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Savvy Summer Salad Stars Black-Eyed Peas

30 Jun

As this 15th anniversary of National Soul Food Month wraps up, here is one of my favorite salads putting black-eyed peas in the limelight. I developed this recipe for Cooking Light magazine—it makes a flavor-filled addition to summer menus. You can serve it as a side or main-dish salad. It looks good, tastes good and […]

National Soul Food Month Celebrates Food Legacy

1 Jun

June is National Soul Food Month. This is the 15th annual celebration of the heritage and foodways of African Americans and peoples from the African diaspora. The yearly recognition grew out of the 2001 Chicago area conference hosted by the Culinary Historians of Chicago. In working on the conference, I realized we needed to celebrate […]

Good Things to Eat from Fall Gardens

7 Nov

We’ve had a couple of days of unseasonably warm weather with thermometers posting numbers typical of early summer at 70 degrees. For folks who are enthusiastic gardeners the remnants of summer edibles are holding their own in almost empty garden beds. I checked in with my friend and favorite gardener Sylvia to see what was […]

Tri-Color Tomato Salad Adds Color

30 Dec

We’ve been tempted to overindulge at just about every gathering during the holiday season. Lighten up with this salad of tri-color tomatoes, arugula and fresh mozzarella cheese. It adds a splash of color to any menu and delivers on flavor from good-for-you ingredients. It’s easy to make, is gluten-free and is a great addition for […]

Bacon, Kale ‘N Potato Salad

2 Jul

Bacon Kale 'N Potato Salad

I know you’re planning the 4th of July week-end and good things to eat will be part of the festivities. Whether you’re grilling ribs, burgers, brats or dogs sides will make a meal. Some of you know that as a recipe developer with the Kraft Kitchens I’ve created a hefty file of salads for just […]

Go Red–It’s the Color for Healthy You

5 Feb

Say yes to the dress—the red dress that is.  It’s that time of year when savvy women don their best red apparel.  It is not about the fashion, but the message that true fashionistas need to look good and feel good by leading a healthy lifestyle.  We’ve all heard about Go Red for Women®,  the […]

5 Last Minute Tips for Holiday Cooks

20 Nov

For 21st century meal mavens juggling a full plate of activities—jobs and multigenerational family tasks, the countdown to Thanksgiving is swift and can lead to menu mayhem or turkey trauma. No worries, take a deep breath and use the following  guidelines to help avoid holiday cooking drama. 1. Turkey Still Frozen?  “Yes, they do take […]

Family, Reunions & Food Legacy

1 Sep

by Charla L. Draper Family reunions have  become a tradition of summer. They’ve evolved beyond picnics, to include week-end celebrations, and week-long cruises. These days reunions bring biological kin to the table or the reunion may be a non-traditional gathering of unrelated “cousins” sharing the bond of community and common interests. One of the brightest […]

Add Salads to Memorial Day Menu

25 May

The holiday is highly anticipated—the first long week-end of summer. If your history is a little clouded, Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day—the American holiday honoring the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Activities of the day traditionally include visiting cemeteries and decorating the graves of veterans, […]