Date night needs a new routine.  Standing in line at the newest restaurant and precariously holding a drink with condensation in your hand is not a good way to start date night. Do you catch yourselves stealthy watching the progress of other diners?

“Does that table look like they’re about to finish?”
“Gee, I hope they don’t order dessert.”
“Can you believe how some people languish in a chair when others are starving?!”

Let’s avoid those lines.  And the ditzy hostess who seats Ryan Gosling look-alikes before you, no matter when they walked in the door.

Let’s take date night into our own hands!  I’ve got a plan for you.

First, choose cocktails from  my Drinks For Two collection.

Next, peruse my Dinners For Two recipe collection:
Dinners For Two

Before you get to work mixing drinks and making dinner, how about a quick appetizer to hold you over?  This two ingredient artichoke hummus is perfect.

All you need is a small jar of artichoke hearts marinated in olive oil and Italian herbs, and one can of chickpeas.  It couldn’t simpler.


Put both ingredients into a food processor and puree.  That’s it!  Taste with pita chips and add salt or more olive oil to taste, but in my experience, it doesn’t need it.


Here’s to a better date night!

2-ingredient Hummus

2-ingredient Hummus

makes about 1 cup


  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 6-ounce jar of marinated artichoke hearts
  • pita chips for serving


  1. Place the rinsed chickpeas in the food processor. Add the entire contents of the artichoke jar. Puree until smooth.
  2. Serve with pita chips.