Jill Zarin Reveals the One Housewives Star Whose Dinner Party She Wants to Attend

09/11/2015 at 01:52 PM ET

Jill Zarin Rosh Hashanah Recipe
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Jill Zarin may have starred on the Real Housewives of New York, but the one cast member whose entertaining skills she admires most hails from the other coast.

“I’ll tell you whose dinner party I want to go to: Lisa Vanderpump,” Zarin tells PEOPLE about the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star. “She knows how to throw a party. I’d probably be scared to have her as a guest because I’d be scared to be judged.”

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When she does host her own gatherings, however, the meal always takes center stage.

“It’s all about the food,” she says of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, “and then it’s all about being fat. You were born to eat and then feel guilty about it.”

“It’s really nice to take a place card and write out what the meal is,” she adds. “Romance it. Food tastes better when you describe it.”

And if you’re attending as a guest? “Always bring something,” she says. “I think that family tends to be a little forgetful and lazy. If you don’t know what to bring, bring a bottle of wine.”

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Here, Zarin, a spokesperson for Streit’s, shares her recipe for a tart with coconut macaroon crust, ice cream, and macerated berries. It feeds a crowd, so it’s great for indulging the sweet tooth of your holiday guests.

Jill Zarin Rosh Hashanah Recipe
Streit’s Matzo

Jill Zarin’s Berry-Coconut Ice Cream Tart
Serves 12-18

20 oz. store-bought coconut macaroons
4 tbsp. butter or margarine
2-3 cups vanilla ice cream
1 tsp. salt
1 cup blackberries
1 cup sliced strawberries
¼ cup sugar

1. In a food processor, pulse the butter, salt and macaroons until mixture forms a dough-like ball.

2. Press the macaroon dough into an 8 x 11″ tart pan with a removable bottom. Bake on 400°F for 10-15 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and allow crust to cool fully.

3. Let ice cream partially defrost and spoon into the tart shell. Place the tart in the freezer.

4. An hour before serving, place the berries in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. After half an hour, stir the berries. Let the berries macerate for another half hour. Pour the berries and their juice over the ice cream and serve.

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—Shay Spence, @chezspence

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Foodie Mathematician on

Wow! I’ve always wondered what she’s been up to.
This housewife can actually cook!
I’d love to spend the holidays with her!

Anonymous on

Jill, your 15 minutes are up. Stop trying to make a comeback with cooking.
How ridiculous and mundane.
Take care and spend the days with your ailing husband.

Anonymous on

Oh, PLEEZE !!! Putting cut up fruit in whipped creme in a pie shell is cooking???
Go away Jill. Your 15 minutes are up. Spend some quiet , quality time with Bobby.

K.B. on

She looks nothing like I remember from years ago. I would never have guessed that was her.

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