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.
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.
Sauteed Calamari with Parsley and Garlic
A quick sauté keeps calamari tender, while garlic, lemon, and parsley brighten up the gentle oceanic flavor of the squid. Serve with crusty bread for getting every last drop of the buttery sauce.
Easy Dessert Tart Crust
This easy dessert tart crust is buttery, lightly sweetened, and delicately crispy -- the perfect foolproof base for any sweet filling you can devise.
Easy Spinach Lasagna
What's not to love about layers of pasta, gooey cheese, and rich tomato sauce? Lasagna is simply delicious, and this spinach and ricotta version (with Parmesan and mozzarella too) is as easy to make as it is to eat.
Easy Philly Cheesesteaks
Philly cheesesteaks are delicious but divisive. This easy version has thin-sliced rib eye, sautéed peppers, onions, and optional mushrooms, and Provolone (sorry, Whiz fans).