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Recipes that explore the foodways of the African Diaspora. This is the place for African heritage staple dishes that highlight the soul food culinary traditions and contributions of people of African descent from all over the world including homeland Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and the American South.

Culture is explored through research and use of native spices and ingredients like okra, yucca, yams, harissa, and callaloo. You will find traditional recipes specific to each region and different countries, for example Puerto Rican mofongo relleno, Brazilian Fish Stew (moqueca baiana), West African Jollof Rice, and Southern Shrimp and Grits.

But you will also find creative dishes that reflect my hypothesis of what black people's food would look like if all black people from around the world returned back to the Motherland and assimilated back into the culture. Recipe examples include West African jollof spice seasoned fried catfish, Southern smothered green beans with Haitian epis, or beef short ribs braised in maafe peanut sauce.

For Jamaican side dish ideas try this recipe roundup of sides that pair well with Jerk Chicken. Also checkout this Jerk Seasoning deep dive for everything Jerk!

"Hip Hop" Gullah Red Rice Recipe

If you’re looking for an exciting and flavorful alternative to the same old boring side dishes, Gullah or Charleston red rice is a must-try. Originating from the coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina, this dish will tantalize your taste buds with its combination of aromas and flavors derived from generous amounts of onion, peppers, tomato …

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"Free" Okra Gumbo with Shrimp Recipe

Are you looking for a delicious and flavorful dish to wow your friends? If so, then this soul food okra gumbo with shrimp is a must-try! This traditional Southern comfort food favorite features succulent okra cooked in a delicious homemade shrimp stock plus flavorful smoked ham. The perfect blend of herbs and spices leave your …

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"Love of My Life" Greens Gumbo Z'Herbes

It's about that time of year for soul-warming comfort foods, and one of the iconic dishes to come out of Louisiana is gumbo z'herbes. This classic soup has its roots deeply enmeshed in Creole history, traditionally made in celebration of Lenten observances such as Easter. It’s often referred to as “green” Gumbo because it incorporates …

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"Baby I'm Scared of You" Instant Pot White Beans with Ham Hocks Recipe

Christmas always brings in new toys, and I'm happy to have this Instapot to break in and make you the beneficiary. So let's just say this will be the gift that keeps on giving. Seeing I'm late to the Instapot craze, I'm in catch-up mode and hope to be as prolific as Quincy Jones once I get the hang of it. For my first foray into things, I decided to convert an older traditional stove-top recipe for white bean stew. Plus, I had leftover ham hocks I was trying to get rid of from the pork nachos recipe for tonight's bowl games. Feel free to use this recipe to make black-eyed peas for New Year's as the peas are easily substitutable for white beans in this recipe.

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"full of fire" Southern Shrimp and Grits with Red Pepper Gravy

Shrimp, grits, and gravy are a beautiful thing. This version which makes use of red pepper sauce to make grave and leftover smoky ramen broth to flavor the cheesy grits is next level grits making. Don't believe me, try it for yourself. Just make sure to never ever anger your spouse with a hot pot of grits nearby. Otherwise you might find yoursefl with something in common with the late great Al Green. These grits were meant to be eaten.

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