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Updated: January 20, 2013 6:03AM

When R.A. Jr. of South Bend requested a recipe for what he called a “heart-healthier” version of brownies, Swap Shop turned to Italian-born Chef Fabio Viviani for his Chocolate-Glazed Brownies. And New York Chef Elizabeth Falkner’s Upside Pear Crunch Coffee Cake solves a plea from H.P. of Chicago for an upside-down cake “starring a fruit other than pineapple.”

Restaurateur, author and TV personality Viviani, known for his appearances on “Top Chef All Stars” and “Life After Top Chef,” created his moist and still-decadent brownies using Bertolli Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil rather than butter or margarine.

Falkner, author of Cooking Off the Clock: Recipes from My Downtime and returning to Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef,” concocted the seasonally-inspired coffee cake using Royal Riviera Pears for Harry & David, known for their premium fruits.


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