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March 19, 2009

Brunch Musings


By Andrew Kohn

I'm in love with brunch - that is, every other day except the traditional Sunday feast. Why must I wait until 2:00 to eat? And who ever thought it was a good idea to drink juiced-down cheap champagne instead of a heartier, potentially infused, vodka drink? I'm over it! Simply put, brunch is breakfast for lunch. Don't get me wrong; this is a meal plan I can believe in! I'm also a huge advocate of breakfast for dinner. But why do we limit this culinary event to once a week? Every human being I've ever met - yes, all of them - loves breakfast food at any time of day. (And usually more for lunch or dinner that for their actual breakfast.)

Brunch is an excuse for weak people to eat foods they really crave at the time most socially acceptable to their peers. I'm here to tell you that it's ok to eat omelets for dinner. It's ok to put poached eggs on your dinner salad. And it's perfectly acceptable to use your waffle iron on a Wednesday afternoon. It won't blow up. Join me as I celebrate freedom from traditional food roles. Breathe deeply, grab your whisk, and show that Large Brown Cage-free Omega-3 doped egg who's the boss.

Here is a "brunch" recipe from our friends at Bon Appetit magazine. If you follow it word for word, it's probably wonderful. With a few slight modifications, it becomes delicious! This sausage, roasted red pepper, and spinach torta rustica works well with vegetarian sausage (my hands were tied because of a guest) and with any commonsense cheese substitute. The baguette transforms into a quasi-French toast - a quality I'm eager to explore further on my next go-around. Cook it up tonight and enjoy! The brotherhood of breakfast lovers fully supports you and your brave decision.

Posted by jay at March 19, 2009 6:01 AM


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