Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

On Community, Connection, Balance & Breakfast

By Lisa C. Johnson of Anali’s Next Amendment.  Kwanzaa and its seven principles gives us time to reflect on community. What does it mean to us? Many of us here at Kwanzaa … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Marble Sweet Potato Pie by Christine of “No Gojis No Glory”

When I was asked to join Kwanzaa Culinarians, I knew that this would be a great opportunity to reflect on this past year. Reflection is something that I’m admittedly kinda … Continue reading

December 30, 2014

“Black Tea” and Kujichagulia

In these erratic days of turmoil and uncertainty, taking time to center ourselves is sorely needed, and what better way to do this than sitting down to a serene cup … Continue reading

December 27, 2014

“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

December 20, 2014

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!”

December 6, 2014

Coco Cooks Reflects on Kujichagulia… Self Determination

As a caterer, I never set out to be known, defined, or limited as a female black owned business. The other day the wife of a European dignitary who hired … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

Kujichagulia or Self-Determination: To Define Ourselves, Name Ourselves, Create for Ourselves and Speak for Ourselves

To create for ourselves is one of the most important concepts that I take away from Kwanzaa. I strongly believe that we as a people should be growing, producing and … Continue reading

December 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

Pineapple Upside Down Hummingbird Cake

From an early age, I was deeply immersed in the culture and celebration of Kwanzaa. I used to perform in a children’s dance company called New Life, which was rooted … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · 9 Comments

Guiding principles: Reflecting on Food, Identity and African-Diaspora Relations

Having been born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Kwanzaa is not a celebration I know much about. As I learn about the related principles and practices, I reflect on how … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · 1 Comment

Understanding Kujichagulia: A Journey Into Self-Awareness

We face neither East nor West; we face Forward. by Kwame Nkrumah Kujichagulia (pron: koo-jee-chah-GOO-lee-ah) is the guiding principle of the second day of Kwanzaa. Defined as self-determination, it affirms … Continue reading

December 2, 2012 · 1 Comment

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

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

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

Interpreting The Life In Food

Contributor Anthony Beal, is a fiction author turned food writer/blogger, and the creator of Flavorful World food and drink blog. If French cooking’s “mother sauces” and the “three sisters” of … Continue reading

December 25, 2011 · 2 Comments

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

Bryant Terry and An Inspirational Giveaway

There’s vegan soul food we pretend taste good. Then, there’s vegan soul food that actually does taste good, because it’s cooked with soul…from the earth… from the heart. That’s Bryant … Continue reading

December 6, 2011 · 10 Comments

Shop (Black) Handmade on Etsy

Written by Yetunde Taiwo Rodriguez of AfroMartha.com As we approach Christmas (and subsequently, Kwanzaa), it is easy to get lured by all the seemingly enticing deals being offered by the … Continue reading

December 5, 2011 · 4 Comments

Kujichagulia: Honoring Potlikker to Reclaim Traditional Foodways and Ourselves

Kujichagulia: Self-Determination, Speaking for yourself and making choices that benefit the community At the farmers market, it’s not unusual for a customer to pick up a vegetable and ask, “What … Continue reading

December 4, 2011 · 1 Comment

Habari Gani?

This is the first year I’m personally honoring Kwanzaa in my household. In years past, I was invited to a friend or neighbor’s celebration. Our household’s first year of recognizing … Continue reading

November 29, 2011

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