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Must-Haves From a Latina Chef | Elsie Ramos

Chef Elsie Featured in La Cosmopolatina.

Chef Elsie Ramos may have heard the now famous Gordon Ramsay catchphrase “Shut it Down” one too many times when she was a contestant on season one of Hell’s Kitchen, but no one is shutting down this culinary diva anytime soon. Knowing all too well about the on-the-go, modern Latina lifestyle that keeps us constantly on our toes and with very little time to spare, Elsie’s first cookbook, Turkey Tacos and Arroz Con Pollo is a life saver.From mini mofongos to rice with black beans and ham, Elsie specializes in traditional Latin dishes and infuses them with a Puerto Rican flair. Her recipes are refreshingly easy to follow and will leave you wanting to head over to mami’s house and show her your new cooking skills. Do we even need an excuse to go shopping, ladies? Here are the must-haves Elsie shares with us that every Latina chef needs.

What are the must have utensils every Latina should have?

Every Latina NEEDS a caldero! It is the staple for the best rice dish. A good knife is key to safe and quick prepping. You will always have a few in your kitchen drawers, but there is always a “favorite” that just feels right when you’re using it.

 What is one ingredient you cannot cook without?

Sofrito is made with simple produce (onion, garlic, peppers and cilantro) but it is my number one ingredient on almost all my dishes. Sofrito is great for seasoning beans, rice, pasta or soup. It also makes a great rub on steak or chicken. It is so easy to make that I always keep batches of it in my fridge.

What is one easy to make meal every Latina should have under their belt?

Arroz con pollo, what else? When you think of Latin cooking, you always think of arroz con pollo. It’s delicious and easy to make. It’s a whole meal in one and while the process is similar in all Latin cultures, you can customize it and make it special to you; I like to add vegetables or olives to dress it up.

So wear that chef’s hat proud, ladies, because you’ll be leaving your guests wanting seconds!

Chef Elsie Ramos may have heard the now famous Gordon Ramsay catchphrase “Shut it Down” one too many times when she was a contestant on season one of Hell’s Kitchen, but no one is shutting down this culinary diva anytime soon. Knowing all too well about the on-the-go, modern Latina lifestyle that keeps us constantly on our toes and with very little time to spare, Elsie’s first cookbook, Turkey Tacos and Arroz Con Pollo is a life saver.From mini mofongos to rice with black beans and ham, Elsie specializes in traditional Latin dishes and infuses them with a Puerto Rican flair. Her recipes are refreshingly easy to follow and will leave you wanting to head over to mami’s house and show her your new cooking skills. Do we even need an excuse to go shopping, ladies? Here are the must-haves Elsie shares with us that every Latina chef needs.

What are the must have utensils every Latina should have?

Every Latina NEEDS a caldero! It is the staple for the best rice dish. A good knife is key to safe and quick prepping. You will always have a few in your kitchen drawers, but there is always a “favorite” that just feels right when you’re using it.

 

What is one ingredient you cannot cook without?

Sofrito is made with simple produce (onion, garlic, peppers and cilantro) but it is my number one ingredient on almost all my dishes. Sofrito is great for seasoning beans, rice, pasta or soup. It also makes a great rub on steak or chicken. It is so easy to make that I always keep batches of it in my fridge.

What is one easy to make meal every Latina should have under their belt?

Arroz con pollo, what else? When you think of Latin cooking, you always think of arroz con pollo. It’s delicious and easy to make. It’s a whole meal in one and while the process is similar in all Latin cultures, you can customize it and make it special to you; I like to add vegetables or olives to dress it up.

So wear that chef’s hat proud, ladies, because you’ll be leaving your guests wanting seconds!

 

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Pressure Cooker – BBQ Ribs Recipe IMUSA

August – the countdown begins…. Summer is almost over!!!

Summer 2010 has proven to be one of the hottest I can remember, but memorable and full of great times.  What will I miss most about summer? The outdoor activities of course.  The grilling can always happen all year round so long as you can stand the chill when doing so.  The seasons also bring different dishes to your table, like my carne guisada (beef stews) and soups, which I will usually prepare during the chilly months.  But I discovered that with my IMUSA  pressure cooker, I really don’t have to wait!

