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How to Make Delicious Bloody Mary Jerk Chicken Wings

As we were preparing for a friend’s pig roast, we started brainstorming ideas for food to cook or grill as we waited the 4+ hours for the pig. We were going to need to serve 40+ guests so we knew it had to be something easy. With a late morning start, we knew we’d kick things off with Bloody Marys. And then it clicked. Let’s incorporate Toma into a dish and the idea for a Bloody Mary Jerk Chicken recipe was born. The flavors in a Jerk seasoning are very complementary to the unique flavors in Toma. Warm, earthy, sweet, and spicy flavors mixed together with a peppery, savory, and slightly smoky Bloody Mary mix are the perfect pairing. Typically, the dry spices like allspice, five-spice powder, pepper, thyme, and nutmeg are combined with onions, scallions, scotch bonnet peppers, and garlic in a food processor. Soy sauce and olive oil are added to give it a saucy consistency. To make things easier for our pig roast we opted to buy the Jerk seasoning and simply combine it with Toma. Since this pig roast was held in the winter, we decided to make these wings inside and bake them, but you can absolutely grill these chicken wings for more of that smoky flavor. Bloody Mary Jerk Chicken Wings Ingredients: 1.5 lbs of chicken wings (roughly 15 wings) 3/4 cup of flour 2 tablespoons of baking powder 3/8 cup of Jerk seasoning 3/4 cup of [...]

By |2019-01-24T12:29:49+00:00January 20th, 2019|Hosting, Recipes|0 Comments

The Delicious Secrets of the Tomatillo

Tomatillo. It rolls off the tongue so beautifully and they taste even better in your mouth. A real palate pleaser. The secrets to their complex, delicious flavor are tied inextricably to their history, our understanding and appreciation of which is evolving even to this day. We decided to use tomatillos in our artisanal Bloody Mary mix because of the complexity they bring. They are actually an entirely separate plant from the tomato, and there are marked differences between the two not just in appearance but also in flavor profile. Tart and citrus-y like the zing of a lime, tomatillos are unique in that they bring acidity without the overt sweetness of other acidic fruits like pineapple or kiwi. Tomatillos’ flavor profile, tart and a little herbaceous with a minimal amount of sugar, provides a beautiful balance to savory, indulgent, fatty foods—like all of our brunch favorites. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Even the history of tomatillos is captivating, and it provides another reason to embrace and appreciate them. Among fruits and vegetables that we eat today, tomatillos are an ancient delicacy. They originated in the vibrant pre-European civilizations of Mesoamerica: the Maya and Aztec. While the earlier Mayans tended to be nomadic hunters, the dominant Aztec empire advanced farming practices. This led to the introduction of chili peppers, honey, salt, and chocolate into sauces and other delicacies. Historians believe that the Aztecs domesticated the tomatillo for culinary use around in the 1300s; [...]

By |2019-01-20T17:48:42+00:00November 2nd, 2017|Hosting, Recipes|0 Comments

Football Party: Bloody Marys, Micheladas, and Other Recipes

Your primary concern in hosting a killer football party is the spread. Providing options to satisfy your guests’ varying preferences—or even tempting them into trying something new—makes for a happy and vibrant gathering. Here's how to host the perfect football party with delicious Bloody Marys, refreshing Micheladas, and buffalo chicken prepared three different ways. Let’s start with some delicious daytime cocktail ideas. Just like brunch, kickoff time on Sundays falls in that perfect window around lunchtime where the body is craving savory goodness. We recommend offering drink options that provide the perfect antidote to that craving: the Bloody Mary, the Michelada, and a selection of local craft beers. First of all, Bloody Marys and the Micheladas are flexible cocktails that are fun to dress up based on personal taste. Prep a selection of garnishes for your guests ahead of time and let them experiment. We recommend plenty of lemon and lime wedges, celery stalks, olives, a variety of cheeses, and some pickled veggies if you’re feeling extra fancy. A salt-rim station and a 'make your own Bloody Mary' bar will take it to the next level! Toma Bloody Marys For the Bloody Mary lovers at your party, make sure that you have Toma on hand. Our craft cocktail mixer will surprise and delight them with the freshest-tasting version of a Bloody. Toma is made with our own sriracha and a chipotle-tomatillo sauce. It’s peppery, savory, and slightly smoky, with mouthwatering shots of bright, citrus [...]

By |2019-01-24T12:11:58+00:00August 24th, 2017|Hosting, Recipes|0 Comments