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Sunday Recipes in PARADE

Family recipes from chefs, authors, celebrities, and other tastemakers of the day

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. "

Penelope Ann Miller's Creamed Chestnuts: "I grew up in Los Angeles, and we often spent Christmas there with relatives. Wherever we were for the holidays, my mother would make these chestnuts."

Linda Evans' Dynasty Corn Pudding. Our new favorite comfortcasserole.

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 the entire world, and I always give them to people as an introduction to how great vegan treats can be."

Gwyneth Paltrow's Cheesy Stuffed Burgers: "Dad would make beef burgers and put the cheese on top. But I don’t eat beef, so I make ­turkey burgers instead. And rather than melting the cheese on top, I stuff it inside. That’s my little twist. It’s delicious! Everyone in my family goes crazy for them."

Sunday London Grill with Maya Angelou: "This is a great meal to serve to a large party of carnivores. There is something within this mélange to satisfy every palate."

Adam Levine's Signature Steaks: "To me, the fattier the cut, the better the steak. That’s probably why I love rib eyes—because they are the fattiest steaks you could possibly eat. And the gristle is my favorite part! Everyone thinks gristle is this horrible thing and you should stay away from it. They cut it off. But with the honey added to it, it tastes so good, it should be illegal."

Gilles Marini's French Crepes: "Whenever my mother would declare it crepe night at home, we would think, Wow, Mom is so cool! But it was an easy way for my mom to feed us, because when you have nothing in the fridge but eggs and a bit of flour and whatnot, you can still make crepes. My wife and I do that now with our children, Georges and Juliana. We’ll ask, “What shall we make tonight?” And we usually do crepes. They’re like the French burrito. They can be sweet, like this recipe, or done with ham and cheese and eggs, or with salmon."

Sheryl Crow's Tuna Salad: "I grew up in a very small town [Kennett, Mo.] with no real ethnic food. There were no Mexican or Italian restaurants—and no Asian food, either. My mom was the first to buy a wok! I remember her making a dish and my dad saying, “Why are there peanuts in my chicken?” She was adventurous when it came to food, and that rubbed off on me. But once I started touring, I was eating on the go and would grab tuna salad almost every day. My food choices then were about convenience. It wasn’t until after my breast-cancer diagnosis [in 2006] that I began to focus on what I was eating. When chef Chuck White joined me on the road, he put an end to my daily tuna and introduced variety to my diet. But when he does make tuna salad, he whips up a healthy version with apples or pears, which add nutrition and a delicious crunch. "

Eva Longoria's Chalupas: "When I was a kid, chalupas were like our PB & Js after school. They didn’t require a lot of cooking, because my mom would have the beans and tostadas (crisp, fried tortillas) ready for us. It was all about assembly. And they were kid-friendly—we could add cheese or whatever we wanted to build them the way we liked."

Al Roker's Grilled Ginger Salmon with Maple-Ginger Glaze: "When it comes to cooking, I’m pretty much a traditionalist. I’ve been making this dish for at least 10 years. Salmon’s a flavorful fish, and it stands up well to other flavors. So if you put a little maple on it, plus salt and pepper, you get a sweet and savory dish. And it’s family-friendly—kids like it. Sometimes, my children help me cook—even if it’s just stirring something or putting a dish in the oven. But if a recipe requires a lot of chopping, or if I really have to get stuff done in a certain amount of time, then I let them do other chores, like ­setting the table. "

Paul & Mira Sorvino's New Style Lasagna: "Mira: My dad’s a type-2 diabetic, and he used to not be in control of his blood sugar. One time he had a big bowl of pasta fagioli—pasta with beans, a Neapolitan delicacy—and his blood sugar got extremely high. He turned a different color and got very faint. That was a wake-up call for me: that I needed to help him stick to his treatment plan. Paul: So she makes a salad as big as the Bronx! Cooking is a huge part of our lives, but now we do things differently, like this lasagna. "

Jamie Oliver's Tray Baked Chicken: " throughout my childhood, Sundays were quiet. Imagine telling your kids today: “Phones off. Computers off. TV off.” Everyone would say, “Are you crazy?” But it forced us to get to know each other. Now on Sundays I like to make what I call “fast/slow dishes”: stuff you can get into a pan in five minutes—like chicken, short ribs, shins of beef—and then slow-cook. Let the oven do the work while I chase the kids. I have four! It’s anarchy, in the house you know. "

Zac Brown's Campfire Chili: "This recipe is an amalgam of all the chilies I’ve had over the past 10 years. Putting it together is a big, rich labor of love. I’ve made it many times in one pot over a campfire, first cooking all the meats down, then pouring off the fat before everything else goes in to simmer. I imagine having a bowl while sitting by a blaze, a Kristofferson song playing out on crisp Black Diamond Strings while the crickets chime in. Later, frogs will do a cover of the Oak Ridge Boys as cedar logs crackle in the fire. That’s when the world feels right. "

Vera Farmiga's Borscht: "I met my husband [musician and producer Renn Hawkey] when he was on the road with his band. I won his heart with this soup. After one sip, his stomach ruled his heart. The next thing I knew, he was moving in with me."

Tyler Florence's Chicken Fried Steak: "My first memory of eating this dish was in Georgia when I was 7 and I joined my grandmother “ Florence Mama” in the kitchen. Wrist deep in buttermilk and flour, I stood and helped as she pan-fried steaks in bacon drippings in her 100-year-old cast-iron skillet. Then, with the back-door screen letting in a warm breeze scented with sweet Georgia pine, I tasted it—the perfect bite. The crunchy, fried, flour-coated pieces of beef, smothered in a creamy milk gravy with lots of black pepper, ignited a passion for cooking that still crackles. "

Molly Ringwald's Tzatziki: “Speak to me in Greek,” I suggested, since I was too nervous to speak myself, let alone breathe, having polished off the entire bowl of tzatziki. “Little gold piece,” he said in Greek. Then he began listing all of the islands that, as I would later learn, he hoped we would one day visit. At the time I had no clue what he was saying. I was simply luxuriating in the sound of the foreign tongue. “Santorini. Mykonos. Skiathos…,” he murmured in between kisses. I whispered back one of the few Greek words he’d taught me: the one that means “more.” He said other words I didn’t know, but then I heard one I did. I shot up. “Tzatziki! Are you naming food products?” He nodded sheepishly. “I ran out of islands.” Turned out he was also naming appliances, political parties, and cartoon characters. And it didn’t matter! He could have read me the entire Athenian phone book while we both munched on cloves of garlic as if they were chewing gum. It was definitely a date."

Jodi Picoult's Broccoli Cheddar Soup: Our weekends are hectic. There’s the play rehearsal, the skating lesson, my son’s a cappella group. We all look forward to a good soup on Sunday night. It’s a time to sit down and relax (and figure out who still has homework to do). We dip bread in our soup and talk about what we’ve done over the past few days and what we’ll be doing the following week. I hope my kids will think of these Sundays someday when they see broccoli-cheddar soup on a menu."

Patricia Heaton's Family Favorite Meatballs: " It’s the sort of great, old-fashioned comfort food anybody can make. Recipes on the Food Network look fun—and there’s nothing wrong with trying new dishes—but we’re all so busy! The kids have homework and activities. But I know if I serve this with a red sauce, a nice salad, and some great buttery-hot garlic bread, we’ll have a relaxed dinner. It’s “ mmmmmm.” '