Recipes

Easier Spanish Potato Tortilla

Instead of titling this "Easier Potato Tortilla (Omelette)" maybe we should have gone with "Guess who’s coming to dinner – Dominican style".My experiences of adjusting to Dominican customs and etiquette surrounding food and eating have become a theme – and possibly also a standing joke - of some of our articles here.One such lesson that ...

Locrio de Chicharrón de Cerdo

It's been many years since I last cooked Locrio de Chicharrón de Cerdo (Rice and Pork Crackling), but it has always been a classic in my family. I ate it so many times at my paternal home, but I seldom cooked it myself. It's time to change that.Ate it I did, enjoyed it a lot ...

Breaded Turkey "Chops" with Guava Sauce

At home I am always searching for "the next great dish", that one that we like so much it becomes part of our family tradition. There's 99 reasons why turkey has never been in that category. To give you only two: Turkey is not a very juicy meat, and it doesn't belong in either of ...

French Toast and Spiced Apple Pudding

French Toast was never part of my breakfast tradition growing up. I think I first tried it during stays at hotels on my vacations. Surprisingly, the best one I've tried was from one of those chain hotels while attending a convention in Miami many years ago. That was the only decent thing to eat there - ...

Chocolate de Maíz (Roasted Corn "Cocoa")

When my daughter tried Chocolate de Maíz (Roasted Corn "Cocoa") for the first time this week I had no hopes that she'd like it. Kids are fickle creatures, and knowing what they'll love or hate is difficult to predict. Amazingly she loved it.I am glad she did, because I am planning to make it often. ...

Oatmeal and Almond Cookies - No Sugar Added

A few years ago I asked my mother for the only thing I wanted to inherit from her: our family photos.To me, photography is not only a passion, it is my memory. Along with defective genes, a lousy memory is also part of my inheritance. The box containing the yellowed photos in varied states of ...

Sparkly Pomegranate and Watermelon Limeade

Days have been getting cooler here, and little by little summer is turning into fall. So let's give summer the sendoff it deserves with this flavorful, refreshing Sparkly Pomegranate and Watermelon Limeade.The change from summer to fall in these parts of the world is subtle. There are no dramatic changes in the color of the ...

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I have been thinking a lot about traditions lately, and it's apropos of these Cod Fishcakes that I'd like to leave an idea in your mind. Please humor me...As anyone who's ever written about their own country's traditional food finds out, there'll soon be controversy over the definition of "traditional", and what it comprises. This ...

Easy Rice and Quail Eggs Salad

Often the lunches that our kids prefer are not necessarily the best or most nutritious. We have to balance their tastes with what's good for them. I have found that the easiest way to negotiate with them is to involve them in the preparation.You may think that a dish that includes the words "salad" and "healthy" ...

Sandwichon (Sandwich-Cake)

Summer is soon to end, and so is our vacation.During all this summer we've shared recipes that require little to no cooking, and I think I may have started a tradition in our blog, I think the idea of summer-friendly recipes will continue for years to come. This particular dish, though popular in our country ...

Shrimp and Mango Ceviche Salad

Summer is chugging along, and we continue our series of light summer dishes that require little to no cooking, and are perfect for the season. What's not to love about that?This time we have a dish based on a South American classic that has spread the world over. You'll love this Shrimp and Mango Ceviche ...

Oatmeal and Strawberry Popsicle

Like every summer, we try to escape the heat in our beloved Caribbean corner by heading for cooler climates. Aunt Ilana and I have been writing our "What I Did This Summer" reports for over a decade. I am looking forward to hearing what Ilana has been up to this year, but in the meantime this ...

Carambola (Star Fruit) and Serrano Ham Salad

As a denizen of this little tropical corner of the world, I am very spoiled when it comes to fruits. We have the juiciest, sweetest mangoes, delectable and fragrant papayas, blissfully sweet watermelons, and... well, it's too long a list to mention. We are also in the unique position to grow fruits that don't normally grow ...

Mild and Easy Gazpacho

It shouldn't be cause for surprise that both Ilana and I are very big fans of Spanish food: We both have a cultural connection to the country, albeit from very different perspectives. Spanish cuisine is one of the cornerstones of our own culinary traditions, and many dishes are common or similar.My visits to Spain proved just ...

Baked Vegan Kibbeh

A few weeks ago I was trying my recipe for baked kipes (baked kibbeh) and had my yoga friends and Ilana's son try them. The reviews couldn't have been better. Unfortunately Ilana couldn't try it (she follows a meatless diet), and I had just one bite (I prefer not to eat meat, but taste some ...

Batidas de Zapote/Granadillo/Níspero (Fruit Shakes)

A heat wave is hitting us hard down here in PuntaCana, just like it does this time of the year. And I start whining about it just like I do every year. Like every year, I start sharing my famous (infamous?) summer dishes, drinks and paletas (popsicles), some of our preferred weapons against the heat.Along ...

