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.

Hot Dogs Party Recipes

10 years ago, back when we had a membership forum, we asked our members to share their favorite hot dog ideas. When we had to close the forum we saved some of these recipes, and today I am bringing back the best ones, after writing the recipe, testing and making pictures. With summer here, these recipes ...

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When I told you I had a long list of popsicle ideas I was going to work on I wasn't exaggerating even a little bit. It's what summers are for. These Chocolate, Coffee and Vanilla Popsicles are incredibly creamy, as creamy as any store-bought popsicle you can find, but made at home, where you can enjoy ...

Caseless-Longaniza Breakfast

Dominican Longaniza (Spicy Pork Sausage) is a very popular meat in the Dominican Republic as well as in many other former Spanish colonies. As sausages go, longaniza is a very simple one, although recipes vary from country to country, even from one sausage-maker to another. Longaniza was traditionally stuffed into a casing made of a pig's lower ...

Mangú Breakfast Bites

Every time I make mangú at home my daughter can't hide her excitement. She might be half-Danish, but she's 100% Dominican. Luckily, my husband seems to like it too, and I don't have to tell you how much I love it. I even make it for lunch sometimes, and always have to control my urge ...

Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding) Popsicles

If you have been around for a while, you have probably noticed how our cooking changes as summer approaches, we post fewer recipes of soups, fewer dishes that require long cooking, simpler, more refreshing recipes, and we go crazy with the paletas. May I interest you in an Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding) Popsicle? You may think ...

Tender Smoky Ribs with Spicy Rum BBQ Sauce

Nobody can say that I rush into things. For the most part. I seem to take my darn time to do anything that I'm not contractually obligated to do. I'm a bit of a procrastinator perfectionist that way. It's the only way to explain why I'm posting a recipe now that I started testing two ...

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The first time we try a dish and the circumstances in which we do it have a huge impact on how much we like and how well we remember it, even many years later. The aroma or taste of it often transports us back to that time. It can be a harbinger of warm, happy memories, or ...

Café con Dulce de Leche Pudding

Some weeks ago a reader asked on Facebook if we would eventually add sushi recipes to our blog. The answer is "probably never", and it has to do a lot with a dessert we called Café con Dulce de Leche (Latte) Pudding. Once a food enthusiast reads the recipe he/she'll notice that this is very similar ...

Recipe Tomato and Tortellini Pasta Soup

Summer is coming! So, let's hear it for the last soup of the season. Maybe. Much as I love my soups, and I have written about my love of soups many times, soon the weather will make eating soup the kind of thing I wouldn't do for fun. This Tomato and Tortellini Soup was bouncing around my ...

Casssava Flat Bread Breakfast

Growing up we always had Casabe (Cassava Bread) at home. Despite the simplicity of its preparation (see recipe here), its inexpensiveness, and its very mild taste, casabe is a great snack. Versatile even. This Casssava Flat Bread Breakfast ties in with some of my many experiments on how to make casabe appealing to the unsophisticated taste ...

Creamy Chicken Soup

There's always a story behind each of our recipes. Sometimes the story starts with us, sometimes it starts with you. One of our readers asked for "a creamy chicken soup". Later she reminded me about that chicken soup. What I didn't tell her is that I was working on that "creamy chicken soup", but it takes time ...

Looking for a strong, aromatic drink to carry you over the rest of the day? Look no further. This rich, Creamy Morning Cocoa is just what you need.

Living in a tropical paradise certainly has its perks, and while right now some of our readers in the East Coast are complaining of their never-ending winter this year, I would be very careful not to brag too loudly, soon it will be summer here and I will be complaining every bit as loudly as ...

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I may not be Miss Cleo, but I know what you thought when you saw these Ripe Plantain Boats (Canoas) with Eggplants: 1) "That looks fine!", and 2) "That's not how you make Canoas!". Yeah, you're right. Canoas -- a Puerto Rican dish -- is typically stuffed with minced beef, and the plantains are fried, which ...

Oatmeal and Apple Bake

This Oatmeal and Pear Bake has a case of multiple personalities. I am unsure whether to call it a dessert, or a breakfast. Maybe it's both. I love dishes like this. They are like the Swiss army knife of foods: Make them for breakfast, send kids with a slice to school, or get one for you ...

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 ...

If you love mofongo--and who doesn't--you'll squee with glee when you try this Camarofongo (Lighter, Non-Fried Garlicky Plantain and Shrimp).

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 ...