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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.

Tofu broccolette stir fry recipe

This tofu broccolette stir fry recipe includes red bell pepper. Ground annatto seeds are added to the tofu to achieve an enticing, all natural color. “Your tummy likes a rainbow” is a great new teaching for kids in preschool. This is true for adults, and I...
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Braised chicken gizzards recipe

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...
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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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Tofu and vegetables in black bean sauce

This recipe for tofu and vegetables in black bean sauce includes sliced carrots, soy bean sprouts and green onions. Easy print recipe included. Black bean sauce is one of my favorite condiments in Chinese cuisine. The earthy taste of the salted black beans and the...
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(Gai Lan) Chinese broccoli stir fry recipe

This Chinese broccoli stir fry recipe includes oyster mushrooms and red pepper, mixed with ground pork, in a simple sauce of ginger and garlic. Gai Lan, also known as Chinese broccoli, is in the same species as broccoli, but the two vegetables are different in looks...
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How to cook authentic Chinese stir fry

In this post, I will share the “secrets” on how to cook authentic Chinese stir fry. If you have tried all the right sauces, but your stir fries are still soggy and taste nothing like you thought, this guide is for you. The first time my Chinese-American...
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Mapo Tofu Raimbow

If you like mapo tofu, but wish you didn’t have to cook an additional dish to get your vegetables, here’s my original recipe for mapo tofu raimbow.  Eat up! Mapo Tofu Raimbow   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 12 mins Total time 22 mins  ...
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Spicy chicken stir fry

This spicy chicken stir fry uses hot chili sauce and includes tomato among other vegetables for a juicy, satisfying meal. I love stir-fry! Combining flavors and colors in one dish is very appealing. I also enjoy the combination of vegetables and meat. Add a side 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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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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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 quinoa, though I...
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Seafood pasta recipe

This seafood pasta recipe uses a traditional red sauce, red bell pepper and the option to add artichoke hearts. A restaurant owner once told me that pasta was one of the most profitable items on a restaurant’s menu. This because it costs them cents to make, and...
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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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Easy carnitas recipe – pork roast

Don’t you just love carnitas? That tender, tasty pork that breaks with a fork and melts in your mouth? I do! It turns out you don’t have to go to a Mexican restaurant to get a taste. This is my version of the pork carnitas recipe and it couldn’t be...
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Cold noodle salad

This Asian-inspired cold noodle salad includes cellophane mung bean noodles, minced cucumbers and your choice of additional vegetables, with a traditional Chinese dressing. Turn this salad into an entrée by adding shrimp, shredded meat or tofu. Perfect dish for a warm...
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Israeli cous cous recipe

This Israeli cous cous recipe includes stir fried turnips and onions, parsley and tomatoes with a dash of ground annatto seeds (achiote or bija) for natural color. Easy print recipe below. Recently, I picked up a box of Israeli cous cous on a whim at Trader...
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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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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 “tea...
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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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