I always love to read those "man-on-the-street" columns in my local newspaper. It seems that frivolous questions rather than weighty ones inspire far livelier and intriguing responses. In the same spirit, I collar friends, relatives, and total strangers to ask them inconsequential questions on culinary matters.

Q: What's your idea of a romantic dinner?

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Annie: I like cooking a romantic dinner at home. Les (her husband) loves chicken. But that's not romantic so I wouldn't make that. Once I made Les blinis with smoked salmon and creme fraiche and champagne.

Annie to Les: Was that a romantic dinner?

Les: That was a romantic dinner. I still haven't gotten over the tingle.

Annie and Les laugh. They're newlyweds.