Party Foods

Camarofongo (Not Fried)

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 ...

Baked Rice Balls Stuffed with Olives

It should come as no surprise to anyone that I love Mediterranean cuisine, after all, it is one of the bases of our cuisine, from switching to olive oil in most of our recipes, to my undying love of seafood, along with liberal use of olives. Yeah, I am one of those people who can't find ...

Baked Bollitos de Yuca Recipe (Cassava and Cheese Balls)

Please stop staring at these Baked Bollitos de Yuca (Cassava and Cheese Balls) for a second and let's talk about something. Developing and writing recipes may look easy at first glance--something I also believed before I started writing this blog-- but the reality is that if you want to do it right, it's a long, sweaty, ...

Easier Spanish Potato Tortilla

Instead of titling this "Easier Potato Tortilla (Omelette)" maybe we should have gone with "Guess who’s coming to dinner – Dominican style". My experiences of adjusting to Dominican customs and etiquette surrounding food and eating have become a theme – and possibly also a standing joke - of some of our articles here. One such lesson that ...

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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 ...

Sandwichon (Sandwich-Cake)

Summer is soon to end, and so is our vacation. During all this summer we've shared recipes that require little to no cooking, and I think I may have started a tradition in our blog, I think the idea of summer-friendly recipes will continue for years to come. This particular dish, though popular in our country ...

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 ...

Kale, spinach and sweet corn savory cornbread

Have I told you about my newest obsession? No? Well, since you insist... For the last few months a group of friends and I meet in our terrace to do "power yoga" with a friend trainer. This is not my first time, nor is it for the other participants, but in my case the last time I ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Creamy caper dip

Finger foods and dips go together like... like, er, two things that go together. Ahem. Today I am kinda blocked, so please bear with me. I have received many an email asking for recipes for sauces and dips that go with fried finger foods, you know, like yuca and batata fries, croquettes, etc. So, I am ...

Bollitos de yuca (Cheese-filled cassava)

Locavores are those who are part of a global movement that proposes the consumption of locally-grown food. It's a movement fueled by concerns about the environment and the nutritional quality of food that has travelled from afar, and subjected to diverse methods of preservation. As with anything, there are several sides to this argument. As with any non-centralized movement, ...

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 ...

Empanaditas de yuca o catibías (Cassava pasties)

It was love at first sight with Mr. Queso de Hoja, the cheese vendor, whose, uh, balls of cheese were always the freshest… Oh, how I miss the street vendors. All vendors really, but in particular, and in no small part due to their multitude, the food vendors, of course. The travelling hair accessories guy is ...

Guanimos (Corn pockets)

Am I ever glad that I have never called myself an expert on anything. Especially not an expert on Dominican food. Every time I learn something about food in general, or Dominican food in particular, I'm justly reminded that there is much to learn, and with things changing all the time one never finishes learning. This ...

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 ...

Empanadas de cerdo y manzana (pork and apple pasties)

'Tis the season. For this challenge our sponsor Holland House chose a theme that had me scratching my head and wondering how I was going to meet it: A light Thanksgiving dish with at least a hint of Dominican flavors. I have to say that it took me much longer to come up with something than it took me to actually ...

Triples (Triple-layered mini-sandwich)

I love, love these delicious triples (triple-layered mini-sandwiches). They are perfect for parties and get-togethers. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that entertaining can sometimes be a stressing proposition: picking the right dishes, food preparation, hiring a brass band... OK, forget about that last one. But having guests over need not be a big production. One thing ...

Cheese-crusted ripe plantain balls recipe

Welcome to my latest obsession: ripe plantains and finger food. Of all my obsessions this is probably the least insane one. I am sure you agree. Please say you do and I'll share with you the recipe for these incredible cheese-crusted ripe plantain balls filled with melted cheese. The greatest thing about cooking is that it satisfies ...

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It is said, not completely groundlessly, that New York City is the second biggest Dominican city. When it comes to our sites, we have more readers in New York than in any other city in the world. Watching Hurricane Irene head for New York filled us with the same sense of dread as the news that ...

Quipes or Kipes (Deep fried bulgur roll)

We're not from round here. Kipe is the proof. One of the things that marvels me about America, the continent, is that for the most part we are all young nations, some more stable and prosperous than others, but we all have one thing in common: short memory. This is well illustrated in Dominican society as ...

Croquetas de Pollo Recipe (Chicken Croquettes)

"Una vez al año no hace daño" goes the saying (it's not harmful just once a year), and this applies so well to Croquetas de Pollo (Chicken Croquettes). But nature, fickle and unpredictable, did not make this a fair rule for everyone. Let me tell you about somebody I know. We'll call him P. P. was my ...

Batata y yuca fritas (Fried sweet potato and cassava)

If you are looking to two foods that speak of the history of Dominican food it has to be cassava and sweet potatoes. Both were part of the Taino diet, long before a European ever set food in this side of the planet. It is our luck that this roots, who grow easily in our ...

Pan con aguacate (Avocado-stuffed bread)

Avocado sandwiches or pan con aguacate are a typically Dominican snack. The classic version is made with a pan de agua (the ubiquitous Dominican bread roll) sliced in half and filled with scoops or slices of avocado. There are varying schools of thought: some mash the avocado onto the bread with a fork, others leave ...

Chicharrón de Pollo Recipe (Deep-Fried Chicken)

You can find Chicharrón de Pollo (Deep-Fried Chicken) sold in every other block in the country, but there is more to the story of fast food in the Dominican Republic than meets the eye. Santo Domingo has it all, some would say. Drive around the newer parts of the city, and they are all there, those ...

Chimichurri (Dominican hamburger)

Some time ago I made the distinction between the art and science of different types of food preparation. My basic premise was that cooking was more of an art, whereas baking is more of a science, with certain exceptions to that rule. Something we frequently mention in passing, but have not tackled in depth, is ...

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If you read our book, or browse through our blog, you'll notice that many a time we credit a friend, a reader, a friend's grandmother, or a stranger we gave a ride home in an isolated area of the country for a recipe. As is the case with these arañitas and arepitas de yuca (cassava fritters). While ...

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Julia Alvarez, a Dominican and one of my favourite writers, once wrote that as a child in Santo Domingo the first thing anyone would ask when she or one of her sisters complained of a stomach-ache, was 'did you eat anything in the street?'* Dominican street food has a bad image. As it's often unhygienic and sometimes unhealthy, ...

Niño envuelto (Rice cake wrapped in cabbage leaf)

School is about to start, and children everywhere are going to be asked to speak or write about what they did on their holidays. Why should I be any exception? The difference is that I'm not going to go on at length about what I did, but what I learned. I spent the first couple of weeks ...