I did the same New Orleans-style brunch that I did last year for a similar group of friends:Eggs Hussard Strata, followed by Bananas Foster. (Click on the names in color to be taken to the recipes that I posted a year ago.) This is a photo that my husband Jim took of me as I took the plain strata out of the oven, before it was topped with the two sauces and served.
A younger friend, no stranger to good food (I used to cook with her mother at Trinity Cathedral events in Sacramento), said: "This dish had so many wonderful flavors I never knew existed. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! It was great."