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Brown Rice Pilaf with String Beans and Bacon

Our relationship with food and cooking has changed tremendously in the last ten or so decades, more so in the last few. Cooking was considered a skill, something you mastered after years of helping in the kitchen, working alongside the older women in your family. Cooking was primarily a female activity. On the one hand it ...

Locrio de Chicharrón de Cerdo

It's been many years since I last cooked Locrio de Chicharrón de Cerdo (Rice and Pork Crackling), but it has always been a classic in my family. I ate it so many times at my paternal home, but I seldom cooked it myself. It's time to change that. Ate it I did, enjoyed it a lot ...

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" ...

"Surf and Turf" Rice - A paella-inspired dish with all the flavors from my Caribbean paradise.

Few things leave me speechless. If you knew me well you'd agree. I was the kind of kid who probably made her mom wish she were deaf once in a while. This week -- in what must be an auspicious alignment of the planets -- two things did leave me stunned, if only briefly: this "Surf ...

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 ...

Zucchini boats filled with rice and chorizo

I love creating recipes, it's the closest to being a kid with a chemical set you can be after you are legally able to drive. My favorite recipes come out of any sort of challenge. In this case I found myself with a pack of chorizo that I had in the fridge for a while, and ...

Seafood black rice

This stunning Spanish seafood black rice is one of my favorite dishes. For a seafood lover such as myself, it's just perfect: jam-packed with seafood and strong ocean flavors. It speaks of summer and lazy days to me. As soon as the days started warming up I was back to my old love. And speaking of ...

Brown rice pilaf

I am not sure what changes as one grows older. Slowly our taste in foods change, and things that we would have considered "gross" or that we didn't like as kids slowly become acceptable foods, enjoyable even. I have yet to meet a kid who doesn't love pasta, or one who enjoys eggplants. Likewise, I have ...

Brown rice and garden vegetables pottage

For today I had a rich dish that included a cup of butter in its preparation. There was a change of plans. The night I was supposed to go in the kitchen to make this dish I woke up at 3AM with a dull pain in my stomach. Don't worry, nothing more serious than an upset ...

Pastelón de arroz (Rice casserole)

A few years back, as part of an advertisement campaign, a certain local company had a funny commercial in which a newlywed husband called his wife on his way home to ask what she was cooking for supper. We never see the wife, but the husband gleefully repeats what she says: - "Pastelón de arroz?!" The following ...

Vegan brown rice rissotto

Not long ago I got two emails from readers asking if I could give them ideas on how to cook brown rice. About a week later we hear the alarming news that government agencies were warning consumers in the US that rice might be contaminated with arsenic. Shortly thereafter another warning: brown rice was even worse. I ...

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If you've been around for a while you may have noticed that my versions of traditional recipes, like this one for locrio de pica-pica (Dominican rice and spicy sardines),  are often modified to make them healthier, and sometimes some extra vegetables are included. There is a reason for that: I write the recipes the same way ...

Rice with onions and carrots

I once met somebody who told me that her husband never ate leftovers. Poor lady. I don't know what positive qualities her husband may have, but for me somebody who would not eat the occasional leftovers cannot be a candidate for Mr. Aunt Clara. At our home we recycle all the leftovers, and the idea of spending hours and ...

Oven-baked rice with chorizo

Yesterday I got the call from school that every parent dreads: the school doctor told me Nadia had fallen in the playground. Before I went into full panic mode, and with a swiftness that I suppose comes from either training in handling freaked-out parents, or the experience of doing so, she informed me that other ...

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 ...

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, ...

Arroz con maíz (Rice and sweet corn)

"What do you mean you 'don't like it'?" How many times have we been the source - or target - of that baffling question? Taste is a weird thing, and the old adage "there is no disputing about tastes” encapsulates perfectly the pointlessness of such arguments. Perhaps the wisest approach to life is to ...

Moro de habichuelas (Rice and beans)

Moro is a mixture of rice, beans and vegetables. This is one of the most common dishes on the Dominican table. We are presenting here a generic recipe in which you can use either black beans, white beans, faba beans, butter beans or green pigeon peas in place of the red kidney beans. Dominicans are not ...

