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Dishin’ on Soul Food: Nutrition Pro Talks Food & Health

27 Jun

I’ve heard a lot of chatter about soul food and health. Some folks have even banished it from their diets. As a soul food enthusiast and one who celebrates the heritage and history of these foods and their contribution to the American menu, I reached out to a health pro for the 411 to set […]

Ham Adds Flava’ To Spring Soup

19 Apr

After enjoying a spread of Classic Baked Ham you may wonder “What to do with ham leftovers?” (If you have any) You can chop the cooked ham for future use in omelets or scrambled eggs, casseroles or with pasta. Once the meaty portions are gone, you can freeze the ham bone to use to flavor […]

How to Make Classic Baked Ham

12 Apr

Grlled or roasted diamond-back ham.

It’s Spring, it’s Easter and time for ham. You’ve reached out to me with questions and even confessed that you cheat sometimes—“My family doesn’t know it, but I use the glaze that comes with the ham.” The question of the month is how-to make a star attraction ham. That diamond ‘n clove e studded ham […]

The New Power Green

27 Feb

As Black History Month wraps up I want to raise a shot glass of pot likker to greens. Greens are the edible leaves of plants that have provided nourishment for African Americans throughout the ages. Last year I shared that greens were on the hot list, as one of the vegetables getting lots of buzz. […]

Dining With Ina

31 Dec

Ina's Fried Chicken & Waffles

As you’re reading this, the staff at Ina’s Restaurant will be seating the patrons who’ve supported the Ina Pinkney aka the Breakfast Queen for more than 30 years. The finale seating will include those who’ve become friends in search of real breakfast. And Ina has always dished it up with love and caring from her […]

Putting Up Tomatoes

26 Sep

The summer has gone by at warp speed—seems like just last week we were celebrating summer solstice.  This week-end I was on the receiving end of some of the bounty from my friend Sylvia’s garden.  The garden’s wispy vegetable shoots have matured into sweet fruits and vegetables exploding with flavor.  The afternoon started with samples […]

Will Soul Food Become Extinct?

29 Jun

As June and National Soul Food Month celebrating the heritage and foodways of African Americans and peoples from the African diaspora wraps up, I’ve cooked, enjoyed and reflected on many of the dishes we’ve come to love as soul food. Greens, cornbread, macaroni and cheese are just a few of the signature foods that I […]

Have Food . . .Will It Travel?

13 Dec

There are more than a few seasonal foods that are served  up on the “platelist” in holiday songs. You’ll find chestnuts roasting, geese a laying, latkes to eat, figgy pudding, fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, coffee and pumpkin pie, popcorn, eggnog, marshmallows, and whipped cream.  Each and every one of these foods are […]

Sweet Potato Power

3 Oct

  I’m a pushover for crunchy snacks and these organic tortilla chips caught my eye at Aldi.  I loved the nutty flavor and hearty texture, which is a bonus for dips and salsa.  After trying these new chips, I was inspired to dig a little deeper into the sweet potato story.   This humble potato […]

Who Dat Makin’ Gumbo?

16 Feb

Gumbo is one of the signature foods of the Gulf Coast, and between the Superbowl, Mardi Gras, and the simple desire for good eating, there is plenty of gumbo being made this month. Artfully prepared by African-American cooks in the 18th and 19th centuries, this dish is flavored from the fusion of African, French and […]