Giveaway – Mortar and Pestle and cookbook [closed]

We have received great feedback from our readers about our new site. To thank all the amazing people who keep visiting, reading and supporting us this week’s gift is from us.

The prize:

1 medium-sized Made in DR-mortar and pestle (pilón) and a cookbook (Spanish or English, your choice).

To participate in this Giveaway

  • You must be 18 years or older.
  • Only US or Canada residents (sorry to all left out, but these items are too heavy to ship elsewhere)
  • Post a comment here telling us how long you have visiting our site, and how you found us.
  • One comment per person/per day is allowed. That’s right, you can come back every day and increase your chances of winning.
  • Make sure that your email is either on your profile, or your post. If I cannot contact you via email I will choose another winner. Write your email like this if you are including it in your post (keep spammers away): your name [at] domain [dot] com
  • Past winners must wait one month after winning to participate in another giveaway. We want to spread the love.

Giveaway closes on Friday 02/11/2011 12:00 PM ET, and the winner will be chosen via and announced in the evening. Your gift will be shipped within a week of our contacting you.

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And the winner is [drumroll please]: Jeff Rodier (no. 26). Congratulations to the winner.
Thanks to all that participated. Another giveaway will start today, so stay tuned.
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  • CrisDINA February 9, 2011, 11:45 AM

    Hi! I found this site maybe more than two years ago and have been using it ever since! I'm half dominican and half Puerto rican born in Jersey. My Mom is puerto rican so our dinner consisted of a puerto rican flavored meals. Don't get me wrong, I love it any ways, but I also love the way my father side of the family cooks!! So I always come back to this site when ever I want that dominican spaghetti, the lentils, the deserts, and everything else. This is my "bible" of recipes I always refer to especially when cooking for myself n for others. I plan on making a whole dominican feast of food for my fiance's family so they can realize how great dominican food is! Thanks Aunt Clara for sharing your recipes and for a beautiful job on this site!

  • Mike Otterstrom February 9, 2011, 3:14 AM

    Been reading the blog for about 2 months, It helps me find recipes that I loved when i lived in the DR and to try out some new ones as well.

  • Clarissa February 8, 2011, 5:42 PM

    4th can't wait to make coconut ice-cream thanks to your reciepe.

  • Amity February 7, 2011, 7:49 PM

    I am not sure, when the site launched I was hooked, and over the years many students have used the site for projects in my classroom. It's been a pleasure to meet you in person and I love LOVE the fresh new look of the site.

  • Jeff Rodier February 7, 2011, 6:43 PM

    2nd, heres hoping :)

  • Clarissa February 7, 2011, 9:55 AM

    3rd here's to hopeful wishing!

  • Jennifer February 7, 2011, 7:23 AM

    Hola Aunt Clara!

    I found your website last year after trying to recreate my moms dishes. She says, " put a lil this, put a lil that" but it never tastes the same! So I googled some pollo guisado and I found you! I'm obsessed with this website, so far I've only tried a few of my favorite dishes, and now I want to venture out and suprise my mom with some other ones (she was born in Barahona.) I love the Dominican Republic, I even got married there! So Thank you Aunt Clara for bringing it to California for me…where we have NO dominican restaraunts, and into my kitchen :-)

    jennifercogswell09 at comcast dot com

  • Jeff Rodier February 6, 2011, 3:46 PM

    Hey! What a great blog! I am so happy to have found it! I am about to leave (15days!!!) to my first excursion out of the country(Canada) to the Dominican! I am looking forward to the vast array of new foods to try!

    I was drawn to this site through google looking for dominican blogs, so far this is the best one :)

    bookmarked, tagged and followed !

  • Clarissa February 6, 2011, 2:31 PM

    Mentiramivida6 at yahoo dot com

    2nd comment

  • Becky February 6, 2011, 7:13 AM

    I LOVE your website and blogs! I was blog hopping this morning,waiting for everyone to wake up! And was visiting a favorite blog "In the know Mom". And she was featuring your paper hearts (love them!). I then read your entire blog- then skipped over here and have read nearly every recipe start to end! I have picked three recipes to try (funny how all three have De luche in the title!) can you see where my passion runs?

    Thank you for your amazing blogs! DR looks amazing and is now on my must see list!!

