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French Toast and Spiced Apple Pudding

French Toast was never part of my breakfast tradition growing up. I think I first tried it during stays at hotels on my vacations. Surprisingly, the best one I've tried was from one of those chain hotels while attending a convention in Miami many years ago. That was the only decent thing to eat there - ...

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 ...

Tamarind Candy Balls

This is a post to say goodbye. Don't worry, nobody is going anywhere, not literally at least. I think I am being too melodramatic. Does that happen to ladies "of a certain age"?I have been doing this for 13 years, and by "this" I mean writing this blog. It's fair to say that outside my ...

Empanaditas dulces (Fruit jam turnovers)

You would think that because I post recipes for desserts so frequently it must mean that I have a sweet tooth. The answer to that is yes... and no.Not to confuse you or anything (I'll let my grammar do that), but the truth is, savory is my thing.Sure, I do love a good dessert -- ...

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 ...

Passion fruit cheesecake

Let me tell you something, this is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I'm not exaggerating even a little bit.I've tried and enjoyed about a dozen versions of passion fruit cheesecake, each great, but I wanted to make my own version, with the touches I love. This is the result.I made it three ...

Guava and ricotta cheese pie

One thing I am very proud of our country is the devotion Dominicans have for their traditional cuisine. No matter our economic status, comfort food is always Dominican food to us.But Dominicans are opening their palate to new things, and the internet has played a part in it. When we started this project of writing ...

Vegan pumpkin eggnog

So I have an obsession with veganizing (is that a real word?) traditional recipes. I have gone through a few now, and they are always well-received amongst my vegan readers. Of course I love them myself, as I prefer to eat as close to vegetarian as I can, with the occasional indulgence.For very loose definitions ...

Spiced winter coffee

If there is any clear division in the world it has to be between tea and coffee drinkers. The (feigned) animosity between the two groups is stronger than between any two political parties, sport teams and neighboring countries.I have my feet firmly planted on the dividing line. Coffee is my first love, tea my refuge. After ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

Raisins butter cookies

Welcome to our new front page. No, you didn't accidentally click on the wrong link.We have changed a few things around (and will do some more). I am in the process of simplifying a lot of things in our blogs and of rethinking others. I must. I need to.Summer break always means having to readjust ...

Dragon fruit in ginger syrup

Unless you have travelled or lived in Central America, you will probably have never heard of the pitahaya, also known as 'pitaya' or 'dragon fruit'. It is widely cultivated in countries such as Nicaragua where it is mainly used in making a popular natural juice with a distinctive beetroot-pink colour. It is also grown in other ...

Christmas butter cookies

I always wondered how the parents' occupations influence their kids future career choices. In my case my own parents' choices (teacher/principal and accountant) are what I call my "nightmare careers". Trust me, I know the world needs accountants and, even more, it needs teachers, but I have neither the talent nor the inclination for these. It ...

Tisana de limón y menta (Lime and mint infusion)

This delicious and bone-warming tisana de limón y menta (Dominican medicinal lime and mint tisane) is used to alleviate cold and flu symptoms. And it was made with scrumped limes.Have you ever heard the word "scrumping" before? No? You're not alone.As it happens, neither have most of the world's non-British English speakers, as far as I ...

Pasta de guayaba (Guava paste candy)

For the last 3 days it has been raining in our corner of the world. Does anyone have the number for a good ark builder?Luckily it hasn't been raining non-stop, something we have experienced in the past, but the sun hasn't been out that much lately. Up to some point it is a nice change ...

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 ...

Dulce de tomate (tomato jam)

Yesterday I was talking on the phone with Sagrario from the magazine Vainilla y Azafrán (@VanillayAzafran) about the changes in the ways people learn how to cook these days, specifically the ways they learn to cook our food. Whereas a couple of generations back most Dominicans learned how to cook from their moms, aunts and ...

Licor de mandarina (Mandarin liquor)

We know it's Christmas in the DR when mandarines show in roadside stands, corner fruit vendors and supermarkets. How about you combine the official fruit of the holidays with the superior flavor our the Dominican rum in a drink that you can serve year-round?Serve all the flavors of Christmas to your guests with this licor de ...

Té de jengibre (Ginger tea)

Despite my oft-misunderstood predilection for Marmite, there are some English institutions that have failed to rub off on me. Most notable has got to be the strong, sweet, milky tea that most English people can’t contemplate living without. The Dominican equivalent would be giving up coffee, and I can definitely relate to that. My love ...

Dulce de Fruta en Almíbar (Fruits in Spiced Light Syrup)

Fruits are nature's dessert. Living in a tropical country means that we have a great variety of fruits available year round. Some are so sweet (lookin' at you, mango!) that they give any kitchen-made dessert a run for their money.But when we want a real dessert, Dulce de Fruta en Almíbar (Fruits in Spiced Light Syrup) ...

Champolas de tamarindo y guanabana(tamarind and soursop juices)

One of the things I love the most about our cuisine is the fact that we have a large number of fruits available year around. And we have figured how to make juices from nearly all of them.Champolas (juices) are natural heat busters, and of those champolas de tamarindo y guanabana (tamarind & soursop juices) ...

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 ...

Chocolate de agua (Non dairy cocoa)

I had visitors the other day, but I had a problem. A combination of little time and a shrinking budget found me with an almost-empty fridge and facing the conundrum, thus far unanswered, that has troubled every cook since cavemen were chasing mammoths: what to cook?Allow me to appear immodest and tell you that in ...