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Chili 101 December 18, 2012

Posted by Bravado Cooking for Men in Classic American Dishes, Classic Recipes by Type, Classic Soups.
Chili with Skillet Cornbread
Chili with Skillet Cornbread

If there were ever an American classic, it must be chili.  And, you will need this dish sometime during the Holidays.  Even though the name sounds like it must have a Mexican origin, the dish is not really known there.  I did business in Mexico for 30 years and traveled extensively throughout the country.  I never ate anything resembling chili.  Take my word for it, this is an American thing – started in Texas and most likely in San Antonio where they still have the great chili cook offs every year.  Actually, there is a Chili Appreciation Society (http://www.chili.org) that lists about 200 cook-offs, of which about 95% are in Texas.


Classic French Onion Soup March 19, 2012

Posted by Bravado Cooking for Men in Classic French Dishes, Classic Recipes by Type, Classic Soups.
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Classic French Onion Soup

Bravado cooking is about a number of things, one of which is a respect for the great classic dishes.  There is a reason why we have classics – because they are dependably good.  I was reminded of this a few nights ago when I took a dessert to a dinner party.  I could have made a classic Tarte Tatin and wowed the crowd, but then, I thought, they have had that before so I’ll try something new.  I experimented with a recipe from Jamie Oliver (The Naked Chef).  It was coconut banana bread with a mango and yogurt topping.  It was really not very good and afterwards I said to myself “stick with the classics”.

In recent weeks we have been exploring the great French classics and there are few better than French onion soup.  This is the gold standard of soups and any worthy Bravado chef needs to be able to make this great dish. (more…)

Sarah’s Magic Chicken Noodle Soup January 27, 2012

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“I need some chicken noodle soup”

My wife got a cold/flu (Does anyone know what those names really mean?) right after the holidays.  I knew it was time for a true Bravado chef to spring into action.  When someone doesn’t feel well, they really want some extra attention – cuddling, TLC, and something soothing to eat.  Spring into action I did because, as any guy knows, actions in such times will lead to rewards later.

When your friends, family or loved ones get sick, it’s your chance to step up and show them the Bravado way to get better and make a lasting impression with a classic dish.  Of course, you have already guessed what it is – chicken noodle soup.  This is the age-old remedy that everyone talks about, but very few make from scratch.  As a true Bravado chef, that’s the only way we do it – no canned stuff for us. (more…)

“What is Gazpacho?”, she asked September 13, 2011

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I was talking to a good-looking young friend of mine, bragging about the Gazpacho I made for a dinner party last weekend.  She asked what that was – she had no concept of this all-time classic!!?? (more…)


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