Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

Sweet Potato and Mango Spice Cake

By Chrystal Baker of The Duo Dishes and Any and Everywhere. Chef Pierre Thiam’s new cookbook, Senegal, a detailed look into the culture and food of his homeland. The full title, … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Piri Piri Roasted Vegetables

By Chrystal Baker of The Duo Dishes and Any and Everywhere. Ujamaa, cooperative economics, is the topic of the day, and it’s a big one in light of the holiday season. A … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Roasted Sweet Potato and Swiss Chard Salad

With so many great winter vegetables up for grab, it’s easy to keep salads interesting. This one features cubes of roasted sweet potatoes and shredded swiss chard, which is not … Continue reading

December 24, 2014

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

December 21, 2014

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

December 17, 2014

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

December 11, 2014

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

December 8, 2014

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

December 7, 2014

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

December 4, 2014

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

Eva Smith of Tech. Food. Life. Celebrates Kuumba

Kwanzaa is a very important celebration for our heritage. It’s an international non-religious and non-heroic holiday to bring unity into the community. Today’s Kwanzaa principle is  Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah), “Creativity.” Making the … Continue reading

December 31, 2011

Ed Sargent of Weekend Food Projects Celebrates Imani

Ed Sargent is the do-it-yourself force behind Weekend Food Projects. His blog is dedicated to food, food issues, and food photography with a strong focus on organic, local ingredients and … Continue reading

December 31, 2011 · 3 Comments

“Luna’s Kitchen Magic” Celebrates Ujamaa

Seletta “Luna” Raven lives in Oakland, California. She is the woman and spirit behind Luna’s Kitchen Magic. In her own space, Luna shares the foods that resonate with herself and … Continue reading

December 29, 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

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

Emme Ribeiro of Food Samba Celebrates Umoja

Emme Ribeiro is a chef and blogger based in Seattle, Washington. She began her website, FoodSamba.com, with a mission to inspire people to take their ordinary recipes and turn them … Continue reading

December 26, 2011 · 1 Comment

Finding Support For The Diabetes Community During Kwanzaa

Chrystal Leary is a Los Angeles resident who also maintains the site, Sexy Diabetic. She is an insulin-dependent type two diabetic who has dedicated much of her time to educating … Continue reading

December 23, 2011

Chef Charles Mattocks Dishes Up Holiday Memories

Around the holidays, my Granny would always prepare her most prized recipes for the family. One of my most favorite meals was her Goat and Chicken Curry with Roti and … Continue reading

December 20, 2011 · 1 Comment

Baking With Olive Oil This Kwanzaa

To kick off our last week before Kwanzaa, we wanted to touch base on other ways to bring health and well being into the season. This is a time for … Continue reading

December 19, 2011 · 1 Comment

My Reflections on Ujima by Christa Shelton

Ujima (oo-JEE-mah): Collective work and responsibility: Helping others within the community. As I was reflecting on the principles of Kwanzaa, the one that stands out to me the most is Ujima. While I … Continue reading

December 18, 2011 · 2 Comments

Kwanzaa Thoughts from Oldways

. Kwanzaa Culinarians thanks Oldways Program Manager Sarah Dwyer for this contribution. Join our Tweetchat with Oldways and The Duo Dishes on Tuesday, December 20th at 1:00 pm pst/4:00 pm … Continue reading

December 12, 2011 · 2 Comments

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