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 time"...
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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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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 to a sancocho to achieve...
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Easy herb rubbed roasted chicken

Easy herb rubbed roasted chicken   Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 5 mins   Author: biteslife.com Recipe type: Main Cuisine: American Serves: 6 Ingredients 1 whole chicken 1 teaspoon each of flaked or ground oregano, basil and...
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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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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 husband...
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Easter-time Dominican recipes

While Americans hunt for eggs filled with candy at Easter, Dominicans are scouting their neighborhood for whomever is making their favorite Easter-time dessert, all Lenten season.  Habichuelas con dulce is one of two very popular Easter-time Dominican recipes that use...
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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 Joe's....
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Easy brunch: cheese, onion and pepper omelette

Easy and delicious, this cheese onion pepper omelette is a great brunch idea that does not require baking or turning. Serve alone for a low carb breakfast, enjoy with fruit or your favorite bread. About the cheese: For this recipe, I really enjoy muenster cheese or...
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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 they...
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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 to a sancocho to achieve...

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 the family....

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...

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...

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. Leftover turkey...

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...

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...

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...