Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad

Cook the pasta in salted boiling water. Drain, and drizzle with a little olive oil to prevent sticking. Put aside to cool slightly. In a food processor, add the avocado, cucumbers, feta, half of the arugula, pesto, salt and lemon juice. Process until very smooth…. Source:

Quick and Easy French Toast

Beat egg, vanilla and cinnamon in shallow dish. Stir in milk. Dip bread in egg mixture, turning to coat both sides evenly…. Source:

Simple Drinks: Fernet and Coke

It was February, cold and snowy in the Northeast where I went to college—but not for me. I was in Argentina, ‘studying’: dancing every night, smoking cigarillos, and sipping on Fernet con Coca. Every night was balmy with tangos playing and mosquito haloed light bulbs on a string…. Source:

Cold Brew Coffee with the Toddy Coffee Maker

Many years ago when I knew far less about coffee than I do today, I attempted my first cold brew coffee. It was a disaster. The coffee was so vile and disgusting I threw it out after a single sip. At the time I assumed it was an inferior brewing method and never gave it another […]

The Perfect Mexican Michelada Recipe

It was 2005, and I’d just finished classes for the day at a Spanish language school in Guanajuato, Mexico. The instructors, José Luis, Esmeralda, and Guillermo had invited my classmates and I out for happy hour at one of their favorite bars…. Source:

New Orleans-Style Red Beans and Rice Recipe

Place beans in a large bowl and cover with 6 cups (1.5L) cold water. Add 2 tablespoons (30g) kosher salt and stir until dissolved. Set aside at room temperature for 8 to 16 hours. Drain and rinse. In a large Dutch oven, heat oil or lard over medium-high heat until shimmering…. Source: