Michael Cecconi is the former mixologist at New York’s Back Forty; he's currently the head bartender at San Francisco's Two Sisters Bar and Books, and teaches at the Institute of Culinary Education. Here he shares a quick summertime drink idea, called a Scotch Blossom: 2 ounces of Scotch, 1 ounce of honey simple syrup, 1 ounce of lime juice, 4 to 8 mint leaves, and ice. Shake vigorously, add soda water, and enjoy.
Authentic Black Bean Recipe by Gregory
Perfectly tender and deeply seasoned with garlic, onions, peppers, and bay leaf, these authentic black beans take a while to cook, but are totally worth it.
We love a cold glass of white or rosé in the warmer months. But why should they have all the summer fun? Occasionally (OK, rarely) we’re left with a glass or two in the fridge. That’s when we make these pops.
Three Cheese Mac and Cheese with Panko Bread Crumb Topping
This three cheese mac and cheese with Cheddar, Asiago, and Romano is creamy, gooey, gloriously cheesy, and beautifully crisp on top thanks to the panko bread crumbs.
Spicy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Spicy pulled pork makes for great sandwiches, tacos, burritos, or rice bowls, and since all the ingredients go in the slow cooker at once, it's foolproof and easy as can be.
Homemade mayonnaise is surprisingly easy to make, and since it tastes so much better than store-bought, it may sway even avowed mayo-haters. Plus, you can turn it into all sorts of other sauces and dips.