Monthly Archives: December 2011

Announcing a New Project Take One: The Cooking Gene

It is the eve of the last Shabbat of 2011. I can’t get a hold of anybody.  Everybody is getting ready for New Year’s Eve and getting out the last of the holiday season fervor from their bones.  I need … Continue reading

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Fruit Salad for the Karamu (the Kwanzaa Feast)

If you are looking for something healthy, sweet, and emblematic of the Diaspora to serve ar your Karamu feast for Imani Day/January 1st try this play on fruit salad: Image Credit:  Carlos Juliao (b. 1740) /Market Woman or Hawkers, Rio de Janeiro, … Continue reading

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Reminder: Kwanzaa Principles and Food

Heri Zaa Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa was founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga.  Kwanzaa derives from a Swahili expression for “first fruits” of the harvest and was created so African Americans could have a holiday all their own to celebrate each … Continue reading

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Cornish Hen A La Yassa and Red Rice (And not the one you’re thinking…) for Kwanzaa

I’ve been on a cornish hen trip lately.. Yes they are a little more expensive than your average bird, but they are tender, delicious, and easy to eat when prepared properly.  If you like white meat–they are definitely for you. … Continue reading

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Hannukah, Oy Hannukah: My African American-Jewish Version At Least…

So as you must imagine this is a pretty festively ADHD time of year for me: –Hannukah Time— –Xmas in all its various permutations including 50 versions of “This Christmas” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” to be followed … Continue reading

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A New Potato Salad for Kwanzaa

So I got to thinking…. Potato salad is great.  It’s awesome.  It’s one of Germanic-Europe’s greatest gifts to the African American culinary canon, but I want to make it talk with fewer umlauts and more Mande and Wolof rhthyms… So … Continue reading

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Hey I’m on the Radio Tonight with Dr. Richard Cooper!

Karamu Today 7PM to 9PM EST Dec 16 th Listen Live at WWW.900AMWURD.COM Please be sure to tune in as I discuss Soul Food and Soul History with Dr. Richard Cooper out of Philadelphia!

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