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Chocolate de Maíz (Roasted Corn "Cocoa")

When my daughter tried Chocolate de Maíz (Roasted Corn "Cocoa") for the first time this week I had no hopes that she'd like it. Kids are fickle creatures, and knowing what they'll love or hate is difficult to predict. Amazingly she loved it. I'm glad she did, because I'm planning to make it often. After all, ...

Oatmeal and Strawberry Popsicle

Like every summer, we try to escape the heat in our beloved Caribbean corner by heading for cooler climates. Aunt Ilana and I have been writing our "What I Did This Summer" reports for over a decade. I am looking forward to hearing what Ilana has been up to this year, but in the meantime this ...

Batidas de Zapote/Granadillo/Níspero (Fruit Shakes)

A heat wave is hitting us hard down here in PuntaCana, just like it does this time of the year. And I start whining about it just like I do every year. Like every year, I start sharing my famous (infamous?) summer dishes, drinks and paletas (popsicles), some of our preferred weapons against the heat. Along ...

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 ...

Coconut rice pudding brûlée

In most countries of the world March 8th is marked as International Women's Day. A day to celebrate women, and particularly for some of us, the ones that have influenced us. What better dish to treat with you than an adaptation of my mom's classic arroz con leche? I have added coconut to my mom's rice ...

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 ...

Paleta de morir soñando de chinola (Milk and passion fruit popsicle)

September arrived and I breathed a sigh of relief. For a moment there I could feel its absence. I was looking forward to its departure, and excited about its replacement. But then, like a bad guest, it decided to stay a "little" longer. And here we are in mid-september and it hasn't left us. Go away, ...

Paleta de batata (Sweet potato popsicles)

In my head paleta de batata con coco (sweet potato and coconut popsicles) and summer are indelibly connected. When I was a kid I spent many a summer in the Santo Domingo neighborhood of San Carlos, where one of my aunts lived. Back then it was the kind of old-fashioned middle class neighborhood you see in ...

Dulce de coco (Coconut and milk fudge)

One too many dulce de coco (coconut fudge) later: "These extra pounds have to go!" I exclaim looking at myself in the mirror. Normally this would not be much of a problem if it wasn't because I was in the middle of the holidays. Ah, the holidays. Time to overeat, overindulge, and find excuses. Not that ...

Flan de auyama (Gem squash pudding)

There is an enormous variety of pumpkins, but in the Dominican Republic the best known is the auyama (West Indian pumpkin). A vegetable that has many uses in our cuisine: from desserts to rice dishes, from food coloring to filler in stews. This is a less-common presentation, but no less delicious. Auyama is recommended as baby food ...

Batida de lechoza (papaya milkshake)

A popular item in the Dominican diet which is not always everyone's favourite is the papaya, known in the DR as 'lechoza'. And most popularly consumed in this delicious batida de lechoza (papaya milkshake). Several countries in the region seem to shy away from the word papaya, which has - it appears - other connotations. Venezuelans ...

Jalea de batata (Sweet potato pudding)

Things are changing around here, most of the changes are in the background, but they slowly start showing. Switching from our old platform to our new blog format is something that we discussed, and something I (Aunt Clara) particularly thought pretty hard about. Our old format served us well for many years, but things needed to ...

Potatoes with Parsley and Paprika Sauce

Today is our last day in Denmark, tomorrow we start the long trip home, and even though I miss my country's food it is not less true that one of the reasons why I enjoy my visits to Denmark has to do with food. Good food. And I count Potatoes with Parsley and Paprika Sauce as one ...

Chocolate de Maní (Peanut "Cocoa")

Oh, how time flies my friends! Today we finally change the very last of the tiny, lo-res pictures we used in the first version of this site, made with a 3 mp camera in the kitchen of my old apartment. Time flies and so does technology. Let celebrate that with a cup of Chocolate de Maní (Peanut "Cocoa"). When ...

Trigo con leche (Bulgur with milk)

Life moves in circles, doesn't it? And never is this more evident than when you have kids, and one day you look at yourself in the mirror and your mother (or father) stares back at you, while that kid loudly demanding your attention reminds you of that child that used to look at you from ...

