On the Brunch Menu: 3 Holiday Recipes from Expert Matthew Mead

Thanksgiving was a full week late this year. Which means the next big meal is around the corner. Cease your frantic recipe search. If a December 25 brunch is in the works, stylist and Rue Living Inspirer Matthew Mead has sweet and savory covered – from spinach strata to maple syrup–filled muffins. So click, print, and pour the eggnog. It’s time to prep.

Savory Stratta
“It’s easy to make and bake. Serve in slices with a crumble of feta cheese for extra piquant kick.”


Maple Walnut Muffins
“Filled with fresh maple syrup for a flavorful seasonal surprise.”


Creamy Pecan Cocktail
“A smooth and creamy pecan cocktail can be made two ways – sans alcohol for kids to enjoy, or served over eggnog with some whipped cream.”


Craving more? Check out Matthew Mead’s latest book, Christmas All Through the House, then shop our Sunday Supper: Christmas Brunch Boutique on Sunday, December 8, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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Matthew Mead is a stylist, writer, author, photographer, lifestyle editor, and noted style expert. The former style editor of Country Home magazine and Editor in Chief of his own magazine series with Time Inc. Home Entertainment, Matthew is the official food photographer for the Associated Press and is a regular contributor to Better Homes and Gardens and other noted national shelter magazines. Matthew has also written 12 books and produced countless magazine spreads and ad campaigns for noted companies such as Pottery Barn, Dove Chocolate, Target, and Stonewall Kitchen.

Matthew is known for styling beautiful spaces using vintage treasures, guiding others to entertain with ease in a stylish way, and inspiring homeowners to create beautiful food and living spaces which they can proudly share with family and friends. To view Matthew’s portfolio, visit his website,matthewmeadstyle.com, or his blog, holidaywithmatthewmead.com. His recently published books includeRecycled StyleHalloween SpooktacularChristmas All Through the House, and The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook.


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