Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

Ujima: Terri Shares Fungee, Cod Fish and Chop Up

When I think about this recipe for fungee, codfish and chop up, I can only think about my mother. This is my favorite dish from our native Antigua in the … Continue reading

December 27, 2011 · 1 Comment

Kujichagulia + Cinnamon Frosted Fig Pecan Scones

The Kwanzaa Principle of Kujichagulia (koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-yah) refers to self-determination. It speaks to defining ourselves, naming ourselves, creating for ourselves and speaking for ourselves. When I decided to start blogging, I wasn’t … Continue reading

December 27, 2011 · 1 Comment

Chrystal Baker of The Duo Dishes Celebrates Ujima

Chrystal Baker is the co-founder and co-editor of The Duo Dishes. The recipe and events blog has served as a place to share original and adapted recipes with friends, family … Continue reading

December 27, 2011 · 3 Comments

Kujichagulia: Soul Aperture’s Coconut Biscuits

When I was a little girl, the kitchen was my place of solace. It’s the place where my grandmother would set me atop a chair, and teach me all she … Continue reading

December 27, 2011 · 4 Comments

Michael Jenkins-Brown of South Bay Foodies Celebrates Kujichagulia

Michael Jenkins-Brown is the editor and main contributor to South Bay Foodies. He is based in a very specific part of Los Angeles–the South Bay. It’s a part of the … Continue reading

December 27, 2011 · 4 Comments

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Learn more about Kwanzaa

The word "Kwanzaa" comes from the phrase, "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first-fruits." Kwanzaa's extra "a" evolved as a result of a particular history of the Organization Us. It was clone as an expression of African values in order to inspire the creativity of our children. In the early days of Us, there were seven children who each wanted to represent a letter of Kwanzaa. Since kwanza (first) has only six letters, we added an extra "a" to make it seven, thus creating "Kwanzaa." To learn more about Kwanzaa, visit the Official Kwanzaa Website.