Locrio de camarones (Rice and shrimps)

This weekend a friend and I visited Santo Domingo's Chinatown, an uptown section of Santo Domingo that Chinese immigrants (recent and old) have made their home. Some of the ones we met didn't yet speak any Spanish, some spoke Spanish with a heavy accent. We met two of them that were listening to, and enjoying, merengue ...

Moro de Guandules con Coco (Rice, Pigeon Peas and Coconut)

I was 12, and I fell in love. It was all new to me and I was smitten: I ate moro de guandules con coco for the first time. It was my first trip to Samaná, and I remember with a smile the horror on my brother's face when he found out that the food contained ...

Locrio de molleja (Dominican rice and chicken gizzards)

We were guests in the home of Dominican friends. Three weeks passed without incident, until one day Mr. Rivera took ill and went to the hospital with who-knew-what stomach ailment. His wife stayed by his side morning and night, and I was thrust in the role of "Ama de Casa". I decided right away that cooking ...

Rice and fava beans-stuffed pepper

Cooking rice and cultivating houseplants. I have the kiss of death when it comes to these things. I don’t know what it is about me, but sooner or later every plant that comes into my care meets a sad, withered demise. I have even been known to kill cacti. But that’s another story. Rice is the ...

Chambre (Legumes and meat stew)

It's fair to say that I have learned as much from my readers' comments and emails throughout these years than I may have taught them. And I have discovered a treasure trove of new dishes in our cuisine that I did not know existed prior to my starting to write about Dominican cooking. A million thanks ...

Locrio de salami (rice and Dominican-style salami)

When it comes to the top ten Dominican comfort food, locrio de salami recipe (rice and Dominican-style salami) has to be in the list. It helps that this is also considered a "poor man's dish", with ingredients that are very inexpensive and found anywhere in the Dominican Republic. There are as many locrio de salami recipes as ...

Locrio de Pollo (Rice and Chicken)

Speaking of Locrio de Pollo (Dominican Rice and Chicken), let me tell you a story... There are some cooking disasters that nobody but us know, secrets that we'll take to our grave as if they were bedroom secrets. Others, well, those others nobody seems to forget. My most infamous ones you ask? They seem to all ...

Chofan (Dominican Chow Fan)

An estimated 30,000 people of Chinese origin live in the Dominican Republic. Migration from China began in the second half of the 19th century and continues to this day. Many Chinese immigrants also came to the DR from other parts of the region like Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Peru and Ecuador. The early Chinese immigrants to Latin ...

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Now and then you come across food snobs who make a distinction between 'haute cuisine' delicacies and what they consider to be comida de pobre, inferior foods. This is usually connected to social class and custom, and almost always with economic necessity. As time goes by many of these distinctions have become blurred. Dominicans have ...

Asopao de mariscos (Seafood and rice pottage)

We're not quite half-way through 2004 yet, but now is as good a time as any to sit back and reflect on whether the good intentions expressed at the beginning of the year have turned into reality. In my case, all the resolutions from back in January, were motivated by economic, health and environmental or ethical concerns, ...

Pera-piña (Pineapple and rice juice)

There are two groups of people who have strong opinions about how people should raise their kids: people who have kids, and people who don't. I don't know exactly what genetic quirk makes people feel is not just vital, but urgently necessary to share their deeply-held child rearing philosophy with other parents. You know who else has ...

Niño envuelto (Rice cake wrapped in cabbage leaf)

School is about to start, and children everywhere are going to be asked to speak or write about what they did on their holidays. Why should I be any exception? The difference is that I'm not going to go on at length about what I did, but what I learned. I spent the first couple of weeks ...

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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 ...

Arroz blanco (White rice)

I like to think I’m a pretty good cook. But it wasn’t always so… At the debut of my marital career I was only 23 and my recipe repertoire consisted of little more than grilled cheese sandwiches, toasted marshmallows, and the quintessential Kraft Dinner. To complicate things further, I was in Sosúa. Foreign food names and ...