- Start this menu the day before: The beans for the soup need to soak overnight, and the cheesecake should be made and baked a day ahead, as well—after it cools, it needs an additional 8 hours in the refrigerator to finish setting.
- Many of these recipes come from Piccolo Pete's and Anthony's Steakhouse in Omaha, Nebraska. For more about Omaha steakhouses, see Betsy Andrews' story Here's the Beef from our August/September 2013 special issue on America's Heartland.
- We like the flavor profile of London dry or Plymouth gin for a classic dry martini. For more about the spirit, see our guide to styles of gin »
- Slicing into a juicy steak is part of the pleasure of eating it—see our 6 favorite knives for the job »