s Day. No offense to pre-fixe menus, but I’d always rather be at home, cooking with my husband, martinis on the counter, music humming. Only here can I be barefoot, lingering forever over the food and…

You will never find me in a restaurant on Valentine’s Day. No offense to pre-fixe menus, but I’d always rather be at home, cooking with my husband, martinis on the counter, music humming. Only here can I be barefoot, lingering forever over the food and eating exactly what I want. In that spirit, I drummed up 10 different menus, each with a main, one or two sides, and, naturally, dessert. Because no date-night dinner should skip dessert. Which one would you pick? Let me know in the comments below.


Menu 1

Steak Au Poivre

This juicy steak is all about the creamy, peppery Cognac sauce. For two, divide the number of steaks in half—but may I be so bold as to suggest that you keep the sauce quantities as is. You can never have too much.

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