Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

Dump Peach Cake

It is our responsibility to use our life experiences to help elevate the lives of others. Regardless of how much of a mess you think your life is, that mess can be used to create something beautiful. Story by Brandi’s Diary | #Nia | #KwanzaaCulinarians

December 30, 2017

Umoja: Feed the Resistance by Julia Turshen

In the spirit of Umoja, Julia Turshen of “Feed the Resistance” shares her Angel Food Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce and talks about volunteering at Angel Food East.

December 26, 2017

Sweet Potato and Mango Spice Cake

By Chrystal Baker of The Duo DishesĀ 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

My Grandmother’s Sweet Treats

By Michele Y. Washington In my family celebrating Christmas always signified a holiday rich with traditions, foods and rituals that bring up memories of my maternal grandmother, Mabel H. Jones. … Continue reading

December 28, 2014

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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.