Light and Healthy

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Watermelon summer salad

We change our eating habits significantly during the summer. That's what happens when you live in the tropics. I am always looking for cooling dishes and dishes that don't require long cooking. We loved this watermelon summer salad. I served it for dunch the other day and we practically licked the bowl clean. - "Wait... 'dunch?!'" Dunch ...

Vegan "meatballs" with spicy eggplants dip

If you are a meat lover, please dont tune out yet. Just because you love your meat doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a good, clean, vegan dish. Sometimes, even the sturdiest of systems needs a reset. And for those occasions, or to serve to your vegetarian and vegan friends, I have just the dish: Vegan ...

Cassava bread (casabe)

If you don't know what casabe (cassava bread) is, Aunt Ilana wrote a fantastic article that explains it all. You'd be well-served to read it. If you know what casabe is, you are probably asking yourself why I have to write a recipe for it. After all, Dominicans don't make casabe at home. We just walk ...

Potato, chicken and kale summer salad

For the last few weeks I have been repeating how mild this year's temperature have been. Sure half the world was plunked into one of the coldest winters of late, but for us living in the tropics that was such a nice respite from our usual curse: heat. I should have kept my mouth shut. The last ...

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 ...

Chickpea and zucchini blossom salad

I loved this chickpea and zucchini blossom salad. Few of these are ingredients traditionally used in traditional Dominican cuisine, but you know what I love the most about it? I grew almost everything that went into it. Yep, I did. Nothing tastes as good as freshly-picked vegetables that you grow yourself. I have been obsessed with growing ...

Brown rice pilaf

I am not sure what changes as one grows older. Slowly our taste in foods change, and things that we would have considered "gross" or that we didn't like as kids slowly become acceptable foods, enjoyable even. I have yet to meet a kid who doesn't love pasta, or one who enjoys eggplants. Likewise, I have ...

Cream of asparagus soup

We all have talents. Big talents, and minor ones. One of my minor talents is the ability to remember what foods my friends and relatives don't like or are allergic to, once they have been my guests. As minor talents go, this comes in pretty handy if you don't want to end your dinners with unhappy ...

Salmon tartine with avocado mayo

This smoked salmon and avocado mayo canape it's a lot like our family. I know that a great deal of our readers belong to bicultural or multicultural families. And anyone of them could tell you that this is not always an easy life, but it's never boring. A successful multicultural family almost certainly require people with open ...

Spiced lentils with carrots and purple potatoes

Wanna hear what I did this weekend? I worked 16 hours a day for 3 days, I squeezed the work of a week in those hours. It doesn't sound like a lot of fun, but trust me, I loved it. If you do what you love for a living, you'll be on vacation all your life. I ...

Brown rice and garden vegetables pottage

For today I had a rich dish that included a cup of butter in its preparation. There was a change of plans. The night I was supposed to go in the kitchen to make this dish I woke up at 3AM with a dull pain in my stomach. Don't worry, nothing more serious than an upset ...

Baked potato croquettes

I have long had this idea on my mind of writing a post about the process of  writing a post for our blog: "How the sausage is made", metaphorically speaking. From the outside it may seem like a simple process, but it is not. From concept to publishing it may be a few days, it may ...

Avocado vegan mayo

Ever since this site was started I have been posting vegetarian and vegan recipes, including a pretty decent vegan version of our sancocho (which was lost in the moving process but I am planning to revisit it). There is a reason for this recipe for avocado vegan mayo being here: For more of half my life ...

Cream of roasted carrots

I love soups. There is something comforting, soothing, heart-warming in a bowl of warm soup. Frankly, few foods have this effect on me. When I am sad, down, when life seems to be going in the wrong direction, I drown my sorrows in a bowl of soup. When I don't feel well, when my body resents the ...

Cold zucchini noodles

I mentioned this dish to somebody a long time ago, I finally got around to writing a recipe. Not a strange occurrence with me: I am the Queen of Procrastination. But let's not talk about that. Let's talk about this delicious dish, half salad, half cold dish, and one of my go-to foods when I crave ...

Vegan brown rice rissotto

Not long ago I got two emails from readers asking if I could give them ideas on how to cook brown rice. About a week later we hear the alarming news that government agencies were warning consumers in the US that rice might be contaminated with arsenic. Shortly thereafter another warning: brown rice was even worse. I ...

Pizzetta para la merienda

A couple decades ago, during the years of my ill-spent youth, I could have never thought I would one day call myself a mother first and above all. The idea that parenthood could define a person seemed foreign to me. Oh, how times change! And many a childless person will roll their eyes at me, and ...

Ponche de frutas (fruit punch)

In an introduction to Dominican party food for our book, Jill Wyatt wrote: "Just as a child's birthday cannot be appropriately celebrated without a sugary fruit punch in which banana slices are set adrift, it appeared that mourners could not properly grieve, nor could merrymakers effectively make themselves so, without some alimentary offering". Jill has a talent for capturing the small but ...

Pasta and avocado salad

I love avocados. It's in my blood. I am not saying there isn't one out there, but I have yet to meet a Dominican that does not love them. And while everyones oohs and aahs over the smooth goodness of Mexican guacamole (I am partial to it myself), the way we Dominicans eat the fruit from ...

Easy rolls for school snacks

From the moment I "graduated" as a mom, I made it my goal to give my child the best food I possibly could. I armed myself with nutrition books, baby food recipe books (courtesy of Aunt Ilana), and I suffered pain and discomfort because I had my mind set on breastfeeding my child as long ...

Aguají (Rustic plantain broth)

There are days when getting out of bed does not seem like the best use of our time. Wednesday was one of such days. We inaugurated the day with a raging tropical rain and strong winds. It didn't take long until one of the shades in our terrace was ripped off its tracks. Things could only get ...

Chickpea and codfish salad

Have you ever thought what the exact definition of "salad" is? Salads are the most versatile of foods. Practically any cold (?) dish with a raw ingredient seem to qualify for the title. It is this flexibility that makes it the best part of meals for me. Or, like in this case, it makes it the ...