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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Chamomile French Toast

The secret to Geoffrey's next-level French toast is the rich, eggy custard in which he dips the buttery brioche bread. The custard features chamomile-soaked cream, which gently seeps into the bread and offers a light, floral flavor.

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Sunny’s Quick Steamed Broccoli Salad

Sunny adds a light but creamy mayo dressing to bring together this colorful side dish.

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Spring Radish Salad

Bring out the beautiful colors of spring with this showstopping dish. A medley of peppery radishes are the star here, while a grapefruit juice and honey dressing delivers the perfect balance of tangy and sweet.

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Italian Easter Pie

Jeff’s pie boasts a buttery crust that sandwiches hearty layers of sausage, salami, capicola and asparagus, all bound together with a creamy ricotta mixture.

Get the Recipe: Italian Easter Pie

Avocado Limeade

Take your limeade game to the next level by imparting the fresh flavors of avocado and a homemade cilantro syrup into this refreshing drink.

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Herby Stuffed Tomatoes

Switch up your dinner routine with Alex’s clever plant-based dish. Chickpeas, spinach and arugula, flavored with a blend of cumin and ginger, make for a bold tomato stuffing and a great presentation.

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Farfalle with Fresh Herbs and Goat Cheese

All you need is 25 minutes to whip up this comforting pasta dish. Combine half-and-half and goat cheese with lemon zest and mint for impressive results.

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Mini Broccoli Quiches with Prosciutto Crusts

Arrange strips of salty prosciutto in muffin tins so they become the base of these easy, cheesy broccoli-stuffed quiches.

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Garlic and Herb Chicken and Pasta Salad

The secret to making this pasta salad in a hurry is taking advantage of a store-bought timesaver: ready-to-go grilled chicken. It's tossed with fresh fixings like juicy grape tomatoes, fragrant herbs and creamy mozzarella for a colorful, satisfying salad.

Get the Recipe: Garlic and Herb Chicken Pasta Salad

Skillet Roasted Pork Chops with Spring Vegetables and Mustard Sauce

A simple coating of smoky spices imparts bold flavor right on the tender pork chops, while a topping of bright peas and radishes offers a fresh contrast.

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Veggie Top Pesto

Look beyond the usual basil, and try making pesto using other fresh greens. Here this five-minute recipe comes together with the tops of some of your favorite veggies: carrot fronds, beet greens and celery leaves.

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Shoestring Carrot Fries

These crispy beauties may look like sweet potatoes, but they're actually all carrot. A few sprays of apple cider vinegar and a sprinkle of orange zest brighten up the flavor of the fried veggie.

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Baked Parm Green Bean Fries

Thanks to a coating of nutty Parmesan cheese, these quick-fix fries turn out crispy on the outside without needing to be deep-fried.

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Spring Vegetable Salad with Horseradish and Lemon Vinaigrette

Take advantage of the multiple varieites of fresh, vibrant peas in season right now when prepping this quick-fix salad, finished with fragrant herbs.

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Apple-Mint Rack of Lamb

A rub of fresh herbs, including mint, rosemary and thyme, lends bold flavor to Marcela Valladolid's juicy lamb chops. She likes to serve them with a sweet-savory apple compote.

Get the Recipe: Apple-Mint Rack of Lamb

Rhuberry-Basil Pink Lemonade

This isn't your ordinary pink lemonade, thanks to GZ's use of all-natural colorings and flavors: a rhubarb-steeped syrup and a strawberry puree laced with fresh basil.

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Carrot Cake Trifle

Have a box of carrot cake mix stashed in your pantry? You're one step closer to digging into this impressive layered trifle, which takes advantage of the store-bought ingredients to save time in the kitchen. 

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Pantry Grain Bowl

Prep in advance ingredients like hearty barley and fresh veggies, so that when you're ready to eat, all you have to do is assemble. When it comes to the dressing, just a few cloves of garlic and a dollop of whole-grain mustard deliver bold flavor to the bowl.

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Avocado Oil Vinaigrette

A splash of avocado oil balances the tang of the apple cider vinegar and Dijon in this quick-fix dressing.

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Berry Crisp Dump Cake

Save time in the kitchen by starting with frozen mixed berries to turn out Katie Lee's oat-topped cake.

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Coconut Sugar Cookies

Opting for coconut sugar instead of regular granulated sugar guarantees a welcome boost of flavor to these buttery bites.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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