Monthly Archives: November 2011

Thanksgiving Primer Part Two

For enslaved people, the precursor to Thanksgiving was cornshucking time and other harvest events, usually held in October-November.  Cornshuckings and harvest dances were key in breaking up the brutal monotony of enslaved people’s lives.  The national holiday of Thanksgiving, which … Continue reading

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You Asked For It: An African American Thanksgiving Primer

Please cook dat turkey nice an’ brown/Shuck dat corn before you eat!/By de side of de turkey I’ll be found!/Shuck dat corn before you eat! –William Wells Brown, an enslaved person’s cornshucking song, Missouri, 19th century Turkey Talk: The domesticated … Continue reading

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As Promised, Mama’s Heirloom Apple Crisp

You’re very lucky its Thanksgiving and that I promised ya’ll this recipe in the next posting.  This is sacred to me…very sacred…feel the love. Heirloom Apple Crisp My source for heritage apples is and always will be Vintage Virginia Apples. … Continue reading

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Gilt Taste Skillet Chicken Redux

So sometimes you want a “Sunday dinner,” but you don’t want to do the classic run of fried or baked chicken, veggies and hot, homemade bread.  So I decided to piece together something that spoke to my “raising” but was … Continue reading

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Three Mouthketeers: The Simpsons Eat African and Become Foodies

So, I rarely watch The Simpsons, one of the longest running shows in television history—but a friend taped it and told me that “this episode wasn’t necessarily written for you but its all you!”  If you are not really familiar … Continue reading

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In Honor of Veteran’s Day

With respect to my Grandfather of blessed memory, Walter Lee Townsend, and the other veterans and service members who have served in my family–from the revolution to my cousins presently serving in Iraq/Afghanistan.  Never forget through Crispus Attucks, we were the … Continue reading

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The Horn of Africa Crisis and Thanksgiving in America: Tzedakah Saves from Death

It would be morally irresponsible on a site celebrating food and food traditions  not to take this opportunity not to remind you that there is still a famine crisis going on in the Horn of Africa.  From Somalia to the refugee … Continue reading

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