Sunday, April 8, 2012
The older I get, the more I enjoy gatherings that center around meals I prepare. There was a time not all that long ago that a brunch at my home would consist of bagels and cream cheese served on paper plates with a half gallon of orange juice. But through a little trial and error, my brunches now look quite elaborate and taste delicious, when in fact they’re rather easy to pull together.
While this blog is typically reserved for posts pertaining to fashion, it can be easily argued that style is about much more than the clothing we choose to wear. Style extends to our homes, our cars, the way we cut our hair and how we serve a meal.
I love Easter Sunday. For me, it’s a quiet, reflective day, and an ideal time to do a little cooking and baking in solitude before the house erupts with activity once my guests arrive a few hours later. The brunch I created in the photo above (click the image to enlarge) was certainly easy, and one that didn’t call for a lot of time in the kitchen. We dyed eggs with the kids the evening before, so with the exception of a late morning egg hunt around the living room, one side dish was already checked off the list.
The rest of the brunch menu was as follows:
The Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole – a convenient and well-named dish, as it can be prepared the evening before and refrigerated until it needs to go in the oven – is a recipe featuring ciabatta bread, turkey sausage and eggs that I found in the May 2007 issue of Cooking Light. It’s incredibly tasty, and since it’s from Cooking Light, it’s also easier on the waistline.
A Dearborn Premium Mini Boneless Ham is always a crowd-pleaser and requires nothing more than to be sliced and plated.
A fruit salad filled with strawberries, blueberries, apples and cantaloupe is a healthy side dish that also adds color to the table.
I’m a sucker for Pillsbury Banana Quick Bread. I make it taste even better by adding really ripe mashed bananas to the mixture.
Instead of orange juice, I opted for something a bit more unexpected: a pitcher of Pina Colada Aqua Fresca, which I discovered in the July/August 2011 issue of Experience Life magazine, a simple but memorable blended drink of pineapple, mango and coconut water. Spike it with vodka if you’re in the mood for an early cocktail.
Switch out the Easter eggs with everyday hard-boiled eggs, and you’ve got an easy brunch menu perfect for any weekend gathering. Enjoy.StyleTease