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…

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…

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…

King Collards

By now everyone has heard about the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet and with the popularity of sushi lots of us probably view an Asian Diet as a healthy alternative. However, the African Heritage Diet I was raised eating is just as nutritious as its’ more popular peers, one reason being the basis of…

Happy Labor Day 2019!

I want to formally thank Jocelyn Delk Adams for selecting my Jamaican Jerk Chicken recipe as one of her 20+ BEST Labor Day Recipes To Make Your Holiday A Hit. You can also make extra Jerk Sauce and present it to your barbecue host or hostess today. Enjoy your life always!