Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

Habari Gani 2013

These past couple of years, a few food blogger friends and I, contributed recipes to KwanzaaCulinarians.com. This would’ve been our third year, but I needed to rest. I regret that … Continue reading

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Faith in Transition and a Dominican Mangú Recipe

January 1. We made it to see this day. It’s that pivotal date when all things new are embraced and our efforts at finding that balance which optimizes our lives … Continue reading

January 1, 2013

Peace Through Pie

By Toni Tipton Martin: On Christmas Eve 2011, NPR’s Morning Edition shared a sample of the 2,368 minutes of messages received on the Hidden Kitchens’ listener phone line over the … Continue reading

January 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

Cooking Up a Heritage Connection: Me, Grandma and a Pot of Beans

By Shannon Mustipher Kuumba is one of my favorite Kwanzaa principles, because all of us have creative potential at our disposal to positively affect our situation and that of those … Continue reading

December 31, 2012 · 1 Comment

Nia: A Reflection on the Purpose Driven Life

As we prepare to enter 2013, Kwanzaa principles ask us to reflect on the past, honoring our ancestors and thanking them for their wisdom, strength, and courage. 2012 — the … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

Sweet and Spicy Pot Liquor Soup: A Cure for What Ails You

By Halona Black In 2012, I realized a long-held dream of facilitating series of cooking classes for Gyouth and adults. I must say that I love it! As a Culinary … Continue reading

December 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

Putting Africa on the Culinary Map

By Steven “Konata” Allwood There was a moment in episode 12 of Top Chef Season 8 (Top Chef: All Stars) that I’m sure went unnoticed by the vast majority of … Continue reading

December 28, 2012 · 5 Comments

Pearl’s Fried Corn

I grew up eating good old Southern food. Fried foods, decadent desserts, fattening casseroles–you know the foods that just make you lose control. When I revamped my diet many years … Continue reading

December 27, 2012 · 3 Comments

HERITAGE LINK BRANDS: Wines That Unify

Selena Cuffe, President and CEO of Heritage Link Brands, is a woman of purpose. Passionate about advancing positive images of Africa and determined to provide a legacy for her family, … Continue reading

December 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Black-eye Pea and Wild Brown Rice Risotto

Twas the eve of Kwanzaa, and all through our house, we will rest in peace after unwrapping Christmas gifts with glee. This year, my household of two starts a new … Continue reading

December 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

Meatless Monday’s… Say What?

Coming from someone who co-owns a catering business, Meat-me-at-the-Grill with her husband, the term “Meatless Monday” in the food blog world sounds sacrilegious.  I love meat.  All kinds of Meat, … Continue reading

December 24, 2012

Uhma’s Sweet Potato Pie

Modern grandmas are kinda funny to me. Many of them spend endless hours trying to come up with a clever name for the new grandchild to call them. They ask their … Continue reading

December 23, 2012 · 3 Comments

Kuumba-Inspired Roasted Sweet Potato Cake

As I begin to explore the principles of Kwanzaa as an inspiration for a recipe, I was most inspired by the principle of Kuumba. There are a few different translations, … Continue reading

December 22, 2012 · 6 Comments

The Special Occasion Macaroni and Cheese

Not a holiday goes by in my family without macaroni and cheese gracing the table. I literally do not remember life with no macaroni and cheese in it! I bet … Continue reading

December 21, 2012

Kuumba: Breakfast Candied Sweet Potatoes in Jars

The Kwanzaa Principle Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) means Creativity. Celebration on December 31st seems quite fitting, because New Year’s Eve is when we think about what we did the past 365 days. … Continue reading

December 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

Ms. Ginny is My Grandmother

My maternal grandmother, Mrs. Earcie Bodiford Ginwright, a life-long Alabamian, taught me more about African values than my African study and Swahili language classes taught me. I moved from Alabama … Continue reading

December 19, 2012

Coco Cooks Reflects on Kujichagulia… Self Determination

As a caterer, I never set out to be known, defined, or limited as a female black owned business. The other day the wife of a European dignitary who hired … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

Apple Tart Recipe

December 17, 2012

West African Chicken by BlackHealthMatters.com

African Americans have poor health outcomes on nearly every disease index; we’re either at higher risk for developing an illness or we die from it in greater numbers. While access … Continue reading

December 16, 2012

Celebrating Nia: Past, Present, Future

Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. Nia. Purpose. I have, for a … Continue reading

December 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

Kujichagulia or Self-Determination: To Define Ourselves, Name Ourselves, Create for Ourselves and Speak for Ourselves

To create for ourselves is one of the most important concepts that I take away from Kwanzaa. I strongly believe that we as a people should be growing, producing and … Continue reading

December 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

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