Habichuelas Con Dulces

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
Me in the Dominican Republic
Me in the Dominican Republic

     The object I chose for this project is a recipe from where my parents grew up, the Dominican Republic. It’s called Habichuelas con Dulces, or sweet beans in English. This is a dessert made from beans, milk, cinnamon, and sweet potatoes as the main ingredients. Once you finish making it, you add little cookies that have the sign of the cross on them. My dad told me about this recipe, and he makes it for my family every once in a while. My dad made this with his family when he was younger every year during holy week (beginning on Palm Sunday and ending on Easter Sunday) This recipe is important to me because my parents are immigrants, and they made efforts to share their traditions with their children, and now as a Dominican-American, it is really important to me that my future children still get to celebrate their culture/identity. Even though my family doesn’t eat this as much as my dad’s family did when he was young, I would like to pass that tradition on to my children. This is also important because it represents our connection to religion/faith, which I would also like to maintain with my children. 
4 cups soft-boiled red kidney beans6 cups water2 cups coconut milk3 cups evaporated milk½ tsp salt1 cup sugar1 tsp vanilla extract10 cloves½ lb diced sweet potatoes½ cup raisins

Place(s): Dominican Republic
Year: 1997

– Victoria Lucia Abreu

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant