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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.

Purple cauliflower with shrimp and tofu

If you follow this site, you might be familiar with my cooking motto: your body likes a rainbow and your eyes do too! That is why I was happy to stumble upon purple cauliflower at the supermarket recently. While I tolerate cauliflower in its usual white color, it was...
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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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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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How to make stove top rice

If you do not own a rice cooker, you can learn how to make stove top rice the Dominican way. The result is rice that is visually enticing and incredibly delicious, with just the right texture. Following the instructions in this recipe will yield rice that is neither...
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Tri-color vegetable stir fry

Mixing colors is a great way to make your vegetables more appetizing, and reap the health benefits of eating colorful food. Here is a simple tricolor vegetable stir fry recipe that is a winner for looks and flavor. Tri-color vegetable stir fry   Print Prep time...
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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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Gluten free banana bread

This gluten free banana bread combines a mix of brown rice/tapioca flour, coconut flour, almond meal and flax seed meal for a delicious twist to this all time favorite. This gluten free banana bread recipe does not use nuts, but you are welcome to add them for a...
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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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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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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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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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Fried eggplant recipe (torrejas de berenjena)

This very simple fried eggplant recipe (a.k.a. torrejas de berenjena) uses an egg wash to achieve a crunchy texture that contrast well with the soft fried eggplant. An old time Dominican recipe and one of my favorites! Fried eggplant recipe   Print Prep time 5...
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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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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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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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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 considered gourmet and...
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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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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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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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