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Easter Brunch Ideas

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme Is Easter Brunch!

If you are busy with Easter preparations like filling baskets and dyeing eggs, you may not have finalized your menu. We have a few—okay more than a few—recipe ideas to make your Easter brunch lovely. And now we are officially hungry. So here we go with some prize winning brunch grub!

Hint: All the photos in the collages are clickable, and will open up the printable recipe in a separate tab. So go ahead and click away!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme Is Easter Brunch!

Blackberry Mojito, submitted by TK member Mira of Cooking LSL Minty Lime and Pineapple Sangria, submitted by TK member Dana of Killing Thyme Sangrita (Sangria + Margarita), submitted by TK member Jennie of The Messy Baker Blood Orange Mint Gimlet, submitted by TK member Anita of Hungry Couple Strawberry Basil Gin Cocktail, submitted by TK member Show Me the Yummy Bloody Marias, submitted by TK member Stephanie of Girl Versus Dough Blood Orange Mimosa, submitted by TK member Diana of Hot Beauty Health

Before we dive into the food, let’s wet our whistle with a cool, refreshing cocktail. From Bloody Marys to spritzers to mojitos, there’s something here for every brunch-goer.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme Is Easter Brunch!

Easy Crabcake Eggs Benedict, submitted by TK member Jessie of Life As A Strawberry Italian Eggs Benedict with Pesto Hollandaise, submitted by TK member Jackie Dodd of Domestic Fits A Twist on Eggs Benedict, submitted by TK member Traci of LottaMadness Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, submitted by TK member Mike of Verses from My Kitchen Portobello Mushroom Benedict with Sriracha Hollandaise, submitted by TK member Jackie Dodd of Domestic Fits Crab Benedict, submitted by TK member Megan of Wanna Be A Country Cleaver Caprese Benedict with Basil Hollandaise Sauce, submitted by TK member Heather Christo Cajun Eggs Benedict, submitted by TK member Jessie of Life As A Strawberry

Eggs Benedict may be the perfect brunch food, and the effort is always appreciated. If you want to wow your family and guests, try one of these beauties. I don’t know about you, but the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict is speaking to me right about now.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme Is Easter Brunch!

Smoked Salmon Spinach Quiche with Hash Brown Crust, submitted by TK member Megan of Wanna Be A Country Cleaver Quiche Lorraine, submitted by TK member Ashleigh of Scratchy Mama Crustless Asparagus Quiche, submitted by TK member Leigha of The Yooper Girl Asparagus Quiche, submitted by TK member Tanya of Lemons for Lulu Mini Spinach & Turkey Bacon Quiche, submitted by TK member Claire of The Realistic Nutritionist Southwest Quiche, submitted by TK member Meagan of A Zesty Bite Fried Garlic, Spinach and Goat Cheese Quiche, submitted by TK member Gaby of What's Gaby Cooking Chicken Sausage and Asparagus Quiche, submitted by TK member Lauren of Lauren's Latest

Another brunch classic is, of course, quiche, and it can come together relatively simply. Using spring ingredients also makes it ideal for Easter. Asparagus, pancetta and gruyere, anyone? We say yes.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme Is Easter Brunch!

Bacon, Havarti and Scallion Scones, submitted by TK member Colleen Gluten-Free Muesli Scones, submitted by TK member Elana of Elana's Pantry Lemon & Blueberry Cornmeal Scones, submitted by TK member Anita of Hungry Couple Oatmeal Cinnamon-Raisin Scones, submitted by TK member Three Many Cooks Whole Grain Strawberry Pop Tart Scones, submitted by TK member Jenna of Eat, Live, Run Olive Oil Scones, submitted by TK member Faith of An Edible Mosaic Savory Ricotta and Scallion Scones, submitted by TK member Stephanie of Girl Versus Dough Buttered Pecan Scones, submitted by TK member Christina of Dessert for Two Perfect Basic Buttermilk Scones, submitted by TK member Anita of Hungry Couple

I have never had a houseguest turn down a scone, especially if it was warm from the oven. A basket of any of these lovely scones would not be a bad addition to the brunch table. Sweet or savory, scones are such a satisfying treat.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme Is Easter Brunch!

Carrot Cake with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting, submitted by TK member Melissa of The FauxMartha Light Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, submitted by TK member Jessica of A Kitchen Addiction A Better Carrot Cake, submitted by TK member Elizabeth of Guilty Kitchen Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting, submitted by TK member Kelly of Live Love Pasta Coconut Carrot Cake, submitted by TK member Maya of Alaska from Scratch

And let us not forget the carrot cake! It’s the quintessential Easter dessert, and we’ve got a few favorites for you. Cupcakes are a fun and easy alternative to baking and frosting the full cake!

