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Veggies on a Pizza Stone May 18, 2013

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Asparagus Roasted on a Pizza Stone

Asparagus Roasted on a Pizza Stone

Last week we did a post about home made thin crust pizza and I assume all of you who were equipment deficient  (oops, my friend Bob hates that term) have now purchased your pizza stone and paddle, which we will now put to a different use.  It started when I got a cryptic text from son-in-law Patrick saying, “try veggies with a little olive oil roasted on a pizza stone for 12 minutes”.  Since he is a respected Bravado cook (rice dishes being his specialty), I couldn’t ignore him completely. (more…)

British Crusty Roasted Potatoes March 9, 2013

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Crusty Roasted Potatoes

Crusty Roasted Potatoes

I always loved that scene at the end of one of the Godfather movies where Michael Corleone assumes the leadership of the family.  The dons, one by one, salute him by taking his hand and kissing his ring.  I have always had a fantasy of the same thing happening after serving a really good dish.  Well, this humble potato dish might do the trick. (more…)

An Italian Classic – Eggplant Parmesan August 30, 2012

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Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant has been around for a long, long time.  It originated in India maybe 3,000 years ago.  The three largest producers are China, India and Egypt, who produce twenty times more than anyone else.  Few of you have heard of the names of eggplant dishes in those countries, but as we get closer to home, you will all recognize Greek moussaka, French ratatouille, and the most famous of all, Italian Eggplant Parmesan.  Some people say that if God had a favorite dish, it would most certainly be Eggplant Parmesan. (more…)

Pommes Anna – A French Classic from the Time of Napoleon III May 13, 2012

Posted by Bravado Cooking for Men in Classic French Dishes, Classic Vegetable Dishes.
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Pommes Anna

Earlier in our tour of French classics, we did a famous potato dish called Gratin Dauphinois.  This famous dish is made with potatoes, cheese and, of course, butter.  Possibly an even more famous French potato dish is Pommes Anna, which is even simpler – potatoes, butter, salt and pepper.  This has been a favorite for over 150 years since the time of Napoleon III. (more…)

Gratin Dauphinois March 8, 2012

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Gratin Dauphinois

We continue our series on French classics with this famous potato dish.  As with most of the French classics, you can find a good recipe for Gratin Dauphinois (pronounced gra-tan’ doe-fee-nwa’) in Julia Child’s “The Art of French Cooking” (p. 523).

The Bravado chef must have a “go to” potato recipe.  When the chips are down, you have to have something that is guaranteed.  This recipe fills the bill.  Make it once and you will be quickly enchanted by this magical preparation.  It leaves the wannabes – the “scalloped potatoes” commonly found in the U.S. and UK – behind in the dust.  Just as every Italian cook can make pasta e fagioli, every French cook has his or her own special version of Gratin Dauphinois.  Feel free to make your own additions – slices of red peppers is one good choice.  Some even add anchovies. (more…)

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