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Ever wish you could eat at New York City’s legendary Le Cirque every night? We sure do, but thankfully (for our wallets) we received a copy of A Table At Le Cirque and have been cooking our way through ever since. First up, a Caesar salad by former executive chef Pierre Schaelelin. It’s so good, De Niro orders it ahead of time.

“I have to tell you at the time I wasn’t really happy about making a Caesar salad,” Schaedelin admits. “That’s why I made it a bit fancier than the original. But looking back, it’s a great dish.” Instead of tossing romaine leaves with an egg-rich dressing, cheese, and croutons, he meticulously layers rectangles of lettuce brushed with the pungent dressing and grated Parmesan and serves an egg fried in a round crouton (aka toad in the hole) on the side. Robert De Niro liked it so much he always called ahead to order one for himself and his wife. Schaedelin’s elegant Caesar salad is still a favorite.