Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

Marinated Tempeh with Spicy Apricot Pineapple Sauce

Ujima. Collective work and responsibility. It’s one of the main tenants of Kwanzaa that resonates with me the most. Kwanzaa was never part of my family’s holiday traditions, and even … Continue reading

December 8, 2014

Ladies who Lunch, Make Kadak Chai

As I sit to write this, my mind is buzzing with thoughts from the excitement of the day. I am dying to share them with you. But I pause. Something … Continue reading

December 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

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

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

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

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

Milk Not Jails

MILK NOT JAILS is a volunteer-run, grassroots campaign working to build a new urban-rural alliance in New York State. We are urban and rural people, prison justice activists, farmers, artists, … Continue reading

December 24, 2011 · 1 Comment

My Reflections on Ujima by Christa Shelton

Ujima (oo-JEE-mah): Collective work and responsibility: Helping others within the community. As I was reflecting on the principles of Kwanzaa, the one that stands out to me the most is Ujima. While I … Continue reading

December 18, 2011 · 2 Comments

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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