This spicy mango salsa is a must in your culinary repertoire. | tchakayiti.com

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A spicy mango salsa

Mango salsa and painting. What do those two have in common? A lot. In my world at least. Both mango…

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This Haitian style salt-cured pork and shrimp paella is packed with amazing flavors and enhanced with our famous local mushroom, djdondjon. A must try. | tchakayiti.com

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Haitian-style salt-cured pork and shrimp paella with djondjon

On the menu today, my Haitian-style salt-cured pork and shrimp paella. Did that flavor combination just make you grimace? If…

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Poisson Gros Sel, a red snapper cooked in a court-bouillon with coarse salt, is a typical Haitian dish that is quite easy to make. Grab the recipe now. | tchakayiti.com

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Haitian poisson gros sel my way, two ways

Raise your hand if you’ve accidentally cooked fish before without scaling it! Yes, I just raised my hand. You read…

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Salade russe is a mixture of potatoes, carrots and beets that are smothered in mayo. A simple and easy salad. | tchakayiti.com

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Haitian Salade Russe à la Tchakayiti

Good Friday is knocking at our door. And I cannot wait for the traditional Haitian meal we prepare on that…

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Djondjon is a Haitian wild mushroom that we use to flavor and color rice, polenta and meats. | tchakayiti.com

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Banm graten diri djondjon…a Haitian wild mushroom story

♪♩Diri djondjon, diri djondjon, banm graten diri djondjon… ♫ (Djondjon rice, djondjon rice, give me graten from djondjon rice) This is…

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This risotto stlye pumpkin giraumon millet is easy to make and brings those grains to another level. Grab the recipe on the blog. | tchakayiti.com

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Pitimi pumpkin risotto style

I feel like I should start this article with an apology. Last week, I promised you a risotto-style djondjon pitimi.…

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Pitimi makes a deliciously light and fluffy tabbouleh style millet salad. I encourage you to try this easy recipe. | tchakayiti.com

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Millet salad, a new way to eat Haitian pitimi

Have you ever bitten into microscopic rocks while eating millet without meaning to? Is their crackling sound something you’re familiar…

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Tchaka is a traditional Haitian red beans and corn casserole enhanced with smoked salt-cured pork meat. | tchakayiti.com

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Tchaka, a family tradition

Pretend today is Saturday. Now dim the lights. Better yet, light a tèt gridap in a room featuring a straw…

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Salt-cured pork meat, the secret ingredient behind many Haitian dishes, is actually easy to make. All you need is coarse salt and meat, and a tight container. | tchakayiti

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How to prepare and enhance dishes with salt-cured pork meat

Dear salt-cured pork, how did it take me so long to fall in love with your bold flavors?   Yes,…

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This is my personal take on the traditional Haitian beignets. I have stuffed them which is quite unusual. You should definitely give them a try. | tchakayiti.com

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Creole Kitchens Mardi-Gras Edition: a beignets cook-off

“I really should have named this article: How a beignets cook-off convinced me that I am not destined to be…

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Made using the fruit's peel, this sour orange marmelade has just the right balance of bitterness and sweetness. It is the perfect complement to a peanut butter sandwich. A must try! | tchakayiti.com

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Would you try a sour orange marmelade?

Got an excessively fruitful sour orange tree? Why not make a sour orange marmelade!? We have two sour orange trees…

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This unusual dessert is made of layers of flattened rum infused Haitian chocolate truffles and a sweet sour orange custard. A true delight for your tastebuds. | tchakayiti.com

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Rum infused layered Haitian chocolate truffles dessert

Today, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I am revisiting our chokola peyi. I am serving you layers of flattened chocolate…

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A recipe for a creamy mirliton soup or chayote soup enhanced with flavors of shrimp and crab. | tchakayiti.com

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Creole Kitchens cook-off and a mirliton soup

The mirliton soup recipe below is part of a food challenge. I created it in hopes of showcasing this vegetable…

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This zesty crab salad makes for a great appetizer. You can also use it enhance your soups. | tchakyiti.com

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My not-so-Haitian crab salad

A zesty chipotle crab salad on a food blog devoted to Haitian cuisine?!? I can imagine your shock at seeing…

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Hummus with a twist. This Caribbean hummus is made with breadnuts in lieu of garbanzo beans. A silky smooth recipe you'll want to try. | tchakayitii.com

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A Caribbean chestnut hummus recipe

Every year, we host the family at Christmas. To mix things up a bit, my mom and I always try…

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This cheese spread is made using bold Edam cheese, Tête de Maure in Haiti. | tchakayiti.com

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A cheese spread and childhood memories

