Food & Drink

Do Brunch the Melissa Skoog Dunagan Way

French Toast with a Kick

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Brunch is always in style. Here, fashionable foodie blogger Melissa Skoog Dunagan of On My Plate shares her tips for dressing up your menu for the occasion.

Bread Winner
“Practically everyone likes French toast, so it’s a great main dish when cooking brunch for friends. Make it more gourmet by using vanilla orange Grand Marnier sauce instead of maple syrup and garnish with skinned orange slices and/or berries for a memorable presentation. I like to serve a savory side, such as bacon or sausage patties.” Get her recipe.

Country Strong
“White-on-white patterned ceramics enhance the presentation of almost any food. Pottery Barn’s Juliette oversize round platters (pictured, $59-$79) have gorgeous, rustic-style patterns yet still look modern.”

Rustic Chic
“The orange Grand Marnier sauce and the more neutral French toast will look dramatic against the hand-painted blue floral pattern of the Oleander stoneware platter ($190).”

The Minimalist
“Glass serving pieces are an inexpensive way to dress up any meal. Place the French toast in a circular pattern and add fruit to the middle of the Crate & Barrel Inga platter ($30) for some brightness.”

Floral Fixation
“A whimsical serving piece, like the Marimekko blue Siirtolapuutarha round tray ($75), adds a splash of color and creates a festive mood.”

The Futurist
“Serve your French toast in two parallel lines on an elegantly simple Mariposa pearled square platter ($146) for a stunning geometric presentation.”

For more of Skoog Dunagan’s style tips, go to onmyplate.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Melissa Skoog Dunagan

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