Harvest For The World

Autumn is my favorite time of year not just because my birthday is in early October. The cooler not cold temperatures give reason to snuggle up or share a sweater. Pumpkin lattes are a strong motivation for others. The season also represents the harvest – a time for atonement or to reap the seeds we’ve…

Southern Salad

Last year I became so ill my primary care physician prescribed antibiotics. 20th century, Western medical practitioners abused their privilege to write antibiotic prescriptions so severely that bacteria has now mutated and become resistant to numerous medications. That’s why if you have a cold, flu or any type of virus, PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW A…

Summer Salad Sampler Series

In the summertime the temperature where I live can migrate north of 100 degrees many days. The thought of turning on the stove and cooking, let alone eating the types of dishes I usually enjoy during most of the year, red, black and white beans or red and french lentils, is awfully unpleasant because the…

Goddess Bless You

The indignities Black women suffer, at work at least, became infamous fodder when the Twitter tag #BlackWomenAtWork began trending after Congresswoman Maxine Waters and veteran journalist April Ryan were publicly insulted in separate incidents, the same day. Bill O’Reilly has since been fired by his employer Fox News for multiple allegations of sexual harassment by…

Power to the People

I suffer from high blood pressure. Situations at work, involving family members or my significant other can sometimes cause me so much anger my stomach feels like it’s on fire. So, yes I’ve been prescribed medication, but the prescription remains unfilled; I tried linden tea and a chinese blood pressure tea. None of these treatments…

Yam, Black and Yam, Proud

Probably not two weeks could pass when, as a kid, I wasn’t served some form of sweet potato or yam at the dinner table. Usually, it was Nana, my paternal grandmother, on Sunday, serving her renown sweet potato pie, or a stewed, stove top yam dish; ofttimes my mother lovingly baked them unadorned, their star…

SnacKing

I know we’ve discussed it before, but snacks are an integral part of life.

Longevity Has Its’ Place

The day after my 3 miles, 6 days a week jogging, vegetarian, dentist Dad died in 2008 from a rare form of cancer, my life long hog farming Great-Great Uncle died, then the next day my full of life cousin died too. Dad was 70 years of age, Uncle Pearl 108 and Little Melvin only 16. All succumbed to physical…

Organic Pecan Pesto

Some form of pesto, which translates to paste according to America’s Test Kitchen folks, has been enjoyed in Genoa, Italy since the Roman era. Because basil originated in India therefore wasn’t introduced to Europe until the 19th Century, marjoram, parsley and walnuts were part of the earliest versions. I’m a seasonal cook, so I make…

Thai(ish) Cole Slaw

After I came up with this dish and eventually began telling people about it, I’m embarrassed to admit I called it “Asian Cole Slaw.” I have visited Asia more than any other continent, so some of the richness and delicious diversity of flavors have been unveiled. To cavalierly bundle that cornucopia into one pot is…

Black Beans

The reason I post so infrequently is not because I rarely cook, but because I don’t measure ingredients nor use written recipes – now I see why Nana had a hard time conveying her best dishes to me! In an effort to post more, I am consciously calculating now so that I can share more…

Loco about the Pollo?

Contrary to what many believe, I don’t know one person of color that LOVES chicken. I rarely dine on it, but if I do it is not FRIED but baked very slowly, until the meat is falling off the bone tender. Jalapeno Apple Butter Chicken came about after I bought homemade Jalapeno Apple Butter from…