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Ultimate Breakfast Casseroles – Part 3: The French Toast Casserole December 22, 2020

Posted by Bravado Cooking for Men in Classic American Dishes, Classic Breakfasts, Classic Recipes by Type, Holidays.
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So, if you have tried the Big Breakfast Casserole or Shannon’s Quiche Cups and want a changeup, here is a good alternative – the French Toast Casserole. It is a little sweeter and less savory but has plenty of eggs for protein. Everyone has a version of this recipe, but there is a reason for that.  It is very good and very easy to make. 

Serves:  12


  • 1 baguette, sliced about 1/2 inch thick
  • 8 eggs
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • For the topping
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 4 tbsp. butter


  1. Grease a 10” x 14” baking dish and carefully arrange the bread slices.  You should be able to get two layers with one baguette.
  2. Mix together eggs, milk, half and half, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon and pour over bread.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Let the dish warm to room temperature while the oven preheats.
  5. To prepare the topping, combine the brown sugar and flour in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the sugar flour mixture.   With your fingers or a fork, cream butter into the flour-sugar mixture until it resembles oatmeal.  Mix in the walnuts and raisins and spread the topping over the bread and egg mixture. 
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 25 minutes or until golden brown and puffed up like a soufflé.
  7. Serve with maple syrup, jam or marmalade.  A cold glass of Sancerre can really add a pleasant touch.

If you have any left over, simply wrap in aluminum foil and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. You will be surprised at how good it tastes when reheated.

During the Holidays, this dish makes a great “Breakfast Appetizer”. Cut the casserole into 1″ x 3″ strips, put on a pretty plate and walk around the room and serve.

Ultimate Breakfast Casseroles – Part 2 Shannon’s Quiche Cups December 16, 2020

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Beautiful Presentation with Fancy Muffin Cups

Shannon is a longtime friend and excellent cook.  She taught us how to make these incredible breakfast treats when we visited her in Colorado in 2017.  These little cups are extremely versatile.  If you are having a fancy breakfast, they really fill the bill and you will get lots of comments.  Kids and grandkids also love them.   They take a little time to make, but they are worth the trouble.


Ultimate Breakfast Casseroles – Part 1 The Big Breakfast December 11, 2020

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This is the beginning of a four part series on great breakfast casseroles, which we will release over the next two weeks to make your Christmas or Hanukkah season perfect. Make sure you sign up to Follow Blog via Email so you receive the rest of the series.

Remember the McDonald’s Big Breakfast?  This recipe reminds me of that in an easy to serve casserole format.  It is as complete a meal as you could want.  And, when it comes out of the oven it is golden brown and puffy like a quiche.   The crowd will go wild. 


Chicken Kiev November 8, 2020

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Before we delve into Chicken Kiev, let’s remember some of the great international classic chicken dishes that we have done in the past.  These are wonderful, proven recipes that you ought to try:

Indian Butter Chicken

West Indian Chicken Curry

Umbrian Style Chicken Cacciatore

Shanghai Chicken Fried Rice

Classic Coq au Vin

Arroz con Pollo – The Latin American Classic

Coming soon are two more international stars: Coronation Chicken from Britain and Chicken Pad Thai from Thailand.

We will continue the international theme now with a great Russian favorite, Chicken Kiev.


Indian Butter Chicken November 9, 2019

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Indian Butter Chicken

Some of the world’s great cuisines are in Asia – Chinese, Thai, Indonesian and Indian.  Most of use spend too little time on these great cooking traditions.  In some cases, we have trouble finding and understanding the ingredients, but mostly we are afraid to step out of our comfort zone.  A good way to start experimenting with Asian cuisines is to try an easy to make classic that is not too dissimilar to American or European dishes.  Indian Butter Chicken is a perfect candidate – not too spicy with tomatoes and chicken as the main ingredients.


Blini with Caviar June 29, 2019

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Blini with Caviar

We recently went to a friend’s house to have cocktails on his terrace overlooking a small lake. We were surprised to find champagne, ice cold vodka and homemade blini with caviar. Blini, which is the plural of blin, are small, rich pancakes similar to French crépes. We decided to try to repeat the experience when some special friends came over for drinks this week, and it was a real hit.


Latvian Piragi February 8, 2019

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Most cuisines have dishes which encase meat and/or vegetables in a dough made of wheat or rice.  Many Latin American countries have “empanadas” and the English-speaking Caribbean has curry spiced “roti”.  The British have their “pasties”, the French have their “crepes” and the Chinese have their “dumplings”.  I am probably missing a lot more. 


