Spring Peas with Eggs and Ham via Mary Sue Milliken - "At my house, we kick off Easter morning with a rousing egg hunt that keeps everyone laughing. All the excitement revs up people’s appetites, so I like to have a meal ready that takes a minimum of cooking. This baked casserole makes the perfect brunch. It pairs peas, garlic, and basil with peppers, eggs, and serrano ham. The dish goes well with chunks of country bread drizzled with olive oil and toasted or grilled."
Mark Bittman's Minestrone: "This minestrone from my new book is a simple, delicious vegetable soup made with olive oil, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese. I’ve served dozens of variations over the years, often to my kids (who like it with beans)."
Author Janet Evanovich fondly recalls her grandmother’s Danish specialty: "My grandparents emigrated from Denmark to this country, and my grand-mother brought her recipe for aebleskivers [round, puffy pancakes] with her. It is close to 100 years old."
"When I was in college, I asked my mother for the recipe, and I’ve been baking it ever since. Whether made from pears, peaches, or plums, this tart has a lovely vanilla-and-fruit scent that fills the house as it bakes. It’s comforting, simple, and versatile. I make it because it reminds me of home." - Gail Simmons, host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, and author of 'Cooking with my Mouth Full'
Nick Jonas' Chile Cheese Egg Casserole "I’ve been living on my own for about a year, and I’m not the most talented chef—I can make a great sandwich, but it’s my brother Joe who’s amazing in the kitchen. So my mom, Denise, makes me this casserole, my favorite meal growing up, whenever she feels I need some home cooking."
Lindsey Vonn's Cranberry Upside-Down Cake "It seems kind of silly, but it’s really nice to chill in the kitchen with a friend and bake. It relaxes me, and mixing is probably my favorite part. We usually make this in the morning and munch on it throughout the day. I try to eat on the healthier side, but baked goods are hard to resist. I just love sweet things. Coffee and this super-moist cake are a win-win any time of the day!"
Buddy Valastro's Sunday Gravy "My wife, Lisa, and I have the whole family over on Sundays. At the table are my sisters, nieces, nephews, and our four kids. We have Sunday gravy—tomato sauce for pasta—and we pass around platters of sausages and meatballs. We take a lot of pride in our dinners. Nothing brings families together like food. "
Alicia Silverstone's Vegan Peanut Butter Cups: "As a child, I absolutely loved Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. They were my favorite candy on the planet. They had that hard edge and really soft middle—who wouldn’t want that? When I became a vegan 10 years ago, I was sad to give them up. So I developed these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups by combining various recipes and using only homemade and natural ingredients. I’m proud of them. I think they’re the most ridiculously delicious things in…