The Raisins of Wrath

Any person that voted for Trump or is considering a vote for Trump in the 2020 Presidential election must watch the 1940 film The Grapes of Wrath. Oscar award winning actor Henry Ford stars as Tom Joad, a poor parolee from a share cropping family living in dust bowl era Oklahoma. I particularly enjoy this…

Holiday Hors’Doeuvres

My arugula creation is a healthy treat I may serve to my dinner guests Thursday after next – it is easy to make and scrumptious too. Actually, I may wait until Christmas because the arugula leaves look like little holly leaves; nonetheless, here is the quick recipe. Holiday Holly Organic Arugula Organic Cream Cheese Wild…

Colorado Border Wall Bulldog

In my 20’s, when I wanted to stay relatively sober and stable during a night out with friends, Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks with a splash of club soda was my choice cocktail. I could drink that all night long and still maintain control. I learned of the drink in the early ’90’s when…

Sauteed Cabbage #1

The African Heritage Diet is a true metaphor for life. Everything in moderation is the coined phrase I adopted in my 20’s and not just because I’m a Libra. I truly adore dessert, as Nana said no meal is complete without it, and delight in a serious, social cocktail, alright, two now and then; so…

Winter Blues Gin Cocktail

As an experienced hostess I can say with complete authority, having a signature cocktail makes any gathering easier. With the holidays rapidly encroaching (Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving dinner is even served is a new one but ok) I have come up with some delectable drinks and hors’douerves to make the season brighter for everyone…

Vegan Blueberry Cobbler

I grew up eating Duncan Hines Blueberry Muffins for breakfast on weekends.  Unlike Nana my paternal grandmother, outside of homemade biscuits, this was as close to baking as my mother ever got although she was and to this day is a fantastic cook. Thus, because Nana did not have the patience to fool with kids…

Pass The Peas

Despite what you may have heard, soul food is primarily a plant based cuisine, and one of its’ major stars is the pea. Immortalized in song by James Brown back-up band The JB’s and later Tony, Toni, Tone who paid homage on their 1990 release The Revival, peas hold a special place in Southern hearths…

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…