We have a new blog domain!

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

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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’s 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 …