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Classic Pesto

Have you heard the adage "you can't please everybody all the time"?Turns out that, like taxes and death, that also is one of the surest things in life. A smart person soon learns that trying to please everybody is a fool's errand. In the end we all just have to assess our priorities and decide ...

Strawberry and yogurt popsicles and ice cream

Coming from a coastal town in an area defined as "Tropical Desert Forest" my first visit to Constanza in my early teens  came as a real shock.Geographically and climate-wise you would have a hard time finding two places so different and still located on the same small island. To my 13 (or 12?, can't remember) ...

Mondongo (Tripe stew)

We once took a poll amongst our readers called "Mondongo: Yucky or Yummy?", which sparked in me some reflection. My money was on a landslide victory for the Yuckies. I admit it, I voted more than once, in order to better register my enormous dislike.The Yuckies lost. By a lot.For those innocently unaware, "mondongo" is ...

Pollo guisado (Braised chicken)

What Dominican does not love a good pollo guisado (braised chicken)?I am the grandchild of farmers, and so is my husband. If you can count on anything it is on farmers being sensible people. They are rarely too picky about their food, after all they know full well that pork does not come cut into slices ...

PuntaCana 2012 carnival

Like each year for the last 4 years I spent a March afternoon photographing the PuntaCana carnival and marveling at the ingenuity and creativity of its participants. Beautiful women, fierce masks, dames of questionable gender, people of all ages, colors and several nationalities meet for this impressive parade.While I was making pictures (thanks to the PuntaCana ...

Lambí guisado (Stewed conch)

Every culture's cuisine has dishes that are supposed to have aphrodisiac properties. These dishes range from the harmless to the clearly bizarre. Luckily the dishes in our cuisine alleged to help one's amorous skills are a pleasure to eat just for the sake of delicious foods.This is one of those dishes.Other Dominican dishes in this ...

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 ...

Christmas vegan eggplants

Years ago I shared with our readers the story of how I went from carnivorous to vegan some time during my early 20s. Many a sun has set and risen from that time, and my dietary preferences have changed too. I have gone from carnivorous to vegan, from there I lapsed into vegetarianism, and today I call ...

Healthier "Russian" potato salad

The good thing about this season's celebrations is that it spares no segment of our country. At least everyone celebrates New Year's Eve with a feast fitting their budget.But let's not forget those with alimentary restrictions, be them because of religious, ethical or health reasons. And especially for those looking for a light alternative to ...

Empanadas de cerdo y manzana (pork and apple pasties)

'Tis the season.For this challenge our sponsor Holland House chose a theme that had me scratching my head and wondering how I was going to meet it: A light Thanksgiving dish with at least a hint of Dominican flavors. I have to say that it took me much longer to come up with something than it took me to actually ...

Pig trotters stew (cocido de paticas)

Sometimes feedback is a strange thing.I was pretty sure that this was going to be one of those recipes that people take a look at, shrug and quickly forget. While cocido de paticas (Pig trotters stew) is a popular dish in the Dominican Republic (although not a common one, it takes time to prepare it, so it's only ...

Repollo guisado (Cabbage stew)

It happened in the summer of 1993. It wasn't a difficult decision.It was always uncomfortable around the table in the company's cafeteria. I had already developed a reputation for being picky, people had suspicions. The real challenge came when we were sitting for our Christmas dinner, as my mom cut me a piece of the ...

Easy, Quick Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe With Video

"Jamaican" you said?Yes, and this would not be the first time we write about Jamaican cuisine, or the [counts fingers] er... many times we have written about other Caribbean cuisines. And to introduce you to Jamaican cuisine we bring you a very simplified version of its most famous dish. You'll love this Easy, Quick Jamaican Jerk ...

Tiger prawns in ginger marinade

I love cooking, and I love reading about food. Imagine how giddy with glee I was when I was invited by Mizkan to participate in a 6-month long cooking challenge along with many talented Latino bloggers. Today I bring you the first of these cooking challenges: Latino-inspired grilling, sponsored by Holland House Wine Vinegars.Now, all ...

Majarete (Corn pudding)

Did you know that both Cuba and Puerto Rico also have a dessert called majarete?Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico have more in common than all three realize, which leads to the occasional foolish accusation born out of ignorance (my own included) that one is appropriating the culture of another. We are here to ...