21 responses

  1. Malte
    March 9, 2011

    Easy and tasty =)

  2. Amity
    September 17, 2011

    Love the addition of video to this post. I find as a visual learner this helps me try new things more readily. Great post!!

    And I have used Holland House Sherry for years as a part of my French Onion Soup recipe! They make wonderful products for the cook.

  3. Sandra B Gomez
    September 17, 2011

    Love repollo guisado! sometimes I make it as a main dish adding sliced kielbasa and two lightly beaten eggs, it is delicious!

  4. Missskitttin
    September 18, 2011

    Dude… did you even live in the DR? There are more vegetarian restaurants than any other place ive lived. And dominican cuisine is pretty much based on vegetables. Now… if you didnt choose Mickey Dees as your restaurant of choice you would ve been pleasantly surprised… Now if you are actually a dominican…. that is worse.

  5. Aunt Clara
    September 18, 2011

    Errm… I am not a dude. More like a dudette. Or "cranky lady" if you wish. :)

    This all went on in 1993, and yes I was living in Santo Domingo then (I am Dominican, born and bred). There were a few restaurants that served vegetarian meals. Ananda is the one I miss the most, but Ojas (RIP) was also very popular then. This does not detract from the fact that for me it wasn't easy socially. Try dragging your carnivorous friends to Ojas and you will soon find yourself eating alone.

    Things have changed, mercifully (and Ananda is still around), but being a vegan did not work for me. YMMV.

  6. Marta
    September 19, 2011

    This looks delicious….I am definitely tempted!

  7. Jennifer (Delicieux)
    September 23, 2011

    I know what you mean about people looking at your strangely when you tell them you're vegetarian. Luckily it's not as uncommon nowadays, but it's still difficult to get a good vegetarian meal when out at a restaurant as it seems to be a common myth that vegetarians still eat chicken or seafood.

    Your stew looks fantastic and very delicious.

  8. Jenny
    September 23, 2011

    Vegetarian is not my thing, but I have to say that those pictures are really tempting.

  9. Elisa A
    October 6, 2011

    Clara, I'm laughing while reading your article because growing up my parents though I was a vegetarian because I was very picky with meat and still am. Thankfully things have change a lot, now days vegetarian restaurants are every where and the non-vegetarian restaurants have a great selections of vegetarian dishes. I love the visual video and I wish you had that with all the recipes. Excelent dish and article.

    Take care Clara.

  10. Elisa A
    October 6, 2011

    I also grill a lot of vegetable (when weather permits), I think the best ones for grillling are zuchini, green beans, carrots, corn, squash and of couse potatoes. I cut them in small pieces, marinate with rice vinegar, salt, pepper and olive oil for a few hours. I prepare an aluminum foil pouch and put them on the grill for 10 mins. Excellent by themselves or as a side dish.

  11. Abby
    November 17, 2011

    Hi there, I have never been led astray by you Aunt Clara, thank you! I'm sure gathering and standardizing Dominican recipes is a bit like herding cats – pretty tough. :)

    However, I made this recipe, as the recipe instructs, with 1/3 cup of oil. it seemed like a lot, and half way I found myself spooning it out. When I belatedly watched the video, it didn't seem as if it was being cooked in a 1/3 cup of oil, but maybe a few tablespoons. Any clarification would be much appreciated. Thanks!

    • Aunt Clara
      November 17, 2011

      Precious me! That was an error. You are totally right, and thanks for calling that to my attention.

  12. Aimee Diaz
    February 4, 2012


    Soy dominicana, pero nunca he sido muy buena en la cocina. Mi tiempo es un poco complicado, soy diabetica y vivo con mi hija que es muy "picky" para comer, siempre estoy buscando recetas faciles para hacer, que yo las pueda comer sin preocuparme por mi azucar y que a mi hija le guste.

    Muchas gracias por esta receta, muy buena. Aunque le exhorto por favor, que incorpore mas recetas para diabeticos, las que he hecho hasta ahora me han quedado riquisimas. Muchisimas gracias!

    • Aunt Clara
      February 4, 2012

      Gracias a tí, Aimee.

      La diabetes es una enfermedad endémica en mi familia. De hecho yo mismo, aunque no soy diabética, vivo como si lo fuera ya que tarde o temprano me alcanzarán mis genes.

      Trato de que las recetas que presento sean lo más saludables posible, aun esas que no son precisamente muy saludables, trato de dar opciones para aquellos que tienen limitaciones dietéticas, no solamente por la diabetes. Por ejemplo, en las habichuelas con dulce menciono que mi madre las hace con Splenda y leche sin grasa, lo que la convierte en un postre bastante amigable al diabético. Siempre estoy añadiendo recetas de este tipo ya que lo que comparto con Uds. es lo que comemos en casa (aunque yo a veces no lo coma), y si no se lo serviría a mi familia no se lo "serviría" a Uds. tampoco.

  13. Gian John Banchero
    March 7, 2012

    Thank you so much for the recipe, D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!! I made the "mistake" of thinking that 1/4 of a cabbage would have produced too little so I doubled the recipe which produced a humungous amount… Didn't mind though because this dish is so good I'm glad to have it around for a couple days. I'm just learning the gift of the Latin American kitchen(s), so many recipes, so little time. Thank you for opening our eyes… And mouths.

    • Aunt Clara
      April 4, 2012

      Well, am I ever glad you liked it, specially since you had so much leftover.

      Thanks for commenting.

  14. Susan
    April 22, 2012

    This looks great and it's so easy to make. I can't wait to try it. A very touching story also…

  15. laura
    August 10, 2012

    Dear Aunt Clara,

    I have been coming back to this site for recipes since 2008…well it turns out I keep coming back to find myself as a born Dominican ‘raised in the states’…through food, and of course the personal stories that come along with all the recipes, and have led myself attach to this webpage. I was raised in La Vega, Dominican Republic until the age of 10 by my wonderful grandmother (RIP) who taught me everything I know…including all the basics of Dominican cooking. Today I saw this recipe, and although I am sure my boyfriend might not like it:-( I am determine to make it in honor of my beloved grandmother…she loved repollo guisado, not only because of how economic it was, and still is, but for how delicious it tastes with some arroz Blanco.

    thank you, for all the recipes that have helped me find my true identity.

    West palm beach, Florida

    • Aunt Clara
      August 10, 2012

      Thank you, thank you, Laura. I love introducing people, Dominicans or not, to our delicious foods. Food is an universal language. Thank you for following us.

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