In every Dominican household you can find a "pilon", in english referred to a mortar and pestle. When my mother migrated from the Dominican Republic she tried to partake in "American Ways". But one thing that never changed was her traditional cooking roots. In my household my mother uses a pilon for almost every dish, some including mangu, monfongo, and she even makes her own sazon. One of the American traditions we are partake in is Thanksgiving, which inst celebrated in the Dominican Republic. But instead of making the traditional turkey, stuffing, and apple pie, we make rabo, moro, pernil, and tres leche. In my house we have home cooked meals everyday, and pilon is always used which makes it a huge part of our culture.
– kayla kearns