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Bravado Hotline November 22, 2012

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It’s the big day and you have a Bravado crisis.  Forgot how to make gravy?  Need a substitute for some ingredient?  Is you partner hiding under the bed because he/she doesn’t like crowds?  We’ here for you.  Call the Bravado hotline – 772-245-6583.  Nothing is too bizarre – we’ll help you get things straightened out.

Happy Thanksgiving 2012 November 21, 2012

Posted by Bravado Cooking for Men in Diary of a Wandering Foodie, Holidays.

Here’s some fun things to do for Thanksgiving – and if there are a lot of kids running around, these projects will keep them quiet so you can enjoy a glass of wine. (more…)

Making It At Home: Chicken Broth Cubes October 25, 2012

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Chicken Broth Cubes

A true Bravado chef makes a lot of things at home.  We like to avoid things in bottles, cans and boxes with a lot of printing on them.  While we won’t forget our classic dishes, in the coming weeks we will show you how to make three important ingredients at home – mayonnaise, wine vinegar and meat broth. (more…)

Easy Printing and iPhone App October 18, 2012

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Some have been bugging me about finding a way to easily print the now famous Bravado recipes.  Well, we found a way – check out the new “Print and PDF” button at the end of each post.  You can print the complete version, eliminate the images or even delete some of the sassy banter – although I realize that will not happen very often.  Go to this old favorite and try it now: Bravado Mac and Cheese

iPhone App

This is easier than you think.  Go to Bravadocooking.com on your iPhone and check out our new app.  I used it in the store yesterday to buy the things I needed for Veal Piccata.  When you open the app, you land on the Home page.  Scroll to the bottom and you will see the categories of recipes, like “American Classics”.  Click on that and up come the recipes in easy to read font.

I Love New York September 22, 2012

Posted by Bravado Cooking for Men in Diary of a Wandering Foodie, Travels and Soirees.

Think agitation, density, and discombobulation.  Think pristine and filthy, courteous and rude, sleek and grungy.  This is New York, and make no mistake about it, there is no place like it.  And, I have a confession – I love the place and I think everyone needs a couple of days there every year.  (I’ve never tried more than two so I don’t know what happens after that.)

I have been coming to New York for over 50 years and it never ceases to amaze, craze and enchant.  As a wandering foodie, New York is an endless goldmine, which none of us will ever completely fathom.  However, here is my list of the five food related things you have to do in New York.  (I’d love to see all of your favorite things, so make sure you leave me your comments.)

Bagels for Breakfast:

New York is famous for bagels.  (more…)

Laing Family Homemade Pizza May 5, 2012

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The Garbage Pizza
The Veggie Lover’s Special
Cheese Lover’s Special

Guest Post No. 3:  Junior Bravado Chef Alex Laing has stepped in this week with a post on how to make pizza from scratch.  Guest chef Tobin provided the expertise and training, as well as the masterful photography.


The Three Best Cookbooks February 16, 2012

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Here is an interesting story.  As you know, the Bravado Cooking Society is an amateur organization and, as such, we get to make our own rules.  The moniker “Bravado Chef”, for example, is given out at our discretion and usually at cocktail hour.  One afternoon, a group of us, Bravado chefs each and every one, with a Napa valley cabernet in hand, chose three basic cookbooks, which we felt everyone should have.  In true Bravado fashion, we deemed these books the “Best in the World”. (more…)

A Perfect Super Bowl February 9, 2012

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Chili in a Whole Grain Bread Bowl

Sometimes we get carried away at Super Bowl – tons of junk food with too much salt and too many preservatives and stuff.  We had a smaller group this year so we kept it simple while preserving one of  the great traditional values – chili con carne. (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.

Annual New Year’s Dinner Award – Horseradish Encrusted Prime Rib February 2, 2012

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Guest Post No. 2:

Horseradish Encrusted Prime Rib

The Annual New Year’s Dinner Award goes to Howard Storck – charter member of the Bravado Cooking Society – and Carla Gorsky.  (They, btw, were the ones that triggered the special post about making a one-handed pie crust – a must see with the video clip from “The Postman Always Rings Twice”.)  They were helped by sous-chef Larry Hake and their dog, Charlie.

Boy, Did I Like The Prime Rib – Hope I Can Make It Until Midnight!

Here is Howard’s communiqué:

How about a horseradish encrusted prime rib…with a red wine reduction sauce…homemade creme fraiche….roasted potatoes and onions with sage…and roasted vegetables? (more…)

Julia Child Night January 19, 2012

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Julia Child Night – Guests and Chefs

As part of a charity event, a group of us offered a “Julia Child Night” for 10 people.  It was purchased at arguably one-half its true value by another group of friends.  The kitchen staff somehow managed to serve the meal and nibble and imbibe at the same time.  I am not sure who had a better time.  In any case, 16 bottles of wine were consumed in a flash. (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…)

Five Great Gifts for the Holidays December 1, 2011

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Ceramic Pie Pan

Le Creuset Stoneware Pie Pan

Now that you have all been practicing the “One-Handed Pie Crust”, you need to make sure you have a good pie pan.  I like the Le Creuset 10” Stoneware Pie Dish – about $35.  It comes in three colors – white, red (my choice) and cobalt.  I like this product because it looks great and it can be used in the oven, broiler or microwave.  Find it at Amazon, Williams Sonoma, Macy’s and others. (more…)

Thanksgiving is Bravado November 26, 2011

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Bravado cooking is all about making classic dishes from scratch, getting everyone involved and making a big show of the whole thing.  If that isn’t Thanksgiving, I don’t know what is.  Everyone has a special recipe that they’re proud of, and no one would think of buying something made in the store or supermarket.  There is plenty of time so no one is thinking of 30 minute meals.

The highlight of our day was getting the children involved.  Check out the kids peeling potatoes.

Getting the youth involved


Lobster Poutine – The Canadian Vindication November 17, 2011

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Lobster Poutine

I recently made a trip to Canada to try to more fully understand their “Canadian cuisine”, which I have alleged is about as real as the Yeti or the Loch Ness monster.  You may want to review a previous post, “Canadian Cuisine – Oxymoron or Not?” where we talk about their national dish – Poutine.  Made with French fries topped with cheese curds and brown gravy, one is tempted to giggle thinking that this is a “national dish”.  Since I had gone public with my sentiments, I decided not to travel too deeply into Canada for fear that they might take me and my wife hostage.  So we went from home in Wisconsin to Niagara on the Lake, Ontario – close enough to escape on foot back to the U.S.

The Canadian team – actually family and friends – were going to show us how to make a gourmet Lobster Poutine.  They dubbed the meeting “The Canadian Vindication” – whatever. (more…)


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