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Spring Brunch

Spring is right around the corner, and it is the perfect time to gather with friends and family to enjoy good food, drinks and company. Lauren Lane Culinarian is sharing a few of her go-to brunch recipes perfect for entertaining. Setting the stage for your guests makes the experience that much sweeter. LeAnn Parker is sharing one a fun DIY to personalize your table. 

STRAWBERRY BRUSCHETTA

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 1 pound strawberries, washed and sliced

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 loaf Italian or French bread, cut into 12 slices 

  • 1 cup goat or mascarpone cheese, room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, basil or mint leaves

  • Good balsamic or balsamic glaze

  • Salt and ground pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine strawberries and sugar in a small bowl and set aside.

  2. Brush bread with olive oil and a sprinkle of kosher salt.

  3. Position oven rack a few inches below broil and preheat broiler. Align bread slices on a baking sheet. Broil first side until golden brown, about 1 minute, then flip bread slices to the opposite side and broil opposite sides until golden brown.

  1. Spread cheese on toasted bread. Add a pinch of black pepper, salt, and the herbs to the strawberry mixture. Spoon the strawberry mixture over the cheese-topped bruschetta. Garnish with additional herbs. Drizzle lightly with balsamic vinegar.

Substitute peaches for strawberries in the summer.

Spring Greens

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons of honey 

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 ounces spring greens, baby arugula, or butter lettuce

  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted

  • 1 cup fresh fava beans, shelled, blanched and peeled, or frozen lima beans, thawed

  • 4-6 radishes very thinly sliced

  • 6-8 stalks of roasted asparagus cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese or feta

INSTRUCTIONS

Dressing

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and honey.

Salad

  1. Place the lettuce in a separate bowl and toss it with enough vinaigrette to just moisten.

  2. Put the lettuce on a serving platter or bowl and arrange the rest of the ingredients on top.

  3. Drizzle with additional vinaigrette, if desired, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Add spring peas, artichokes, sliced avocado, or cucumbers as an option.

SPRING QUICHE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pie dough

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 cups mixed veggies, such as raw spinach leaves and cooked broccoli and asparagus

  • 7 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 1/4 cups light cream

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs like parsley or thyme 

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

  • 3/4 cup grated gruyere or white cheddar cheese

  • 1/4 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie plate and press it into shape. Crimp the edges if desired.

  3. Place a sheet of parchment paper or foil into the pie shell and fill with pie weights, uncooked rice or dried beans. Bake until the edges are very lightly golden, about 25 minutes. Remove the pie crust but keep the oven on. If edges start getting too brown, cover with a pie cover or foil.

  4. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, cream, herbs, nutmeg, salt and pepper in a large bowl and lightly whisk.

  5. Sprinkle half of the gruyere or cheddar and parmigiano-reggiano on the crust, followed by the veggies, and then the remaining cheese. Pour the egg mixture over the top and bake until set, about 35 minutes.

DIY Glass Etching

Etching glass is a simple and beautiful way to personalize a tablescape. 

  • Glass Etching Cream (read label for safety guidelines)

  • Etching Stencil 

  • Foam Brush or craft paint brush

  • Rubbing Alcohol

  • Glassware 

To create, prep glass by wiping the surface clean with rubbing alcohol. Once dry, place stencil on glass and brush etching cream over the area to be etched. Let sit for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water to remove cream.

Artichoke Centerpiece

Supplies: 10 small artichokes, 2 varieties of greens, 1 variety of flower, floral foam, 10 wooden skewers and a vase. 

Instructions: fill the vase with floral foam and soak with water. Insert one wooden skewer into the stem of each artichoke. To arrange, first insert skewered artichokes into the floral foam. Then, fill gaps with greens and flowers. 

For more inspiration and recipes visit @Lauren_lane_culinarian. For more DIY home decor and entertaining visit silvertoothhome.com/blog/table-style. - LeAnn @silvertoothhome.

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