As the temperature peeked in the high 90s; even with air conditioning who wants to stand over a hot stove or oven?  Unlike it’s the older version of the pressure cooker, you don’t hear, see or feel the steam! So while you’re sitting in the living room with a cold beer or iced tea;  season and then place your meats in, cover tightly and forget about it! My pulled pork sandwiches were a hit; I placed my ribs and spices in and let it do its thing. Once off, I let the ribs sit and cool down, so when I opened my cooker only the aroma was released not the heat. They fell right off the bone and into my waiting toasted Italian roll.  No mess, no fuss and no breaking a sweat.  Que maravilla….

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May, the Month of Gratitude

by Chef Elsie Ramos

May is such a fun and rewarding month, starting off with Cinco de Mayo. I love, love, love Mexican cuisine! With my IMUSA Comal and Tortilla Press, I can whip up an easy spread of Mexican delicacies in no time just like my famous turkey tacos or chicken quesadillas.

Using my IMUSA Lava Stone Molcajete, guacamole sauce has become simpler to make. I enjoy all kinds of food and nothing is better than the authentic flavor. And, it’s fun when you make it yourself. How about combining Cinco de Mayo with Mother’s Day and making it a fun and exciting day? Instead of going out to eat, whip up a fun Mexican themed brunch or dinner for your mom at home. What really matters is the thought and that you tried your best. Visit www.imusaUSA.com and try some delicious and easy to make recipes.

The fun doesn’t end after mother’s day. The next holiday is Memorial Day, which is the official kick-off to summer. More importantly, it’s a day of remembrance and appreciation for all those who made it possible for us to enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

Make this May a month to eat, enjoy and remember!

 

 

Remember Latina Chef, Elsie Ramos?

Elsie Ramos, Latina Chef

Elsie Ramos, Latina Chef

 A Successful Latina Chef

As a contestant on the first season of Fox TV’s  Hell’s Kitchen, Elsie’s simple, no nonsense approach to cooking won her millions of fans and drew accolades from the notoriously hard-to-please, World Re-Owned Star Chef Gordon Ramsay. Elsie Ramos was born and raised in New York City in a large Puerto Rican family where she learned to cook at an early age. She was one of twelve contestants on the premiere season of the unscripted FOX television show Hell’s Kitchen. She managed to stay in the competition for 5 of the 6 weeks and captivated the audience. Although she did not win, her excellent performance earned her the interest of Publisher with Wiley who published her book “Elsie’s Turkey Tacos and Arroz con Pollo“.

 

 “My own recipes were developed out of necessity—and desire. I became a single mother at the age of twenty-five with three boys (a set of twins and an infant) and had to work full time, but wanted to keep my meals as nurturing as possible with what little that we had. I became quite creative and resourceful, drawing on the tastes I grew up with, and the groceries I could afford. In those days it was all about the meals”.

After appearing on the show, she attended the French Culinary Institute to enhance her cooking skills and continues to get dinner on the table every night for her large Puerto Rican family.

Following the release of her self-titled book, latin chef Elsie Ramos has appeared in many television shows such as Univision’s Despierta America alongside musician Kenny G, performing cooking demonstrations. Elsie’s likeable and approachable on-air personality served her well as she quickly became the “darling” of the group with fans. In 2005, she was named as one of the “Most Fascinating Reality TV People”. Mrs. Ramos has appeared in various events such as:

 13th Annual “Mujeres Descatadas Awards Ceremony by El Diario New York  
The National Hispana Leadership Institute’s “2008 Latina Empowerment Conference
Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre’s Hosting Committee
Festival de Sabores – Orlando, Florida
Macy’s Culinary Council – New York City
March of Dimes
2009 Puerto Rican Day Parade – New York City
American Diabetes

“I’ve had a wonderful experience this past year with a latin kitchenware company (more like a family) IMUSA and the opportunities for the upcoming year are truly exciting,” says Elsie. The expanded partnership between Chef Elsie and IMUSA will include a new monthly blog in IMUSA’s website and monthly in person cooking demonstrations at national supermarkets, grocery stores and special events across the country. Con Sabor y Amor! which is distributed to over 4,500 key influential’s and fans domestically and internationally. Sabroso Sofrito” food product.

 The “Sabroso Sofrito” food product is made of 100% all natural ingredients. This mix of spices is considered the base of mostly all Puerto Rican foods. It’s magical and unique flavor of peppers, onions, garlic and cilantro is spectacular. Elsie’s Sofrito is already in select supermarkets in New Jersey.

On the personal note, Elsie has established her own website (http://www.elsieramos.com which gives individuals and families’ access to come into her life and find helpful information such as recipes, stories, events, photos, tips and more! She has also managed to produce a monthly newsletter.  For more information on IMUSA USA please visit www.ImusaUSA.com.