Recipes

Dominican food and Dominican-inspired recipes, presented in detailed and simple way with results that you’ll love. You can recognize the traditional Dominican recipes because we also give you the original name in Spanish.

Eggplant and Eggs Pita Sandwich (Sabich) - In Israel

Sometimes you find yourself in a tight spot, only to find out later that what you thought was your bad luck at work turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Imagine that, I almost left Israel without tasting Eggplant and Eggs Pita Sandwich (Sabich). That would have been nothing short of a tragedy. If you've followed ...

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Few Dominican children have escaped it, and although it's not as popular these days, nearly all of us have eaten a version of this dish at some time or other. It was usually served as breakfast or dinner, and sometimes as a mild, comfort food when we were sick. Coincidentally, a couple of readers recently mentioned ...

Shakshuka: Eggs on Tomato Sauce

Shakshuka (eggs on tomato sauce) is one of those dishes that have made so many rounds on the internet that you're likely to have seen it elsewhere. Trying it for the first time, on the other hand, makes you wonder just why you haven't made it before. Such a simple idea, such a great little ...

Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Lemon Frosting

The recipe for this Lemon cake with Cream Cheese Lime Frosting is probably one of the most extensively tested recipes in our blog. A couple of weeks back I even shared with my social media followers a couple of pictures of a very nice-looking version no. 3, which unfortunately, I found, was still lacking. This ...

Rice with Lentils (Mejadra)

The name is Mejadra, a popular dish in the Middle East. And when an Instagram follower made the immediate connection that this Rice with Lentils and Fried Onions looks a lot like our Moro, she figured out exactly why right after trying it I decided I needed to share it with you. The story of ...

Asopao de Pollo Recipe (Chicken and Rice Pottage)

If you've been paying attention, you'll notice that we didn't publish our usual weekly post last week. I apologize for that, and there was a reason for it: I was traveling. More on that later, but for now I hope that this recipe for Asopao de Pollo (Chicken and Rice Pottage) -- a very popular Dominican ...

Spicy Meatballs Stuffed with Quail Eggs

The first cookbooks I bought after I left my parental home were a strange mix: Chinese food, Indian food and a book about cooking food with a microwave. Having learned the staples of our Dominican cuisine at my mother’s side, I was ready to explore something new. Needless to say, for a while my roommates had to endure my ...

Carne Molida con Vegetales

Finishing this Minced Beef with Vegetables before my daughter returned from school brought to my mind a conversation we had about a year ago, possibly after the umpteenth time I told her to either not waste food, or to turn off the lights when she left a room. You know, the same things our mothers ...

Ponche de Chocolate Recipe (Chocolate Eggnog)

It's the last day of the year! Where has time gone? This has been a bumpy ride of a year for our family. The lows have been very low, and the highs pretty up there. Despite the losses and the headaches there's always a reason to toast to a new year. As a chocolate lover myself, ...

Pasteles en Hoja de Yuca (Cassava and Chicken Pockets)

I bet half of our readers are knee-deep in food right now, and the other half obsessing about what food will be on the table tomorrow. And on many of those tables, Pasteles en Hoja de Yuca (Cassava and Chicken Pockets) will be one of the stars of the evening. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and no other occasion ...

Camarofongo (Not Fried)

We all know and love the classic mofongo, but that ball of garlicky goodness has a bajillion calories (rounding up). I am here to bring the kind of life-changing good news that one hopes to get this time of the year: This Camarofongo (light, non-fried version of shrimp mofongo) is every bit as good as ...

Christmas Carrot Cake

Anyone who has kids, or who has spent time with them has quickly found out one of the truths of life: Kids are the fiercest food critics. A combination of a not-so-refined taste, and the honesty of a drunkard can break anyone's heart. Imagine my surprise when my daughter showered praise on this Christmas Carrot Cake. This isn't ...

Baked Rice Balls Stuffed with Olives

It should come as no surprise to anyone that I love Mediterranean cuisine, after all, it is one of the bases of our cuisine, from switching to olive oil in most of our recipes, to my undying love of seafood, along with liberal use of olives. Yeah, I am one of those people who can't find ...

Baked Bollitos de Yuca Recipe (Cassava and Cheese Balls)

Please stop staring at these Baked Bollitos de Yuca (Cassava and Cheese Balls) for a second and let's talk about something. Developing and writing recipes may look easy at first glance--something I also believed before I started writing this blog-- but the reality is that if you want to do it right, it's a long, sweaty, ...

Brown Rice Pilaf with String Beans and Bacon

Our relationship with food and cooking has changed tremendously in the last ten or so decades, more so in the last few. Cooking was considered a skill, something you mastered after years of helping in the kitchen, working alongside the older women in your family. Cooking was primarily a female activity. On the one hand it ...

Spicy Fresh Shell Beans and Pork Sausage Stew

Oh joy! Right now I'm as happy as a dog with two tails: My favorite time of the year is here. Despite what you may think, it isn't the twinkly lights, the carols or even the food that make me so happy, it's the weather. For the last few days it's been so cool at night ...

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 when I was growing up. I think I first tried it during stays at hotels on my vacations. Surprisingly, the best 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 ...

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'm glad she did, because I'm planning to make it often. After all, ...

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 ...