Eliana Ramos

    Eliana Ramos
    Contributor

    Eliana Ramos is living the sweet life as author of A Chica Bakes – a blog that explores her baking adventures sprinkled with a little bit of life and Latin Flair. A Dominican-American, born and raised in New York City’s Washington Heights, the self-taught baker grew up in a household surrounded by good food prepared by her mother, a spectacular cook. As a child, Eliana’s summers were spent in the Dominican Republic where her uncles are farmers and taught her where her food comes from. Once she moved out on her own, she realized her passion for baking and decided to chronicle her experiences via A Chica Bakes. Her virtual kitchen quickly grew a following, which has led to a feature in the New York Daily News, as well as various other writing assignments. Eliana currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Barney, and dog, Kingston. 

    Gran Cocina Latina
    Cookbook Shelf: Gran Cocina Latina
    Cuban native Maricel E. Presilla’s credentials and background make her ideally suited for the task of writing a definitive volume on Latin cuisine.  Co-owner of Zafra and Cucharamama, two Latin restaurants in Hoboken, New Jersey, Presilla also holds a doctorate in medieval Spanish history from New York University and has spent more than 30 years...
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    Catching Up with Daisy Martinez
    Chef Daisy Martinez launched her career in 2005 with her PBS cooking show Daisy Cooks! and a follow-up cookbook based on the show.  Since then some of her major accomplishments include a debut on the Food Network in January 2009 as well as authoring two additional cookbooks, Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night and Daisy’s Holiday Cooking.  She recently...
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    Cookbook Shelf: Frontera Margaritas, Guacamoles and Snacks
    Cookbook Shelf: Frontera Margaritas, Guacamoles and Snacks
    Chef Rick Bayless has transformed and uplifted the image of Mexican food in the United States. In 1987, he opened Frontera Grill, which remains as one of Chicago’s most popular restaurants. In 1988, Food & Wine Magazine named him “Best New Chef of the Year.” After the success of Frontera Grill, Bayless opened Topolobampo in 1989, which is...
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    Cookbook Shelf: Small Plates, Sweet Treats
    Cookbook Shelf: Small Plates, Sweet Treats
    Cooking has always been a way of life for Aran Goyoaga. Part of a long line of pastry chefs and farmers, her childhood in Spain’s Basque Country revolved around the hustle and bustle of the kitchen and the sweet smell of milk with cinnamon and vanilla simmering on the stove in her grandparents’ pastry shop.  After moving to Florida to start a...
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    Cookbook Shelf: Muy Bueno Cookbook
    Cookbook Shelf: Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor
    Born in El Paso, Texas, Evangelina Soza, Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and Veronica Gonzalez-Smith learned to cook from their mother and grandmother, Jesusita, whose Mexican recipes were considered legendary among family and friends.  In 2010, they started the Muy Bueno Cookbook Blog as a way to preserve their special culinary heritage for future...
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    Coconut Rum Tres Leches Cake
    My favorite part of cooking and baking at home is experimenting with ingredients and reinventing classic recipes. Every now and then a promising kitchen experiment turns into a flop. But perseverance always wins in the end, as it did with this creation.Tres leches cake gets it name from the three milks that gives it its distinct flavor and texture...
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    Tres Leches Coconut Rum Cake
    Coconut Rum Tres Leches Cake
    This recipe takes the beloved tres leches cake and kicks it up a few tasty notches. With the addition of finely shredded coconut, coconut milk and dark rum, it’s dessert and a cocktail rolled into one. If you like extra boozy desserts feel free to add a little more rum. But note that a little dark rum goes a long way in this recipe.
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    Ideya Latin Bistro Turns 14!
    Ideya Latin Bistro turns 14!
    My favorite Latin flavors are the ones that come from the Caribbean.  They are bold, robust and, most of all, remind me of my homeland, the Dominican Republic.  Today marks the 14-year anniversary of Ideya Latin Bistro, a downtown NYC spot that has been delighting New Yorkers with the flavors and sounds of the Caribbean for over a decade. It is my...
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    An Interview with Chef LaLa
    Chef LaLa Talks Healthy Eating
    Laura Diaz, better known as Chef LaLa, is an accomplished chef, cookbook author and certified nutritionist. She is at the forefront of the healthy revolution of Latin home cooking. Chef Lala recently spoke to us about how eating healthy does not have to sacrifice flavor, and gave us some tips on how we can maintain our health without losing sight...
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    Grilled Churrasco Steak with Cilantro Chimuchurri Sauce
    There are so many things to love about summer - outdoor concerts, frozen treats and seaside fun just to name a few. But nothing is more quintessentially summer than cooking and eating outdoors. It's casual, relaxed and, most importantly, delicioso! As we bid farewell to summer, the easiest way to celebrate what's left of the season is to fire up...
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