How is it that Easter has already come and gone? Oh yeah, sometimes life can get a bit too busy and those fabulous visions of making a festive home cooked meal gave way to the reality that you barely had time to go grocery shopping, let alone cook multiple dishes with a holiday-themed twist. Bunny-shaped pancakes, devil eggs where you wanted to use your frosting tips to make the fillings so perfect and even, cupcakes with toppings to make them look like Easter egg baskets…in real life, all those Martha Stewart ideas are much easier said than done.
But when we resort to buying pre-dyed eggs, what is that saying about us?
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Easter Sunday is definitely one of the busier brunch days you will find all year. Whether people are religious church-goers or not, this seems to be one of those holidays where families feel compelled to come together for a Sunday meal. Reservations fill up early, so pick and spot and book it soon! Mother’s Day and Father’s are also both coming up, so if you don’t get a reservation at your first choice location for Easter, you can try again for next month. And it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead to celebrate the parents in your lives anyway! Here are some of my top recommendations: Continue reading
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Whether you’re 100% Irish, just a bit, or call today St. Amateur’s Day, there’s no reason you can’t have a little fun with the holiday, especially when it comes to food. So this St. Patrick’s Day, why not have a traditional Full Irish breakfast, or maybe just have some fun with Guinness…
For more Guinness-infused recipes, check out Endless Simmer’s 100 Ways to Cook with Guinness:
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While IHOP declared last Tuesday National Pancake Day (and I hope you went and ate a short stack for charity!), today is the more appropriate day to call Pancake Day. Shrove Tuesday — also known as Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras — is the day to empty your kitchen of the remaining fatty and rich foods before Lent. And out of that came a tradition of making pancakes! So embrace the tradition and go eat a stack for breakfast…or lunch or dinner, which is perfectly acceptable in my book!
So where can you get your pancakes today? I have a suggestion or two… Continue reading
IHOP has declared it to be National Pancake Day*, which means that they will be giving away free pancakes all day! The only catch is that they ask that in exchange for your complimentary short stack you to consider leaving a little something behind for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other designated local charities. The DC partner is the The National Capital Area Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). How can you say no to that? Continue reading
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Are you looking to finish off your 4th of July weekend with a delicious brunch? Many of the Saturday/Sunday options may not be open on Monday the 5th, but you’re still in luck — this city has a growing list of places that serve breakfast every morning of the week, making them great choices for a lazy holiday from work. Here are a few options to get you started:
This list is far from complete, so just call ahead if you have a certain place in mind that I haven’t listed here. And keep in mind that many places only serve breakfast until 10 or 11 am on weekdays, so don’t sleep in too much!
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Next to Easter, Mother’s Day seems to be the most popular holiday to use as an excuse to go out to brunch. And why shouldn’t it be? Taking your mom, or any mom you know, out for a nice meal is a great way to celebrate all that she does!
If brunch is your meal of choice this Sunday, here are my top recommendations: Continue reading
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Happy National Eggs Benedict Day! Why is it celebrated on April 16? That, I cannot answer, but I can give some insight into the debate over this famous brunch dish’s origins.
This New York Times article frames up the story perfectly: “The story of eggs Benedict is a hard one to tell. The beginning is shady at best, the main character has a hangover, and there are decades when nothing much happens. But the genre is certain, and the setting clear: Eggs Benedict is a mystery rooted in a long-vanished version of New York. Despite the dish’s twisted history, it provides a link to one of the city’s more glamorous eras. Of eggs Benedict’s origins, much has been said, but little has been settled.”
Wikipedia, of course, details many possible origins, but it has never been determined which is the true start to the famous dish. The New York Times article above examines the two that are most commonly told. Continue reading
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Just a few more links and then I’ll finally get to my Birch & Barley review:
- Chow has a bunch of recipes for what to do with all those leftover Easter eggs…you know, in case Cadbury Cream Eggs Benedict wasn’t for you (via Young & Hungry)
- Bitches Who Brunch had a Sicilian-style Easter brunch, and shared the recipe to a delicious looking Cassata Cake.
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A couple of Easter-related links that I had to pass along:
- Cadbury Cream Eggs Benedict: it sounds so gross but with how much I love Cadbury Cream Eggs, I think I just may have to try it. It’s really just a dessert version of the brunch dish – they even put a dessert twist on hash browns (via Serious Eats)
- If you’re still looking for some inspiration for what to cook if you are hosting Easter brunch, The Kitchn has a great list of recipes.
- The New York Times also pulled together a collection of their recipes to help you plan your Easter meal.
- Did you get a few too many Peeps in your Easter basket? How about some Peeps Krispy Treats (via Serious Eats)