Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

Habari Gani? Celebrate Kwanzaa with Senegalese Chicken Thighs with Red Palm and Coconut Rice by Pierre Thiam

In a Q&A with Pierre’s Thiam of “From Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes from the Source to the Bowl,” learn more about Senegal and get the recipe for his Chicken Thighs served with Red Palm and Coconut Rice.

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December 31, 2015

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

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

New Age Church Punch by Nicole A. Taylor

Story and Recipe By Nicole Taylor of Food Culturist and author of The Up South Cookbook. Punch bowls remind me of togetherness. The gorgeous etched vessels are a symbol of … Continue reading

December 26, 2015

Start the New Year with a Healthy (and Lucky) Black-Eyed Pea and Kale Salad with Chickpea Vinaigrette

We went dessert crazy at Thanksgiving. The Holiday office party served extra sweets and more weight was gained. There was plenty of champagne on New Year’s Eve, and we woke … Continue reading

January 1, 2015

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

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

“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

Mazao Fruit Salad with Cultured Whipped Cream

By Sanura Weathers of MyLifeRunsOnFood.com Happy Kwanzaa! Your table is set up with the a kinara. It’s surrounded by lush mazao, fruit symbolizing the reward of productive and collective labor … Continue reading

December 25, 2014

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

West African Mafé by Nadine Nelson

By Nadine Nelson of Global Local Gourmet As we all know, African Americans and all Black people throughout the world originated from the continent of Africa and most specifically from the … Continue reading

December 22, 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

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

Couve a Mineira by Nadine Nelson

By Nadine Nelson of Global Local Gourmet Southern greens are traditionally made with smoked ham hocks or turkey bones and cooked for long hours. This easy and quick recipe from Brazil … Continue reading

December 18, 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

New Beginnings by FlavorfulWorld.com

By Anthony Beal This recipe first appeared on my food and drinking blog FlavorfulWorld.com. When invited to contribute for a second time to the KwanzaaCulinarians.com, this recipe sprang to mind … Continue reading

December 13, 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

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

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

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