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13 Meals To Keep The Fire Alive In A New Relationship

Nothing is sexier than a significant other who can cook. Find the right spark-inducing recipe for every occasion with the help of the NYT Cooking app for iPad.

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1. "First Night in Together" Risotto

This succulent Shrimp Risotto with Peas is sophisticated, but not too extravagant — perfect for showing your new lady or man friend you've got game in the kitchen and for whetting their appetite for more.
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This succulent Shrimp Risotto with Peas is sophisticated, but not too extravagant — perfect for showing your new lady or man friend you've got game in the kitchen and for whetting their appetite for more.

2. "Morning After" Pancakes

Let that special someone roll out of bed to the smell of breakfast cooking. Try these Maple Pecan Pancakes for a sweet and savory bite that may just make you want to hit the sheets again.
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Let that special someone roll out of bed to the smell of breakfast cooking. Try these Maple Pecan Pancakes for a sweet and savory bite that may just make you want to hit the sheets again.

3. "Movie Marathon" Lasagna

A hearty dish to sustain hours of intensive screen time. Dig into this Lasagna with Tomato Sauce and Roasted Eggplant while you laugh at your favorite goofballs or follow a series of complicated plot twists together.
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A hearty dish to sustain hours of intensive screen time. Dig into this Lasagna with Tomato Sauce and Roasted Eggplant while you laugh at your favorite goofballs or follow a series of complicated plot twists together.

4. "Rainy Afternoon Cuddle Time" Tomato Soup

Curl up and listen to the pitter-patter outside while cradling bowls of this Puréed Tomato and Red Pepper Soup. Bonus points if there's thunder and lightning to get you spooning even closer.
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Curl up and listen to the pitter-patter outside while cradling bowls of this Puréed Tomato and Red Pepper Soup. Bonus points if there's thunder and lightning to get you spooning even closer.

5. "Meeting Each Other's Friends" Steak Fajitas

You guys have spent some quality time alone, so open your doors to a few friends and fire up some Grilled Steak and Vegetables with Tortillas. Just remember to keep your hands to yourselves as you throw back the margaritas.
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You guys have spent some quality time alone, so open your doors to a few friends and fire up some Grilled Steak and Vegetables with Tortillas. Just remember to keep your hands to yourselves as you throw back the margaritas.

6. "Hey Baby, Let's Cleanse Together" Quinoa Salad

You guys are getting comfy, so ward off relationship weight gain (yes, it's real) with this colorful fiber- and protein-packed Rainbow Quinoa Salad. No love chub here!
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You guys are getting comfy, so ward off relationship weight gain (yes, it's real) with this colorful fiber- and protein-packed Rainbow Quinoa Salad. No love chub here!

7. "Off on a Cooking Adventure" Dumplings

Tackle a dish together that's a little out of your culinary comfort zones, like these Braised Short Rib Dumplings. Experimentation is key to every relationship... in and out of the bedroom.
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Tackle a dish together that's a little out of your culinary comfort zones, like these Braised Short Rib Dumplings. Experimentation is key to every relationship... in and out of the bedroom.

8. "Stressful Workday" Mac 'n' Cheese

A big dish of this classic, childhood comfort food, Creamy Macaroni and Cheese, will ease your honey's office woes. Post-pasta neck massage also suggested.
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A big dish of this classic, childhood comfort food, Creamy Macaroni and Cheese, will ease your honey's office woes. Post-pasta neck massage also suggested.

9. "Feeling Worldy" Chicken Curry

Time to get a little exotic. This Coconut Chicken Curry with Cashews is packed with foreign flavors that may just stir up some unexplored passions for the rest of the evening.
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Time to get a little exotic. This Coconut Chicken Curry with Cashews is packed with foreign flavors that may just stir up some unexplored passions for the rest of the evening.

10. "It's 2 a.m. and We're Ravenous" Pizza

Have the ingredients for this quick and easy Lavash Pizza ready to go for when you and your babe stumble home from the bars and need sustenance. Couple's hangovers aren't cute.
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Have the ingredients for this quick and easy Lavash Pizza ready to go for when you and your babe stumble home from the bars and need sustenance. Couple's hangovers aren't cute.

11. "We Had Our First Fight but We're Cool" Burgers

Let your emotions simmer down by whipping up these Turkey Burgers With Green Garlic and Parsley. Burgers keep the atmosphere casual, and seeing each other with ketchup all over your faces will help you laugh things off.
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Let your emotions simmer down by whipping up these Turkey Burgers With Green Garlic and Parsley. Burgers keep the atmosphere casual, and seeing each other with ketchup all over your faces will help you laugh things off.

12. "Dessert for Dinner" Hot Cocoa and Pie

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Nobody's peeking through the window to judge, so skip the savory and feed each other spoonfuls of Coconut Hot Chocolate and Pear-Pomegranate Pie. Mmm, it feels so good to be bad.

13. And Finally... "I Want to Take This to the Next Level" Feast

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Get the candles going and serve up classy Seared Scallops and Triple Chocolate Trifle with a side of love and commitment. It's been a tasty ride, and you're in it for the long haul.

Here's to many, many more memorable home-cooked meals — and always keeping the romance alive!