Desserts & Drinks

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 -- ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, or neighboring countries. I have my feet firmly planted on the dividing line. Coffee is my first love, tea my refuge. After I had ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Coconetes (Coconut biscuits)

Coconetes (rustic coconut cookies) 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 ...

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 ...

Suspiritos (meringue kisses)

Our baby turns 12 this month. It's hard to believe it, isn't it? Time flies so fast. Oh, wait, I am not talking about my daughter, I am talking about our blog(s).  Yeah, it's been 12 years, and I can hardly believe it! I had no idea what I was getting myself into, or that I'd ...

Sangria, mojito and piña colada popsicles

I am back home, can you tell? I complained for weeks about the cold weather, and now I am home complaining about the heat and humidity.  So I turned to our beloved paletas to combat the heat, this time inspired by famous drinks from 3 of my favorite countries. Wouldn't you love some sangria, mojito and piña ...

Sugar and flour-free oatmeal and nuts breakfast muffins

I must tell you that my daughter and I have a bit of an obsession with these oatmeal and nut breakfast muffins. It's never too early to teach kids to love good, healthy food, and to instill in them the love for cooking. With some assistance (with the oven part) my 7-year old was capable of ...

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A few weeks back in a conversation with some fellow bloggers I mentioned that eventually I might run out of Dominican dishes to write about. Oops. Hit the panic button! Not really. I have four words for you: morir soñando (milk and orange) ice cream. In 12 years doing this I have gone through about a little over ...

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I have been receiving requests to add this recipe for a long time, years in fact. I have to say that it isn't just procrastination that has caused this, if you know me well, you know that I am not a big fan of fried foods. As a food blogger that documents a lot of our ...

Carrot, ginger and coconut cake

A bunch of years ago, about 10, I think, I was a regular in a news and travel website about the Dominican Republic. Through the forum I got in touch with somebody who also lived in Santo Domingo and who, coincidentally, picked up her groceries every week at a business very close to where I ...

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How has the year treated you so far? For me last year was a year of professional growth and some personal challenges. I saw some more of our beloved country, met new people,  networked with some awesome colleagues, got a lot of new clients. In all, the balance was good, and it seems like this year will ...

Apple and ginger pie

If nostalgia were a disease, I would be immune to it. I have yet to remember any time in which the past seemed like a place I wanted to go back to. I live by the philosophy that  if we spend our lives yearning for the times gone we won't find the energy to make our present the best ...

Pan de batata (Sweet potatoes pudding)

About ten years ago I was in Denmark, where my husband hails from, spending the holiday season with his family. With a full schedule of eating and more eating ahead, I had the "brilliant" idea of treating everybody to an "authentic" traditional Dominican pre-Xmas Xmas meal on the 23rd, including a delicious pan de batata (sweet potato ...

Mini-tart shells

In an a recent interview for a magazine I was posed a question: "Where do you get your recipes?". I'm not going to reproduce my answer (the interview hasn't been published yet), but this recipe is perfect for exploring some of it. Inspiration sometimes comes from odd places. But let me mention that these mini-tart shells (tarticos in the DR) are a ...

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Quick, before the last strawberry is gone from the shelves! This delicious, and unusual dessert is made from the two crops for which the Constanza region is best known: strawberries and potatoes. The idea came after an email asking if I had any "gluten-free" recipes inspired me to make one that was entirely free of wheat. Gluten-free, ...

Paleta de morir soñando de chinola (Milk and passion fruit popsicle)

September arrived and I breathed a sigh of relief. For a moment there I could feel its absence. I was looking forward to its departure, and excited about its replacement. But then, like a bad guest, it decided to stay a "little" longer. And here we are in mid-september and it hasn't left us. Go away, ...