Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Crust

Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Crust   Print Prep time 1 hour Cook time 30 mins Total time 1 hour 30 mins   Great comfort food. Works best with the leftovers from a roasted chicken Recipe type: Main Course Serves: 8 Ingredients Crust: 1 stick butter cut into chunks 1…

Access to Information = Freedom

I didn’t begin this post with the intention to write anything related 9/11, an event I was only a mile away from during that fateful day, witnessing the drama from my window before evacuating. I wanted to write a post about access to information but lo and behold, it’s really about freedom….

Indian Cultural Society

Ever since I have returned from the Dominican Republic I have felt exhausted at least 80% of the time. I’m used to the intensity that follows one of my trips — all my clients in the U.S. waiting for my time and their projects. And I knew that this trip would be…

Cherry Charlottes

This dessert is really easy and super yummy. Cherry Charlottes   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 35 mins   Great way to use fresh cherries or other summer berries Recipe type: Dessert Serves: 6 Ingredients 3 cups fresh cherries 1 tbsp corn starch 2-3 tbsp sugar…

Power of Prayer

On my flight to Santo Domingo I sat next to a very friendly young woman, still nearly a girl, who told me she was traveling with a group to do missionary work in the Dominican Republic. This was her second trip to the DR, the first being to the resort area of…

if i could tell you…

it’s the space between the words the gentle intake of breath it’s your lost island look when i’m near it’s the sense i am so beautiful i bless you with my smile it’s the unexpected touch i’m still here it’s the love we know we’d make and the children that would come…

Baked eggplant with red potatoes

Mediterranean Baked Stuffed Eggplant

Mediterranean Baked Stuffed Eggplant   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 35 mins   Pair this dish with Mediterranean sides like whole-grain couscous. Recipe type: Main dish Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 large purple eggplant cut in half 2 pork sausages, skin removed (bratwurst size) minced 1 medium…

Chocolate-Filled Mango Cupcakes with Cherry Frosting

Above: Finished cupcake revealing the chocolate center. I came up with this while planning my daughter’s fifth birthday party. I wanted a tropical theme to celebrate her roots (she is half Dominican and spent her first 4 years there) but I also needed to incorporate chocolate, my daughter’s favorite food. Chocolate-Filled Mango…

Coconut Shrimp Risotto

Above: Plated on steamed spinach with fresh grated Parmesan on top. Coconut Shrimp Risotto   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 1 hour   Creamy and delicious, this dish is very healthy if you use brown rice. Recipe type: Main Serves: 6 Ingredients 1½ tbsp olive oil…

Plugged In, Tuned Out

Even though I am American, having lived in the United States most of my life, the 8 years I spent in the Dominican Republic shifted my perspective. I am from here yet not, oddly similar to the way I felt when I lived overseas. There, I related so much and yet felt…

Baked Samosas

Above: Finished samosas are really good with mango or mint chutney. When I use the oven, especially in the warmer months. I have to make use of the whole oven so I feel that heating up the house is worth it. Since I was already making the chicken today, I decided to…

Oven-Fried Spicy Chicken

Above: My son Marcos, diving into a bite of the cooked chicken. Oven-Fried Spicy Chicken   Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 1 hour 15 mins   This a great, low-fat version of fried chicken with an Indian spice kick. Recipe type: Main course Serves: 4 Ingredients…

beast of enjoyment

there is a river of light which flows through my body and carries me past my paper thoughts and painted smiles. it leads me to the darkened wall where the silent beast of enjoyment lies. the beast, which desires all and tears the painted smiles to engage in violet heat, is only…

Shredded Pork Carnitas

Above: Served with warm corn tortillas, lettuce, avocado and sour cream Shredded Pork Carnitas   Print Prep time 45 mins Cook time 3 hours Total time 3 hours 45 mins   Suggested serving with warm corn tortillas, lettuce, avocado and sour cream. Also delicious with rice. Recipe type: Mexican Serves: 6 Ingredients…

Rama & Sita

I have been reading a lot about Hinduism of late. Perhaps it’s a way of searching for faith during a difficult time. All I know is that it give me peace to learn. Rama is my ex’s favorite god, an avatar of Vishnu. Rama is noted as an example of strict morality,…

Tapestry of Love

When I love someone, I need to express it in a creative form. What started as a tapestry of love became a journey into Hinduism, a gift for our family and a creative experience like no other. I based the tapestry on a drawing I found online. I had sewn big projects…