Mexican Charro Beans (Frijoles Charros)

Charro Beans

What are Charro Beans? Charro beans (also called Ranchero Beans or simply Mexican Bean Soup) are a simple dish of slow cooked Pinto beans flavored with bacon and chiles. A charro is a traditional horseman from Mexico, originally from the Jalisco region of the state of Mexico. The Spanish terms vaquero (cowboy) and ranchero (rancher) reference … Read more

Bacon and Egg Spaghetti

Bacon Egg Spaghetti Recipe

Bacon and Egg Spaghetti is a twist on the classic Italian dish, Spaghetti all Carbonara. I use standard strips of bacon (rather than pancetta bacon) and partially cook the eggs in order to add texture. The result is a rich, creamy pasta dish along with savory smoky bacon. The dish comes together very quickly, which … Read more

Chimichurri Sauce

We discovered chimichurri sauce when traveling in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This herbaceous sauce, which features parsley, cilantro and oregano, is is most frequently used as a flavor enhancer for grilled meats. You won’t get a famous grilled steak in Argentina without a dish of chimichurri sauce along side it. However, this versatile sauce isn’t just … Read more

Cooking Classes and Food Tours Around The World

Our review of food tour and cooking classes around the world. We do one (or even better, both) in most places that we travel. Why? Because people who are passionate about their cuisine will also be able to point out the best places to eat when visiting the place that they love. This is the … Read more

Authentic Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

chicken paprikash Recipe

This Chicken Paprikash Recipe is a staple dish in Hungary. Make sure to use the freshest Hungarian Sweet Paprika you can find in order to get the full authentic flavor of this dish. One taste and you’ll understand why this is a favorite dish in Hungary – classic comfort food at it’s finest! Serve over … Read more

Playa Del Carmen Cooking School

Co.Co's Culinary School Playa

We love to take cooking classes whenever we travel to a new place. It’s a great way to get to know a destination as food, history and culture are all tightly bound together. Plus, cooking the food after the class brings back wonderful memories of the places that we’ve been. So when we decided to Playa del Carmen, … Read more

Discovering Orange Wine at Gravner Winery

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Today I drank wine – not unusual for me, but there were many things about today that were. Unusual, touching, heartbreaking, inspiring, and unforgettable are all words that come to mind. As I look back through the events of the day, I can feel myself begin to smile. At the start of the day, as … Read more

Traveling in Africa – It’s Easier Than You Think

Africa Travel

Africa is at the top of our list of places that we want to visit again. That comes as a surprise to many people, who find the idea of visiting Africa as the furthest thing from their mind. There are a lot of misconceptions about what it’s like to tour the continent, backed up by … Read more

Penne with Arugula, Toasted Hazelnuts and Parmesan

Penne Tomato Arugula Chestnut

In Italy, many of the most delicious dishes are very simple. The key is to use very few ingredients, but most importantly, only the freshest. Here, you cook with the season. This fresh penne pasta dish is tossed simply with farm fresh peppery arugula lettuce, sweet cherry tomatoes, and pan toasted hazelnuts. It’s dressed simply … Read more

Poached Chicken Salad with Fennel and Mint

Chicken Salad with Fennel and Mint

Looking for an alternative to your standard chicken salad recipe? Or are you looking for something to do with all of that fragrant fresh mint growing in the garden. This quick poached chicken salad recipe a great alternative. No mint? Try a few tablespoons of dried tarragon leaves, they also pair well with the slightly … Read more