Desayuno de avena (Oatmeal breakfast)

Today I am going to commit a sacrilegious act. One no Dominican child is ever allowed to do. I am going to criticize my mother's cooking, may the cooking goddess have mercy on my soul. I hated my mom's Desayuno de Avena (Oatmeal Breakfast) when I was a child. There was something about that bland, slimy ...

Paletas de Coco (Coconut Popsicles)

It's always summer in the Dominican Republic: Time for some refreshing paletas de coco (coconut popsicles) I know that it is not literally summer year-round, and that -- much as we'd like to pretend they don't -- the laws of nature also apply to our  two-thirds of an island. But for all practical purposes it's always summer in the DR. For ...

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 ...

Habichuelas con dulce (Sweet cream of beans)

It has always surprised us that of all our recipes, this is by far one of the most popular. The surprise comes from the fact that there are no two habichuelas con dulces alike. Each home has its own version. Habichuelas con dulce is one of the most cherished traditions among Dominicans. It is prepared in ...

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. And we did that by adding spices, lots of it. In case ...

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 ...

Piña Colada (Rum, Pineapple and Coconut Cocktail)

It was the end of the 70s and Rupert Holmes unleashed on the world his magnum opus about unexciting marriages and adulterous spouses in the age before internet dating. 'If you like Piña Coladas, getting caught in the rain" opens the second verse. Piña Colada (Rum, Pineapple and Coconut Cocktail) is a drink that suggests tropics, beach, and sunny days ...

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 ...

Jugo de avena (Oatmeal and milk drink)

Oatmeal is known and loved by people pretty much everywhere. Children and adults around the world eat it for breakfast. Although a steaming bowl of oatmeal is usually associated with winter, it doesn't mean it’s only consumed in colder climes. Even under the tropical sun of the Dominican Republic, oatmeal is used in the preparation of ...

Mala Rabia (Guava and plantain in syrup)

When one of our forum regulars asked us about this recipe, which I had never heard of before, I was convinced it was a joke, with a name that roughly translates as "bad rage", it had to be, right? Lesson learned: never underestimate Dominican's creativity when it comes to naming our food something bizarre. And therein lies ...

Harina de maiz (Cornmeal pudding)

On Saturday my family and I spent the afternoon at the Eco-Fair sponsored by the PuntaCana Ecological Foundation. There were a few activities related to their environmental protection, recycling, organic farming and other endeavors. O ne of the attractions was a cooking demonstration by Chef Rogelio Garcia, from the PuntaCana Hotel, using organic vegetables and products from the ...

Deditos de Novia (Sugar-Coated Guava Biscuits)

It always seems intimidating in the beginning, then you try it, and more often than not you find out that your fears were unfounded. This applies to making Deditos de Novia (Sugar-Coated Guava Biscuits) as well as a number of other things in life. There's only one way to find out if you can: Try it. We ...

Dulce de leche y piña (Milk and pineapple fudge)

There are some undying traditions and customs in our country. One that doesn't seem to be disappearing any time soon is the custom of stopping midway in the way in or out of La Capital to eat something or to buy something to bring our family. No trip in or out of El Cibao is complete ...

Dulce de leche en tabla (Milk fudge bars)

As a kid I remember my grandmother used to cook this all the time. My grandparents had a dairy farm, so they had to come up with things to do with the leftover milk. Dulce de leche en pasta: delicious and simple milk fudge squares; make plain or topped with jams or coconut cream. When I was ...

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 ...

Dulce de leche (Milk fudge)

It's official. We are - as the Chinese would have it - living in interesting times. Prices are skyrocketing as the peso devaluates, and products that were once affordable are now in the category of luxuries. The middle classes are complaining bitterly, and one can only imagine the effect the price rises are having on ...

Maiz caquiao or Chaca (Creamy corn)

Once again our country has found itself in one of our cyclical financial quagmires, and the word "frugality" has been disinterred and put in everybody's mouth. The truth is that for our ancestors this would have been a laughable thing. Most of them lived a frugal life, not because, as us, they have just noticed ...

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Volumes can be written about bizcocho dominicano (Dominican cake), and have in fact already been written (check the comments!). This cake seems to be the ultimate test for the expert Dominican cook, and however daunting, and confusing the instructions might look, we have really tried to add as much information as you could possibly need. ...