eggs

Easy Rice and Quail Eggs Salad

Often the lunches that our kids prefer are not necessarily the best or most nutritious. We have to balance their tastes with what's good for them. I have found that the easiest way to negotiate with them is to involve them in the preparation. You may think that a dish that includes the words "salad" and "healthy" ...

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 ...

pineapple-coconut-tarts

Yay, another mini-dessert! This isn't the first mini-dessert that I post, or the first mini-tart either. I am a little obsessed with bite-sized desserts, they look dainty, refined. But they are also a guilt-free way to have that little bit of sweet in our lives. And I absolutely loved these. What's not to love in these puffy ...

Tres leches coffee liqueur shots

You take one look at these refined Kahlúa Tres Leche Shots and you know you want to dig in. Tres leches (three-milk) cakes are a Latin favorite. A spongy cake soaked in sweet milk sauce, topped with whipped cream. It’s the kind of dessert one never says no to, whatever the consequences. Now, imagine a bite of ...

Coffee and vanilla eggnog

Back in August a person I follow on Instagram posted some pictures of a chain store that was already selling Christmas ornaments. This is my excuse for posting a recipe of a coffee and vanilla eggnog in November. To us Dominicans ponche (eggnog) signals the beginning of the holiday season. And if stores start selling ornaments ...

Boozy coffee flan

This is a blog that straddles many different "worlds". Something that is perfectly symbolized by a pumpkin spice latte flan. Two bloggers belonging to multi-cultural families, trying to instill a love for traditional Dominican cuisine in our children, while at the same time trying to equally inspire their love for the cuisine of the other branches ...

Coconetes (Coconut biscuits)

Coconetes (rustic coconut cookies) are very popular in the Dominican Republic. You can walk to any colmado (corner store) and you will in all likelihood find them. The reason I have called them rustic coconut cookies is because they have a rustic texture, a little bit on the dry side. That doesn't mean that they aren't full of ...

Whole wheat banana pancakes

I'm sitting in one of the many waiting rooms in which modern humans waste a considerable amount of their lives. A worn-out National Geographic I found there keeps me company. I wonder what kind of germs reside between its pages, but I soon push the thought aside, as other things occupy my mind: How much longer ...

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 ...

Suspiritos (meringue kisses)

Our baby turns 12 this month. It's hard to believe it, isn't it? Time flies so fast. Oh, wait, I am not talking about my daughter, I am talking about our blog(s).  Yeah, it's been 12 years, and I can hardly believe it! I had no idea what I was getting myself into, or that I'd ...

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I have been receiving requests to add this recipe for a long time, years in fact. I have to say that it isn't just procrastination that has caused this, if you know me well, you know that I am not a big fan of fried foods. As a food blogger that documents a lot of our ...

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 ...

Mandarine-infused cakes

How has the year treated you so far? For me last year was a year of professional growth, and some personal challenges. I saw some more of our beloved country, met new people,  networked with some awesome colleagues, got a lot of new clients. In all, the balance was good, and it seems like this year will ...

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 ...

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 ...

Healthier "Russian" potato salad

The good thing about this season's celebrations is that it spares no segment of our country. At least everyone celebrates New Year's Eve with a feast fitting their budget. But let's not forget those with alimentary restrictions, be them because of religious, ethical or health reasons. And especially for those looking for a light alternative to ...

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 ...

Tortilla de huevos (Dominican tortilla)

What's in a name? For a a lot of people around the globe, especially for those that do not speak Spanish, tortillas are the corn-based thin flatbread that the Mexicans have popularized the world over. For Spanish speakers tortilla is also the thick Spanish omelette containing potatoes and other ingredients. Many of us Dominicans grew up ...

Pastry cream for Dominican cake

Sometimes I think we should change the name of our site to Dominican Cake and Other Recipes. A good percentage of the people who come to our site do it because they are searching for this recipe, this recipe generates more questions than any other, and it's the one that seems to give most people the ...

