Cooking is a Form of Art and I Love to Cook! Part 2

©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

GOYA products approached us to do a fun cooking post for Latino Heritage Month. And I thought, why not, I love to cook!GOYA Logo

In this shorter post I’ll describe the new dish I cooked and the new IMUSA pots that were sent to me. (You can check out my first post on how I got into cooking here.)

IMUSA pots and utensils we received, and had fun using. ©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

IMUSA pots and utensils we received, and had fun using.
©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

I’m not a trained cook, but my love for cooking makes me want to experiment with flavors and techniques to create a tasty meal for my family and friends.granola-mamas-handmade

Here is a special shout out to my friend Wendy Osmundson, who is a fabulous cook, and has taught me a few things over the years. I learn the most from her just by watching her and talking with her about the foods we love to eat and prepare. Check out her granola business here.

imusaOur second dish was black beans and rice, made with Goya Foods and using one of the IMUSA cooking ceramic Caldero pots we got. Along with the pots we received from IMUSA, we got these other products to play with: a skimmer, Bamboo tostonera, Bamboo mortar and pestle, citrus squeezer, bean masher, and can opener. IMUSA is a leading ethnic housewares brand with deep roots in Latin America and the United States. You can check out more of IMUSA products at their website, follow them on Twitter and Instagram too.

I enjoyed the glass cover of the red pot I used for the rice and beans. This dish also included yellow and red roasted peppers, garlic, and shallots cooked with the black beans, grilled chicken cooked in a cast iron fryer and a simple green salad. Enjoy the images. — A.O.

FOX’ The Exorcist Series Premiered

The Exorcist series, FOX, Angela Ortíz, Alfonso Herrera, Gina Davis, Alan Ruck

Angela Ortíz and Alfonso Herrera

The Exorcist series, FOX, Angela Ortíz, Alfonso Herrera, Gina Davis, Alan Ruck

Alan Ruck and Angela Ortíz

We caught up with Alfonso Herrera (Father Tomas Ortega) and Alan Ruck (Henry Rance) of the new FOX series, The Exorcist and we talked about working on the series and what they are looking forward to for the show.

Alfonso Herrera

Alfonso Herrera

Now check out the video below with Alan Ruck and listen in on the conversation with Alfonso Herrera. And you can check out my previous interview with Geena Davis and Alfonso Herrera here.

FOX’ The Exorcist series, Fridays at 9P.

Queen Of Katwe Fierce and Uplifting

Queen Of Katwe, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Madina Nalwanga, Mira Nair, The Dark Horse, Angela Ortiz, Se Fija Online, ©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

L-r: Director Mira Nair, actors Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o
©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

This is my second film this year about chess champions; the first is The Dark Horse and now, Queen Of Katwe. And I enjoyed them both very much.

Queen Of Katwe is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

There was a question and answer session after a screening of the film with director Mira Nair and stars Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, and newcomer Madina Nalwanga. Below is a taste of it and the film is in theaters now. — A.O.

Urbanworld Film Festival Highlighting Latino Filmmakers and Stars

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-12-39-22-pmurbanworldThe 20th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by REVOLT with founding sponsor HBO, recently announced its 2016 film slate. One of the largest competitive film festivals designed to advance the presence and impact of diverse content creators will screen over 68 films.

If you are in the New York area, the festival takes place September 21-25, at Manhattan’s AMC Empire 25 on 234 West 42nd Street.

Go to their website here for more information.

Paige O’Hara and Belle of Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Paige O’Hara, Angela Ortíz, Luis Lecca

Paige O’Hara and Angela Ortíz
Photo: Luis Lecca

Twenty-five years ago, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast broke ground as the first animated feature film to receive an Academy Award® nomination for best picture, and now this tale as old as time joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 20. And we got to talk to Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle.Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Paige O’Hara, Angela Ortíz, Luis Lecca

You may have seen Paige O’Hara on Broadway, or at an appearance with a symphony at Carnegie Hall or the Hollywood Bowl, or in the hit Off Broadway show “Menopause the Musical” in Las Vegas. You may have heard her voice on a Grammy Award winning cast album. Perhaps you know her from Disney Fine Art and have seen or purchased her artwork, which is sold in galleries across the country. Well, she spoke to us about ALL these things.

Page O’Hara, ©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

Paige O’Hara

It was such a pleasure to sit down and talk to her about her career. We got to ask her all sorts of questions about her work and in return, she told us some fun stories.

From Disney Princess to Disney fine artist, Paige O’Hara has had a full and exciting career that she continues to enjoy. Now listen in on the conversation. — A.O.

Cooking is a Form of Art and I Love to Cook!

GOYA Foods, Goya Products, Latino Heritage Month, IMUSA, Angela Ortíz, Santana Dempsey

Angela Ortíz
Photo: Santana Dempsey

GOYA products approached us to do a fun cooking post for Latino Heritage Month. And I thought, why not, I love to cook!GOYA Logo

I’m not a trained cook, but my love for cooking comes from watching three women in my life create fantastic dinners. And this post is my tribute to them: my great-mama Adelina Grant (Colombian), my abuelita Julia Grant de Courtney (Colombian), and my mami Patricia S. Ortiz (Panamanian). These three women had busy lives raising their kids along with being working women.

