Cooking with the Real Housewives
New York City
"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!"
"My Grandma Helen's potato latkes. She died at 106. The secret to her long life was in the latkes!"
"I'm so busy with all my businesses, it's hard to find time to cook. When I do, it's Bolognese sauce!"
"Fifteen-minute meals in my wok, which doubles as a weapon when faced with wayward housewives."
"There is nothing like having a glass of wine while cooking homemade tacos with my family."
"Pork tenderloin, jasmine rice and grilled bell peppers. It's rich and easy on the budget!"
"Good ol' Missouri oven-fried chicken with green beans. My kids love it and it's low fat too!"
"German pancakes for breakfast! They're easy and fun, and they look fancy for houseguests."
"Guilty Pleasure cake. It's drenched in vodka and sherry, but I haven't gotten a buzz from it yet!"
"[My husband] Tareq loves my Celebration Chicken. Chardonnay is what makes it rock!"
"Music playing. Candles burning. Leg of lamb with a splash of wine. That's my idea of heavenly."
"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."
"Overnight French toast. My final touch is an organic fruit salad to refresh the palate."
"I love to make lasagna. It's the perfect meal for a cozy evening at home on a cold winter night."
"Filet of beef or pork and apple sauce. The smell of it cooking is almost as good as eating it!"
"Mom's Parmesan noodles with grilled chicken. It's comfort food for my kids."
"Tagliatelle from my cookbook Skinny Italian. People thank me for getting their kid to like peas!"
"I am proud to say that my daughter Lauren has learned how to make my meatballs."
"Escarole, cannellini-bean and sausage soup. It gets our greens in and we love Italian sausage."
"I make the best meatloaf. My friends say when I cook, it's like going to grandma's house."
"Pecan-crusted catfish with beurre-blanc sauce. My godmom would cook and I would watch."
"My baked chicken is idiot-proof. And the leftovers make a mean chicken sandwich."
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