Recipe: Caribbean Tres Leches Cake


A proper Tres Leches cake is thirsty. Really thirsty. Each dry, pocket of cake crumb soaks up more milk than a stray kitten. Our version soaks up a little over 3 cups (!) of liquid as it sits in the fridge over night. While the texture is moist, a good Tres Leches cake will never be soggy or mushy. It will - against all odds - retain a discernible crumb in spite of the milk within. NOTE: See my recipe and associated feature story about Global Table Adventure in the Tulsa World. They probably … [Read more...]

Menu: Dominican Republic


What would you serve if a special guest was coming to your house? Someone who you desperately want to impress? I'll tell you what: serve them something simple, flavorful and - most importantly - something that practically cooks itself. You know, so you have time to brush your hair and change your clothes. Our Dominican menu is the exact menu I would suggest - after all, it was good enough to tempt the taste buds of Natalie Mikles, from a little paper that starts with Tulsa and ends with … [Read more...]

About the Food of the Dominican Republic


Fancy a trip to the Alps? The Dominican Alps? That's right. Smack dab in the heart of the Dominican Republic, far away from the 'all inclusive' resorts and pristine beaches,  are the tallest peaks in the Caribbean. Clinging to their sides are cool wooded forests composed, primarily, of pine trees. In the spring, a dedicated hiker may even be rewarded with clusters of sweet strawberries. I never thought learning about the D.R. - situated on a tropical island - would make me homesick for New … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Dominica


I scanned the sky, holding my breath, waiting. A clammy draft met my face an inch from window. "I can't tell." I said, "Is it?" "No, I think that's ice rain." Keith said. I looked at the gray sky and saw nothing. I turned my head to the yellow streetlight hoping it would illuminate a few fluffy snowflakes. Instead, all I saw was spittle falling on a wet road. "Let's go anyway. We could use the fresh air. And perhaps it'll start while we're out." We bundled Ava in 4 layers, a hat, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Grapefruit & Avocado Smoothie


Makes a quart Want a smoothie, but tired of all the "normal" options? Try this Domincan treat - a tantalizing blend of grapefruit juice and creamy avocado. The "ice" green color will have you cooled off in no time. (Thanks to the Facebook Fans who voted in this recipe) Ingredients: 3 avocados 2 1/2 cups grapefruit juice 1/2 cup sugar water (or extra grapefruit juice) for thinning to desired consistency Method: Take yourself to that special place, where the sun is shiny … [Read more...]

Recipe: Fried Frog Legs


Makes 8 legs - Serves 2 What you are about to see is really, really strange. Some of you might be bothered by it. But, I promise, if you stay by my side, we'll get past all the strangeness and enter the amazing world of deep fried food. And, let's be honest, it's hard to go wrong with deep fried food. Ingredients: 8 frog legs (4 pair) For the coating: milk 1/2 cup flour 1 tsp ground thyme 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper Method: First, fill a pot half way with vegetable oil … [Read more...]

Recipe: Caribbean Bakes (Fried Biscuits)


Makes 8 These biscuits don't need butter and jelly. They don't need gravy. Just eat them straight up, with a smile. Crispy and golden, they get their color from a boiling oil bath. Great for plunking into soups and stews, or alongside rice and beans. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 tsp sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 Tbsp butter 1/3 cup milk (a few drops more, if needed) 1/4 inch oil Method: Are you wearing a black shirt? You might want to switch it for a white … [Read more...]

Dominican Hard-Boiled Eggs (w/ Poll)


What are you doing right this minute? Nothing? Ok, let's go to Dominica for hard boiled eggs. What? That doesn't sound very exciting? Just wait. Listen up. This is no ordinary hard-boiled egg. This is an experience. Here's the "recipe": 1. Fly to Dominica. Buy a carton of eggs. Carefully pack the eggs in bubble wrap or an old t-shirt. 2. Lace up your hiking shoes. Place eggs, water and other snacks in backpack. 3. Hike muddy, mountainous terrain to "Boiling Lake." This will … [Read more...]