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Linguine with Clam Sauce August 10, 2015

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Linguine with Clam Sauce

Linguine with Clam Sauce

This is one of the all-time favorite pasta dishes. You will find it on well over 50% of the menus in Italian restaurants. In Italy, Venice is probably most famous for this dish. I have this vision sitting in a sidewalk café looking over a canal at sunset, sipping on a cold glass of Gavi di Gavi, watching long-legged beauties walking by and smiling at my wonderful travel companion of 50 years. (more…)

Spaghetti and Veal Meatballs October 22, 2014

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Veal Meatballs

Veal Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs is certainly the most well-known Italian dish, at least in the U.S., but most of us have not even tried to make the dish. And yet, it is always a real hit with the fans, especially this recipe, which is incredibly tasty. After a recent dinner party, a friend announced to the table that these were the best meatballs she had ever tasted. (more…)

Pesto Pasta – A Primer August 2, 2014

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The Magic of Basil

The Magic of Basil

Get ready; it’s time for one of summer’s taste treats.  Although good quality basil is available in the Southern states for most of the year, those of us in the North have to wait until this time of year to enjoy the varieties of religious experience that come from this wonderful herb. If you grow your own, now is when it takes off. Farm stands and farmers markets have it in abundance.

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Tortellini al Tartufo – A Last Fling from Umbria – July 26, 2013

Posted by Bravado Cooking for Men in Classic Italian Dishes, Classic Pasta Dishes, Diary of a Wandering Foodie, Travels and Soirees.
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I Due Cuoci e Degustatori di Vini

Stewart and Bill: I Due Cuoci e Degustatori di Vini

This is my final post from Italy.  You can see my friend and Bravado chef, Stewart, enjoying a glass of wine with me outside the villa.  Note the beautiful hills in the background.  Rural Umbria is a real kick.

I convinced the owner of Ristorante Fontana in our village of Macerino to give me the recipe for Tortellini al Tartufo.  This was one of my favorites dishes in Italy, so I figured we better learn to make it.  It is a very easy recipe and will be a big hit. (more…)

Bolognese – The Queen of Sauces February 6, 2013

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Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce

I spent much of my life traveling in the developing world working on education projects, visiting many of the most remote countries on the planet.  Yet, on checking into a hotel in La Paz or Sana’a or Port au Prince, I would always find spaghetti Bolognese on the menu. (more…)

Pasta with Sausage and Cream October 19, 2012

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Pasta with Sausage and Cream

Earlier this year, we had dinner with a friend, Ann.  She was going to make a recipe that her daughter had found in “some cookbook”.  It was pasta with sausage and cream and the cookbook was Marcella Hazan’s  “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking”.  That was hardly “some cookbook” – her daughter had extracted a gem from the bible of Italian cuisine.  We’ve talked about Marcella’s book a number of times in the past (The Three Best Cookbooks) and this short, simple recipe is an example of some of the great dishes you will find there.  Most of you have already bought the book, I hope.

I like to use a little more sausage than she does, but otherwise it’s her recipe.  Actually, it is a very traditional Italian recipe so it is really not Marcella’s invention. (more…)

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…)

Two Great Ideas for Super Bowl Sunday February 4, 2012

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You may need something for Super Bowl Sunday – a dish or an appetizer to enjoy during the game or take to a party.  Check either of these recent posts – they’re perfect.

Bravado Mac & Cheese:  You may have to run to the store to get the ingredients, but it is easy to make and the crowd will go wild.   If you are taking it to a party, prepare everything and put it in the oven when you get where you are going.

Cilantro Pesto on Crostini:  If you don’t have the energy to make the Bravado Mac & Cheese, try this one instead.  Ingredients will cost you about four dollars – two bunches of cilantro and one baguette and you can make it in under 30 minutes.

Bravado Mac and Cheese January 5, 2012

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New Year’s Mac and Cheese

We made a beautiful Mac and Cheese for New Year’s Day and I realized that this is truly a great American dish.  If you haven’t started to develop your own personal recipe, make it a New Year’s resolution to do so.

Thomas Jefferson became infatuated with macaroni and cheese while in France during the Revolutionary War.  He introduced the dish to the U.S. where it was a commonly served at the White House during his presidency.

There are three components to a Dependable Mac and Cheese – the sauce, the cheeses, and the “accoutrements” – those things you might add to really set the dish off. (more…)

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