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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 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. Example recipes include those like Puerto Rican mofongo relleno, Brazilian Fish Stew (moqueca baiana), West African Jollof Rice, and Southern Shrimp and Grits.

"More Bounce To The Ounce" Southern Lima Beans {Recipe}

This southern butter beans recipe is the perfect comfort food for a chilly autumn evening. The beans are cooked with a smoked turkey leg and a variety of seasonings to give them a rich flavor. This recipe is a much-elevated version of your traditional Southern-style lima beans or butter beans depending on where you're from. These …

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"Afraid" crispy roasted okra

Crispy roasted okra is one of my new favorite veggies. Its a no-fuss, delicious side that is ready in less than 30 minutes. Down here in Texas we're lucky to still be able to get fresh okra locally. If you're fortunate enough as well this is a great side you can add that will free you up to focus on other dishes. Many people fear okra because of the slime. Don't fear the slime, as a matter of fact, follow the great Nelson Mandela's words and don't fear anything - "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." I recently discovered the musician Mimi. She is an incredibly inspiring and brave artist. Check out her song "Afraid" as an example of her talent and testimony.

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"Take Some, Leave Some" Smoked Baby Back Jerk Ribs

Grilling season for me is all year round. I'm not much for rain, but the elements generally do not stop me from that grill life, especially during football playoffs season. Big games are scheduled this winter weekend so I'll be pretending I'm vacationing in the islands with an ice cold Red Stripe Lager and these slow-smoked jerk ribs. Make this for your gameday experience or wait til the summer if you're not inclined to deal with the weather. Enjoy

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"Life We Live" Haitian Spaghetti: The Perfect Weeknight Meal

If there's one thing everyone needs in their life, it's a good spaghetti dinner or pasta recipe. And this Haitian spaghetti is the perfect recipe for any busy cook and a great entry into Haitian cuisine. Haitian spaghetti is one of my favorite dishes. I love the rich and complex flavors, and the fact that …

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"Heads High" Authentic Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken {Recipe}

Authentic Jamaican brown stew chicken that is deeply flavored, intensely aromatic and straight classic Caribbean island vibes. Brown stew chicken is another Jamaican classic like jerk chicken and curry chicken. You might say, it's just chicken stew, but you know Jamaican food hit different. Those spices and that brown sauce takes this way beyond your typical stewed …

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