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Try a Baggie-Brunch for Affordable, Fun Entertaining

My wife and I invited two other couples over for brunch last Sunday. We like getting together with friends, particularly in our home instead of an expensive restaurant. We’d rather see friends more often over a simple, home cooked meal, than less frequently for a pricey dinner out.

Although we host a lot of potlucks, we’ve found that brunches tend to be the most budget-friendly entertaining option. 

Unlike dinner parties- where the focus is usually on costly meat or seafood main dishes-less expensive ingredients like breads, eggs, and other dairy products are the star attractions.

And if your guests expect cocktails before a dinner party, wine with it, and a nightcap afterwards, at a brunch an inexpensive bottle of champagne mixed with orange or cranberry juice is libation enough for most.

Last weekend we treated our guests to, well, some of our leftovers from dinner the night before. They were whipped up into a different type of egg dish…one that’s both a delicious, economical main dish and fun for a group to make. If you haven’t tried “boiled omelets” createdin ziploc-style plastic bags, you don’t know what you’re missing.

One disclaimer: some folks say it isn’t a good idea to use these baggies in boiling water. Many others, including some geeky engineer cooks-and I truly mean that as a high compliment-beg to differ. But no matter how you prepare it, you can’t go wrong with brunch as an entertaining option. Bon Appe-cheap!

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