Everyone always focuses on New Years Eve–the fancy outfits, fabulous parties and grand countdowns. But New Years Day is what we are all anticipating, and when everyone wakes up (or comes to) brunch is invariably the first destination. Whether you’re opening your home and kitchen to those near and dear or preparing a special brunch for the household, here are some variations we’re excited to share with you. Happy New Year from our Hideout to yours and may you be happy, healthy and prosperous in 2012!
1. RachelRayMag.com has a brunch menu with sweet and savory flavors like Bacon and Cheese Frittata and Croissant French Toast that is also pretty simple to do.
2. For a lighter fare, SkinnyTaste.com has 10 recipes for brunch favorites that sound amazing without the guilt and help you (and your guests if you’re up to it) start 2012 off right. We’re talking Mimosas, Banana Pancakes, Creme Brûlée French Toast and Asparagus and Swiss Frittata.
3. Epicurious has two different takes on brunch for eight: A Make-Ahead Brunch featuring Passion Fruit Mimosas, Candied Bacon, Currant Scones, and Mushroom & Three-Cheese Strata; and A Keep-It-Simple Brunch featuring Screwdrivers, Pumpkin Muffins, an Orange, Spiced Walnut and Cranberry Salad and Baked Eggs with Bacon and Spinach.
Depending on how you anticipate feeling come 1/1, this gives you some options, and either way your serving a delightful menu.
4. Chow.com’s New Year’s Hangover Brunch includes tried and true brunch standards like Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, Home Fries and Mimosas but also has some surprises we’re dying to try like Chorizo and Potato Breakfast Taco, Grilled Jam and Cheese Sandwich (why didn’t we think of that???), Breakfast Nachos and French Toast Casserole. No, this is not the menu to start your resolution with…
5. Bon Appetit’s Bloody Mary Bandit – Find a multitude of permutations on this brunch classic by playing Bon Appetit’s online One-Armed Bandit. Bloody Mary purists fear not, find their Classic Bloody Mary Recipe here.
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