This morning, I woke up with cheese spread and kids birthday parties from my childhood on my mind. Truth be…

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These Haitian cheese sticks require 3 ingredients: butter, cheese, flour. A great baking lesson for young kids. | tchakayiti.com

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Haitian cheese sticks: my very first baking lesson

Haitian cheese sticks are probably the very first pastry I ever baked. I was about eight or nine when I…

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This smoked salted herring salad known as chiquetaille de hareng is the perfect quick appetizer. | tchakayiti.com

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Herring Chiquetaille

For lack of an accurate translation, I use the name “chiquetaille de hareng” throughout this article to refer to this…

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A delicious traditional Haitian onion pie for every single onion lover out there. | tchakayiti.com

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An onion hater & an onion pie

On the menu today, a young girl, a grown woman and a traditional onion pie recipe. It’s Christmas Eve. The…

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Haitian douce can be compared to fudge. This douce kokoye, coconut fudge, is a pure delight. A must try. | tchakayiti.com

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Douce kokoye, Haitian coconut fudge

Foreign readers, think of douce kokoye as a Haitian-style coconut fudge bold in flavor. What happens when you’re stuck at…

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This Haitian sweet potato pudding recipe, aka pain patate is the only recipe you'll ever need. | tchakayiti.com

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Haitian pain patate (sweet potato pudding) recipe

Pain patate in French, pen patat in Haitian Creole, petit pain pa’ as a term of endearment…sweet potato pudding in…

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This bonbon sirop recipe is packed with sweet spices and molasses. Its composition is really close to a gingerbread cake. A must try. | tchakayiti.com

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Bonbon Sirop Recipe

“Goodgood syrup, goodgood syrup…” – I can still hear my dad using those words to refer to this special sweet…

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These Haitian sweet potatoes are oven-roasted, mashed and reduced to a puree topped with prepared cod. | tchakayiti.com

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Haitian style baked sweet potatoes

Today’s recipe features our local sweet potatoes, which I have oven-roasted, mashed and reduced to a puree topped with prepared…

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This dried salted codfish recipe is one of the quickest and easiest way to eat it this fish. It only requires fresh ingredients. | tchakayiti.com

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Haitian dried salted codfish in oil

In Haiti, codfish is about as popular as salted smoked herring. Our repertoire of recipes is quite rich. It includes…

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You'll love this spicy grilled shrimp sandwich with caramelized bacon and a spicy rum glaze. | thcakayiti.com

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Spicy grilled shrimp sandwich with caramelized bacon

The spicy grilled shrimp sandwich finally comes together! It’s my adaptation of a New Orleans shrimp po’boy. I always loved…

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This spicy orange rum glaze works well with both meat and seafood. A must have in your kitchen. | tchakayiti.com

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The “everything” spicy orange rum glaze

World Food Championship Po’Boy sandwich Part 2: Spicy Orange Rum Glaze Remember how I promised to share my first World…

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This spicy garlic grilled shrimp recipe includes a splash of rum. They'll keep you begging for more. | tchakayiti.com

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Spicy garlic grilled shrimp with a splash of rum

A year ago, on October 12, 2017 to be exact, I was excitingly telling you about my qualification for the…

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A savory Haitian joumou pumpkin pie that is easy to prepare and flavorful. Plus it only calls for a few pantry ingredient and your favorite cheese. | tchakayiti.com

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A savory Haitian pumpkin pie

Joumou in Haitian Creole, Giraumon in French, English translation of our Haiti pumpkin to be determined. I have yet to figure…

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A sour orange infused hot pepper sauce recipe from Haiti | tchakayiti.com

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Sour orange infused hot pepper sauce

I should probably start this hot pepper sauce article with an apology. Perhaps, I should apologize to the person who…

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One weekend, four yuca recipes

Yuca, tapioca, manioc in French, manyòk in Creole, cassava elsewhere… Boiled yuca, mashed yuca, yuca garnished with cheese, yuca fries…

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Aranso Smoked Herring Haiti

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Aransò, smoked herring recipe

An impromptu olfactory visit of a neighbor’s kitchen while he’s cooking mayi ak aransò. A smoked herring mousse. Cold polenta…

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Haitian Mango Cocktail

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Want a mango cocktail?

