Making Wiener Wraps

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Raising a 15 year old professional kiter I need to make A LOT of food. Wiener wraps are one of the his favorite foods. Living in the Dominican Republic we lived without them for several years before I had the idea to make them myself, silly I know, where was the thinker on that one?

Now I am using a Pillsbury Crescent roll copycat recipe that I got from the website.

Serves: 12
8 oz. t … Units: US | Metric
2 (4 1/2 teaspoon) packages dry yeast
3/4 cup water (100-110 degrees F)
2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup shortening, cubed
1/3 cup butter, cubed
4 cups flour, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter, melted


1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast and 1 tbsp of the sugar in the warm water. Let sit until foamy – 10 minutes

2. In a separate bowl, combine remaining sugar, salt and 3 cups flour. Using the paddle attachment, once yeast is foamy, stir in beaten eggs followed by shortening and butter.

Next, add flour mixture using the dough hook. Turn out onto floured surface and slowly add the last cup of flour, kneading to achieve a smooth, elastic consistency. Be careful not to add too much flour. Use as little as possible – you may not need to add all the flour.

3. Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease the top of the dough. Let rise in a warm place (85 degrees F) until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.

***TIP*** At this point if you want to use the dough for something other than crescents, such as other recipes using Pillsbury crescent dough, you can shape it as desired.

4. To form crescents: When done rising, divide in half, rolling each half into a 12-inch circle 1/4 inch thick. Spread with the soft butter and cut each circle into 16 wedges. Roll up each wedge beginning at the largest end and place, point side down, on a greased baking sheet. Curve to form crescents. Cover and let rise until doubled, approximately 1 hour.

5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until rich golden brown.

6. Remove from oven and brush with butter.

**You can do this recipe by hand, although I find a stand mixer to be much quicker.


The Destruction of La Boca de Yasica

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014


This is a repost from The Puerto Plata Digital


Denounce foreign employer is destroying wetlands and mangroves at the mouth of river Yásica
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The authorities of the Ministry of Environment according to allegations made ​​have done nothing to stop the destruction.
PUERTO PLATA -. Past few months it has been alleged that powerful people in Cabarete with the alleged complicity of the authorities, continue to destroy the environment in this tourist town, specifically in Boca Yásica where as can be seen in this aerial photograph taken on 23 April cursante month criminal hands are drying existing wetlands there.
The act of aggression against the wetlands located in the mouth of Cabarete Yásica occurs clearing several acres of mangroves, but at the same time have built indolent and illegally several channels hundreds of meters long, ranging from wetlands to the river draining these ecosystems where there is plenty of wildlife flora and fauna national duty to preserve.
However, the authorities of the Ministry of Environment according to allegations made ​​have done nothing to stop the destruction of wetlands and mangroves, however these natural areas are protected by Decree 303-87 and the Ramsar Convention in Dominican Republic which an arbitration is part and also the riverside Yásica is protected by the decree 847-09 is the zoning of Cabarete.
The protection of mangroves and wetlands Cabarete is stipulated in three legal bases, two national and one international to the extent that part of the Decree 847-09 in relation to the river Yásica expressed in the first paragraph that is designated as a National Recreation Area- Protection Yásica the west bank of River, the banks of Caño Hondo and Arroyo La Punta riverbanks and wetlands Yásica river, preserve a distance 30 miles.; as well as close to rivers and pipe wooded areas.
According to this decree, it is clear that they are not only protected the banks of the river Yásica and also is designated as National Recreation Area all its adjacent environment, which has not been observed at all until the height of the former district director Cabarete; Gabriel Antonio Ramirez Mora (Canoa) filled lagoon El Choco natural monument in 2008 and a warrant was issued against Mora Ramirez, but enjoyed the same kind of political, economic and legal shield.
Similarly, now the ecological crime is larger with the aggression of wetlands for Boca del rio Yásica, which is sponsored by a foreign businessman named Gordon Ganon who maintains a brigade of workers drying and destroying wetlands and mangroves since supposedly has very good relations with Central Government officials.
It was learned that Mr. Gordon Ganon personally directed these criminal actions against nature to the point that the authorities of the Environment have even banned these actions continue to make a group of men who mercilessly destroy mangroves and wetlands Cabarete causing serious environmental damage in the Boca del rio Yásica.
In front of the building project that aims to build Mr. Ganon who is represented about such Fabrice and Alcides, who tried to attack the officers of the Association of Cabarete (ADECA) and Peter Orr Michel Gay-Crosier, who after being threatened death called on the authorities of the Ministry of Tourism and Environment in Puerto Plata to execute actions to permanently stop the egregious ecological disaster that is being committed.
Both Orr and Gay-Crosier said that in reality investors are needed in Cabarete, to further develop this attraction, but employers in the category of Gordon Ganon who assault with use of force ecology, do not want it in Cabarete since no damaging cares that wonderful area.


