Thursday, March 10, 2011

Brunch Ideas and Tips

1.  Choose some items you can make ahead of time.

For our brunch last weekend, I baked an apple cake the night before, and I made a fruit salad early in the morning before heading out to a yoga class.



2.  Keep dishes quick and simple. 

I made some mini quiches, which were done in less than 25 minutes. I also made some toasted cheese and salami sandwiches while the quiches were baking. In addition, there was a pan with some breakfast sausages going on the stove. I also quickly put together some tomato/marinated mozzarella toothpicks. Everything was quick and simple.





3.  Buy a few brunch items ready made to make things easier for yourself. 

I had purchased some mini muffins, and one of our guests brought a delicious cinnamon custard ring. Thank you, Michael! Smile In addition, I bought a few savory tarts at Trader Joe’s. I heated them up a bit later, and they therefore never made it into the pictures. But they were a big hit with everyone!


4.  If you schedule your brunch later in the morning, make sure to feed hungry family members to keep them happy! Smile

Our brunch didn’t start until about 11:30, so the toddler ate a sandwich after already having eaten breakfast. He didn’t eat much of the brunch food, but he was happy! Smile



Questions: Do you like brunch? What’s your favorite brunch item? It had been quite some time since I hosted a brunch, but I really enjoyed it, so I see more brunches in our future! Smile

Be well,
Andrea

24 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous array of food! Who wouldn't want to share that? I am constantly amazed to see your little guy eating those vegetables with such enjoyment.

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  2. Oh my goodness, that is some good looking food!!

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  3. Yum! I'm totally eye-ing what the toddler is noshing on. What a beautiful open-faced sammy.

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  4. I love brunch!! My favourites are a spinach and mushroom tofu quiche from 101 Cookbooks, and my own banana bread recipe. My sister makes a mean French toast too.

    Your spread looks fabulous.

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  5. I covet your food-gifts and need you as my neighbor.

    #thatisall

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  6. I do LOVE brunch, but I can't even remember the last time I had it! I typically do brunch once a year, and that's for Easter. Your brunch looks perfect. And is that the toddler eating pesto on a sandwich?! Man, his pallet is so mature! Thanks to you and your hubby. He's so lucky.

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  7. Nice! I am having a "Tea" soon and one of the items is definitely going to be fruit salad. Your photo looks beyond amazing and I may use that specific array! Yummy, your pics make me hungry. :)

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  8. what wonderful food items andrea. all the food looks delish and great tips on how to deal with the planning.....have a great day today!

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  9. I love brunch, and these are some great tips! I like to make most everything the night before, and reheat and cook if needed. My favorite brunch recipe I make is a baked oatmeal. It s so easy because I can mix it up the night before and then just pop it in the oven!

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  10. Wow...this post made me so hungry! I love brunch. One of my favorite dishes is spinach/feta frittata. And turkey bacon. OH...and french toast. See...I'm hungry. :) Have a great day Andrea!!

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  11. So jealous of that beautiful spread of food!

    I definitely think the frittata is one of my favorite brunch items! So versatile and you can't beat versatility!

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  12. I love brunch. Fruit salads and cinnamon rolls are always a favorite!

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  13. Such a tasty feast! The custard cinnamon rolls look FANTASTIC.

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  14. I love love love brunch. Growing up we always had Sunday brunch at a local Jewish deli as a family. It was the best. I even did a brunch for our wedding. No one ever complains about the food at a brunch wedding. I love bagels and lox as well as blintzes.

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  15. What a great brunch and so many ideas and assortments of food! I love salmon also for brunch, as well as breakfast potatoes and, believe it or not, asparagus with my eggs! Oh, and fruit, lots of fruit.

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  16. I love brunch! Such a fun occassion and what good ideas- I like the idea of mixing in a storebought item too - why not? I think i'm going to go a bit storebought for tomorrow's st. Patty's party (storebought dessert!). I made two but the third is on Publix!

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  17. Great ideas. I have already noted down on the post it and pasted on my refrigerator, so thanks for sharing !

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  18. Excellent brunch ideas! I think brunch may be my favorite kind of party to do :)

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  19. I love eggs and fresh baked bread with butter!

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  20. gosh I haven't been to a brunch in FOREVER....
    EVERYTHING looks AMAZING!

    I've got a fork here somewhere!
    xo

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  21. Excellent ideas! I love brunch although I've never prepared it for everyone. I love those mini-quiches.

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  22. Mmmm I love brunch! That kid of the toddler chowing down is priceless :)

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  23. I absolutely love brunch! Wish my hubby felt the same way about it. All of that food looks amazing!! What a fun meal! I would love to have all of our friends over for brunch!

    My favorite brunch item right now is yogurt parfaits. Mmmm.

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  24. I've never hosted a brunch. I've always looked at brunch as an early lunch b/c I could never wait that long before I ate. The apple bread looks very moist and delicious!

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