"I'd love to cook my date dinner on Valentine's Day, but I'm no ace in the kitchen. What should I make?" —Steve B., Hudson, NY

It’s not a question of what you should make, but what the two of you can make together. Spending time in the kitchen is a surefire way to get close to her, show off your sense of humor, and bond over your mission—to put a delicious meal on the table. Plus, if you totally screw up, it’s not all on you. Try this delicious, hands-on date-night dinner for two. Enjoy!

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  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 15-oz cans artichoke hearts
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • All-purpose flour for rolling
  • 1 lb store-bought pizza dough, thawed
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 4–5 slices prosciutto, torn
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese, shaved 
  • 6 fresh basil leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Cut garlic bulb in half horizontally, drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil, and tent with aluminum foil. Roast for 40 minutes.
  2. Strain artichoke hearts and pat dry.
  3. On a medium baking tray, combine artichokes, zucchini, and oregano and toss with 1 tbsp olive oil. Place in oven and roast for 20 minutes. (Can be done simultaneously with the roasted garlic.)
  4. Flour a clean work surface and roll out pizza dough about ¾-inch thick. Place on a lightly oiled sheet tray and brush with 1 tbsp olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and top with roasted garlic, artichokes, and zucchini. Add prosciutto, parmesan, and basil.
  5. Bake at 350° for approximately 20 minutes.

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