pasta

Lobster summer pasta

Did you know that in the Dominican Republic, and many other Caribbean countries, the fishing of lobster is banned for part of the summer? La veda de langostas, as it is known here, seeks to protect the lobster from overfishing by giving the species time to replenish. It takes place from March to June in Belice, ...

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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, ...

Whole-wheat pasta with creamy textured soy sauce

Here's a little story about how I fell in love with this vegan whole-wheat pasta with textured soy sauce. My dad is a inveterate practical joker. With him, life was always an adventure. One day he showed up at home with what looked to be dog food. I wouldn't have been surprised if he had been ...

Pasta and avocado salad

I love avocados. It's in my blood. I am not saying there isn't one out there, but I have yet to meet a Dominican that does not love them. And while everyones oohs and aahs over the smooth goodness of Mexican guacamole (I am partial to it myself), the way we Dominicans eat the fruit from ...

Arroz con fideos (Rice and fried noodles)

There is more to the history of  arroz con fideos (rice and fried noodles) than you think. It's a story of immigration and travel. One of the greatest things about running this site for over 9 years is, that due to a strong web presence, our site has become the virtual Dominican gastronomic embassy. In fact, ...

Ensalada de coditos (Pasta salad)

Ensalada de Coditos (Pasta Salad) was always part of our family recipe repertoire, and for a long time I believe only we (meaning, our family) ate them. Children believe all kind of weird things. When you are a kid you also tend to believe everything you read: I thought that all English ladies went picnicking once ...

3 Cheese and Beef Lasagna

Everybody loves lasagna--even cartoon cats, it seems--and we Dominicans are no exception. This 3 Cheeses and Beef Lasagna, while insanely flavorful, is not trying to pass itself as an authentic Italian dish; after all, it's not the first time we do unspeakable things to Italian dishes. Unspeakably-delicious things. One thing I really dislike in many lasagna versions ...

Pastelón de espaguetis (Spaghetti Casserole)

In 2003 as part of a Slow Food Dominican convivium  I attended an international conference in Naples, Italy. My husband and I decided to part with the rest of the delegation and spend a few weeks exploring Italy. This trip was without doubts one of the highlights of my life. The "why" is self-evident. Armed with a crummy 3mp ...

Espaguetis (Spaghetti a la Dominicana)

I was caught off-guard the first time I was served a plate of Dominican Espaguetis (Spaghetti a la Dominicana), having always been accustomed to my pasta al dente, a la italiana. Well. This spaghetti was positively bathed in an orange gleam of oil, with shards of green peppers, chunks of salami, and, of all things, ...