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A collection of delicious recipes influenced by Latin-American and Asian cuisines. Visit my Dominican corner to see dishes, learn idioms and enjoy the rich culture of the island nation.

Maiz con dulce – Dominican sweet corn recipe

“Maiz con dulce” is an Easter-time Dominican sweet corn dessert. Along with “habichuelas con dulce“, pots of sweet corn are cooked and shared among family and neighbors in Dominican towns, on the days prior to and during Semana Santa (Holly...
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Stir fried earwood mushroom with chicken and vegetables

  This earwood mushroom recipe includes chicken, and a mix of carrots, celery and bell pepper stir fried in a ginger and garlic sauce. Earwood mushroom, also known as “black fungus”, is popular in China for its flavor and crisp texture, as well as for its...
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Zucchini noodles with fish in ginger sauce

Here is a simple recipe for zucchini noodles with fish fillet in ginger sauce. Quick and healthy for lunch or dinner! Zucchini noodles are easily made using a vegetable spiralizer or a julienne peeler. Alternatively, you could slice pieces of zucchini thinly with a...
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Spicy tofu with snow peas recipe

  For this spicy tofu recipe, I am using a hot black bean sauce that can be found at your local Asian markets, or at local/online specialty shops by the names “spicy bean”, “chili bean” or “black bean sauce”. Being a bean fan, black...
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Braised chicken recipe (pollo guisado)

Dark poultry meat is specially tasty when braised. For this braised chicken recipe, I’m going to use all drumsticks (because I like them so much!) but you can use any part of the chicken. See easy print recipe at the end of the post! Braised chicken recipe...
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Dominican black beans recipe – Slow cooker version

This Dominican black beans recipe (a.k.a. stewed black beans or “habichuelas negras guisadas”) adapts the Dominican black beans recipe to the slow cooker. This results in the same delicious black beans, without the hassle of stove-top cooking. The calabaza...
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Pot sticker dipping sauce recipe

This pot sticker dipping sauce recipe will teach you how to make your own pot sticker dipping sauce. I have two other posts that teach you how to make the filling and the wrappers for the pot stickers. Pot sticker dipping sauce recipe   Print Prep time 3 mins...
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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...
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Locrio de longaniza estilo arroz frito

Este locrio de longaniza estilo arroz frito utiliza ingredientes de la comida dominicana y china, para producir un “locrio” con vegetales incluídos que se sirven como comida completa. Experimente y disfrute! Locrio de longaniza   Print Prep time 5...
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Braised bible tripe with vegetables

A popular tapas and dim sum dish, bible tripe can also be prepared with vegetables for a hearty meal. Braised bible tripe with vegetables   Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 25 mins Total time 30 mins   Author: biteslife.com Recipe type: Main Cuisine: Fusion...
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Stir fried eggplant with pork

Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. When I was growing up in the Dominican Republic, it was used as a meat substitute, usually braised or fried. After being introduced to Thai and Chinese eggplant dishes, I have also been enjoying eggplant with a variety of...
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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...
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Moro de guandules (pigeon pea rice)

This moro de guandules (pigeon pea rice) recipe is for the traditional stove top Dominican moro. I also have a rice-cooker version of this recipe. Easy print recipe below. Definition of moro in Dominican cooking: any combination of rice and legumes cooked in the same...
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Pressure cooker quinoa rice with sausage

This pressure cooker quinoa rice with sausage recipe is inspired by the Dominican dish “locrio de longaniza” (rice with sausage). Since I love quinoa, I have been looking for ways to incorporate it into meals gradually, so it is not rejected by the rest of...
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Gluten free breaded pork chops recipe

This is an easy recipe for tender, gluten-free breaded pork chops that are…. oh, so good and quickly made. I am using a fusion of ingredients from American, Caribbean and Asian cuisines you can find at most supermarkets. These gluten-free breaded pork chops...
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Oyster mushroom stir fry recipe

This is a vegetarian recipe for oyster mushroom stir fry. Serve with your favorite protein, and/or grain. Easy print recipe. I am a big fan of mushrooms. Oyster mushrooms are great because they cook quickly and evenly. Their earthy taste makes them a good choice for...
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Cooking with bija – using annatto seeds

Using annatto seeds for cooking is easy and effective, helping you achieve vibrant food colors the all natural way. Bija, also known as annatto seeds or achiote, is an all natural food colorant commonly used in Central America and the Caribbean. Native inhabitants of...
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Cooking the perfect turkey. Third time’s a charm!

This is the third year I try cooking the perfect turkey.  I finally found a recipe that does the trick. Today’s bird came out juicy and flavorful! I was a proud host. I used vinegar instead of lemon juice and oregano instead of rosemary and still came out great....
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Leftover turkey noodle soup

It’s the days (or weeks) after thanksgiving, and you still have turkey leftovers in the fridge. Here’s a delicious soup to make with them. A mix of quinoa, cooked rice and cut capellini noodles make the broth thick and complement the mixed vegetables....

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