1Place the tomatoes with their juices in a medium bowl and, using your fingers, break into rough 1-inch pieces; set aside.
2Heat the oil in a medium frying pan until shimmering. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, paprika, and red pepper flakes, stir to combine, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the reserved tomatoes and their liquid, water, salt, bay leaf, and sugar and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened, is darker in color, and has reduced by about half, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and transfer the sauce to a blender.
3Purée until smooth, removing the small cap from the blender lid (the pour lid) and covering the space with a kitchen towel (this allows steam to escape and prevents the blender lid from popping off). Add the vinegar and Tabasco and pulse to combine. Taste and season with additional salt, vinegar, or Tabasco as desired.
Peeps are probably the most iconic Easter candy, and even if you don’t actually like eating them, they’re undeniably adorable in their brightly colored marshmallow chick and bunny guises. To learn how to make these little creatures from scratch, Guillermo visited chef and author, Michelle Doll at NY Cake, where sugar magic happens every day. Marshmallows are a really fun type of edible craft, and Michelle is an expert at creating beautiful treats. Beyond Easter (or any other holiday for that matter), when you're making edible marshmallow art, shapes and colors go as far as your creativity will take you.
These colorful little sandwich cookies turn us all into kids in a candy store. They’re so perfect that the idea of making them is intimidating — but fear not! To learn how to make them, Guillermo met with master pâtissier Jayce Baudry, the executive pastry chef for Daniel Boulud's Épiceries. The chef taught us tricks and techniques to make the process manageable, even for an amateur baker at home.
Store-bought hummus is convenient but you haven't lived until you've made your own. For this episode of Chow-To, we visit chef Eden Grinshpan at her Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant DEZ in New York City to find out how to make hummus that is way better than the kind you'll find in a store. Guillermo and Eden make a traditional version, and then, to make things more interesting, they take it to the next level with Eden’s signature Beet Meze. This delicious vegan, gluten-free, protein-packed base is easier to make than most people think.
Ready for the final season premiere of Game of Thrones? Here's a cocktail icy as winter in Westeros, and fiery as the red witch. Remember that creepy scene when Melisandre summons a shadow to attack Renly? That's what inspired cocktail alchemist, Eamon Rockey when creating this drink. Rockey's Milk Punch gives the drink beauty, El Silencio Mezcal some heat, passion fruit liqueur a little magic - and the secret ingredient (a charcoal lime oil) finishes it with an air of mystery.
Ready for the premiere of the CBS All Access Twilight Zone revival? We have the perfect cocktail for your premiere party. Escape to another dimension with this black and white cocktail, and journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!
No matter how you celebrate Fat Tuesday, we have a cocktail for you. Nothing says parade, like the Mardi Gras. When it's time to go wild, go for the Purple Hurricane. End in a classy note, with a French 75.
Superfood fads come and go, but the moringa plant (often referred to as the "miracle tree") has been used for centuries in countries like India for its alleged health benefits, including healing and cleaning wounds, preventing cancer, and potentially treating depression. For this episode, Guillermo visits Pondicheri in NYC, one of the first restaurants in the city to include moringa on their menu, to learn more about the green powder, and use it to prepare ice cream!
It’s unfair how little presence Iranian food has in the restaurant world. A cuisine as sophisticated and influential deserves the spotlight, and food explorers should have the opportunity to try Persian flavors and ingredients in all their glory. In this episode, Guillermo visits Sofreh in Brooklyn, and meets chef and owner Nasim Alikhani, to learn how to make her version of a traditional North Iranian bean and dill stew (baghali ghatogh). This recipe makes it easy for home cooks to introduce Iranian flavors and techniques into their kitchens.
Move over chickpea stew! This hearty dish has the potential to become the next "It" recipe. The stew is completely vegan, and with the addition of a poached egg on top, you can make this a crowd-pleaser.