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Ideas to add to bagel/lox brunch?

I'm having in-laws over next weekend for a simple brunch. Plan on serving bagels, lox, cream cheese. Will shop at Zabars. Need a new ideas for additional items. Make a simple green salad or fruit salad? Biscotti for dessert? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Tradition at our house growng up:

    Big bowl of scrambled eggs
    White fish w/ sour cream
    I'm presuming you're going w/ real bagels, not dessert ones, so some red onions and capers to top
    As with above, a green salad. If you want some sweetness, mandarin orange slices in the green salad with a rasberry vinegrette.
    Onion board (Flat bread with finely chopped and sauteed onions) or bialys

    Dessert? Cheesecake, of course -- a dense NY style, not light and poofy.

    Now, how traditional is that?

    1. A blintz casserole is always nice. A coffee cake or danish is good.

      I'd say a fruit salad goes better with lox than a green salad.

      Or you could bake some kind of fancy egg thing - a strata, for example.

      1. bagels, lox, cream cheese, slices of red onion, capers, what about herring in sour cream, bialys are a great idea, what about blinzes?

        1. Sliced onion, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Why not a chocolate babka for dessert?

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          1. re: bakergal

            Zabar's sells a chocolate babka that is to die for. The cinnamon babka is fantastic as well.

          2. Jfood would suggest choosing from the following:

            - need tomato and onion for the novey
            - whitefish, sable or sturgeon (or all three). Jfood loves sable
            - herring in cream sauce with onions
            - chopped herring salad
            - cheese blintzes w sour cream
            - scrambled eggs or egg salad

            Dessert is
            - S&S Cheese cake if you can find it in the city
            - Ruggellah
            - Good coffee

            Getting hungry just thinking about it