Happy Easter, friends!

 

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Easter Eggs!

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Easter Eggs!)

Easter week is in full swing, and if you haven’t already boiled and dyed eggs, it’s more than likely on your agenda in the next couple of days. Dyed eggs are the centerpiece of many families’ Easter celebrations, so we want to share knowledge today about all things Easter egg. Tell us:

Do you have tips for perfect Easter eggs?

Whether it’s cooking, dyeing or using the leftover eggs in a recipe, we want to hear your tricks.

First, the cooking. We all have our favorite method for achieving the perfect hard-boiled egg. Some of us add vinegar to the water before it boils. Others skip this step. Some boil rapidly for a set period and then remove and add cold water to cool. Another method is to bring water to a boil with the eggs in the pot and then remove from heat, cover and let sit for several minutes to complete the cooking. We know folks who swear by using an ice bath to stop the cooking. How about you? What are your best hard-boiled egg tricks? Since we’ll be boiling at least a dozen eggs, we want to make sure they come out right. We’ll eventually eat these babies, after all.

Now for the dyeing. Always a fun (though sometimes messy) undertaking, we’ve seen some really fun variations on the typical approach and some clever uses of natural ingredients to dye eggs. TK Member Patricia from ButterYum shares a neat method from Le Creuset for dyeing eggs purple using grape juice. We also adore these crackled eggs from Stephanie of Girl Versus Dough. Tell us your tips for the best dyed eggs. How do you get the most vivid colors, and/or what natural ingredients have you found success with for dyeing?

After the hunt, we’ll be ready to crack open our eggs and use them for deviled eggs, a great egg salad or maybe perfect potato salad for Easter dinner. I always love a good Cobb or Nicoise salad, and both call for a hard-boiled egg or two. Then at least one or two eggs will end up in school lunches around here. I’m thinking I need to have another dozen eggs on hand! Let us know your favorite uses for your leftover Easter eggs. We’re ready for some fresh ideas!

We wish you wonderful celebrations with family and friends and hope your eggs turn out lovely and tasty!

 

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Looks Delicious! Guinness-Beer-Battered Cod and Chips

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! (Guinness-Beer-Battered Cod and Chips, submitted by TK member Melanie of A Beautiful Bite)

Just about everyone loves fish and chips. The crispy, but tender-on-the-inside fish and the fries dipped in tartar sauce. Who’s with me? It’s not in our regular dinner rotation around here, because of the frying, but it’s too good not to make once in a while.

I can’t think of anything more satisfying and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day than fish and chips made with Guinness. This recipe for Guinness-Beer Battered Cod and Chips from TK member Melanie is looking pretty delicious and is going on our St. Paddy menu this year. The Guinness is perfect in the batter for the cod. It’s also a great fish recipe, if you’re observing Lent!

Now let’s go buy our Guinness before it sells out!

 

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Let’s Talk Valentine’s Day!

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Valentine's Day 2015)

Well, it’s that lovey dovey time of year again. Time for chocolates, flowers and hounding the children to finish their valentine cards. Some of us go all out with fancy meals and gifts for this holiday, and others just keep it simple with a card and maybe a small treat. Some people reject the whole darn thing. And that’s okay!

We keep it pretty low key around here. This year I’m thinking since it falls on Saturday, a nice, big breakfast sounds good. Then the pressure’s off for the rest of the day.

What about you? How do you like to celebrate Valentine’s Day with food? If you have special traditions, make favorite meals or treats for your kids or honey, or get treated to something yummy yourself, we’d love to hear about it!

We’re planning to make Ree’s heart cookies you see in the photo above. It’s fun to spell out a friend’s name or just do the first initial if you want to give out a bunch. They satisfy the chocolate craving, and they’re so fun to decorate.

So tell us your cooking/baking/eating plans! We know the food love is flowing with all of you every day of the year. Thanks for sharing it with us!

XO!

 

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Looks Delicious! Linzer Heart Cookies for Valentine’s Day

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The day of heart-shaped convections is fast approaching! Are you dusting off your cookie cutters?

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Super Bowl Food!

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Are we getting excited for Sunday? This gal will be decked out in blue and green (Go Seahawks!), yelling and screaming, and eating a little bit of everything. Or maybe a lot. Probably a lot.

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Looks Delicious! Sticky BBQ Slow-Cooker Meatballs

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These Sticky BBQ Slow-Cooker Meatballs from TK member Nora Rusev are perfect game day grub but are really just all around weekend-friendly food.

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Looks Delicious! Buffalo Chicken Nachos

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If this isn't game day food, then nothing is. Everybody loves nachos, and we all know hot wings make for great football snacking.