Coconut Cake June 10, 2018

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Cocomut Cake


This recipe comes from a good friend, Priscilla Nei.   I am not sure where she got it, but it is really great.  As you can see below, the condensed milk and coconut cream are “infused” into the cake.  This makes the final product incredibly moist.  Whenever I make this cake, people literally fight over the last pieces.

I wish I could say that this is a really healthy creation, but I think “indulgent” is a better word. After calculating the total calories of one whole cake and dividing that by 16 slices,  I decided that it is not prudent to communicate the numbers to my readers.  Best that you try this great recipe and see if you even care about calories. (more…)

KISS Ribs June 3, 2018

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Summertime is upon us – women look better, beer tastes colder and, for some reason, we’re drawn like a magnet to the outside grill. In past posts, we’ve talked about some great grilling ideas, such as

  • Argentinean flank steak
  • Six-Pack Chicken
  • Smoked Brisket
  • Tacos de Carne Asada (Grilled Beef Tacos)

This summer, let’s talk about ribs on the grill.  They are inexpensive, healthier than you think, and easy to prepare, especially with our KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) recipe.


Rice Pilaf -You’ll go nuts for this ancient dish August 10, 2017

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 Before we start today, we need to have a talk. I know that some of you are reading these great articles, but you are not actually trying some of the fantastic recipes.  This has got to stop.  Go no further unless you are committed to cooking rather than just reading.  I say this because the recipe that I am going to share with you today is so good that it will bring tears to your eyes.

If you’re Greek, Armenian, Turkish, Iranian, Afghani or Azerbaijani, you already know about this great dish – it is part of your national tradition.  If you’re Brazilian or Spanish, you eat versions like Pilau and Paella.  Most of you have had it in restaurants, but you have probably not paid attention.  This magical dish that we are going to talk about today is Rice Pilaf.  Forget the little boxes that you can buy in the store.  Make Rice Pilaf from scratch at home and it will be like the day you first tried garage door opener, or something. (more…)

Homemade Corned Beef Hash May 23, 2017

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Corned Beef Hash

If you want something special for breakfast, this is the dish.  I have always loved corned beef hash, even the canned varieties.  Recently, while staying at the Greenbriar Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, I had their famous homemade corned beef hash with two poached eggs on top.  It was outrageously good and I became committed to reproduce the dish at home.  While I won’t claim to have surpassed the Greenbriar, I think you will find this recipe very good.


Hangtown Fries April 28, 2017

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Hangtown Fries served with Homemade Corned Beef Hash

A friend of mine, who also happens to be a Federal Judge, invited me to breakfast last week and served Hangtown Fries.  This exceptional dish is basically bacon, eggs and fried oysters, and it has a very interesting history. (more…)

The Green Smoothie Movement November 25, 2016

Posted by Bravado Cooking for Men in Classic American Dishes.

There are lot of things that confuse me – reality TV, presidential elections, why I always stuff myself at Thanksgiving, to mention a few. But now there is something new – Green Smoothies, and my daughter tells me it is very, very important that I start consuming these concoctions.  Change is sometimes so overwhelming. It reminds me of the famous line from the Marvin Gaye songbook; “Mercy, mercy me, things ain’t what they used to be”.


Scones – We’ve Done Some Great Things with the British Classic October 18, 2016

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Scones - Sweet with Chocolate and Cranberries

Scones with Chocolate Chips and Cranberries

A friend suggested an article on scones.  She was thinking colder weather, the warm and cozy feeling of something baking in the oven, maybe something nice and hot to drink.  Whatever.

Strangely, my thoughts drifted back to my high school days and what would have happened if I told my buddies that I wanted a scone.  There would have been pushing and shoving.  I would have been the endless butt of jokes for days, with pinkies sticking out in the air as if holding some imaginary cup of tea.  I can hear them asking, oh so sweetly, if I wanted some clotted cream or maybe some petit fours. (more…)

Tacos de Carne Asada August 23, 2016

Posted by Bravado Cooking for Men in Classic Beef/Lamb Dishes, Classic Mexican Dishes.
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One afternoon, I was walking through the park in my local community and I  saw a group of Latinos enjoying themselves around their grill.  I shouted across the way, “How about a double cheeseburger?”.  They shook their heads and wagged fingers in the air to indicate that there were no cheeseburgers involved.  However, they motioned me to come over.  I lived in Chile for three years and love to speak Spanish, so I joined them.


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