  • Taty February 6, 2011, 12:00 AM

    I found your site around a year ago. I think you are really into your fans. You are the only one that remembers us on our birthday, which I think is so cool. You have a lot of nice recipe, so that I remember from childhood. Even though I Puerto Rician, some of the food are the same, just prepared a little different. I like to try different cuisine and expand my cooking capabilities. Love your site. doing a great job. Taty

    [email protected]

  • Jenny February 5, 2011, 11:21 PM

    I'm an American missionary here in the Dominican Republic, so you could save the pilon–but I'd LOOOOOOOOVE the cookbook!!! (If my mom doesn't steal it first) .

    This is my 8th year here and I'm now engaged to a Dominican man—therefore your website has helped me MANY, MANY times, throughout the years (by the way—it is great to see it GROW so much)!!! I gotta say–Pastelon de Platano Maduro is my favorite—I think plantains in the US taste a bit different, but it was great to share with some short-term missionaries that were together for orientation with me.

    In addition with not having a local Kroger or Whole Foods store—-I'm shopping at a local 'colmado' , La Sirena, or Nacional for my food. I have to be a wise consumer (and save some money!) and USE Dominican produce—so again, another reason your website is super helpful!!!

    Oh, and one day I used your website to get ideas for my friend—she had to print off pictures (don't worry, we used Google Photos) for her maid who cannot read–and my friend is new to the country (doesn't speak any Spanish)—so I looked up traditional foods, looked up some photos, and gave her a group of photos so that she could cook her chofan, ensalada rusa, and tostones for her.

    Another reason—OK, this is final—I have a COLLECTION of cookbooks here with me—probably more than 20 books??—-and only ONE is "Dominican" (a church put one together here)!

    !Graaaaaacias! 😀


    Punkithead at hotmail dot com

  • Clarissa B February 5, 2011, 3:23 AM

    Wow so many comments already…. Im so tired of my glass one. Wouldn't mind winning one instead of buying a cheap one from the 99cent store :)

    I've been coming to this site about two orsomonths now. Cooked lots of yummy traditional meals :) found this thanks to my sister.

    Mentiramivida6 at yahoo dot com

  • Roberto Vasquez February 4, 2011, 11:41 PM

    Love this site. Even my mom is impressed

  • monica February 4, 2011, 9:54 PM

    I found your page while looking for a recipe for dominican cake since I want to learn to make my own because I live in an area that is mostly portugese and italian. i've also become a fan on facebook to see what's new. I love how simple the website is use. :)

  • Alexis Santos February 4, 2011, 8:26 PM

    I have been visiting this site for more than 4 years and LOVE it!!! I had a cookbook and it was worn and loved and I lent it to a friend and have yet to get it back!! I need a new one!!! lol Thanks for the great site!

  • April Maria February 4, 2011, 8:22 PM

    I found your site so long ago that I don't remember when it was…so let's safely say about 4 years ago. I run to your site all the time trying new recipes so that my dominican husband and kids can have a taste of home! Thank you!

  • Arnoldo Jimenez February 4, 2011, 5:33 PM

    I found la cocina de Titi Clara about three years ago. We have a Dominican Meetup group here in the DC area and get together for potlucks on a regular basis. We post your webiste on our meetup invites to our non Dominican members know that they do not have to be Dominican to cook Dominican food. We encourage them to give it a try.

  • Bien February 4, 2011, 4:50 PM

    I found you via google because I wanted a recipe for Dominican sancocho. Your website was the first to pop up and I was thrilled that there was a website specifically devoted to Dominican cuisine! It's been a year since I have started visiting your site. I am married to a man of German decent ( we affectionatley call our kids "germinicans") who had never had Dominican cooking before I met him. I'm an avid cook in general but missed my grandmother's delicious carne guisada, delce de leche, mangu….and the list goes on. She never had actual recipes, they were all in her head. The only authentic Dominican cookbook I have found other than Aunt Clara's was out of print and very hard to find. So glad this is here so I can have a little taste of nostalgia when I make these delicious recipes! I also get to share them with my husband who so far has been a big fan. Thank you!

  • darina February 4, 2011, 3:52 PM

    Ay por favor a ver si me lo gano. Siempre he querido uno y los otros dias le pide a mi sobrina que me trajera un pilon de Sto. Dgo. y lo que me trajo fueron las paletas que le dicen piloncitos (esto es en serio). Encontre esta pagina en google, pues siempre estoy buscando recetas dominicanas y asi seguir e inculcar mi cultura a mis hijos aqui en los Estados Unidos.



