Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

West African Mafé by Nadine Nelson

By Nadine Nelson of Global Local Gourmet As we all know, African Americans and all Black people throughout the world originated from the continent of Africa and most specifically from the … Continue reading

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Kelewele (Ghanaian Fried Plantains)

Plantains are eaten in many parts of the world, from the Caribbean to the continent of Africa. Most of the time, they are a side dish or integral ingredient in … Continue reading

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“Remixing” Family Staples

By John Burton Jr of The Food Cravelogist Growing up in the Carolinas, corn and long–grain rice were staples around my family dinner table. No week was ever complete without an appearance from … Continue reading

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Comfort Maple Rum Sweet Potato Cornbread by Grandbaby Cakes

By Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes Growing up, Umoja was the Kwanzaa principle that meant the most to me, probably because it was the one that was most widely praised or even mentioned. … Continue reading

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Couve a Mineira by Nadine Nelson

 By Nadine Nelson of Global Local Gourmet Southern greens are traditionally made with smoked ham hocks or turkey bones and cooked for long hours. This easy and quick recipe from Brazil … Continue reading

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Apricot Jam Pound Cake

The holidays center around baking, so why not try this non-traditional pound cake? There’s a little whole wheat flour, which adds a few extra nutrients and a nutty flavor. The … Continue reading

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Nia: Biscuits on the Side

With all that’s happening in the world and in the news, we can’t help but remember that each day is a gift and tomorrow is never promised. We have to … Continue reading

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A Taste of Arts and Culture

By Adrienne Cole of ARTisan Cafe Four has always been my favorite number. Forever and a day. Before I could count, I imagine that the visual of four always commanded … Continue reading

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Nia: Ready for the Call of Duty

By Ramin Ganeshram I’ve spent a lot of my adulthood trying to live a life of purpose by trying to keep close to my roots and honor the collective ancestry … Continue reading

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New Beginnings by FlavorfulWorld.com

By Anthony Beal This recipe first appeared on my food and drinking blog FlavorfulWorld.com. When invited to contribute for a second time to the KwanzaaCulinarians.com, this recipe sprang to mind … Continue reading

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Therapy Wine Bar’s Top 5 African-American Owned Wines

By Angela Terry, Co-Owner of Therapy Wine Bar Therapy Wine Bar opened its door in Bedford-Stuyvesant in September 2009. Since then we have been providing our customers with an eclectic … Continue reading

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Caramelized Onion and Scallion Cornbread

Cornbread is the side dish that almost always has to appear on the table during the holidays. This one is all about the buttermilk and sour cream that contribute to … Continue reading

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Provençal-Inspired Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes by MyLifeRunsOnFood.com

By Sanura Weathers of MyLifeRunsOnFood.com Lavender isn’t traditionally an African ingredient (at far as I know). The best is grown in France, where it’s mixed in an Herbs de Provence … Continue reading

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Nigerian Chin-Chin by Yetunde Rodriguez

By Yetunde of YetundeRodriguez.com Chin-Chin is one of the most popular and easily recognizable Nigerian (or West African, for that matter) snacks. It is a snack that is made for … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Marinated Tempeh with Spicy Apricot Pineapple Sauce

Ujima. Collective work and responsibility. It’s one of the main tenants of Kwanzaa that resonates with me the most. Kwanzaa was never part of my family’s holiday traditions, and even … Continue reading

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Fennel, Kale and Spinach Risotto

The more veggies, the better, right? This risotto is a green-veg packed version of an Italian classic, risotto. Onions, fennel, celery and garlic form the base of the dish, but … Continue reading

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North African Sweet Mint Tea

By John Burton Jr of The Food Cravelogist North Africans consume plenty of sweet tea or mint tea with their meals. As a Southerner, I can proudly exclaim, “So do we!”

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A Monthly Subscription Service Making Buying Black Easy

By Ebony Costain, Founder/Owner of Ujamaa Box Do you find yourself wanting to spend more money with Black businesses but days, weeks, months go by and you still haven’t spent a … Continue reading

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Lamb Tagine with Makfoul

North African food appeals to me in ways that are difficult to explain. I love the flavors–rich, deep, fragrant and earthy. Everything about the food feels, and tastes, just right. … Continue reading

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Plantaintouille by Funke Koleosho

By Funke Koleosho’s Food Blog. Original recipe here. Provence Ratatouille + West African Plantain yields….. “Plantaintouille” …..!!!!! I first encountered this dish from watching a children’s animation film of the same … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

Cacao Benne Cookies by MyLifeRunsOnFood.com

By Sanura Weathers of MyLifeRunsOnFood.com Make a pot of tea or coffee, light a candle, grab a comfortable seat, and plate a few cacao benne (pronounced benny) cookies. How was … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

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