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What's for Dinner: Classics Revisited

Add a twist to these well-loved dishes
Salted Chocolate-Rye Cookies
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Not feeling inspired by your usual dishes? Here's what's for dinner.

Certain dishes don't become "classic" by accident. They have to be reliable, distinct and, most importantly, delicious. But though the originals are classics for a reason, a few minor tweaks can make your meal feel brand new. Shake up your dinner with these takes on a French 75, Caesar salad and chocolate cookies.

Drink: Southern 75
When life gives you lemons, make a French 75—at least, that's what our editor in chief, Kat Kinsman, recommends. Should you end up with a grapefruit instead, make this version of the classic gin-and-Champagne cocktail.

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Main Course: Steak Caesar Salad with Crisp Parmesan Shards
First created in the 1920s during a moment of necessity, the accidental Caesar salad has withstood the test of time. In our revamped version, yogurt-based dressing provides a lighter taste, homemade cheese crisps replace the standard croutons and seared flank steak adds an extra dose of protein.

Dessert: Salted Chocolate-Rye Cookies
Fashion trends come and go, but cookies are forever. These ones from San Francisco's Tartine Bakery use rye flour instead of all-purpose for an intensely chocolaty treat that won't live on your counter for long.

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