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Basil Pesto Redeux August 7, 2012

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As the end of summer approaches the basil goes wild in most of the U.S.  If you’re growing your own, you will have more than you easily use.  If you’re buying at the local farm stand, you’ll find it for about $2.00 a bag.  If you let the summer go by without some basil pesto, you have made a big mistake. (more…)

Spaghetti Carbonara – An Italo-American Classic June 7, 2012

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Spaghetti Carbonara

Sometimes you get an urge for a dish and you have to get up, go to the refrigerator and start grabbing the ingredients.  Spaghetti Carbonara is just such a dish.  Luckily, it is easy to make and you usually have everything at hand – eggs, bacon, cheese and spaghetti. (more…)

Cooking and Wooing – Risotto with Black Truffles January 12, 2012

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Risotto with Black Truffles, Carrots and Asparagus

This is my favorite romantic recipe in the whole world, and it is relatively simple.  If this dish doesn’t do the trick, either that special person has lost all taste buds and olfactory senses, or you have made a colossal mistake in thinking that this person likes you in any way. (more…)

Calamari At Home September 2, 2011

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Goofy Buddy with Calamari

You can now get frozen packages of calamari, already cut and ready to cook.  Over cocktails, a slightly goofy friend of mine (shown above) and I started experimenting to come up with a calamari dish that is similar to what you would find in restaurants, but without the deep frying.  Deep frying at home is a pain in the you-know-what.  The following recipe seemed to work very well and it is easy to do. (more…)

David’s Lemon Caper Veal Piccata August 3, 2011

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Veal Piccata

Veal Piccata

Bravado Difficulty:  5.5/10

Prep Time: 30 minutes

 

David is an aspiring Bravado chef.  In a reflective moment over cocktails (I think vodka was involved), he said he dreamed of making Veal Piccata, one of his favorite dishes, but knew he would screw it up.  It reminded me of Charlie Brown waiting for the famous fly ball that he knew he would drop.  After the usual chiding and berating – something fellow Bravados do – he agreed to try making it the following day.  He produced an incredible dish on the first try.  David has since gained an almost sickening sense of self-confidence and now thinks he can do anything. (more…)

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