Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

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

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

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

HERITAGE LINK BRANDS: Wines That Unify

Selena Cuffe, President and CEO of Heritage Link Brands, is a woman of purpose. Passionate about advancing positive images of Africa and determined to provide a legacy for her family, … Continue reading

December 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Black People, Obama and the Kwanzaa Dilemma

This article is republished with the author’s, Albert Phillips, permission. It was originally posted here. As we slowly ease off the uneasy stomachs caused by Thanksgiving and the overdrawn bank accounts … Continue reading

December 1, 2012

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

Umoja: Sarina’s Ochro Rice

Umoja/Unity: To strive for a principled and harmonious togetherness in family, community, nation, and world.” What is unity? Is it the sharing of a single purpose, a single outlook? Is … Continue reading

December 26, 2011

Emme Ribeiro of Food Samba Celebrates Umoja

Emme Ribeiro is a chef and blogger based in Seattle, Washington. She began her website, FoodSamba.com, with a mission to inspire people to take their ordinary recipes and turn them … Continue reading

December 26, 2011 · 1 Comment

Umoja: Building a Community of Inspiration

Communities come together for various reasons: a devastating event, to raise money and a call for change. My idea for KwanzaaCulinarians.com honestly started when learning about a popular food show … Continue reading

December 26, 2011 · 2 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

My First Time Celebrating Kwanzaa. An Umoja Experience.

A foodie colleague told me the other day she didn’t know “what the hell Kwanzaa is.” Admittedly, I was stunned. Not at the fact that this national and cultural holiday … Continue reading

December 15, 2011 · 2 Comments

A Gift of Tea for Kids

Many people look at the New Year as a time for reflection; I choose to do this in celebration of Kwanzaa. Time for me to take a look at Spiritual … Continue reading

December 8, 2011 · 3 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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