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Meet Kate - Chef, Mama, Wife

Meet Kate

Kate Ramos is a chef, a food writer, a mom, and a wife. And the creative force behind ¡Hola! Jalapeño, a blog where she shares her take on Latin-inspired food. ¡Hola! Jalapeño combines her love of food and her desire to share her husband’s Mexican heritage with her kids. Spend the day with her as she travels her hometown on Ventura, CA with her family. Skip to the end for her perfect margarita recipe, just in time for Cinco de Mayo.

What is the most important thing you have taught your children?
My kids are still young and I have a long way to go but the most important wisdom I try to instill in my kids is that if they truly believe in themselves, anything they want is only a dream away. I tell my kids all the time that the only difference between them and the people they admire is that those people believe 110% in what they are doing.

What’s the most important thing your children have taught you? Perspective. Once you have kids you realize nothing else in life is really as important as loving your babies.

Kate's Approach To Style

"I’m pretty casual but I like lots of color. Life in the kitchen has kept me away from fashion for most my life, but as I’m getting older I started investing more time into what I wear and how I look. People treat you like you treat yourself so it’s important to treat yourself well."

What's the biggest challenge about being a mom?
Watching my kids struggle. As a mom my instinct is to make everything easy for them, but what good would that do. It is really hard however to watch them figure life out.

What's your favorite way to spend time with your family?
We love spending the day at the beach. There’s something rejuvenating about the ocean that always leaves you feeling better and more optimistic about life.

What inspired your career in food?
I’ve been cooking since I was 10 years old. It has always come very naturally to me, more or less like second nature so when it came to choosing a career it was basically a no-brainer.

What do you love most about it?
Cooking is so much more than making something to eat. It is a universal bond that draws out the best in people. You make someone a delicious meal and they remember it forever.

What's the secret to making an amazing margarita?
Fresh-squeezed lime juice and lots of it. Forget buying the bottled margarita mix, all you need is some juicy limes, good tequila, and a salted rim.

Cucumber Mezcal Margaritas

A refreshing pitcher of cucumber mezcal margaritas made from cold pressed cucumber juice, smoky mezcal, orange liqueur, and lime juice.
Serves: 4-6 drinks


  1. 1 medium cucumber
  2. 8 shots Mezcal
  3. 4 limes, juiced
  4. 4 shots Grand Mariner
  5. 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  6. limes, ice, salt, for serving

  • Put cucumber through a juicer, or puree in a blender then strain out the juice.
  • Run lime wedges around the edge of each glass, then gently dip in salt.
  • Combine remaining ingredients, plus cucumber juice in a pitcher with ice and stir vigorously until everything is mixed and thoroughly chilled. Pour into salt-rimmed glasses and serve.

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