Two Ingredient Cocktails


Just in time for beach weekends, Rachel Sanders offers this summary of the simplest adult refreshments anyone could ask for. It’s all about the garnishes, so if you can slice a lime or a cucumber, you’re golden. Enjoy with toes in sand. You don’t need a Ph.D. or even a cocktail shaker to mix up these drinks — just a glass, ice, liquor, a mixer, and maybe a lime.... Read More

Costa Rican Fresa Fresca

Fresa Fresca

With 24 hours to entertain an adventure hungry 13-year-old in Costa Rica, I pointed us north of San Jose to the sulpherous clouds of Poas crater where a 6.5 earthquake rocked the scales just two years ago. On the agenda: a zip through a cloud forest canopy (complete with an unexpected tarantula sighting and a lightening bolt finish), a cozy stay at the pastoral Poas Volcano Lodge,... Read More

Cinco de Mayo Countdown: Ruboroso ‘Rita

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During a particularly indulgent and somewhat girly facial, my ever-stylish friend, Frances, mentioned she’d discovered the perfect margarita. She ran the ingredients past me. Twice. And while it’s hard to take notes when relaxing with closed eyes, cultivating a rosy complexion, I managed to remember the highlights: tart grapefruit, sweet berries, bitters, basil, and... Read More

Cinco de Mayo Countdown: Prickly Pear Margarita


Our countdown to a day-long fiesta begins ambitiously, with a recipe not for the faint of heart — or fingers. We found these instructions for an authentic, Texas-inspired Prickly Pear ‘Rita at, and if a pair of leather gloves isn’t among your typical kitchen tools, now might be the time to visit the garage. Sweet Southwestern prickly pears usually find... Read More

Tailgate Tip: Bourbon & Spicy Ginger Soda


How to Score Big on Game Day? Garden and Gun Magazine went to the South’s starting lineup of culinary pros, Chef Hugh Acheson, for this updated take on the classic bourbon and ginger ale. (Photo byMargaret Houston) “This is a play on the classic spicy ginger ale and bourbon, but we are making our own ginger syrup. The simple way of making a syrup can be stretched into... Read More

Believe Nothing

 “Believe nothing.
No matter 
where you read it, or who said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with you own reason and your own common sense."

               - Buddha

“The same molecules
that make up the food
we consume become
the molecules of our
minds and bodies.
So, unless you grow
your own food, you
should choose a
farmer as carefully as
 you choose your 
doctor or pastor.”

  _ Tim Willey, Farmer
             Madera CA
 “If man made it… don’t eat





        - Jack LaLanne

  “If we are
 always arriving and
 departing, it is also
 true that we are 
 eternally anchored. 
 One's destination is 
 never a place but 
 rather a new way of 
 looking at things."

           - Henry Miller
  “The rest of the
 world lives to eat…
 I eat to live.”
- Socrates
“Teachers open the door, 

you must enter by 


         - Chinese proverb

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