Yerba Bruja at Aldea Casa Verde La Vega

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Yerba Bruja an 11 member reggae band from Puerto Rico, came to Aldea Casa Verde in La Vega, Dominican Republic. They were the headline for the release party of  Caribbean Smoothies’ a rolling paper made from tobacco leaves grown in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Dtroya y el Conuco, a Dominican band opened for Yerba Bruja.


Such a Wonderful Sight

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Daily I drive through the Callejon de la Loma and am regularly amazed at the sights to see. And sometimes the things I see are so very funny other times just cute. Last week as I was riding past the motorcycle mechanic shop I see the mechanic working on a vespa, then a day or so ago he was working on a big quad, then today…a little pink bicycle! Just makes me giggle a bit.

Don’t Litter

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

DSCF0042 copySo today on my way back from buying Empanadas, I was skating back when some random person threw his beer cap in the street. Normally I probably wouldn’t have cared but it just so happened that that cap had it in for me.

It was kinda funny how I saw things in those two seconds; the ark of the cap,  the realization that I was about to eat it, so I went with it!! I got a little scraped up but I have a new rule for myself, “I won’t throw trash in the road!” there are better places for it. Most of us in Cabarete drive Motos and with only two tires its a lot easier to fall. So why not look out for everyone and put litter in a bin?

Fire in the Callejon 17/9/2013

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

IMG_1703 copyLast night returning turning to the callejon smoke filled our lungs and the sky was glowing orange.


Coming home last night from a bonfire on the beach, we turned down the callejon the smell smoke was overwhelming. The block ablaze and the street full of firemen running hoses and fire trucks supplying water. The fish store on the corner of calle 3 was blazing at least 20 feet above the roof. Looking down the street as far as my angle would allow I could see flames from one roof traveling to the next.

The fire trucks were running out of water but the church that was recently built has a fire hydrant in front that the firemen were able to access. At that point headed home to calle 7 to check our length of street and all the animals. The neighborhood dogs are going crazy and ours were definitely feeling the stress in the neighborhood. Fortunately there was no fire to be seen from here unless you climbed to the roof.

Getting home I stopped to tell the neighbors what is happening and show them the video on my phone, (as many residents of Cabarete know the cell phones are how information and news is shared). They in turn showed me the the 8 children sleeping in their skivvies on the floor of one of the neighbors houses.

Now our casitas have been prepped for our neighbors and food preparation being planned.

If you can help the dislocated families that have lost their houses by donating clothes, linens, or food please call me at 829-779-4041 for pick up or donations can be dropped off at Dive Cabarete in the Kaoba Hotel or through the Dream Project at the DR Office at Plaza Novus Mare, 2nd floor in Cabarete at the entrance to the Callejon.

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Braining Up!

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

brainYesterday I had a brain scan. My friend Freddy Starr is a psychiatrist and does brain scans and biofeedback to help people that have had trauma to the brain. The Doc put a cap on my head after measuring how big my head is. The cap has several sensors attached that each have a wire connecting them to a small computer. The sensors are set against my head and a small amount of goop is added to make them conduct the brain signals. Then I sat with my eyes closed for three minutes trying my best not to move.  After the initial scan, I could see on 3D mapping where my brain had received the worst trauma. It happened to be near my left ear. The spot is where visual and audio understanding are located. Injury to this area often causes problems with memory, understanding what I am seeing, word finding, languages, spelling and reading.

Fortunately, with the biofeedback I can retrain my brain and get higher performance from it. That process includes focusing lightly on one area of my brain and trying to make the music from the computer consistent and full. It was not too hard but there are higher levels of difficulty that the Doc can work with me to get up to for more results. After the practice I felt different in my head like a little bit of fuzzy. Doc told me to go look outside and see if I felt any different. I looked out at the ocean and realized that I no longer saw the two different shades of colors from one eye to the other. As a child I was part of a study for visual color discrepancies at the Dornbecker Hospital in Portland Oregon. Now for the first time in my memory (hahaha) I have equal colors from both eyes. Wow! This afternoon I will go back for my second session.




Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

I got my order from the Territorial Seed Company, out of Oregon, a while back and last week did another bit of planting. Territorial Seed Company is my brand of choice because of their lines of organic non-gmo seeds. Also their customer service is really top notch. This week the lavender is sprouting like crazy and the basil is popping up beautiful little leaves all around the baking pans that I use as my seed trays. Here in the DR plastics are wicked expensive and the seeding trays I used in the past are not financially beneficial. Alternative…that is how the tin trays came to be.

