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Brief History of Blacks Cooking in America

Brief History of Blacks Cooking in America

As we approach the holidays and gather with friends and family, we take a look at the history of food and how it has been grown, persevered and prepared by Black people from slavery to present.

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Burger Joint

Burger Joint

Burger Joint at the Le Parker Meridien Hotel

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Mary Hunter and the Marinating Stick

Mary Hunter and the Marinating Stick

Mary Hunter had an idea for an innovative marinating stick. She’s been following through on it ever since — winning a TV-show contest and gaining chefs’ approval.

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Food And The Civil Rights Movement

Food And The Civil Rights Movement

The Museum Of UnCut Funk is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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National French Fry Day

National French Fry Day

It’s National French Fry Day, a significant date on the Calendar of Feasts. Let us bow our heads in thanks. Let us hand-cut and double-fry henceforth. Let us vow to snag potatoes from the takeout window nevermore – and why should we, when we have the magnificent french fry options below. If you are ever in California, please check these french fry places out.

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Afroculinaria’s Open Letter to Paula Deen

Afroculinaria’s Open Letter to Paula Deen

Here is a excerpt from the letter written by Culinary Historian, Food Writer and Living History Interpreter Michael W. Twitty to Paula Dean.

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S’MAC

S’MAC

Most people who know me know that I love to cook. But the one thing I have trouble making is Mac and Cheese…don’t know why??? So to get some inspiration I tried S’MAC in New York City.

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FUNK MONSANTO – Some Folks Still Don’t Know

FUNK MONSANTO – Some Folks Still Don’t Know

You know there are still some folks out there who do not know about the evil that is Monsanto.  The corporate entity is probably exposed best in the film “Food Inc.”  They give people a multitude of reasons why the supermarkets to shop at are Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and your local farmer’s market.  Below is a very modest and condensed list of some of the top things EVERYONE should know and hate about Monsanto.  I snagged it from http://www.wewititla.com

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The History of Barbeque

The History of Barbeque

The BBQ season is almost here. Get the grills fired up!!!

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National Burger Month

National Burger Month

Like my friend DJ Skeme Richards, I too am on a quest to find the best burger. As May is National Burger Month, here are some great looking burgers that I am dying to taste. I am going to have to go out and buy the ingredients and try to make some of these myself!

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A Place At The Table

A Place At The Table

50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans.

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Jewish Delis Closing

Jewish Delis Closing

While Jewish delis closing may not seem like a huge food industry trend, those who grew up in a culture where the institutions were a staple may realize what we stand to lose in urban neighborhoods as diners are distracted by flashier, less traditional options — leaving it so storied establishments are dying off with little fanfare.

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Brooklyn Copper Cookware

Brooklyn Copper Cookware

Cafe 70 has been on hiatus but that hasn’t stopped me from keeping up with my love of cooking, shopping and most importing eating.

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DELICIOUS FUNKY FRESH MEXICAN FOOD

DELICIOUS FUNKY FRESH MEXICAN FOOD

I usually leave all that’s FUNKY in food up to Cafe 70 and Sista ToFunky, but I just had to share, as I know she wants to get down with this!

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The 2013 Inaugural Luncheon

The 2013 Inaugural Luncheon

After President Obama is sworn in and delivers his Inaugural Address, he will be wined and dined at the Inaugural Luncheon in the historic National Statuary Hall at the US Capitol.

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Soul Food Disappearing in Chicago as Blacks Leave

Soul Food Disappearing in Chicago as Blacks Leave

Duct tape covers a large crack in the premier booth at Hard Time Josephine’s Cooking, where waitresses still call you “sweetie” and customers come for the steaming shrimp bisque and homemade peach cobbler with just a hint of cinnamon.

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Toro Loco Mexican Restaurant

Toro Loco Mexican Restaurant

Toro Loco is one of my favorite restaurants…that’s because it’s authentic food, not a chain food joint.

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Jack Daniels and Hurricane Sandy

Jack Daniels and Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy has brought out a side in me that I thought I’d never see…a crazed person who would do damn near anything for a hot shower and some heat. So while waiting for the power to come back on I decided try a new joint to eat and drink and drink and drink.

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Costanera Cocina Peruana

Costanera Cocina Peruana

Two days after Hurricane Sandy struck I was finally able to get out and see the devastation in my New Jersey neighborhood. What a mess. After driving through several towns I ended up in Montclair, New Jersey, because they had power. Looking for a place to get a hot cup of soup, I went to Costanera Cocina Peruana located on the main drag…Bloomfield Ave.

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The Wine Library Super Wine Tasting Event

The Wine Library Super Wine Tasting Event

Last week I attended one of the biggest wine tasting events in New Jersey, The Wine Library Super Wine Tasting held at The Manor. This has got to be one of the biggest wine tasting events in the country. I have written about the Wine Library in an earlier post, one of my favorite places to shop, hands down. Well, they know how to throw a wine tasting party! There were over 400 different wines, beers, champagnes and liquors available for attendees to try during my four and a half hours of uninterrupted tasting. Yes a number of guests came in limos to insure that they returned home safely. I had my trusted designated driver which allowed me to fully enjoy all of the spirits I could sample.

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