The Easter Dinner You’ll Never Forget

Cookbook author Virginia Willis takes delicious liberties with her family's old favorites, serving ham flavored with lavender, simple roasted sweet potatoes, and citrus-spiked strawberry shortcake. (The biscuits, however, are completely classic.)

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Horseradish-Buttermilk Dip

To keep everyone's stomach from grumbling before dinner, Virginia sets out a horseradish- buttermilk dip along with crunchy 'Watermelon' and 'Cherry Belle' radishes.

Get the recipe: Sliced Radishes with Horseradish-Buttermilk Dip

Steamed Asparagus with Tangerines

Simplicity's the way to go with asparagus, says Virginia, who steams the spears, then tops them with tangerines.

Get the recipe: Steamed Asparagus with Tangerines

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Lavender Herb Ham

"It surprises people that I put lavender in the herb rub for my ham, but it's an incredibly versatile flavoring," she notes.

Get the recipe: Baked Fresh Ham with Herbes de Provence

Buttermilk Angel Biscuits

"This simple biscuit recipe protects even the worst bakers from failure," swears Willis.

Get the recipe: Buttermilk Angel Biscuits

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Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Virginia bypasses the marshmallows and instead roasts sweet potatoes with sugar, allspice, and fennel seeds.

Get the recipe: Spiced Sweet Potatoes

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Turbinado Shortcakes

To intensify the natural sweetness of strawberries, Willis macerates the fruit in orange juice and a tiny bit of sugar before assembling her dessert.

Get the recipe: Turbinado Shortcakes with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

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