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Cakes Worthy of a Celebration

Chocolate Layer Cake

Whether you're baking a chocolate layer cake for a birthday or a cheesecake for a neighborhood gathering, there's a cake here for you. They all deliver big flavor and satisfaction in each bite.

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Grilled Shrimp with Romesco Sauce

Romesco sauce, a garlicky sauce made with roasted tomatoes, olive oil, and nuts, is easy to prepare and wonderful as a sauce with grilled shrimp—as well as other foods such as grilled vegetables, meat, chicken, and salads.

Chickpea Burgers with Sesame Sauce

Cumin, garlic, parsley, and mint give these chickpea burgers a burst of flavor. Served in pita pockets with shredded lettuce and a dressing of sesame and lemon, these veggie burgers make a delicious meatless meal.

Date-Nut Bread

This spicy and moist date-nut bread is so easy to make and very tasty—but resist the urge to cut into it while it is still hot; the texture improves as it cools, making it easier to slice.

Farmers' Market Pot Pie

This Farmers' Market Pot Pie recipe is easily adaptable as it can be prepared with almost any fresh vegetables of your liking. So look to see what's in season and available at your local farmstand.

Grilled Vegetable Heroes with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

These grilled vegetable sandwiches can be made ahead and wrapped in foil. Just before serving, warm them on the grill—it's that easy.

Stuffed Baby Eggplants

These baby eggplants are stuffed with a mixture of eggplant, fresh spinach, tomatoes, bell peppers and garlic, and make a wonderful side dish to just about any grilled meal, or can be served on its own for a vegetarian main dish.

Fresh Peach Upside-Down Cake

In America during the 1930s, the rage among most home bakers was the pineapple upside-down cake. This not-too-sweet version uses fresh juicy peaches instead of pineapple.

Braided Chocolate Loaf

This sweet yeast bread is bursting with the flavor of chocolate, and the braid makes for a visually appealing presentation.

Chiffon Cake with Peach-Berry Topping

Chiffon Cake with Fresh Fruit is the perfect summertime dessert. The cake is light and airy and soaks up all of the fresh seasonal fruit juices.

Chicken-Fried Steaks

Chicken Fries Steaks topped with an oregano-scented tomato sauce, now that's comfort food.

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