  • Marlene Mata February 4, 2011, 3:18 PM

    When I was in Rochester, New York pursuing my bachelor degree and I was far away from my family so I missed their Dominican food. I decided to browse the internet trying to find a recipe for Dominican food that can gives me a feeling of home again…I found this website and I had a hard time to believe if this is actually the real website for Dominican recipes in ENGLISH version because I tried looking everywhere…at the internet, at the bookstore, and etc. I can't read or speak in Spanish language so I was really happy that I found this website where I can make recipes like Tres Leche Cake, Morior Sonando, Mangu with salami, and many more. Then I bought this Dominican cookbook and showed it to my family so they were happy that I can use these recipes if I am far away from them. I hope Dominican cookbook will be updated with new recipes!

    Thank you, Aunt Clara and Aunt Iiana!

    My email address is…

    marlene [at] gmail [dot] com

    [email protected]

  • Mike Otterstrom February 4, 2011, 2:58 PM

    I've been visiting the site for a little over a month. I was searching online for a recipe for deditos de novia, and came to this site. I was very impressed with the recipe construction, the amazing photography, and the authentic taste of the recipes. After living in the general Santo Domingo area for two years it has become my home away from home and when I eat the food from there it makes the distance form here to there seem smaller. Thanks for the awesome blog.

  • Patricia Castillo February 4, 2011, 1:54 PM

    Bendicion Tia!

    I moved to Minnesota from NYC in 2000. After living here for a year or so spending holidays with friends and their families, enjoying their traditional holiday dishes, I started craving my peoples food. I Yahooed Dominican cooking and your site was the first on the list. I drooled and pined over all the recipes. Chimichurri, pastelon, habichuelas! I could have cried. I finally introduced my Minnesotan friends to some delicious Dominican food by making La Bandera Dominicana. Agendas we get together for potlucks they ask me what Dominican food will I be bringing.

    This year I will attempt, conquer and master Dominican desserts! I am so grateful for your site and visit often even if I'm not cooking. Just reading the recipes brings me back to cleaning rice and chasing chickens at my grandmas house in La Romana. Thank you very much for bringing our wonderful cuisine to the world wide web. I am a very appreciative Domini-sotan.


  • Shelly Frances February 4, 2011, 1:54 PM

    Los encontre buscando comida dominicana. De eso hace ya como 9 años, quizas 10. Hace años me gane un libro de historia y cocina dominicana en un concurso que ustedes hicieron. Me encanta su sitio y he hecho muchimas recetas de aqui. <3

  • laura s February 4, 2011, 1:16 PM

    I found you through facebook.

    The idea was just to "like" dominican cooking but then I found your facebook page. I used the link to your site and could not believe my eyes.

    Growing up I only learned to cook a few tradicional dishes and now i live in a place where 'caribean food' means 'jamaican food' so take out is not an option. Its very nice to be able to look up a recepie and make my family's favorites at home.

    Thank you for creating this space. I love it and refer friends to it all the time.

  • Laura Perello February 4, 2011, 1:15 PM

    I really enjoy your site. I'm Mexican-American, married to a Dominican, and live in West Texas. Living here makes it difficult for my husband, he is the only Dominican in town!! So, having you all helps bunches. When I wanna try something I didn't learn from my mother in law, you are the place to be. I've been visiting for more than a year. Love it and could really use the pilon :) But more so, I'd love the cookbook :) I found u guys through the all mighty Google 😛 of course

  • Victor February 4, 2011, 12:56 PM

    I have visiting for more than year. I found the site through when searching for recipes. I was born in Santiago, DR but live in the states now. a question, is your book in digital format where i can buy from or in itune bookstore.



  • Jenny Calletano February 4, 2011, 12:48 PM

    I've been visiting your site for 6 months or maybe even more. i found you on Google. I was googling dominican recipes for my husband (he loves to cook) and you guys were the firsts one on the list. And I've been coming back for more. Love it!!!

  • Rosemary Veras February 4, 2011, 12:42 PM

    I call my self undominican because I can't even dance bachata & the thought of hot oil burning my hands from cooking tostones scares me! As cheesy as it sounds, I made a resolution to myself that every month I'd perfect 1 dominican dish! My mom has no patience to teach me (I think she has given up) So I googled Dominican cooking & Aunt Clara came up! Since then I have perfected my favorite food on earth! (pastelon de platanos) & have finally gotten over my fear of cooking tostones! Thanks a million for bringing out the true Dominican in me! Next month is Moro de guandules!

    Mil Gracias!

    [email protected]!

  • Debbie Harris February 4, 2011, 12:36 PM

    I found your website doing an online search for Dominican Recipes. I have been visiting your website and Facebook page for about a year now!