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April 8, 2009

What's happened to Easter brunch?


A lively if sporadic discussion has been going on about favorite foods to serve for Easter dinner under an earlier entry. It seems to me the subject deserves its own post.

I realized I haven't heard from anyone wanting to know the best restaurants to go for Easter brunch this year. And I haven't gotten press releases from restaurants touting their Easter spreads. Usually I get a call or an e-mail or two.

I had heard that nationwide hotels and such were discontinuing their expensive all-you-can-eat brunches except for the holidays. People are preferring to pay for just what they can eat. ...

How did Easter brunch and not Easter dinner get to be the meal to eat out anyway? We always had Easter dinner in my family, almost always lamb, asparagus and new potatoes with some sort of lemon or strawberry dessert.

I told my brother -- Gailor and I will be visiting him in Los Angeles for Easter -- that I would shop and cook for the three of us but no other guests (because I'll be on vacation).

But he's off lamb, he says, and Gailor wouldn't eat it anyway. I countered with a roast chicken, but he thought that would be too plain. Now he's talking filets with a red wine sauce.

Maybe I'll turn over the cooking to him. Or maybe we'll go out.

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 7:23 AM | | Comments (9)


My family has Easter dinner at Joey Chiu's at Greenspring Station every year. They always have a good crowd on that day.
Friendly Farms in Upperco also has a great dinner.

I never heard of Easter brunch. My family never has time to do anything on a holiday morning besides shower/iron/dress, open gifts when appropriate, and drive to wherever we're having dinner. The two times we ate Easter dinner out at a fancy buffet, it was too impersonal for me. I would prefer bringing home a pre-made meal to that... but over-cooked, poorly seasoned, cooled-by-the-time-it's-served, potluck-style, homemade holiday meals are my favorite.

The Rusty Scupper is having their usual Easter Brunch.

Did anyone else's mother tell them that if they didn't wear something new on Easter, the crows would peck their eyes out? Or was this just my mother's excuse for shopping?

My family does an Easter brunch because my mother usually works afternoon shifts on holidays. It has always worked for us, and for family who have in-laws/significant other families, it gives them the rest of the day make it to their dinners. Plus, nothing like starting the day off drinking mimosas, oh yeah, and eating good food.

Easter has been a traditional mainstay in our household.

We'll do the traditional roasted ham (bone in), inserted with a few handfuls of whole cloved. We'll usually attach pineapple rings to it while it's roasting.

It's typically accompanied with mashed sweet potatoes covered with marshmallow and baked till the top is a light golden brown, asparagus with hollindase (sometimes we do broccoli), fresh fruit salad (heavy on the pineappple), a relish tray, and fresh rolls.

For dessert, my late aunt came up with this one--a homeade carrot cake shaped like the Easter Bunny.

My grandmother told me that if I ate meat on a friday during Lent, I would choke on a chicken bone. It didn't matter what kind of meat.

My maternal grandmother used to buy me and my sister new clothes from head to toe for Easter, from the Easter bonnet to the patent leather shoes. That tradition ended the year we came home with a bra for me and my grandfather asked if that was my new Easter basket.

Alizee just started Brunch and I tried it last's amazing! Everything from your normal omelettes and french toast,potatoes, etc..then there's sushi, fresh nova and fixings, bruschetta bar, crab cakes and more.
It was really great..the scones are made in house and were incredible, as were the other desserts, however, I barely had room for dessert.
Great for Easter Brunch...or any brunch!

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