Meat and Seafood

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 ...

Sancocho de mariscos (seafood stew)

Did you know that some of the recipes I post have been weeks or even months in the making? This is one of them. Sometimes I go through periods where I would cook up a storm, and create and test several recipes at the same time. They sit there until I have the time to post ...

Tocino (salted meat)

And I am back! After nearly three weeks of practicing the art of barajar (doing nothing), I don't really feel relaxed as much as I feel just... lazy. I could get used to this. I cooked a lot, tried a few new recipes (that I will share with you in the future), and spent a lot of ...

Beef stew with red wine sauce with pressure cooker

Tis' the season for soup, fa lala lala la! This is my favorite part of the year, and I wished it lasted for 11 months. It has nothing to do with carols, shiny lights or gifts. It's all about the weather, crazy as that may sound to those living at the top and bottom of the ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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If you've been around for a while you may have noticed that my versions of traditional recipes, like this one for locrio de pica-pica (Dominican rice and spicy sardines),  are often modified to make them healthier, and sometimes some extra vegetables are included. There is a reason for that: I write the recipes the same way ...

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 ...

Chop Suey a la dominicana

Many of our readers have let us know how much they appreciate the background information we provide on many of our dishes, their origins and cultural context. What you may not know is how much we enjoy doing this research, learning about our food and culture, and about the people that have given them to ...

Albondigas de pescado (Fish balls)

Summer, summer, summer! It's everywhere. It's "summer this", and "summer that". Girls in bikinis, over-tanned idiots and kids playing with garden hoses. Will the cliches never end? But I'm going to let you in on a little dirty secret: summer is my least favorite part of the year. If you don't understand why I just don't feel as ...

Pepino silvestre y cerdo (West Indies gherkin & pork)

This is a post about rediscovering. about meeting again, about going back to the past. It is not only about a dish that I had not seen or tasted in decades, it is about going back to a place I haven't been in for an almost equal amount of time. It is about discovering that memory ...

Pan-fried stuffed chicken breasts

Based on the data published in December by the Dominican Ministry of Agriculture, Dominicans consume about 200 times as much chicken as the next most popular meat: pork. This is not strange at all: chicken is less expensive, abundant and easy to cook. Chicken is also one of the least controversial meats. When it comes to ...

Niño envuelto (Rice cake wrapped in cabbage leaf)

School summer break is almost here. My daughter finishes school in a week or so, and with it comes the good and the bad of having a 6 year old who requires supervision and entertaining. For the time being I am concentrating on the fact that I will no longer have to get up very early ...

Quail with rum and apples

Cooking with rum is not unfamiliar to Dominicans, totally the opposite actually. Some of the dishes that may be cooked with rum are rabo encendido and chivo liniero (each family has its own recipe and lore about these dishes). With a wide variety of world-class rum available at reasonable prices here, it is no surprise that ...

Mondongo (Tripe stew)

We once took a poll amongst our readers called "Mondongo: Yucky or Yummy?", which sparked in me some reflection. My money was on a landslide victory for the Yuckies. I admit it, I voted more than once, in order to better register my enormous dislike. The Yuckies lost. By a lot. For those innocently unaware, "mondongo" is ...

Pollo guisado (Braised chicken)

What Dominican does not love a good pollo guisado (braised chicken)? I am the grandchild of farmers, and so is my husband. If you can count on anything it is on farmers being sensible people. They are rarely too picky about their food, after all they know full well that pork does not come cut into slices ...

Rosemary and olives pork roast

A few of our readers have commented that they are intimidated by their oven, and sometimes don't know how to use it. This  is a perfect dish to start practicing your skills, it is almost foolproof. Originally I had no intention of sharing this in our blog, but when I saw how just nice it looked ...

Salami guisado (Dominican sausage stew)

This story started like many others before: with the need to write a recipe and take pictures, and a husband befuddled by the introduction of yet another "suspicious" Dominican dish. - "Honey, what are you cooking". - "Something you've never eaten before". - "I can see that, but, what is it?" - "Salami guisado" - "What?!" - "Why would you do ...

Oven-baked rice with chorizo

Yesterday I got the call from school that every parent dreads: the school doctor told me Nadia had fallen in the playground. Before I went into full panic mode, and with a swiftness that I suppose comes from either training in handling freaked-out parents, or the experience of doing so, she informed me that other ...

Lambí guisado (Stewed conch)

Every culture's cuisine has dishes that are supposed to have aphrodisiac properties. These dishes range from the harmless to the clearly bizarre. Luckily the dishes in our cuisine alleged to help one's amorous skills are a pleasure to eat just for the sake of delicious foods. This is one of those dishes. Other Dominican dishes in this ...

Bacalaitos (Codfish fritters)

Sometimes the day finishes and I look back and ask myself "where did the hours go?". It suddenly seems as if I got hit on the head and could not account for all the hours in my day. Then I wish my days had at least 12 more hours. I am sure I am not the ...

Green bananas garlic and shrimps cups

I think we should get a slogan, and if we do I have just the perfect one: Keeping spouses happy since 2001! Some of our favorite comments and emails from our readers tell us how proud they were to surprise their spouse with some delicious Dominican food. It's not only wives, but husbands, too. It really ...

Pig trotters stew (cocido de paticas)

Sometimes feedback is a strange thing. I was pretty sure that this was going to be one of those recipes that people take a look at, shrug and quickly forget. While cocido de paticas (Pig trotters stew) is a popular dish in the Dominican Republic (although not a common one, it takes time to prepare it, so it's only ...

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It's not everyday I am in the mood for cooking, and yet husband and child expect to eat every day. I have the great luck of having a husband that can find his way around a kitchen, although BBQ is his specialty (hear me not complaining!). But some days when it's my turn to cook I ...

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

"Jamaican" you said? Yes, and this would not be the first time we write about Jamaican cuisine, or the [counts fingers] er... many times we have written about other Caribbean cuisines. One of the best ways to learn more about your own culture is to study that of your neighbors. Not surprisingly Caribbean cuisines have more in ...