It's spring, so let's build a bountiful bruch

Brunch, like macaroni and cheese or peanut butter and jelly, is one of the best combinations around. Where else do you have a choice of a scoopful of scrambled eggs along with a chicken wing paired with a waffle.

Sources say you can thank the British for inventing brunch, a meal that includes both breakfast and lunch items. Brunches can be casual gatherings or events for special occasions like Easter.

Spring, a popular time for brunch, is a season of rebirth and renewal when we look forward to and welcome seasonal favorites. Combining breakfast and lunch items with spring ingredients like asparagus and fresh greens gives you more flavor varieties.

We love brunch, and we have you covered with a selection of appealing and crowd-pleasing recipes. When we were thinking of a new take on bacon, along came Bacon and Cheddar Twists. Bacon is wrapped in puff pastry that’s embedded with white cheddar cheese. It’s amazing. Love eggs Benedict but don’t have the knack for poaching eggs? Individual eggs Benedict casseroles made in a muffin tin are the answer. Maybe a tasty tart is in the cards for you this spring, if so, the Tomato and Camembert Tart is exactly what you need.

When hosting a brunch, or any event, having a plan and menu is crucial. Take stock of your china, linens and silverware and consider which beverages you will be serving.

Brunch should be beautiful, and it shouldn’t break the bank or stress you out. Our recipes have plenty of make-ahead options so you can spend some time hunting Easter eggs or enjoying guests instead of working in the kitchen.

From casserole dishes to savory tarts to a stunning coconut cake, today’s recipes are meant to inspire. And don’t forget a cocktail. Every good brunch needs a cocktail be it a fruity mimosa or spicy Bloody Mary.

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Contact Susan Selasky at 313-222-6872 or sselasky@freepress.com. Follow @SusanMariecooks on Twitter.

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