Cooking with the Real Housewives

updated 03/09/2011 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/09/2011 01:00AM

New York City

Sonja Morgan

"My girlie-man dates like fish, my hungry men want lamb, and if Kelly's over, I serve jelly beans."

LuAnn de Lesseps

"What's hot, beefy and French? My boyfriend, yes, but I'm talking about boeuf bourguignon!"

Jill Zarin

"My Grandma Helen's potato latkes. She died at 106. The secret to her long life was in the latkes!"

Ramona Singer

"I'm so busy with all my businesses, it's hard to find time to cook. When I do, it's Bolognese sauce!"

Alex McCord

"Fifteen-minute meals in my wok, which doubles as a weapon when faced with wayward housewives."

Orange County

Vicki Gunvalson

"There is nothing like having a glass of wine while cooking homemade tacos with my family."

Tamra Barney

"Pork tenderloin, jasmine rice and grilled bell peppers. It's rich and easy on the budget!"

Alexis Bellino

"Good ol' Missouri oven-fried chicken with green beans. My kids love it and it's low fat too!"

Gretchen Rossi

"German pancakes for breakfast! They're easy and fun, and they look fancy for houseguests."

Lynne Curtin

"Guilty Pleasure cake. It's drenched in vodka and sherry, but I haven't gotten a buzz from it yet!"

Washington, D.C.

Michaele Salahi

"[My husband] Tareq loves my Celebration Chicken. Chardonnay is what makes it rock!"

Cat Ommanney

"Music playing. Candles burning. Leg of lamb with a splash of wine. That's my idea of heavenly."

Stacie Turner

"In college, we cooked Chicken Marbella for our boyfriends. I used it on [husband] Jason; it works!"

Mary Schmidt Amons

"I started cooking with my mother at 12. Over the years, we perfected our chicken tortilla soup."

Lynda Erkiletian

"Overnight French toast. My final touch is an organic fruit salad to refresh the palate."

Beverly Hills

Kyle Richards

"I love to make lasagna. It's the perfect meal for a cozy evening at home on a cold winter night."

Lisa Vanderpump

"Filet of beef or pork and apple sauce. The smell of it cooking is almost as good as eating it!"

Adrienne Maloof

"Mom's Parmesan noodles with grilled chicken. It's comfort food for my kids."

New Jersey

Teresa Giudice

"Tagliatelle from my cookbook Skinny Italian. People thank me for getting their kid to like peas!"

Caroline Manzo

"I am proud to say that my daughter Lauren has learned how to make my meatballs."

Jacqueline Laurita

"Escarole, cannellini-bean and sausage soup. It gets our greens in and we love Italian sausage."

Atlanta

Kandi Burruss

"I make the best meatloaf. My friends say when I cook, it's like going to grandma's house."

Phaedra Parks

"Pecan-crusted catfish with beurre-blanc sauce. My godmom would cook and I would watch."

Cynthia Bailey

"My baked chicken is idiot-proof. And the leftovers make a mean chicken sandwich."

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