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Pan de batata (Sweet potatoes pudding)

About ten years ago I was in Denmark, where my husband hails from, spending the holiday season with his family. With a full schedule of eating and more eating ahead, I had the "brilliant" idea of treating everybody to an "authentic" traditional Dominican pre-Xmas Xmas meal on the 23rd, including a delicious pan de batata (sweet potato ...

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 ...

Christmas almond and raisins rice

Before I get another word out let me clarify something: This is not like the Christmas rice you know. And I know this because I have yet to taste two that are the same. Everybody seems to have a different idea of what it contains and how it should taste. Having said that, I have to ...

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Arroz con Leche se quiere casar / Con una viudita de la capital / Que sepa tejer, que sepa bordar / Que ponga la aguja en el mismo lugar. - Children rhyme Arroz con leche is one of the most popular and simple-to-make of Dominican desserts. To the naked eye it could look like same old rice ...