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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, the fishing of 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, ...

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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)

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 I'm not ...

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 ...

Day-old bread and cheese casserole

I finished cooking, served lunch, and my husband had a first taste of a dish I was cooking for the first time. My dear spousal unit is my usual test subject, and he knows to be honest. This is no time to lovingly lie to protect my feelings. My readers count on him. - "It tastes ...

Arenque con huevos (Herrings and eggs)

Since the dawn of time, people have associated certain foods, fruit and vegetables with sex. The ancient Greeks and Romans who were famous for their bacchanals and orgies even had treatises and writings about the effects of various foods on their libidos. Some of these beliefs, whether true or not, endure to this day. There is ...

Whole-wheat pasta with creamy textured soy sauce

Here's a little story about how I fell in love with this vegan whole-wheat pasta with textured soy sauce. My dad is a inveterate practical joker. With him, life was always an adventure. One day he showed up at home with what looked to be dog food. I wouldn't have been surprised if he had been ...

Pigeon peas and pork roast stew

It's the day after Christmas Eve. The house looks like a battlefield, it's a mess everywhere. People in various states of undress pass us by scratching assorted body parts. Lots of yawning. We're still dizzy from a night of happiness, laughter, lots of food and the occasional argument over something that will be forgotten the next morning. And there are ...

Brined roast chicken

We have mentioned before the old maxim that while cooking is an art, baking is science. We are sorry to have perpetuated a myth. We're usually better than that. The fact is, cooking is as much science as baking, and baking is as much an art as cooking. Very few artistic disciplines are rooted in as ...

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 ...

Classic Pesto

Have you heard the adage "you can't please everybody all the time"? Turns out that, like taxes and death, that also is one of the surest things in life. A smart person soon learns that trying to please everybody is a fool's errand. In the end we all just have to assess our priorities and decide ...

Braised rabbit in white wine sauce

Some weeks ago I wrote about our trip to Constanza a few weeks back, and some time before that I wrote of my memories of that beautiful region of the country. There was so much to see, so much to do in the three days that we were there, that I can't help but try and ...

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 ...