Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

Politics, Cooperative Economics and Cookies

A few weeks ago, I was involved in a Twitter conversation about supporting Black businesses. As a result, I wrote a blog post compiling a list of Black-owned beauty brands. … Continue reading

December 29, 2017

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

Cacao Benne Cookies by

By Sanura Weathers of Make a pot of tea or coffee, light a candle, grab a comfortable seat, and plate a few cacao benne (pronounced benny) cookies. How was … Continue reading

December 2, 2014

The Principled Baker + Orange Scented Cherry White Chocolate Cookies

Baking is a precise art. It’s about measurements, precise temperatures and timing. If any of these are the slightest bit off, your prize winning recipe can become a disaster. No … Continue reading

December 6, 2012

Afro-Peruvians: Proud of their Roots

African people were brought to Peru as slaves by the Spanish conquistadors, and little did anyone know how strongly they were going to influence our country through the years. One … Continue reading

December 30, 2011 · 1 Comment

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Learn more about Kwanzaa

The word "Kwanzaa" comes from the phrase, "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first-fruits." Kwanzaa's extra "a" evolved as a result of a particular history of the Organization Us. It was clone as an expression of African values in order to inspire the creativity of our children. In the early days of Us, there were seven children who each wanted to represent a letter of Kwanzaa. Since kwanza (first) has only six letters, we added an extra "a" to make it seven, thus creating "Kwanzaa." To learn more about Kwanzaa, visit the Official Kwanzaa Website.