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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.

Chinese green onion pancakes

Chinese green onion pancakes make a great companion to saucy and spicy meals, they work as appetizers or can be served with cold meats for a full meal. Everyone in my family loves green onion pancakes. I suspect they could be healthier if made with whole wheat flour...
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Ripe papaya (lechoza madura)

  Lechoza madura (para comer o hacer batida). República Dominicana. Ripe papaya. Dominican Republic. Papaya is a tropical fruit abundant in the Dominican Republic. It is eaten ripe, as in the photo, cut in cubes or made into smoothies with milk, water and cane...
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Wild sockeye salmon soup recipe

This wild sockeye salmon soup recipe uses fresh salmon steaks and a touch of cilantro and sesame oil. Easy print recipe included. On the occasions when I can find wild salmon, I like to make soup with it. It is one of two ways of preparing salmon (besides smoking it)...
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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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Chinese Soy Sauce Fish

My mother in law has been making Chinese soy sauce fish for us using different fish and I just love it every single time. I couldn’t believe it was so simple to make. See easy print recipe below the pictures.   Tip: do not use defrosted fish for this dish, as it...
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Baked chicken thighs recipe

This baked chicken thighs recipe includes a blend of rosemary, oregano and ground annatto seeds for color. Potatoes are baked with the chicken for an optional side dish. Tender and juicy, these thighs go well with salad, rice, quinoa or cous cous. The dark meat in...
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Cilantro beef stir fry with vegetables

Cilantro can be used as a garnish, but is also a great way to add delicious flavor to your meats. Try this simple cilantro beef stir fry recipe with a trio of vegetables. See printable recipe below the pictures. Prep all your ingredients before beginning. Once you...
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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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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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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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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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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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(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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Pork primavera: Ground pork with mixed vegetables

Ground pork is one of my favorite ingredients in the kitchen because it is easy to work with, cooks quickly and pairs well with grains, vegetables and legumes. Ground pork is also one of the few meats my daughter, who is a picky eater, will eat. I get it, it is easy...
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Pork stew recipe

Try this pork stew recipe for a delicious dish, using traditional stew vegetables and Caribbean-style seasonings. This recipe gives you the option to use  “season all“, a home-made vegetable and herb seasoning I wrote about in a previous post, and ground...
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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 or sweet...
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Baby octopus recipe

This baby octopus recipe includes snow peas and red bell pepper. A seafood and vegetable lover’s dream. See easy print recipe at the end of this post. At home, we usually cook the baby octopus whole, only removing the head from the legs for easier cooking. If...
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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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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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