Many people host friends and family during the holiday season. Holiday dinners may garner the bulk of hosts' attention, but overnight guests need to eat breakfast and lunch as well. Brunch can save hosts some work and give families a great opportunity to break bread without some of the formalities that may accompany holiday dinners. This holiday season, consider serving this ideal brunch recipe for "Farfalle with Crabmeat, Asparagus, Scrambled Eggs, Garlic, and Herbs" from Norman Kolpas' "Buongiorno! Breakfast and Brunch, Italian Style" (Contemporary Books).
The holiday season often finds homeowners playing host to friends and family visiting from out of town. While the holiday dinner often draws the most attention, guests need to eat breakfast as well. Holiday hosts who want their overnight guests to start their days off on the right foot should consider the following recipe for "Potato and Arugula Omelets" from Betty Rosbottom's "Sunday Brunch" (Chronicle Books).
Few breakfasts are as beloved as French toast, a dish so hearty and fulfilling that many people enjoy it for dinner. Though traditional French toast is very popular, the traditional recipe can be altered to make the dish even more delightful. Such is the case with the following recipe for "Panettone French Toast With Caramelized Apples" from Norman Kolpas' "Buongiorno!" (Contemporary Books).
The breakfast table is where many families gather on weekend mornings to start their days with a hearty meal and some equally hearty conversation. Families who have grown tired of cereal or scrambled eggs can forgo traditional breakfast fare in favor of something a little more flavorful and unique, such as the following recipe for "Pan-Fried Eggs and Mixed Mushroom Saute on Toasted Sourdough Slices" from Betty Rosbottom's "Sunday Brunch" (Chronicle Books).
Like Mom always said, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But breakfast can also be the most boring meal of the day for those people unwilling to spice up their morning routine. For those unafraid to try something new at the breakfast table, the following recipe for "Citrus Salad With Vin Santo and Mint" from Norman Kolpas' "Buongiorno! Breakfast and Brunch, Italian Style" (Contemporary Books) combines a famed central Italian dessert wine with popular morning fruits.
Weekend brunch hosts who want to forgo more familiar fare can spice things up with crêpes, a beloved dish in France that is popular in many other areas of the globe as well. The following recipe for "Asparagus & Ham Crêpes" from Lou Seibert Pappas' "Crêpes: Sweet & Savory Recipes for the Home Cook" (Chronicle Books) is a versatile dish that can be made into a vegetarian offering by simply omitting the ham.
While Americans have grown accustomed to such staples as cereal and oatmeal when they sit down at the breakfast table, breakfast is vastly different in certain areas overseas. For example, in her book "5 Spices, 50 Dishes" (Chronicle Books), cookbook author and teacher Ruta Kahate notes that her mother-in-law serves the following recipe for "Black-Eyed Peas in a Spicy Goan Curry" for breakfast, adding a little extra kick to the most important meal of the day.
The warm weather may call to mind barbecues, salads and sandwiches. However, special occasions sometimes call for special meals, especially if company is coming over.A delicious pasta dish can feed a crowd and have them feeling content. Manicotti -- thin pasta crepes filled with creamy cheese -- often work well because they look impressive and can be individually served. While many people shy away from making manicotti because they think the recipe is too difficult, aspiring home chefs should rest easy knowing that if they can make a pancake, they can make manicotti.
Sunday brunch is a great time for families to relax and catch up over a good meal. When hosting your next family brunch, go with an old favorite, such as the following recipe for "Golden Pecan Waffles With Warm Salted Caramel Sauce and Bananas" from Betty Rosbottom's "Sunday Brunch" (Chronicle Books), that's sure to please.
Conventional wisdom says breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But many people find breakfast is also the most bland meal of the day. Those who want to venture off the beaten breakfast path to enjoy something more flavorful than another bowl of cereal can spice things up with this recipe for "Akoori (Indian Scrambled Eggs)," a tasty if somewhat more fiery take on traditional scrambled eggs from Suneeta Vaswani's "Easy Indian Cooking" (Robert Rose).