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Broccoli and Potato Soup

Somebody told me to make broccoli soup. Darn if I remember who. I can't remember if it was on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, it's hard to keep track these days, but some lovely reader asked me for a broccoli soup. And I can't say no to soup, because I love soup. Ask my husband, or my ...

Celeriac, spinach and cheese casserole

My hate of summer is abundantly documented in our blog. OK, hate might be too strong a word, dislike is more like it. I don't function well in the sweltering heat and humidity we are subjected to for a couple of months in my corner of the world, and I spend all summers  making up dishes ...

Passion fruit cheesecake

Let me tell you something, this is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I'm not exaggerating even a little bit. I've tried and enjoyed about a dozen versions of passion fruit cheesecake, each great, but I wanted to make my own version, with the touches I love. This is the result. I made it three ...

Guava and ricotta cheese pie

One thing I am very proud of our country is the devotion Dominicans have for their traditional cuisine. No matter our economic status, comfort food is always Dominican food to us. But Dominicans are opening their palate to new things, and the internet has played a part in it. When we started this project of writing ...

Caramelized onion tart

Let me tell you a story of friendship and the internet, while we share a slice of this rustic caramelized onion tart with cheese crust. For the story of how I came to share it with you has more to do with the internet than you can imagine. Back in the early 90s I got connected ...

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 ...

Watermelon summer salad

We change our eating habits significantly during the summer. That's what happens when you live in the tropics. I am always looking for cooling dishes and dishes that don't require long cooking. We loved this watermelon summer salad. I served it for dunch the other day and we practically licked the bowl clean. - "Wait... 'dunch?!'" Dunch ...

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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 ...

Spaghetti, tomato and 3-cheese pie

Did you hear that Dominican Republic won the World Baseball Classic? No? OK, good, let me brag about it. Baseball is the sport in the Dominican Republic. Not to say that other sports are not played and followed; they are. Basketball, volleybal and others have good following and loyal fanatics, but baseball rules king. As a comparison, ...

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 ...

Cheddar rolls

Sit down, let's have a coffee and a delicious cheddar cheese bread roll. I have something to tell you: You my dear reader might not know it, but I was once unfaithful to you. Up until a few months ago I kept another blog titled "The Home in Paradise", which chronicled my adventures - and occasional misadventures - ...

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 ...

Festive potato casserole

Like it happens every year, vendors round the world trip over each other trying to beat the rest in the Earliest Christmas Display Competition. Round here Christmasy things were on display on September. Don't believe me? Not to be left behind (too much) we start adding festive (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Festivus, etc) recipes starting now. If you can't ...

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 ...

Pizzetta para la merienda

A couple decades ago, during the years of my ill-spent youth, I could have never thought I would one day call myself a mother first and above all. The idea that parenthood could define a person seemed foreign to me. Oh, how times change! And many a childless person will roll their eyes at me, and ...

Tomatoes filled with cheesy mashed potatoes

I have mentioned it before, but we Dominicans are not big fans of potatoes. And I am fine with that. It's not that we don't enjoy the noble tuber, after all it is the main ingredient in our beloved Russian salad, and  a common ingredient in our soups, but as a side dish, potatoes lose badly ...

Cauliflower and carrots gratin

My husband and I spent our first years together, more than a decade and a half ago, wandering the country. For me sometimes revisiting places I had been to, for him learning what this land of ours has to offer: From pristine white sand beaches to the highest mountains in the region, from tropical deserts to ...

Pastelon berenjenas y queso (eggplant and cheese casserole)

First of all, what sort of vegetarian are you? What the airlines describe as 'lacto'? 'Lacto-ovo'? These curious categories have long been obsolete everywhere except airline ticketing codes. They mean vegetarians who eat dairy products and vegetarians who eat dairy products and eggs. Are you a fishetarian? That means a vegetarian who eats seafood (my definition). ...

Roasted auyama (West Indies pumpkin) cream with cheese crust

I have a confession to make: I'm terribly out of tune with the seasons and other natural cycles. It's actually a bit embarrassing. I used to show up at my corner fruit vendor when I lived in Santo Domingo and ask for mangos when it wasn't mango season, or avocados when the trees were still in ...

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 ...

Pastelón de harina de maiz (Corn flour casserole)

"Is it because you don't love me anymore?" Ah, my husband, always so funny. About a decade and a half ago I was trying to find my culinary style. For the first time in my life I was in charge of cooking for someone else, and that someone else turned out to be somebody from a ...

Ensalada de coditos (Pasta salad)

Let me tell you my story on ensalada de coditos. When you are a kid you tend to believe everything you read: I thought that all English ladies went picnicking once or twice a week and that they all wore long flowery dresses and big floppy hats or fascinators, sat on red and white-checkered tablecloths and sipped ...

Lasagna de berenjenas (Beef and eggplants casserole)

Allow me to invite you to try this beef and eggplant carb-free "lasagna" casserole. But first I will tell you about my experiences in adjusting to Dominican customs and etiquette surrounding food and eating and how it has become a theme – and possibly also a standing joke - in some of our posts here. One such lesson that ...

Cordon bleu chicken

You wouldn't believe that cordon bleu chicken is one of the most searched-for dishes in our blog. Although not a traditional Dominican dish, we have always received requests for this recipe. Cordon bleu chicken and this mushroom sauce are a classic, known throughout the world, and is a simple way to prepare chicken that will still ...

Pastelón de papas (Potato and beef casserole)

When I first moved to the Dominican Republic I stayed with my future mother-in-law for a couple of months. Although I had visited the country several times before and eaten Dominican food at friends' houses, comedores and restaurants, this was my first real immersion in a traditional Dominican household. As a vegetarian I ate more ...

Pastelón de yuca (Cassava Casserole)

Why spend money on losing weight when it's mainly a question of common sense? Diets are a relatively new phenomenon, unless you count the biblical “milk and honey”, “bread and fishes” or the Roman “wine, women and song” as diets. The compulsion to go on a diet is relatively recent, because not so long ago being ...

Queso frito (Fried cheese)

"Dominicans will eat ANYTHING for breakfast" observed a friend from a European country which shall remain nameless, to protect the guilty. He was watching his Dominican wife tuck into a bowl of soup at the breakfast table. It is true that Dominicans do have some breakfast preferences that to foreign eyes sometimes appear a little ...

Empanaditas / Pastelitos (Savory turnovers)

A party’s not a party without a picadera – I may or may not have that printed on a t-shirt. Seriously. My experience with picadera in the DR is that you have to be pretty forceful to get any. If it’s a table laid out with food, you want to elbow your way in there, because, ...