Remember those mangos that attacked us daily one summer at the office? And how we had decided to take our…

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Vinaigrette for those artichokes

Vinaigrette…a word you’ll rarely hear in Haiti, if ever. “Sauce de salade” (salad dressing) is more commonly used. Why share…

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Haitian mayi moulen bites, a new way to eat polenta

I am not typically fond of cold mayi moulen (Haitian cornmeal). I actually strongly dislike it. Yet, here I am…

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Djondjon polenta bites & a food contest

“Prepare a locally inspired dish. Post it on Facebook with a mouth-watering picture. Include recipe instructions and you’re set. You…

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Zanmann jam, an unusual jam

One afternoon, a few moons ago, I came across a rather unusual dish being prepped in our kitchen. My mother…

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Haitian mango ice cream

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Silky-smooth mango ice cream

Yes, you read right! The ice cream recipes on this blog keep getting more interesting year after year! Just last…

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Veritab boukannen, “véritable obsession”

Today, we’re taking a road trip outside of Port-au-Prince. Our destination? Jacmel, a city located in the South East of…

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Shrimp marinades next door

Remember that I told you about how, without wanting to, I often inadvertently take a peak into a neighbor’s kitchen…

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A leftover seafood bisque

What do you do when you have tons of leftover seafood in your fridge? If you’re Haitian, you definitely mix…

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A sumptuous peach jam

What do you do when you have too many peaches? Why, you make a homemade peach jam of course! And…

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Our marinades are not a seasoning mix

A first communion without marinade? Have you lost your mind!! Pa gen komunyon san marinade! (You can’t have a first…

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Cabbage, mèchi & 7 cooks

– Should we cook the rice and meat first? – The recipe says not to cook them, but you know…

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Got (coconut) milk?

After sharing four coconut milk based recipes that include our famous blan manje, Haitian goodies known as dous kokoye, Haiti’s…

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How do you cook your rice?

Yes, you read right. Rice is once again featured on this blog. You didn’t really think I would leave you…

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Sòs pwa, Haitian bean sauce

My grandmother’s dining table on a weeknight, eight regulars, a bowl being passed from one set of hands to the…

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One pot coconut ice cream

A few weeks ago, I decided to finally give in to what I had been longing to do all summer…

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Summer in a fruit cup

At first, I wanted to name this article the deconstructed fruit bowl. Instead of a fruit cup, I was planning…

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Goudrin, a pineapple beverage

What if I told you that for some the pineapple peel is just as important, if not more important, than…

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Douce Kokoye, Coconut Recipe

These chewy looking chunks of goodness are not brownies. They are homemade melt-in-your mouth coconut milk and sugar bites by…

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Haitian Apricot Jam

Yes, you are reading right. Caribbean apricots are back on this blog, and it’s only been two weeks since this…

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Haitian Touffe Legume

….or how to start eating vegetables Carrot, cabbage, mirliton, eggplant, green beans…how do you get someone who hates vegetables to…

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Banana Beignets

In exactly ten days, it will be Carnaval here in Haiti. Dance, music and mostly letting go of the daily…

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Herring Mousse

What if I started this article with a statement like: cream cheese is a must in any worthy fridge? Would…

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Cremas, coconut Holiday drink

As I commit these words to paper at 7:00 in the morning, I can’t help but think of the fact…

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Gou Epis Lakay

Just last week, I attended Haiti’s first Pork Festival. As the name implies, pork was the main ingredient on the…

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My frustration with an avocado tree

As many of you know, it’s avocado season practically everywhere around the globe. Here in Haiti, the season is at…

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Marquise au chocolat à l’haïtienne

It’s been a while since I last shared a recipe with you. To make up for it, today I am…

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Accras, Haitian Appetizer

The appetizers pictured above, known as accras, don’t ask for much to disappear on a plate. Don’t fry them quickly…

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Lambi Grille Recipe

This week was a very hot one. And when the temperature is this high, the sky as blue and sunny…

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Bonbon Amidon Recipe

These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are prepared with amidon (starch), a manioc (yucca) flour. As a child, I loved eating bonbon amidon…

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Sauce Ti Malice, a hot sauce

The typical Haitian sauce Ti Malice is served with any fried or grilled meat or seafood. It is a hot…

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Blan Manje, a Coconut Dessert

Blan Manje has to be one of the easiest Haitian desserts I know. I first made it in college for…

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Cassava Pudding spiked with Rum

I discovered cassava pudding a couple weeks ago and really loved it. I actually combined 2 recipes because the one…

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A fresco with peanuts

In Haiti, fresco is shaved ice drizzled with a thick and sweet syrup that comes in different flavors. Among these…

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Haitian Beignets Recipe

This Haitian beignet recipe is inspired by an experiment my mom did this year. She substituted sugar cane syrup for…

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Bananes Pesees

I got this bananes pesees recipe from an uncle who added his own twist to it. He used to add…

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Haitian Pikliz

The Haitian pikliz recipe is a mix of vegetables cut using the julienne method (shredded in long thin strips) spiced…

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