We have a new blog domain!

We are now officially, http://www.thecookinggene.com Keep reading, keep cooking! Michael and the Team ūüôā

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Don’t Try this at Home

While the rest of my team happily sleeps away until morning, I have insanely elected to stay up and work. ¬†Now please understand that I am absolutely insane for keeping such long hours these past few weeks, luckily I have no car so nobody is the worse for my blend of creative insomnia and micro-sleeps. …

Update: Thank You Ebony Hillbillies :)

Special and Heartfelt thanks goes out to the Ebony Hillbillies for allowing us to use their music in our video for Indiegogo. ¬†Rique and I have done interpretation for several years on Pinkster Day at Phillipsburg Manor in Tarrytown and I had NO idea that he was one of my heroes until he mentioned I …

On the Tennessee Tea Party Controversy: Why Our Project Matters—Now…

Disclaimer: While the blogosphere has pumped up the Tennessee Tea Party's mandate to advocate for changes to Tennessee's American history ¬†textbooks-much like the folks in Texas wanted to change the history books, the story is really a year old. ¬†The point here is that there is a reason for this project and others efforts to …

The Indiegogo Campaign Launches In One Week

It has been two days and I've gotten four hours of sleep. ¬†No rest for the weary. ¬†The Ancestors are working me overtime. Our Indiegogo Campaign launches on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. ¬†Yes, the first day of African American Heritage Month. ¬†We are posting the link and blogging the page here and at http://www.Afroculinaria. ¬†We …

“Slave Food” The Sweet Potato Pumpkin

SWEET POTATO PUMPKIN Although it sounds exotic, the sweet potato pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata) was the late fall glory of the African Virginian‚Äôs table¬†and as our ancestors were sold South they carried its seeds with them.¬† Thomas Jefferson stated clearly that it was "On account of the extreme resemblance of its taste to that of the …

Confronting the Past: The First African Americans

I want you to meet someone.I want you to meet Babatunde. ¬†That's not really his name---Babatunde is a Yoruba name meaning "Father Has Returned." ¬†This man, one of our ancestors--was not Yoruba. ¬†According to the caption in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural Hisotry, he lived in the mid-18th century near Annapolis, Maryland and he had …

Calling all Chefs!

If you are an executive chef/restaurant owner in a city on our tour---please see the Southern Discomfort Tour page--we want to know who you are and where you are!¬† We want to eat and spend our money at your establishment and possibly cook with you.¬† We want to support local economies, local food and local …

Go See Red Tails–Now….

Sorry--I don't buy this "don't command me to go see a movie just because ......"¬† Go see the damn movie. Put it to you this way---as a Jew--if this was a movie about the Shoah or other aspects of Jewish history or culture--we could count on our own to support our own--as a priority and …