TheraTea

Today, after taking an hour walk I developed a severe headache on the right-side. I was trying to do some work but the pain was worsening and then the nausea hit – I am going to have to lie down I thought. I knew the two ailments coupled together are classic symptoms of migraines. As…

White Fish in Hearts of Palm

Many people do not realize more African people were taken to Brazil, where they were subsequently enslaved, than any other so-called New World country. So with respect to the African Heritage Diet, Brazilians contributed to the cuisine just as much as any of us in the Diaspora, perhaps even more. I was given this recipe…

Leftover Turkey Salad

If you did your job in seasoning the holiday turkey, and I’m sure you did, this minimal effort salad will be a certified winner for lunch or a light dinner – and dinner should always be light. Make your organic salad of choice, I used local mixed greens, arugula, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado and red onion,…

Cranberry Quinoa

A great plant based side dish that is fast and everyone will enjoy. Organic Quinoa Organic Vegetable or Chicken Broth 1/4 Cup Organic Dried Cranberries 1/4 Cup Organic Roasted Peanuts (Unsalted) 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil 1 Large Garlic Clove 1 teaspoon Garam Masala 1 teaspoon Spike Seasoning 1 teaspoon Marjoram Toast quinoa in a saucepan…

Roasted Turkey

Naturally, I’m busy today being Thanksgiving Eve, so this post will be brief. Roasted Turkey Organic Turkey Water Sage 6 Bay Leaves 6 Oranges, Lemon & Limes 6 Large Garlic Cloves Salt Rosemary Oregano 1 Medium Red Onion Black and Pink Peppercorns I highly recommend brining your turkey for at least 24 hours, breast side…

Guaymas Shrimp

There are a number of things people don’t know about Tucson. Esteban, the first recorded African explorer in North America came through what is now Tucson in about 1538. Esteban Park in the historical Dunbar-Springs neighborhood (named after famed poet Paul Laurence Dunbar) is the only monument to him in the nation. Tucson was founded…

Nana’s Green Beans

The first year I went away to college I came back home for the weekend and prepared some fresh green beans as a side dish for my family. I probably would not remember the encounter if my paternal grandmother Nana, a professional baker and cook in her own right, could not stop raving, saying they…

The Ultimate Macaroni & Cheese

In 1940’s Mississippi my mother says much of the cheese was white in color i.e. without colored additives, and not pasteurized or “raw.” Raw cheese contains beneficial probiotics, active bacteria which help the digestive system function. Many people of color are known to suffer from lactose intolerance, however the bacteria found in raw milk, cheese…

Plant Based Busy – Brie Sandwich

My favorite living chef is probably Jacques Pepin. Not only does he say Black American chefs taught him how to cook American food in the 1960’s, his stories of growing up poor in France, working in his family’s kitchen with his first responsibility to ensure the fire was started properly, somewhat reminds me of my…