Albóndigas de res (Dominican meatballs)

Growing up I thought that nearly everybody made meatballs the same way we did, and although it's not like I've become an expert on meatballs (or anything for that matter), I have found out that our meatballs are uniquely ours. Thanks to the Viking superstore, masses of Dominicans have tried the world-famous Swedish ones, and yet ...

Berenjenas asadas (Roasted aubergines)

One of the things we Dominicans are most grateful for is to have discovered eggplants (scientific name: solanum melongena) as a daily staple, as proven by the popularity of berenjenas asadas (roasted eggplants). Eggplants or aubergines are delicious, versatile and cheap. They grow all year round and complement every dish. They are fondly known as “the poor person’s ...

Flan (Caramel cream)

Have you ever taken any shortcuts in cooking. I did that the first time I made flan (creme caramel). It came back to bite me (pathetic pun intended). We all think we know what a good cook is supposed to do, and what they’re not supposed to do, but who doesn’t break the golden rules now ...

Pudín de pan (Bread pudding)

We Dominicans did not come up with the idea of bread pudding (pudín de pan or budín de pan), it seems to be a near-universal dish, but like everything in our cuisine we gave it our own touch and added a ton of flavor. With a great combination of spices (how can you go wrong with ...

Quesillo (Coconut caramel cream)

The main agricultural crop in the Dominican Republic is sugar, so it is not surprising that sweets are an important part of Dominican cuisine. The national passion for very sweet coffee is a testament to the Dominican "sweet tooth" so it follows that Dominicans should adore their sweets, cakes and desserts. This Quesillo (Coconut creme caramel) is ...

Mantecaditos (Butter biscuits)

A favorite of kids and grownups alike, and perfect to serve alongside the afternoon cafecito, this biscuits are easy to prepare, even for the novice baker. You can bake them in the shape of a disk, or the traditional leaf shape. Time: 1 hr. Serves: 4 Before starting to cook: Pre-heat oven to medium heat. Grease and ...

Ponche de ron (Rum eggnog)

Ponche de ron (Rum eggnog) is a rich, creamy drink that to Dominicans is associated with Christmas and New year. The spiced, chilled eggnog must not lack in your own Christmas' Eve dinner table. With a thick, smooth texture, cold to the touch and the warm taste of rum, it's like a dessert that you can ...

Ensalada rusa (“Russian” potato salad)

A Russian salad in a Dominican blog? Why yes! Practically every country on earth has a version of potato salad, and many call also call theirs "Russian salad", but did you know where Russian salad originated? I bet you won't guess in a million years. Well, what do you know, it did come from Russia after all! The ...

Tayotas con huevos (Christophines with eggs)

When vegetarianism was not so common, parents like me used to be accused of imposing an unconventional diet on their children, sometimes to the extent that it was believed to be a form of neglect. But don’t most parents impose some sort of belief system on their children, and don't usually let them decide for ...

Revoltillo de huevos (Scrambled eggs a la dominicana)

I write this article not as a chef, but as a teacher of Spanish to US high school students. What does that have to do with cooking? you ask. Everything. I believe in hands-on, in-depth experiences for my students. Food is a terrific starting point of getting to know and love any culture, and I take cultural ...

Berenjenas fritas (Fried eggplants)

The other day I happened to meet a former employee at the Dominican embassy in Paris who told me that our sister site Cocina Dominicana played a very useful role in their diplomatic duties in the French capital. “Whenever we held a reception”, she said, “we wanted to serve food that was typically Dominican, but there was no ...

Ensalada hervida (Boiled salad)

A few weeks ago we had a poll to determine how good our readers were in the kitchen. From this we learnt that 44% of our visitors were good cooks, 33% were ok cooks and 21% were a hazard in the kitchen. If I am surprised by the result it is because there weren't more ...

Tres leches recipe (Dominican three-milk cake)

There are a couple of bakeries in Santo Domingo famous for their tres leches (three-milk cake). Each version is slightly different, especially their textures and sweetness levels. There are many theories on the origin of tres leches cake; whatever it might be the fact is that it has become part of our vernacular cuisine and one ...