Dominican Sancocho (hearty stew) pressure cooker recipe

Dominican Sancocho (hearty stew) pressure cooker recipe

Set it and forget it! This is is the pressure cooker version of Dominican sancocho, a hearty meat and roots recipe to share with friends and family anytime the mood strikes. If you own a pressure cooker, there is no need to spend hours tending…

Braised eggplant

Braised eggplant

If you are an eggplant lover like me, you might have tried it fried, stir-fried, baked, and of course braised. Braised eggplant (or berenjenas guisadas) was my favorite dish growing up, as a side to black bean rice. This dish goes well with rice or…

Shrimp mofongo recipe

Shrimp mofongo recipe

Shrimp mofongo is a simple and delicious dish that will add an exotic flair to your dinner. If you have friends from the Caribbean or watch Saturday Night Live, you might have heard of, or even enjoyed Mofongo lately. This easy to make dish is…

Ginger tea with cinnamon recipe

Ginger tea with cinnamon recipe

This is a simple, Dominican-style ginger tea with cinnamon recipe that can be enjoyed by anyone. Hits the spot on a cold day. Cooler nights in the Dominican Republic during the months of December and January often call for ginger tea. Dominicans do not have…

Boiled yuca with onions (yuca encebollada)

Boiled yuca with onions (yuca encebollada)

Boiled yucca with onions is a delicious side dish made with yuca root (a.k.a. cassava, tapioca) and red pickled onions.  Yuca is one of the staples of the Dominican diet, usually eaten for breakfast or dinner. This nutritious root is starchy and has a bitter…

Rice with smoked pork chops (locrio de chuleta ahumada)

Rice with smoked pork chops (locrio de chuleta ahumada)

What is “locrio”? In Dominican cuisine, “locrio” is any combination of rice and meat/seafood, cooked in the same dish, with added seasonings. Locrio may be an adaptation of the Valencian paella. Spaniards who arrived in Hispaniola in the sixteenth century began substituting the basic herbs…

Chickpeas with pork belly stew

Chickpeas with pork belly stew

Chickpeas with pork belly make a delicious combination, since chickpeas can be dry when cooked on their own. Enjoy this rich chickpeas with pork belly stew, packed with fiber and protein. Easy print recipe. Get your chickpeas ready: Start with 1 lb. of dry chickpeas.…

Seafood rice recipe

Seafood rice recipe

This seafood rice recipe is inspired by the delectable flavors of Spanish paella and the vibrant colors of Dominican locrio. One of my favorite rice dishes is seafood paella. Originated in Valencia, paella has a specific cooking method and distinct ingredients such as the priced…

Pan fried steak with onions (biztec encebollado)

Pan fried steak with onions (biztec encebollado)

Biztec encebollado, or steak with onions is a quick and easy recipe. The thinly cut steak cooks quickly and pairs wonderfully with your favorite grain or salad. Many of my Dominican-style recipes can be seasoned quickly with a home-made “season all.” Bija or ground annatto…

Braised chicken gizzards recipe: a treat for adventurous palates!

Braised chicken gizzards recipe: a treat for adventurous palates!

This braised chicken gizzards recipe includes cumin, ground annatto seeds or bija, and a blend of onions, garlic and herbs. A delicious treat for the adventurous palate. Easy print recipe included at the end. Dominican cuisine includes an array of foods considered unusual in certain…