Finishing Touches on Christmas Brunch

It's the last day of my Christmas Brunch menu! Being the ultimate host and hostess means putting the finishing touches on the meal that bring it all together. This includes the small details of the brunch, like Maple Bacon with Sea Salt and a festive cocktail to start the morning. It also means doing enough… Continue reading Finishing Touches on Christmas Brunch


Eggnog French Toast

This dish is the slam dunk of the Christmas Brunch menu. From the outside it is just another traditional French toast dish. But one bite into the flaky and delicate brioche toast and you know you are eating something special. Rich and creamy eggnog starts the batter for the bread. I added cinnamon, nutmeg, and… Continue reading Eggnog French Toast

Breakfast, Desserts, Salads and Side Dishes

Almond Spiced Pears with Fresh Berries

I wanted to add a sweet and fruity dish to my Christmas Brunch menu without making it too sweet and desserty. I found a recipe for poached peaches that inspired this dish, a poached pear dish that comes to life with almond liqueur, cinnamon sticks, and fresh berries. The almond extract and almond liqueur warm… Continue reading Almond Spiced Pears with Fresh Berries

Salads and Side Dishes

Butter Lettuce Salad with Brie and Candied Walnuts

Salad.....for breakfast? While salad doesn't seem like the most natural side dish for brunch, the answer is yes, so long as you use the right ingredients and flavors. Butter lettuce is the best choice for this type of salad; its creamy leaves don't add bitter flavors like other lettuce choices. Add in sweet and crunchy… Continue reading Butter Lettuce Salad with Brie and Candied Walnuts