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Fabio Viviani's

PESTO PASTA

'I'd bring handfuls of pine nuts from the tree in our backyard so my mom could make this for me,' says the chef

BASIL PESTO AND FETTUCCINE

Serves 4

2 cups basil leaves, packed

¾-1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup pine nuts

2½ cloves garlic

Salt

Pepper

¾ cups Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated

1 lb. fettuccine

1. In a food processor, combine basil leaves, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, salt and pepper. Process until mixed but still chunky. Add cheese and pulse to combine.

2. Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Drain, reserving ½ cup pasta water. Place fettuccine in a bowl. Add a little pasta water to pesto to loosen the sauce. Pour pesto over fettuccine. Toss and serve.

Viviani's new book Fabio's Italian Kitchen is available in stores now.

Gail Simmons's

STRAWBERRY TART

'My mother used to make this simple tart when I was growing up,' says the Top Chef star. 'To this day it reminds me of home'

STRAWBERRY TART

Serves 6 to 8

1 cup flour

1 tsp. baking powder Pinch salt

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for coating pan

1 cup sugar, plus 2 tbsp.

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 tsp. vanilla

8 oz. fresh strawberries, halved Juice of half a lemon

½ tsp. cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 375º. Butter a 9-in. springform pan. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

2. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla. Using a mixer on a low speed, incorporate flour mixture until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap and chill 20 minutes.

3. Arrange strawberries in concentric circles on top of dough. Pour lemon juice evenly over strawberries. Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over strawberries. Bake tart until edges are golden and center is set, 45 minutes. When tart is cool, run a sharp paring knife around the edge, and then remove the sides of the pan.

Adapted from Simmons's Talking with My Mouth Full

Cortney & Robert Novogratz's

WILD DECOR

Looking to add a bit of life to your home? The design experts hunt down some fun animal accessories

SEASONAL SERVICE

"The bird and floral pattern reminds me of spring," says Cortney.

Bird Plate, $5; pier1.com

"This is our favorite piece in our new collection," says Robert. "Who doesn't love monkeys?"

Luli Table Lamp, $129; cb2.com

PET PILLOW

"Kids love these vintage-style cushions," says Robert.

Golden Retriever Mini Cushion, $30; areaware.com

PARTY PAL

Cortney loves this "elegant" cocktail mixer.

Norpro Pete the Penguin Cocktail Shaker, $39.99; casa.com

PRIME POSTER

"I'm getting hungry just looking at it," jokes Robert of the "stylish and graphic" print.

Butcher's Kitchen Print, $45; thefancy.com

PRICKLY TICKER

"How cute is this?" says Cortney of the bamboo clock.

Modern Baby Hedgehog Clock, $48; bobbyberkhome.com

TRENDY TABLE

"Sky blue is a great color this season," notes Cortney.

Owl Garden Side Table, $98; urbanoutfitters.com

The new Novogratz Brasil Collection is in CB2 stores now.

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