If you read our earlier interview with Orange is the New Black's Kate Mulgrew, you'd know that her character, inmate cook Galina "Red" Reznikov, feels that improvising recipes is beneath her. But back when the real-life Piper Kerman, author of the memoir OITNB is based on, was doing time at Litchfield minimum security prison, she discovered that a microwave, ingredients swiped from the dining hall and commissary snack food meant an escape from bland prison food.
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What was one of her go-to favorites? Prison cheesecake. "It was the only dish out of the jailhouse cooking canon that I mastered with confidence," Kerman told us recently. "Chilaquiles, which is the most delicious of the prison classics, was too intimidating, in part because you needed contraband onions to pull it off. But the cheesecake made properly, has an uncanny resemblance in texture and taste to what you can enjoy at The Cheesecake Factory." Here's her recipe from her blog, THEPIPEBOMB.com.More »