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Easter is just two weeks away, so it’s time to start planning the day – collecting goodies for baskets, confirming timing for church services and, of course, scoping out the brunch menu! Growing up, holidays were a big deal in our family, pretty much because it was a time for our extended family to gather together and share a scrumptious meal. As a kid, I remember the excitement of picking out my special Easter party dress with matching hat, gloves and purse. Here I am in my Easter finest one spring, together with mom and dad and my brother Jim:

We often were in Arizona visiting my grandparents on Easter, but as my brother and I got older, we starting spending Easter in Denver and transitioned from partaking in a big Easter supper to a simpler brunch. Now, I love brunch. Not just for the food itself – I think that the biggest secret in entertaining is brunch. It’s inexpensive and easy! There are tons of recipes suitable for a brunch that are uncomplicated to prepare and can be made ahead of time – a host or hostess’s dream come true. In fact, I have so many brunch recipes that I adore, I thought instead of sharing with you a set menu, I would provide 10 different dishes, from which you can “mix and match” your own special menu.


Mix and Match Easter Brunch Menu


Toasted Bagels with Egg Salad and Smoked Salmon (Fresh Tastes, p.48) – can use mini bagels

Savory main dish (pick one):
Sausage, Mushroom and Pepper Strata (A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®, p. 35)
Southwestern Chile-Cheese “Soufflé” (Fresh Tastes, p. 38)

Sweet main dish (pick one):
Cheese Blintz Soufflés with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce (Fresh Tastes, p. 40) – can make in one dish or individual
Cinnamon Raisin Bread Custard with Fresh Berries (A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®, p. 38)

Sweet sides (pick one – or perhaps two if you love sweets like I do):
Mini Sticky Pecan Rolls (Fresh Tastes, p. 49)
Cinnamon Loaf (Fresh Tastes, p. 50)
Orange Marmalade Coffee Cake (A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®, p. 48)

Optional additional sides:
Spiced Bacon Twists (Fresh Tastes, p. 43)
Caribbean Fruit Salad in a Citrus-Ginger Sauce

Purchased Easter candy (preferably chocolate!)

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