Baked Kipe (Kibbeh)

Nearly two centuries ago a wave of immigrants from the former Ottoman Empire found its way to America (the continent), fleeing persecution and economic hardship. With them they brought bits and pieces of the rich cuisines from a territory that surrounded most of the Mediterranean, and the Red and Black seas.Kipe / quipe, as we Dominicans ...

Tamarind Candy Balls

This is a post to say goodbye. Don't worry, nobody is going anywhere, not literally at least. I think I am being too melodramatic. Does that happen to ladies "of a certain age"?I have been doing this for 13 years, and by "this" I mean writing this blog. It's fair to say that outside my ...

Broccoli and Potato Soup

Somebody told me to make broccoli soup. Darn if I remember who. I can't remember if it was on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, it's hard to keep track these days, but some lovely reader asked me for a broccoli soup.And I can't say no to soup, because I love soup. Ask my husband, or my ...

Moro-Locrio (Rice with Pork and Black Beans)

Sometimes some dishes just don't work. Don't worry, I am not talking about the moro-locrio (rice with pork and black beans). This one actually did.I love experimenting with food -- isn't that obvious? Inspiration for new recipes come from everywhere, and sometimes things work in my head much better than they turn out in reality. That is ...

Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Creamy Spinach and Onion

And Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Creamy Spinach and Onion marked the end of our Spring Break. Sniff... Farewell, Spring Break, that was fun!We're back to our regular routine of morning madness, rushing to make it to school on time. And one of my favorite daily routines: Walking my daughter to school. It's a way to ...

Empanaditas dulces (Fruit jam turnovers)

You would think that because I post recipes for desserts so frequently it must mean that I have a sweet tooth. The answer to that is yes... and no.Not to confuse you or anything (I'll let my grammar do that), but the truth is, savory is my thing.Sure, I do love a good dessert -- ...

"Surf and Turf" Rice - A paella-inspired dish with all the flavors from my Caribbean paradise.

Few things leave me speechless. If you knew me well you'd agree. I was the kind of kid who probably made her mom wish she were deaf once in a while.This week -- in what must be an auspicious alignment of the planets -- two things did leave me stunned, if only briefly: this "Surf ...

Avena Caliente (Oatmeal and Milk Hot Drink)

The best part of keeping this blog, and having it become the de facto digital Dominican kitchen, is that we get to show you recipes that may not longer be as popular in the Dominican home, but that definitely deserve a revival. They deserve to be shown to the world, and adopted for the wonderful ...

Codfish and Potato Fritters

Culture doesn't stop changing. No part of it does --thank goodness-- and that includes a country's culinary heritage.We may hang on with teeth and nails to nostalgia, but the world keeps travelling at 1070 miles/hr, and dragging us all in this fantastic rollercoaster ride we call life. A lot of these changes are completely worth ...

Pork w. Vermouth Sauce & Celeriac and Cassava Mash

Nearly every week for years now I have gone into the kitchen and created something new and unique. Sure, sometimes it was just a matter of tinkering with and writing a recipe created centuries before I was born, but there's always my touch in it. I set the table and present the food in its ...

Coconut rice pudding brûlée

In most countries of the world March 8th is marked as International Women's Day. A day to celebrate women, and particularly for some of us, the ones that have influenced us.What better dish to treat with you than an adaptation of my mom's classic arroz con leche? I have added coconut to my mom's rice ...

Celeriac, spinach and cheese casserole

My hate of summer is abundantly documented in our blog.OK, hate might be too strong a word, dislike is more like it. I don't function well in the sweltering heat and humidity we are subjected to for a couple of months in my corner of the world, and I spend all summers  making up dishes ...

Sour and sweet pork with pineapple

It's that time of the year again, or so I am reminded by the commercials interrupting my TV viewing. You know, Valentine's Day.I can't be bothered to care.You know how I demonstrate my love to my dear husband? I cook meat for him. Yeah, I almost never eat meat, but I don't mind cooking it ...

Passion fruit cheesecake

Let me tell you something, this is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I'm not exaggerating even a little bit.I've tried and enjoyed about a dozen versions of passion fruit cheesecake, each great, but I wanted to make my own version, with the touches I love. This is the result.I made it three ...

Sancocho de mariscos (seafood stew)

Did you know that some of the recipes I post have been weeks or even months in the making? This is one of them.Sometimes I go through periods where I would cook up a storm, and create and test several recipes at the same time. They sit there until I have the time to post ...

Tocino (salted meat)

And I am back!After nearly three weeks of practicing the art of barajar (doing nothing), I don't really feel relaxed as much as I feel just... lazy. I could get used to this. I cooked a lot, tried a few new recipes (that I will share with you in the future), and spent a lot of ...

Potato with yogurt dressing and happy New Year!

If you've been paying any attention -- and frankly, why would you? -- you'll have noticed that I've taken a short hiatus from blogging and social media. I want to reassure my many (as many as two) fans that I'm not going anywhere. I just needed a break.I haven't taken a real vacation in a ...