My family has been friends with the Schulmans, owners of the famous Chicago institution Eli’s Cheesecake, since—forever. When I first opened my pastry shop, Maureen Schulman made me look her straig...
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Swordfish in a Garlicky Broth, Bagnara Style
"For more than forty years, the town of Bagnara has staged an annual swordfish festival the second weekend in July to honor the local specialty. Thousands of people from all over Italy descend on the town to enjoy fresh swordfish with pasta, or grilled, or steamed by this unusual method common in Bagnara."
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Black-Bottom Peanut Butter Freezer Pie
"This richly decadent peanut butter pie is quick and easy to make, but looks and tastes like it took all day to prepare. To make this pie gluten-free, use gluten-free cookie crumbs; for soy-free, use soy-free vegan butter and ice cream."
Coq au Vin
"Our dinner guests thought this was the best Coq au Vin they'd ever tasted. I used a budget priced French import Beaujolais, and my only substitution to the recipe's ingredients were shallots for the pearl onions, and streaky bacon for slab bacon. The cooking method does produce a beautiful dish." - MyApron
Grilled Vegan Caesar Salad
"You don't need anchoves or Worchestershire sauce to make a Caesar worth its weight in gold. This vegan Caesar dressing works like a charm every time--and paired with grilled romaine and homemade garlic croutons, it makes for a special weeknight or weekend affair."
Seared Albacore with Ratatouille
"Oh wow, I love it! And I can relate too - I eat all I can of summer albacore, and I've got a fig tree and a garden - so I too have to figure out how to use 50,000 lbs of garden produce - sadly, or maybe not so sadly, 1/2 seems to go to deer, slugs and other assorted pests, but that still leaves me with more than enough." - drfugawe
"I decided to make this recipe to use up some cabbage I had. I love Indian food and had all the ingredients on hand, and it sounded healthy. It is so much more than I was expecting after reading the ingredient list and recipe. Authentic and flavorful! I loved how it wasn't oily, but had lots of flavor. I had it with some vegetable pakoras and rice, and it was just perfect. Thanks for sharing, Anupy...I need to get your cookbook!" - catbear
"Amazing! Resist the urge to overmix, they will be much fluffier if not handled like cookie dough. I made half a batch with fresh blueberries that I had thrown in the freezer for 20 mintues prior to using them to ensure they didnt just mush. Instead of mixing them into the dough, when i rolled out the dough I dropped them on before folding over and rolling again. I felt like they were more evening distributed this way. Outstanding recipe." - escott4787
Fresh Basil Ratatouille
"Wonderful! I am a vegetarian and my husband a meat lover, so I am always looking for dishes that I can easily add a protein to. I served over fresh baked french bread and topped with fresh parmesan cheese. I also used fire roasted tomatoes, as suggested, and it definitely added dimension to the dish." - escott
Gigi Tagliatelle Bolognese
"This is a simple, great recipe for bolognese. I made it with the milk, which is traditional, and it came out hearty and yet delicate. The fresh herbs, especially the rosemary, gave it a nice depth of flavor. I used ground pork, but would probably do the combo of ground pork and pancetta next time to help the pork stay a bit moister." - Atacat
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Banana Layer Cake with Fudgy Frosting or Tangy Vanilla Frosting
"In the spirit of diversity and to satisfy readers who might want an alternative to chocolate, I developed a vanilla frosting for this cake. Mixing sour cream into a traditional butter-confectioners’ sugar frosting refines its overtly sugary nature and adds a subtle tang that balances well against the banana."