Kwanzaa Culinarians

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December 26, 2016

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

Soup Joumou, A Symbol of Unity

The holidays are usually a time where people come together in ways that are unlikely the rest of the year. If you are a New Yorker like myself, you are … Continue reading

January 1, 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

Out of Our Past

“We begin with history” – Dr. Nikky Finney, Nation al Book Awards opening line from her 2011 Acceptance Speech In preparing for this year’s Kwanzaa Culinarians, I reread some of … Continue reading

December 29, 2014

Comfort Maple Rum Sweet Potato Cornbread by Grandbaby Cakes

By Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes Growing up, Umoja was the Kwanzaa principle that meant the most to me, probably because it was the one that was most widely praised or even mentioned. … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

Nia: Ready for the Call of Duty

By Ramin Ganeshram I’ve spent a lot of my adulthood trying to live a life of purpose by trying to keep close to my roots and honor the collective ancestry … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Provençal-Inspired Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes by MyLifeRunsOnFood.com

By Sanura Weathers of MyLifeRunsOnFood.com Lavender isn’t traditionally an African ingredient (at far as I know). The best is grown in France, where it’s mixed in an Herbs de Provence … Continue reading

December 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Nigerian Chin-Chin by Yetunde Rodriguez

By Yetunde of YetundeRodriguez.com Chin-Chin is one of the most popular and easily recognizable Nigerian (or West African, for that matter) snacks. It is a snack that is made for … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

A Monthly Subscription Service Making Buying Black Easy

By Ebony Costain, Founder/Owner of Ujamaa Box Do you find yourself wanting to spend more money with Black businesses but days, weeks, months go by and you still haven’t spent a … Continue reading

December 5, 2014

Putting Africa on the Culinary Map

By Steven “Konata” Allwood There was a moment in episode 12 of Top Chef Season 8 (Top Chef: All Stars) that I’m sure went unnoticed by the vast majority of … Continue reading

December 28, 2012 · 5 Comments

Uhma’s Sweet Potato Pie

Modern grandmas are kinda funny to me. Many of them spend endless hours trying to come up with a clever name for the new grandchild to call them. They ask their … Continue reading

December 23, 2012 · 3 Comments

Ms. Ginny is My Grandmother

My maternal grandmother, Mrs. Earcie Bodiford Ginwright, a life-long Alabamian, taught me more about African values than my African study and Swahili language classes taught me. I moved from Alabama … Continue reading

December 19, 2012

“Potato Mash” is to the Western World as “Foufou” is to West Africans

As a kid, I remember having to learn the meaning of things through association with other similar things. It was a fun way to learn and is actually quite an … Continue reading

December 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

Family, Friends and Haitian Rice

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I am—well, I guess—I was the grinch. But, not in the obvious ways, and quite honestly this realization came to me as … Continue reading

December 9, 2012

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

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

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