Sprouting soil I am getting dehydrated soil out of Puerto Plata. I get it from the farm supply store. Same place I pick up my chicken food and all the vaccinations for the dogs. The dehydrated soil means I have to rehydrate it, that involves filling the tray half full of soil then adding lots of water and sticking my hands in it squeezing up the liquid. It is a project of time not skill but the cost benefit from buying at the veleros (nurseries) in Sosua is substantial. It is an odd place this north coast of the dr, there are many, many nurseries, yet none of them sell any vegetables and only a few options for fruit trees.

Lavender is one of those hard to find plants here on the north coast as well. I am planning on after my seedlings get a bit bigger and stronger, transplanting them into cut glass self watering bottles. Then at the local handmade bazaar that is once a month I will sell them. Yay! money for more casita repairs.

Home School Field trip to Puerto Plata

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Home schooling is such a wonderful way to connect your children with their passions. Hopefully those passions will vary and the desire to obtain more knowledge be bountiful. Living in the Dominican Republic our sources for educational topics are endless. For example, kite boarding…IMG_6615 copy copyIMG_6552 copy copyRiders; Katie Bowcutt – Dominican Republic, Chase Hasch – Dominican Republic, and Nick Callejo (USA).  IMG_6600 copy copy  Took a field trip from the Red Dragon Inn to the Malicon in Puerto Plata to appreciate the Art and history. You can feel the concentration that Nick is displaying as he intently focuses on the statue in front of him.The children were also very intent on the studies of aero dynamics and eco structure of the ocean floor.

Oh The Weekend…

Monday, July 1st, 2013

We have been busy here at The Red Dragon Inn. The weekend has been so full of one event to the next. It all started on Tuesday…we went to trivia at Uno Mas. It really wasn’t an option as our friend just returned from the Ukraine and brought hooch vodka from her uncles friend and insisted on our attendance for the official tasting ceremony. Of course with Russian vodka in our blood stream dancing was to follow and suddenly the clock was at three in the morning. At nine on Wednesday it was time to head to Puerto Plata for a meeting with the manager of Casa Nelson then to the screen printer for the t-shirts for the Cabarete Classic Windsurf Event that I am helping organize. Since I was already in Puerto Plata I headed to the flea market, in Spanish it is called “La Pulga” which means the flea. There I went looking for a new pair of Converse for The Boy but only managed to find a pair of knock offs in his size and the dude asked me for $2800RD which equals about $68US. Silly man. I put them back and went looking for my favorite honey sandlewood soap that I only seem to find at la pulga. That I found in a four pack and saved 50 pesos (woohoo that’s like $1.25US). I grabbed the guagua guaguaand headed back to Cabarete.

The kite boarding school, Big Air Kite School has a BBQ once a month on, right before or right after the full moon and it happened to be that time of the month so at seven I headed to my once a month bar tending job. Job may be an over statement as it really is “my once a month German lesson.” After making a few mojitos I took a snooze by the bonfire then went in to clean my station and come home for some sleep.

Friday it started again with working around the house and on the website for Cabarete Classic – We have a mountain apple tree that has been pooping fruit all over the ground because we could not reach any of it with the tree being so tall. So, we pruned it back at about half way down. Here in the Dominican Republic it is expensive to get power tools so the norm is to use machetes for just about everything. Including cutting 12 inch thick branches. Only one power line cam down so I count it as a success. With all the branches on the ground it was easy to collect the fruit. We collected three beer boxes full of fruit. I made two sangria cobblers. The rest we will make into wine and champagne.

Friday was also Tim from Uno Mas’s, last night so we had a going away party for him. Turned out that the after party was at The Red Dragon Inn. Amazing the endurance of some as the roosters where crowing to say the day has come. I grabbed a couple hours of sleep then was on to the Saturday endurance run.

Mountain Apple Sangria Cobbler

Sangria Cobbler

Surprise! Happy Birthday! We went to a party for our friends. Mango, pineapple platers with a yogurt, honey, cashew sauce served with Sangria. There was a big turn out. I made a sangria cobbler that I was inspired by Confections of a Foodie Bride. Unfortunately, I forgot it while I was packing the other dishes. There was so much food prepared by my friend that it was not a problem.

We had an Acro Yoga gathering a The Red Dragon Inn. It was a fun group. We were all different levels, ages from 14 to 40 something. We worked as a team with bases, fliers, and spotters. We started with folded leaf and bird; and ended with cartwheels. Wow. The inversion in the cartwheel was incredible. Smoothing out the movement will definitely take a few more gatherings. I am definitely using the term few generously. We are moving the acro yoga gathering time to 1 pm on Sunday. So that we are free for kiting the evening session. The boy headed out but I was pretty tired after the last few day so I declined to make some chicken udon soup. And work on the tshirt for the CabareteClassic. We had a meeting before the acro yoga gathering so I had some more input on what the guys wanted on the shirts. After that weekend I was definitely looking forward to hitting the sack.