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May 9, 2013 12:49 PM

What are you making for Mother's Day brunch?

I am cooking Mother's Day brunch for my (picky) mother-in-law this weekend. As my father-in-law, husband and I are food people, I want to do something fun but also something that my MIL will enjoy.

My first thought was spicy eggs in purgatory with crusty bread and brulee'd grapefruit, but my MIL doesn't eat eggs or, for that matter, spicy food.

So here's my current menu idea: smoked salmon hash (via Chow), bacon, avocado & grapefruit salad and Chow's coffee-banana tart with coffee ice cream.

Alterations? Suggestions? What are you making?

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  1. I'm having quite a crowd. Several dozen bagels and cream cheese, 4 different kinds of quiche, bacon and sausage, fruit salad and bloody marys.

    1. Bittman's overnight waffles with strawberries, whipped cream, & maple syrup, and praline bacon. Not super-adventurous but mom & MIL love it.

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      1. re: stak

        I have been making Marion cunningham's waffles and I love them. Smitten kitchen has featured them this week. Make sure to cook them a long long time, they are delicious!

        1. re: Gloriaa

          What do you mean "cook them a long long time"? Longer than the waffle maker wants you to cook them?

          I'm going to make the batter on Saturday, leave a lot of post-its, go to bed, and hope for the best.

          1. re: sciencediet

            ..."leave lots of post its..."
            LOL. This is totally me pre party, too.

            I was also wondering about the long cook that to make them crispier or what?

            1. re: splatgirl

              Yes. I put it on the highest setting and usually keep them in a little longer. I check them. They are incredibly crisp, moist but quite fragile as they will soften up if you stack them. I also put the map,e syrup under or to the side because I don't want to do anything to make them soggy. These are not sturdy waffles that you pile a ton of fruit on. Play around with them and let me know what you think.

      2. Yum to your menu! Smoked salmon hash sounds amazing. My household would love it and our guests would turn their noses up. Picky eaters, argh. Egg haters, double argh, especially for brunch. I have one coming as well.

        My A plan is the perennial favorite DIY yeast waffle bar with fruit compote and whip.
        If the weather looks like it'll be nicer, plan B is breakfast pizzas from the wood-fired oven.
        homemade pastries--almond croissants, pastry cream filled brioche balls, cinnamon rolls and maybe poppy seed muffins.
        Fruit platter
        Green papaya salad if I can find any, otherwise maybe a layered cobb or those salad bites wrapped in prosciutto
        Crudite with a dip
        Goat cheese artichoke strata
        Emeril's mexican breakfast casserole

        Bloody Marys, mimosas, champagne

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        1. re: splatgirl

          Breakfast pizza sounds awesome! I am so jealous of your wood-fired oven! Did you build it yourself, or have it professionally built?

        2. splatgirl: Breakfast pizza sounds awesome! I am so jealous of your wood-fired oven! Did you build it yourself, or have it professionally built?

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          1. re: SpiceMomma

            Built it myself. Most loved cooking appliance ever :)

            1. re: splatgirl

              Did you get plans for the oven off the internet? And do you mind giving me an idea of what you spent on materials? My husband and I were just talking about building one the other night. He thinks that it would cost $1000!

              Also, are you handy? And was it difficult?

              After so many years of waiting, this is the year of the wood-fired oven! I can feel it!

              1. re: SpiceMomma

                Some of my comments on the subject

                I am handy, yes. Difficult, no. Cost varies widely depending on how you want the exterior/enclosure to look but it will be more than 1k unless you have magic/ free sources.

                My blog is if you want an idea of what "handy" means to me. If you search "wood fired oven" I basically show and tell my oven build.

                1. re: splatgirl

                  What a great oven! I am SO jealous!

                  1. re: splatgirl

                    Thanks Sandy!
                    It's looking like we could be a go for b'fast pizzas. WFO foolery+yummy eats+viable early afternoon cocktailing opportunity makes for a pretty darn good day :)

                    1. re: splatgirl

                      Weather forecast says sunny (yay!) and 58 (Ugh!)

            2. Mom does not like eggs, except for egg foo young, which my beloved brother-in-law will make for her. As he has on any special occasion for her.

              Love my brother-in-law.

              Oops. Forgot the southern comfort manhattan.

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              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                +1 to the Manhattan. You've just confirmed their appropriateness. Make mine Old Grandad please.