The Secret of Success

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Curried Mussels

Secret Ingredient: Parmesan cheese

From: Eve The Restaurant

When Eve Aronoff closed her eponymous restaurant a few years ago, food lovers in Ann Arbor lamented the loss of the upscale eatery in Kerrytown. Combining classic French techniques with big, bold flavors that spanned the globe, she put upscale twists on dishes like Inspired Nachos, which used fried wontons instead of chips. But there’s good news for those who need their fix: Aronoff, who also owns Cuban-inspired joint Frita Batidos, signed a lease to reopen this year. Her culinary secret has big impact, she says. Her trick is to combine good Parmesan cheese with anything spicy, for example the curry cream in the Curried Mussels. “Chilies and good Parmesan is a great combination and adds so much depth of flavor. We put Parmesan in our curry cream, for example, and it might not be traditional but at Eve we had guests from India who regularly traveled a great distance to have it and said it reminded them more of their home cooking than most Indian restaurants because of the complexity of flavor, and I think that was a big reason why.” — Dorothy Hernandez

300 S. Thayer St., Ann Arbor; 734-222-0711

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