Casual New Year’s Brunch

Hi friends!
I hope your New Year’s Eve was fabulous.  Mine was spent with good friends drinking champagne, eating delicious food and dancing in the living room (per usual).

A fantastic way to end 2012.

To keep the party going, I hosted a casual New Year’s Day brunch for a few friends at my house. This was just an excuse to share photos from the night before and lounge around together. Fun!

The brunch menu came together pretty quickly (essential for a lazy day like today) and was the right assortment of savory and sweet!  IMG_4830[1]Menu (Serves 4-6), quantities noted below

1 Louisiana Crunch Coffee Cake (bakery-bought)
1 Marzipan Stollen (bakery-bought by a friend)
1/2 gal. Orange Juice
Winter Citrus: 1 bag of Clementines, 2 oranges, 3 limes (for drinks)
3 (4oz) packages of Nova Smoked Lox
2 bags of Thomas’ Mini Whole Wheat Bagels
16oz Herbed Cream Cheese (my standard, delicious recipe, doubled)
Vegetable Board:
-2 tomatoes
-1 seedless cucumber
-1 red onion
-1 avocado
-1 small jar (3oz) of capers, drained
Scrambled Eggs with Herbs (recipe below)
Baked bacon and rosemary ham (recipe below)

Hydration is key after any big night out; and I thought it would be fun to put together a little station of all the day-after beverage essentials:

Cold Drinks:  Diet Coke, Spicy V8, Seltzer Water, Mimosas (hair of the dog)
Hot Drinks: COFFEE, Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa, Tea Assortment
I put out a bunch of mix-ins so people could doctor up their hot drinks:
-Bulleit Bourbon
Gingerbread Kaluha
Coconut Cream Pie Alcohol-Infused Whipped Cream, (this one was a hit!)
-Trader Joe’s “Sugar, Chocolate, Coffee Bean Grinder”

I also put out a mini-frother for blending drinks and bendy straws because bendy straws are fun!

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We spent the day rehashing the night before and nibbling on brunch treats. A boozy coffee or two was had as well.

A fabulous way to ring in 2013!

Brunch Recipes: 

Scrambled Eggs with Herbs (serves 4-6) 

1 dozen (organic) eggs
1/4c. half & half
1 bunch scallions (green parts only)
1/2 bunch (or 2 oz) pkg chives
1/2 bunch dill
Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper
2 tbs butter
Note: These are the same herbs used in the Herbed Cream Cheese. 

Crack eggs in a large bowl and add half and half, beat well. Using kitchen shears, snip the herbs into the eggs. Note: kitchen shears cut the herbs cleanly and create a uniform dice – invest in a pair!  Add a few generous dashes of both salt and pepper. Whip together so egg mixture is slightly frothy. In a deep skillet, melt butter. Slowly pour egg mixture into pan. Using a wooden spoon, gently agitate the eggs every minute or so; until the curds come together. When eggs are still a bit glossy (not runny), transfer them off the heat and onto the plate. Note: scrambled eggs continue to cook off the heat, so if you wait until they’re completely
dry-looking in the skillet; they’ll be overdone on the plate.

Baked Bacon and Rosemary Ham (serves 4-6)  
1 lb bacon
8 oz Rosemary Ham (found in the deli case)

Pre-heat oven to 350. Line a large cookie sheet completely with tin foil.
Lay bacon in strips, be sure not to overlap. You can be a bit messier with the ham; either lay in strips or cut in pieces. Bake for 15 minutes, flipping once. Transfer each slice to a paper towel-lined platter. Blot extra grease with additional paper towels. Note: I prefer baking to skillet cooking because you can bake and leave it – essential when you’re
multi-tasking! Also clean-up is a snap. Just roll up the cooled tin-foil and toss. Easy!

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. PT says:

    What type of cheese do you prefer if my husband is a cheese addict?

  2. Dear PT,
    Being a cheese addict myself, here are some (only some) of my favorites:
    -Triple Creme Brie (Heavenly)
    -Dill Havarti (amazing on turkey sandwiches)
    -Aged Gouda (Trader Joe’s has a 1000 day one that is AMAZING)
    -Apricot Stilton (Savory and sweet – love it)
    -Fresh mozzarella (I love the mini ones)
    -Really sharp coastal cheddar; it has an amazing crunch to it

    Enjoy 🙂

  3. JenDay says:

    SUUUUPER JEALS (yes, I said it) that I didn’t get invited to this brunch! 😉 Our newly blossoming friendship is in jeopardy over this. Kidding. Looks awesome. Hope you’re well. 🙂

  4. Sister, you’re always invited to watch a “tired” me, stumble around my kitchen trying not to burn bacon the day after a national holiday 🙂

  5. Jen says:

    Your definition of casual New Years brunch = Amazey
    My definition of casual New Years brunch = eat the rest of the doritos off the coffee table and find some gatorade at the back of my fridge

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