Magazine article Essence

Easy Easter Brunch

Magazine article Essence

Easy Easter Brunch

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MEAL FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS GIVE THANKS WITH A FABULOUS

Caroline Randall Williams remembers the Easter mornings of her youth, when loved ones searched the yard for bright plastic eggs filled with scriptures and poetry by Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks and her great-grandfather Arna Bontemps. For her mother, Alice Randall, Easter was a big day in her grandmother's Detroit home in the sixties. With their new cookbook, Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family (Clarkson Potter), the mother and daughter tell their family's journey of cooking through four generations of women with remixes of passed-down recipes.

Easter is a busy day for women as we prepare our households to host guests, get ready for church and organize activities. "1 have actually missed church because of cooking," Randall admits. "One year I was preparing an artisanal ham. It was so big I didn't want to leave it in the oven, so my family left without me. That's not what this is about." She's since learned the power of scheduling ahead and serving cold meats like salmon.

Here are a few more of the duo's tried-and-true habits for a soulful Easter brunch that's easy, affordable and healthful:

Plan Ahead

Prep your meal the day before and reheat items for brunch. "You can marinate lamb days in advance, then throw it in the oven before church and come back to a finished meal," shares Randall Williams.

Be a Chef With Style

Buy an apron you love, to avoid staining your Sunday best. …

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