Spring Brunch

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RECIPES AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY SYLVIA FOUNTAINE

Gradually, our days begin to lengthen. Young leaves unfurl in the warmth, and blossoms begin their glorious show. It feels as if the world has come alive, all sparkling and new. There is nothing like a good dose of spring to remind us of hope and rebirth. The seeds we have planted begin their journey towards becoming. The air buzzes with aliveness one can almost feel when paying attention.

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Strawberry Chamomile Bellini

As your guests arrive, hand them a refreshing champagne cocktail, made with fresh strawberries and a whisper of chamomile, the perfect starter to your spring gathering.

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French Toast Muffins

Serve these pretty French toast muffins as a starter, as part of the main course, or as a sweet ending to your special gathering.  They are easy to make and can be made with most any fresh berry.

Assemble before your guests arrive, and place them in the oven to bake right as the guests walk in the door. Your house will smell divine. They taste best warm, right out the oven, so time accordingly.

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Grapefruit & Fennel Salad

A simple, refreshing salad with bright zesty flavors. Juicy grapefruit and crunchy shaved fennel are arranged overtop a bed of vibrant butter lettuce.

Add thin slivers of red onion, if you like, or slices of avocado.  Spoon the fragrant citrus dressing over the top. A light and delicious accompaniment to the baked crepes.

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Baked Crepes with Leeks, Spring Mushrooms, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese

These make-ahead crepes can be assembled the day before, then warmed up in a baking dish just as your guests arrive. Deliciously savory and hearty, they will satisfy and delight. Use this recipe as a jumping-off point for your own delicious fillings.

Sylvia Fountaine, author of Feasting at Home Blog, is a Pacific Northwest chef, recipe developer, and food photographer. Find more of her work at www.feastingathome.com.

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