This meal is clearly an American passion, as many are eating their way through the weekend in restaurants and homes across the country. Thankfully, brunching tends to be a wallet-friendly endeavor, whether eaten out or cooked at home. Brunch seems to appeal to people because it’s more flexible than a dinner party. The meal lasts about two hours instead of four, and you don’t have to exclude the kids. Plus, it’s cheaper. . . .eggs are one of the least expensive foods you can buy.
TIPS FOR HOSTING A BRUNCH:
It’s a forgiving meal, especially when you’re armed with these tips:
* A buffet is totally acceptable – and probably more desirable. Everyone’s happy. You eat what you want.
*It’s okay to bring in food from a bakery or bagel shop. Maybe a bagel station with an assortment of bagels and cream cheeses, lox, capers, onions and tomatoes. . .very elegant.
*Brunch can be sweet or savory – or both. If you had chicken salad for breakfast, people may turn their noses, but when it’s a brunch, all is good! Serve fruit, danish and an egg dish. Or if you’d like, do a killer cheese board with good bread and dried fruits.
*Keep the drinks simple. Instead of an entire wet bar, make a signature cocktail or punch that can be served with or without alcohol. Pomegranate juice, with lemon-lime soda and sparkling water is perfect.
*Make your own (less expensive) flavored coffee. Before brewing a pot, simply put a cinnamon stick, vanilla bean or three slices of gingerroot in the filter along with the grounds.
Source: NewYorkTimes.com 2.14.12