You’re Better Together

Are you dating someone new and wonder how they can just wing it on a weekend date while you need a plan for every moment? Have you been in a relationship for a while now and can’t seem to figure out how your calm and collected companion keeps their cool in any situation while you’re the hot head-ed honcho? It’s because you perfectly complement each other. Those differences can enhance and strengthen your relationship. I am a firm believer that within those differences is completeness for both of you. In the same manner, the differences of form and flavor from paired ingredients are what complete a dish. This article doesn’t come from a professional girlfriend or a veteran wife. This comes from a classically trained chef and proficient team builder. As a chef I make delicious pairings daily and as an educator and facilitator, I am adept in bringing people together. Let me bring you and your partner closer together this month. 

There are a lot of ingredients that taste better when paired together. The perfect pulled pork sandwich is best with a vinegar based BBQ sauce. Guacamole is nothing without fresh lime juice. Croutons on a Caesar salad are a must and homemade caramel needs a pinch of salt to take it to the next level. Fats with acids. Creamy with a crunch. Sweet and salty. Are you starting to sense a theme here? If you were thinking about the old adage, opposites attract, then we’re on the same page. 

Any great relationship has teamwork as an important pillar. The different strengths in team members are what make the team a force to be reckoned with. The kitchen is a great place to sharpen your teamwork skills and build intimacy with your partner.

If you want some ideas to get you started and several tips to remember while you’re in the kitchen with your partner you can check out my full article in the February 2020 issue of OneChoice Magazine.

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Here’s a recipe to try out with your partner …

Lemon Vanilla French Toast

Grocery List:

  • 12 slices brioche bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
    (save lemons for glaze)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tablespoons butter


In a large shallow bowl or casserole dish mix eggs and half & half. Whisk well to combine; stir in salt, sugars, cinnamon, zest and vanilla.

Heat a large skillet on the stovetop for a few minutes or heat an electric skillet to 350 F.

When your pan is ready, soak bread in your custard mixture for about 30 seconds on each side, turn each slice once, so the bread absorbs a little bit of the custard. Let the slices drain.

Use non stick spray on the skillet or place a tablespoon of butter in the skillet, so it melts and coats the bottom.

Once you’ve dipped the slice and let it drain, place the bread in the greased skillet.

Cook the bread, turning once, until golden brown and delicious on both sides. This should take about 6 to 8 minutes. You can dust a little cinnamon over each side if you choose. Serve immediately with lemon glaze (recipe below).


Now that you’ve made the perfect French toast … It’s all about that glaze!

Grocery List:

  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1.5 c powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c lemon juice


Combine butter, powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth.

Warm and whisk to break up any clumps. Pour over French toast.
Honestly this glaze is great over any of your favorite baked items. Enjoy!

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