My great grandmother raised four children and worked as a domestic back in her homeland of Colombia and Panamá. She retired in her 60s to take care of my brother and me when our mom came to the U.S.A. I have many wonderful memories of her; and one in particular is how she got me to eat fish. I never liked stewed fish as a kid, but to get me to eat it, she tried cooking it in different ways for me. Finally, fried fish was the winner.

GOYA Foods, Goya Products, Latino Heritage Month, IMUSA, Angela Ortíz, Adelina Grant, Julia Courtney, Patricia S. Ortiz

Photo collage of four generations
L-r: Adelina Grant, Julia Grant de Courtney, Patricia S. Ortiz and Angela Ortíz

GOYA Foods, Goya Products, Latino Heritage Month, IMUSA, Angela Ortíz

Step-by-Step

My mom and grandmother came to the United State as domestics, cleaning and cooking for the families they worked for, even though they worked in other fields in their homelands. My mom worked in sales back in Panamá and my grandmother even worked as a cook in a hotel in Medellín, Colombia. These two strong women came to a new country, did what they had to do to survive and in a couple of years moved on to other work. By the time my abuelita retired, she was a nurse’s aid. And our mom managed a doctor’s office for many years, started her own freelance billing business, and retired as an office manager for a medical clinic.

GOYA Foods, Goya Products, Latino Heritage Month, IMUSA, Angela Ortíz, Adelina Grant, Julia Courtney, Patricia S. Ortiz

Final dish

Along the way, they fed their families wonderful, filling, and fulfilling meals. This is where I return to why I enjoy cooking and eating. I learned a lot by watching these women and asking questions: why did they use a particular spice in a dish? Why did they slice that cut of meat a certain way? How did they know to pick the freshest produce? Then I proceeded to school myself with recipe books…and of course, I watched the Food Network once it was on the air. I’ve cooked many different types of cuisines at least once.

I have my favorites recipes and I like to create my own quick meals, too.

The meal I fixed for this fun post includes GOYA’s Garbanzos (Chick Peas), and their Manzanillas Spanish Olives. I added them to some spicy Italian and Bratwurst sausages with leeks, garlic, mushrooms, crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper and a little silver Tequila. Then I served it over some mixed greens and cabbage.

I cook to taste, and this is one of my quick little meals that I cook for my family and friends. Enjoy! — A.O.

Photos: ©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

Snowden, Friend or Foe?

Joseph Gordon Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Scott Eastwood, The Snowden files, Snowden, Oliver Stone, Angela María Ortíz S., Angela Ortíz

T-b: Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo
and Zachary Quinto

Joseph Gordon Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Scott Eastwood, The Snowden files, Snowden, Oliver Stone, Angela María Ortíz S., Angela Ortíz

T-b: Joseph Gordon Levitt
and Scott Eastwood

We got to sit down with director Oliver Stone and some of the cast of Snowden. And it was interesting to listen to their approach to their character in the film.

Joseph Gordon Levitt performance as Snowden is really good, along with a few other performances.

Joseph Gordon Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Scott Eastwood, The Snowden files, Snowden, Oliver Stone, Angela María Ortíz S., Angela Ortíz

Director Oliver Stone

The film left me with more questions than answers about Edward Snowden’s real motives.

Now listen in on the conversations with Shailene Woodley (Lindsay Mills), Melissa Leo (Laura Poitras), Zachary Quinto (Glenn Greenwald), and Scott Eastwood (Trevor James).

Snowden is in theaters now. — A.O.

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley

Joseph Gordon Levitt

Joseph Gordon Levitt

Melissa Leo & Zachary Quinto

Melissa Leo & Zachary Quinto

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone

Scott Eastwood

Scott Eastwood

Photos: ©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

Now You See Me 2 Now Available on Blu-ray and DVD

nysm2-blurayExclusive interview with Now You See Me 2 director Jon Chu on the release of its Blu-ray Combo Pack.

The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Cane.— A.O.

A Fun Idea and Much More, Tweetorias are Coming

Livier Productions, TweetoriasLivier Productions launches Tweetorias; short stories released in 140 character increments or less, featuring illustrations by guest artists. Additional content includes sit-down interviews with their illustrators and a narrated audio version of each story.Ruth Livier, Livier Productions, Tweetorias

Their first story will be tweeted on Tuesday September 6, 2016 at 11A on @LivierProds.

Tweetorias aim to participate in the bilingual/bicultural discourse by privileging narratives about the immigrant experience from their points of view. So, tune in on Tuesday and join on the Tweetorias adventure.

Nelson Bixby Takes on the Whole Wide World

Top Rebel ProductionsTop Rebel Productions is proud to announce the release of their coming-of-age action-comedy Nelson Bixby Takes on the Whole Wide World. The film is part of The Disney Channel’s collaboration with new short-form content creators; it is now available worldwide and for free on The Disney Channel online services and their YouTube destination.

This micromovie marks a departure for Top Rebel Productions–a company co-founded by Freddy Rodriguez, Francisco Lorite (Nelson Bixby writer-director) and Bill Winett, and the slate of genre films and TV it has been developing.

The plot: part fable, part superhero tale with a Latin twist, Nelson Bixby tells the story of how the ghost of a famous Mexican wrestler teaches a shy 11-year-old boy to find his own hero within.

It stars Cole Keriazakos, Emiliano Torres, Zachary Alexander Rice, Brandon Salgado Telis, and Madeline Core.

The micromovie is already garnering a tremendous response from kids around the world who have embraced Nelson and his new—very odd—mentor, El Niño!

Now you can check it out for yourself in the video below.

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