Main Dishes

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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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Creamy Spinach and Onion

And Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Creamy Spinach and Onion marked the end of our Spring Break. Sniff... Farewell, Spring Break, that was fun! We're back to our regular routine of morning madness, rushing to make it to school on time. And one of my favorite daily routines: Walking my daughter to school. It's a way to ...

"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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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I bet every cook has his Waterloo: those dishes that on occasion bring him to his knees. For some is baking, mine is meat. I have never been a big meet lover, even if in my time I ate a few questionable meats that would give nightmares to a lot of you. Meat is meat, after ...

Lobster summer pasta

Did you know that in the Dominican Republic, and many other Caribbean countries, fishing lobster is banned for part of the summer? La veda de langostas, as it is known here, seeks to protect the lobster from overfishing by giving the species time to replenish. It takes place from March to June in Belice, Costa Rica, ...

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Before I became a vegan in my early 20s I was the perfect eater: I would eat anything - at least once. This included foods of questionable provenance and some very unorthodox meat cuts. It's fair to say that  prior to that I was a voracious meat-eater. I eventually quit my vegan adventure, but even ...

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 ...

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 ...

Seafood black rice

This stunning Spanish seafood black rice is one of my favorite dishes. For a seafood lover such as myself, it's just perfect: jam-packed with seafood and strong ocean flavors. It speaks of summer and lazy days to me. As soon as the days started warming up I was back to my old love. And speaking of ...

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I like my pasta dishes simple. A few ingredients, some olive oil, toss, serve. This cannelloni filled with ricotta and spinach are so easy to make, so filling, so rich that I wonder why I just don't make it more often. Mother's Day is coming (in the Dominican Republic it's the last Sunday of May), so if ...

Vegan sancocho (root stew)

Vegan Sancocho? Do you know what a sancocho is? If so, I know what you're thinking: "if it's vegan, then it isn't sancocho". After all the recipe in our blog is called a "seven meat-stew". You can hardly get any more carnivorous than that, short of chasing and killing your own prey. I love sancocho, but ...

Couscous and dry tomatoes tabouleh

We Dominicans  love rice, looove it! Some even feel like a lunch isn't complete without a serving of the grain. Corn and bulgur make an appearance in our cuisine as rice substitutes. But those are not dishes that are served frequently. I have to be honest, I love rice, but it would bore me to tears ...

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 ...