cabbage

Carrot and cabbage salad

There is a question I have been asked many times in these ten years: What makes a dish "Dominican"? The answer escapes me. And since Aunt Ilana is the anthropologist here I have put off coming up with my own definition. The fact is that I doubt there will ever be a consensus on the subject. As ...

Repollo guisado (Cabbage stew)

It happened in the summer of 1993. It wasn't a difficult decision. It was always uncomfortable around the table in the company's cafeteria. I had already developed a reputation for being picky, people had suspicions. The real challenge came when we were sitting for our Christmas dinner, as my mom cut me a piece of the ...

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 ...

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 ...