Duff's dishing! Haylie Duff is looking forward to hosting Easter this year — and bonding with her loved ones at the dinner table. The Real Girl's Kitchen author talks exclusively with Us Weekly about the delicious meal she's whipping up and how her adorable 10-month-old daughter, Ryan, will be enjoying the holiday for the first time.
Duff, 31, will also be joined by her fiancé, Matt Rosenberg, and her sister, Hilary Duff. The Younger actress, 28, is attending the festivities with her ex-husband, Mike Comrie, and the pair's 4-year-old son, Luca.
"We definitely will be all together," Haylie tells Us. "[Luca's] very funny because he's into showing Ryan how to do stuff," Haylie tells Us. "He is a very sweet little boy. Instead of just grabbing something from her, he'll look at Hilary or look at Mike and say, 'She just took that from me.'"
Aunt Haylie is especially excited to see her nephew show Ryan the ropes when they search for eggs. "I have a feeling that Luca is going to be the king of the Easter egg hunt," she muses. "Last year, when he was a baby, we put a couple of pieces of bacon in the plastic eggs. When he goes to my mom's house, that's his favorite thing. He's like, 'Bacon!' My mom was like, 'How about we put a couple of pieces in the eggs?' And we were like, 'Mom, that is so ridiculous! But also, kind of genius — let's do it!'"
As previously reported, Luca just celebrated his birthday with Haylie and their extended family. Haylie, who says she'll revisit wedding talk "sooner rather than later," became a first-time mom last May. (Haylie and Matt got engaged in April 2014, but told Us that December that they are taking a breather from planning.)
"I think the best thing that Hilary really did for me, in becoming a new mom, was being a soundboard. Being there to listen and there for whatever I needed," Haylie explains to Us. "She was just there to tell me that I was doing a good job."
Hilary will likely say the same about Haylie's cooking. The Cooking Channel TV personality will soon be rolling up her sleeves to take on Easter.
"We definitely have a lot of favorite dishes at Easter," Haylie says. "I tend to like to handle the main dishes because I feel like you can really get consistency with your meal that way. I’ll ask people to bring a nice bottle of wine or a green salad or a fruit salad or something like that."
Some of her go-to grub? Ham for the main course, deviled eggs with bacon crumbles (her grandma's classic!), scalloped potatoes, prosciutto-wrapped pork roast, ham and smoked gouda biscuits with maple syrup, and strawberry shortcake for dessert.
Haylie partnered with the National Pork Board to create her flavorful dishes. For her recipes, go here.
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