Tanisha Bailey-Roka

Tanisha Bailey-Roka, AKA The Crucian Contessa lives on the beautiful island of St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands. Attorney by day (nights, weekends, and even some holidays) she spends her remaining time, studying, creating, crafting, and sharing food!

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Frying Banana Fritters With The Crucian Contessa
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Frying Banana Fritters With The Crucian Contessa

If I had to pinpoint a "go to" comfort food it would be this simple fritter. What makes it extra special is using the local bananas we grow here on St. Croix.
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Taste Of The Caribbean: Crucian Contessa’s Pumpkin Rum Flan
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Taste Of The Caribbean: Crucian Contessa’s Pumpkin Rum Flan

Rum, pumpkin, and flan all had a conversation and said, โ€œHey, you know, we TASTE GOOOOOD together!โ€ Yeah, thatโ€™s this recipe.
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Best Caribbean Beef Pate Recipe with The Crucian Contessa
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Best Caribbean Beef Pate Recipe with The Crucian Contessa

The best Caribbean beef pate recipe is serious business in our home island of St. Croix. Let The Crucian Contessa show how to make the perfect pate!
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Cooking Up Johnny Cakes with The Crucian Contessa
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Cooking Up Johnny Cakes with The Crucian Contessa

This recipe requires you to walk with an extra little bit of patience and intuition. Youโ€™re going to have to let the dough tell you what it needs.
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Taste of the Caribbean: Crucian Contessa’s Luscious Lobster Salad
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Taste of the Caribbean: Crucian Contessa’s Luscious Lobster Salad

Editor's note: The Crucian Contessa is back with a lobster salad treat for us to try our hands at mastering to bring a taste of the West Indies to our homes!
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Taste of the Caribbean: Crucian Contessa’s West Indian-Style Pumpkin Spice Latte
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Taste of the Caribbean: Crucian Contessa’s West Indian-Style Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Taste of the Caribbean: Contessa Cheese and Bread, Man!
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Taste of the Caribbean: Contessa Cheese and Bread, Man!

This recipe will make you exclaim Cheese and Bread, Man! because everyone knows that brown butter makes everything just taste better!
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Taste of the Caribbean: A Christmas Coquito Bread Pudding Tease
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Taste of the Caribbean: A Christmas Coquito Bread Pudding Tease

Coquito is a drink that was brought to the island from our neighbor island Puerto Rico probably back in the 30โ€ฒs or 40โ€ฒs, when many Puerto Rican workers migrated to the Virgin Islands. This elixir is similar to eggnog, but with the luxury of rum and coconut milk. It is a seasonal drink usually reserved for the Christmas Holidays.
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