Recipes

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 homes, 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 ...

Guava and ricotta cheese pie

One thing I am very proud of our country is the devotion Dominicans have for their traditional cuisine. No matter our economic status, comfort food is always Dominican food to us. But Dominicans are opening their palate to new things, and the internet has played a part in it. When we started this project of writing ...

Vegan pumpkin eggnog

So I have an obsession with veganizing (is that a real word?) traditional recipes. I have gone through a few now, and they are always well-received amongst my vegan readers. Of course I love them myself, as I prefer to eat as close to vegetarian as I can, with the occasional indulgence. For very loose definitions ...

Spiced winter coffee

If there is any clear division in the world it has to be between tea and coffee drinkers. The (feigned) animosity between the two groups is stronger than between any two political parties, sport teams and neighboring countries. I have my feet firmly planted on the dividing line. Coffee is my first love, tea my refuge. After ...

pineapple-coconut-tarts

Yay, another mini-dessert! This isn't the first mini-dessert that I post, or the first mini-tart either. I am a little obsessed with bite-sized desserts, they look dainty, refined. But they are also a guilt-free way to have that little bit of sweet in our lives. And I absolutely loved these. What's not to love in these puffy ...

Beef stew with red wine sauce with pressure cooker

Tis' the season for soup, fa lala lala la! This is my favorite part of the year, and I wished it lasted for 11 months. It has nothing to do with carols, shiny lights or gifts. It's all about the weather, crazy as that may sound to those living at the top and bottom of the ...

Tres leches coffee liqueur shots

You take one look at these refined Kahlúa Tres Leche Shots and you know you want to dig in. Tres leches (three-milk) cakes are a Latin favorite. A spongy cake soaked in sweet milk sauce, topped with whipped cream. It’s the kind of dessert one never says no to, whatever the consequences. Now, imagine a bite of ...

Kale, spinach and sweet corn savory cornbread

Have I told you about my newest obsession? No? Well, since you insist... For the last few months a group of friends and I meet in our terrace to do "power yoga" with a friend trainer. This is not my first time, nor is it for the other participants, but in my case the last time I ...

Coffee and vanilla eggnog

Back in August a person I follow on Instagram posted some pictures of a chain store that was already selling Christmas ornaments. This is my excuse for posting a recipe of a coffee and vanilla eggnog in November. To us Dominicans ponche (eggnog) signals the beginning of the holiday season. And if stores start selling ornaments ...

Moroccan vegan chickpeas

Speaking strictly about food, we could have done much worse than to be colonized by the Spanish. Spain has one of Europe's richest culinary traditions, a richness that was in no small measure influenced by the "Moorish" occupation of the peninsula from 710 to 1491 AD, a whopping 782 years. Over 200 years longer than "European ...

Boozy coffee flan

This is a blog that straddles many different "worlds". Something that is perfectly symbolized by a pumpkin spice latte flan. Two bloggers belonging to multi-cultural families, trying to instill a love for traditional Dominican cuisine in our children, while at the same time trying to equally inspire their love for the cuisine of the other branches ...

Arepa (Dominican cornmeal and coconut cake)

Dominican arepa is a cornmeal and coconut cake, traditionally prepared in an iron pot on top of red-hot coal. A metal lid is placed on the pot, then more coal is put on the lid. This led to the expression "como la arepa: fuego por arriba y fuego por abajo" (like an arepa, fire underneath, fire ...

Acorn squash and pancetta soup

In a case of "the cobbler's children go unshod", I often find myself with no idea what to make for dinner. I have found that in those cases the best solution is to explore the depths of my fridge and see what has been there long enough to develop consciousness, and eat it before it ...

Zucchini boats filled with rice and chorizo

I love creating recipes, it's the closest to being a kid with a chemical set you can be after you are legally able to drive. My favorite recipes come out of any sort of challenge. In this case I found myself with a pack of chorizo that I had in the fridge for a while, and ...

Coconetes (Coconut biscuits)

Coconetes are very popular in the Dominican Republic. You can walk to any colmado (corner store) and you will in all likelihood find them. The reason I have called them rustic coconut cookies is because they have a rustic texture, a little bit on the dry side. That doesn't mean that they aren't full of flavor, after ...

Spiced wild rice mix with cauliflower

We Dominicans love rice. It's no wonder that we hear "it's not lunch without rice" all the time. The sad thing is that we always stick to the same kind of rice. The long-grain rice that is used in traditional Dominican cooking is one of about 40,000 varieties of the grain. You read right, 40,000! What I ...

Peanut and fruit bar

Sometimes I crave something sweet when out and about. Unfortunately there aren't many good choices on the supermarket aisles - not every energy or granola bar is the same. I'm always looking for good alternatives, preferably homemade, because the commercial ones are either cloyingly sweet, or taste like sawdust. I love nuts (hey, you are what ...

Caramelized onion tart

Let me tell you a story of friendship and the internet, while we share a slice of this rustic caramelized onion tart with cheese crust. For the story of how I came to share it with you has more to do with the internet than you can imagine. Back in the early 90s I got connected ...

Whole wheat banana pancakes

I'm sitting in one of the many waiting rooms in which modern humans waste a considerable amount of their lives. A worn-out National Geographic I found there keeps me company. I wonder what kind of germs reside between its pages, but I soon push the thought aside, as other things occupy my mind: How much longer ...

Berenjenas guisadas con cerdo (braised pork and eggplants)

If I were to write a book titled All the Things I Know Little to Nothing About, anthropology would be there somewhere. Even so, I am going out on a limb and say that a country's socio-economical situation must influence its culinary culture. To me it seems self-evident. This would explain why dishes like this berenjenas guisadas con ...

Potato, zucchini and cheese tortilla

This week we were hit by a tropical storm. Luckily, besides having been rained in and on for four days, nothing else happened. The good side of it is that the temperature dropped low enough that I could use my oven without the whole place feeling like midday in the Sahara. Another side effect of heavy rains ...

Papaya and tofu salad

To those of us who love playing with food, when life gives us lemons we make pies, cakes, and yes, lemonade. And when we pick a papaya that looks like a prizewinner to make the world's best batida de lechoza, and it turns out to be a disappointment, well, we make tofu and papaya salad. Papaya ...