The Kitchen's Best Recipes for a Springtime Celebration

Whether you're hosting Easter dinner or simply cooking for your family, these fresh picks will usher in the season.

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Strawberry Shortcake

It's all about the buttermilk biscuits in Katie Lee's berry-stuffed shortcakes. She likes to sprinkle the cream-topped dough with a coarse sugar before baking, to achieve a slight crunch in each bite.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake

Sunny's Apple-Bourbon Ham Glaze

Part sweet and part tangy, Sunny Anderson's crowd-pleasing glaze will upgrade your precooked ham for Easter dinner or any holiday-worthy celebration.

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Apple-Bourbon Ham Glaze

Potato Gratin with Porcini and Soy

Just like a traditional potato gratin, this hearty casserole features no shortage of heavy cream and nutty Gruyère cheese. But it doesn't stop there. The cream is infused with a savory mixture of soy sauce and porcini mushroom powder, which together offer an umami-like richness.

Get the Recipe: Potato Gratin with Porcini and Soy

Avocado Deviled Eggs

Where there's an Easter celebration, there are also eggs, right? Katie brings avocado to the party with her next-level take on classic deviled eggs, whirling the cool flesh in a food processor along with the yolks, mayonnaise and bright lemon to create the filling.

Get the Recipe: Avocado Deviled Eggs

Shaved Fennel Salad

If you have five minutes, then you're set to prep this big-batch fennel-arugula salad, tossed in a simple lemony dressing.

Get the Recipe: Shaved Fennel Salad

Bacon and Egg Salad

If you're facing a refrigerator of dyed hard-boiled eggs, put the insides of those colorful beauties to work in Jeff Mauro's fast-fix sandwiches. Crispy bacon bits add welcome texture to his mustard-laced egg salad, which he layers inside a buttery toasted croissant for satisfying results.

Get the Recipe: Bacon and Egg Salad

Fresh Herb and Guajillo Roasted Lamb

Update your usual centerpiece lamb feast with Marcela Valladolid's top-rated recipe. After coating the meat in a bold chile-herb blanket, she first roasts the lamb and then moves it to a pot to braise in a red wine sauce until it's tender and succulent.

Get the Recipe: Fresh Herb and Guajillo Roasted Lamb

Cheesy Twice-Baked Potatoes

Sour cream, fresh chives and plenty of gooey cheddar combine with the filling of baked potatoes to form a rich stuffing in this party-ready side dish. 

Get the Recipe: Cheesy Twice-Baked Potatoes

Geoffrey's Lemon Tart

Follow Geoffrey Zakarian's lead and start with a ready-to-go tart shell (the store-bought kind is A-OK) to save time in the kitchen when prepping this refreshing dessert. 

Get the Recipe: Geoffrey's Lemon Tart

Oatmeal Muffins

Whether for Easter morning or an anytime weekend treat, these top-rated muffins, scented with cinnamon and studded with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips, will fill the breakfast bill.

Get the Recipe: Oatmeal Muffins

Strawberry Fool

All it takes is five ingredients to put together this 5-star dessert. Katie simply adds a sweetened strawberry puree to fluffy whipped cream, then lets the mixture chill for a bit so the flavors can marry.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Fool

Fridge Frittata

True to its name, this quick-fix frittata takes advantage of all the goods you have in your refrigerator and freezer. Think deli ham, frozen peas and leftover potatoes — all work well in this easy egg dish.

Get the Recipe: Fridge Frittata

Sunny's Quick Chilled Carrot Soup

Think all soups require hours of slow simmering? Think again. This one comes together in a blender in mere minutes with seasonal carrots, tangy creme fraiche and fresh ginger for a subtle bite.

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Quick Chilled Carrot Soup

Stuffed Crown Roast of Pork

Meaty sausage-cornbread stuffing rounds out GZ's all-in-one meal, starring his juicy garlic-rubbed pork roast and a creamy Dijonnaise sauce laced with fragrant sage.

Get the Recipe: Stuffed Crown Roast of Pork

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