I sometimes find the holiday merchandising a bit much, when in-your-face gimmicks and knick-knacks greet me at every store. But come Easter season, I am grateful for the reminders, as any holiday without a static calendar date can sneak up on me. So, thanks to Cadbury and Peeps, I’m aware that people in Barrington might still be working on their dining plans for Easter brunch.
Following is a good selection of places to eat next weekend, with a great selection of Brunch menu options at each. Reservations are recommended, so call ahead for seating availability:
Full brunch with carving station from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Oak Terrace Grill at Makray
Brunch seating from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
3 course prix fix Easter lunch with bistro specialties served from 11am-3pm.
Breakfast with the Bunny on Saturday, March 30th from 9 – 11 a.m.
Seatings for brunch on Sunday at 10 a.m., 12, and 2 p.m.
There will also be a Balloon Artist and Face Painting from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Full brunch menu with carving station from 9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Easter egg hunt at 9:30 a.m.
Extensive brunch menu with the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
And if you’re not eating out for Easter, you can’t go wrong with a traditional baked ham. Most are fully-cooked, and require just reheating before you serve. You can add a glaze of orange juice or brown sugar mixed with mustard, and/or a little broth or juice to the pan for moisture, and then just bake, mostly covered, to an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. (If the ham is not cooked, cook longer until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.)
My favorite thing about a baked Ham at home is how many meals you can make from the leftovers.
I make and freeze English muffins with ham eggs and cheese for a quick grab and go breakfast for my kids, and use it in soups and ham and Swiss baked pasta. See recipes on my website at at OrganizingDinner.com.
Kelly Donlea is a Barrington mom, chef, cookbook author the owner of Organizing Dinner, a company that brings sensible cooking solutions to busy people. She has published several cookbooks and one of her specialties is helping parents plan family meals with fewer trips to the grocery store. Kelly also offers cooking classes and demonstrations in your home or public facility. To learn more about Kelly, her recipes and her services, you’ll find her Facebook page by clicking HERE and her website at OrganizingDinner.com. Kelly is going to be sharing recipes, cooking tips and special features about chefs and popular menu items at area restaurants right here at 365Barrington.com.
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