I just cannot stop cooking from Ashley Rodriguez’s Date Night In cookbook. I’m drawn to the ease of halving the recipes for a quick single serving portion. And I have to say, I love that I can’t stop delving into its culinary depths. I love that this book follows me from the counter to the couch to the office where I plan my next foodscape.
Even as I write this, I have panna cotta resting in the fridge, gingered rhubarb roasting in the oven, a grocery list filled with elegant feasts for one and pages of food photography to entice the taste buds. Organized by season with subchapters featuring menus for an evening in, the comforts of home immediately pour from the pages like a warm bowl of soup and time spent with your best friend.
It’s amazing that I never would have purchased this if it weren’t for the Rainy Day Bites Cookbook Club. The title was enough to dissuade me…afterall, when will I use all of these fancy date night ideas??? Oh wait, I’m single! I should be using them all the time. How will I incorporate her tips and tricks into my day-to-day kitchen??? Oh yeah, I can just half the recipes!
What if the meals are just too fancy? It turns out, Ashley’s just like us – except she has 3 kids and a husband, but that’s sort of like us, right! I mean her date nights with Gabe take place on a weeknight when things need to be simple, refreshing and the loveliest of words, thoughtful!
But the best surprise of all in this cookbook are by far the drinks. I suspect this is partially Gabe’s addition and I am loving every sip! If it’s true the couple that cooks together stays together, the pages of this book are proof positive that the heart of every relationship is best solidified at the table. Slainte xoxo!
- 1½ tablespoons milk chocolate chips
- scant 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- Smidge of freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon chocolate malt milk powder
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- 1 tablespoon dark chocolate ganache, or as much as you like!
- 1 pint Bluebell The Great Divide ice cream
- Chantilly Lace, for decorating
- Mini Chocolate Chips or Whoppers, for decorating
- A frosted milkshake glass, for serving
- Stir the milk and malted milk powder together and set aside until the malted milk powder is dissolved (about 5 minutes).
- Whisk all ingredients together in a small saucepan over medium heat until the chocolate chips are completely melted and the ganache is glossy glaze. Set aside to cool.
- In the bowl of a blender, add the malted milk, 1 tablespoon of the ganache, and 1 pint of Great Divide. Blend until smooth. Pour into a frosted milkshake glass, top with Chantilly Lace and sprinkle with your favorite malt shop treat. Sip away! <3
- Bluebell's The Great Divide is half a pint of vanilla ice cream and half a pint of chocolate ice cream, but it's 100% perfect for this recipe!
- Save the ganache! Best tip from Date Night In is just how versatile leftover ganache can be!