Hello friends - multi-year lurker, not much of a poster here - but I turn to you, the good people of SE for some ideas, please and thank you.
So this weekend I am cooking for the first time for a new "special friend". Truth told, it's been a couple of years since I've done this (after a 13 yr relationship went south) so I want to fall back on something I can do pretty well but not all people take the time to cook: risotto.
So, thinking about a nice cheesy risotto, nice and simple. Some sauteed spicy broccoli rabe on the side and maybe a protein, of course.
Just looking for inspiration for a starter or something to open the meal with. An inspired salad? A soup? Something I'm not thinking of? Maybe a different kind of risotto and a caprese salad to start? A bucket of KFC and a sixer of PBR? Any ideas? Concerns?
Peace and love.