1Fill a medium saucepan with an inch of water and season it with a few pinches of salt. Insert a steamer basket; if the water comes up through the holes of the basket, pour a little out. Cover the pan and bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and let the water simmer.
2Meanwhile, trim the artichokes. Pull off any damaged or brown leaves and discard. Using a serrated knife, trim the stems, leaving about half an inch, then cut off the pointy top third. (The artichokes should fit, stem-end up, in the steamer basket with the lid on the pan.)
3Place the artichokes stem-end up in the steamer basket, cover, and steam for 20 minutes. Check for doneness by pulling off an outer leaf from each and poking the base of the stems with a sharp knife—if the leaves come off easily and the knife slips easily into the base, the artichokes are ready. If they’re not, steam for another 10 to 15 minutes as needed. Serve with the dipping sauce of your choice. For instructions on how to eat an artichoke, see our illustrated guide.
Margaritas are one of the classic summer cocktails. In this episode of The Easiest Way, the Chowhound Test Kitchen's Christine Gallary demonstrates our Classic 3-2-1 Margarita Recipe and gives a few tips for how to make a great margarita every time.
In this episode of Chow-to, Guillermo visits a Greenwich Village institution for all things English, Tea and Sympathy. He meets with Nicky Perry (owner and founder) to learn her family’s easy recipe for beef shepherd’s pie (which technically in modern British English is a cottage pie). No matter what you call it, this quarantine-friendly comfort dish uses some ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, and will make you feel cozy all year round. This is an excellent way to make something delicious and inexpensive (you only need ground meat, potatoes, carrots and frozen peas!) that will last for a couple of days, making it perfect for cooking during lockdown.
Senior video producer Guillermo Riveros is cooking up Colombian dishes while social distancing as a way to find comfort during these difficult times through dishes that remind him of his family and home. Here he shows us how to make an extra cheesy version of traditional white arepas and a super easy sauce to eat them with called hogao.
Brining and roasting a turkey can sound like a monumental undertaking. But it can actually be pretty easy, and makes for a memorable meal if you use our delicious Easy Brined Roasted Turkey recipe. Follow along with Amy Wisniewski as she makes this Thanksgiving turkey in our simple video recipe. And see our Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving for everything else you need to know.
Canned sardines rarely get their due. They’re convenient, sustainable, and healthy — and when used correctly, delicious! Guillermo visited Chef George Mendes at his Michelin Star Restaurant Aldea for a lesson in how to elevate these under-appreciated fish. Watch and learn as he creates an easy yet sophisticated dish that celebrates his mother's home cooking and his Portuguese heritage.
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.