Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

In Closing: Make Kwanzaa a Family Affair

The celebration of Kwanzaa has been an important tradition in my family for several years. In this article, I will discuss its historical development in my own family and why … Continue reading

January 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

Creative Giving for the Improving the Community

Celebrating Kwanzaa was not a ritual practiced by my family; in fact, I had no idea what Kwanzaa meant. While obtaining my degree in Africana Studies from NCSU, I learned … Continue reading

December 31, 2011

Imani: Senegalese-Inspired Chicken Peanut Stew

“The black eye pea was introduced into the West Indies from Central Africa in the early 1700s and journeyed from there into the Carolinas. The pea with the small black … Continue reading

December 31, 2011 · 4 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

Kuumba: Tips for Tastier Food & an Apple and Roasted Beet Salad

It seems creativity is an innate gift of the African diaspora. From hand made jewellery, intricate hairstyles to expressive art, and indeed food, we have been blessed with the talent … Continue reading

December 31, 2011

Kuumba Motivates Creator of “Tofu Delights”

When Washington, D.C. Chef Jawanza Zulu sees a recipe or watches a food show featuring chicken, beef, pork, duck or desserts, he imagines how the food, its flavors and textures, can … Continue reading

December 31, 2011 · 1 Comment

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

Kwanzaa Kuumba Bear Red and Black Velvet Cake

I feel traditions take stronger root when we are young… Twirling my hair, I envisioned a Kuumba Bear. On a checked cushion of red, black, and green, I dared to … Continue reading

December 31, 2011 · 1 Comment

Imani: Faith and Food

Being of African descent I’ve always been curious about the Kwanzaa holiday. What it means. How it’s celebrated. In researching there are seven principals that represents Kwanzaa. The very last … Continue reading

December 31, 2011 · 1 Comment

Afro-Peruvians: Proud of their Roots

African people were brought to Peru as slaves by the Spanish conquistadors, and little did anyone know how strongly they were going to influence our country through the years. One … Continue reading

December 30, 2011 · 1 Comment

Ujamaa: Caterers for Your Next Special Event

Hiring a community focus caterer is within the principle of Ujamaa. The following are a few caterers to call for your next special event.

December 29, 2011

Ujamaa: Majani Catering’s Soulful Community Connection

As fellow Kwanzaa Culinarians, we raise our forks in agreement that there’s more to food than meets the stomach. Good food solidifies bonds, starts businesses and builds community. When we … Continue reading

December 29, 2011 · 2 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

Finding Ujima at College

Ujima (oo-JEE-mah), “Collective work and responsibility,” Helping others within the community I’ve been lucky enough to live in a number of different places. When we came to the states, I … Continue reading

December 28, 2011 · 1 Comment

Ujima: Naomi’s Community Work with her Church

After I received my assigned principle about Kwanzaa, I tried to narrow down what specific recipe I could write about. My principle is Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), which means … Continue reading

December 28, 2011

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

Umoja: Sarina’s Ochro Rice

Umoja/Unity: To strive for a principled and harmonious togetherness in family, community, nation, and world.” What is unity? Is it the sharing of a single purpose, a single outlook? Is … Continue reading

December 26, 2011

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