Miss Vivian’s Tea Cakes – Gluten-Free Version

The story of Miss Vivian’s Tea Cakes is not my own, but the beautiful memory my friend and fellow author Dera R. Williams shares in her blog Vanilla Memories. Dera discusses her childhood memories of her grandmother serving sweet tea and tea cakes on the porch in Arkansas. She...

Growing My Blog with Food Blogger Pro

Growing My Food Blog I have been blogging on health, wellness, parenting, and biracial identity development for over 10 years now. I would find myself occasionally posting about food as it related to health and parenting, but I never took running a full-time blog seriously. Although the content was...

Red Beans and Rice

For as long as I can remember I’ve eaten red beans and rice. From my childhood dinner table and as an adult, I enjoy this delicious dish. Over the last several years I’ve also made this traditional meal for my son. He absolutely loves it and so do I....

Vegan Protein Snacks

I recently went through a 21-day cleanse where I ate all plant-based meals, no added sweeteners, and I drank only water. I researched ways to have enough protein, plus how to add natural sweetness into my meals. One morning I decided to add mashed dates into my oatmeal and...

My Grandmother’s Peanut Brittle

My Paternal Grandmother and I had a great relationship. We laughed, we played, we created, we cuddled, we swam, we laughed some more, we ate, we talked and we baked. What sticks out most to me was time we spent In My Grandmother’s Kitchen*. Most people remember my Grandmother’s...

Dairy Free Cream of Mushroom Soup

One of the memories I have of my grandmother revolves around cream of mushroom soup. I can remember many rainy days with that can of condensed soup, thinned out with water and heated on the stove top. Something about it takes me to that nostalgic place of comfort. Actually,...

Fettuccine with Chicken Enchilada Sauce

Growing up in San Francisco prior to gentrification, I had the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of cultures and the foods they offered. This was a definite blessing.  I love food, period. There are times I crave a certain flavor, but do not want it in the original...

Jambalaya

This last October I took the most amazing course, “Shared Soul: A Culinary Journey with  Michael Twitty.” Not only was the course fantastic, being able to listen to Michael Twitty share African history through food was enlightening. In order to prepare for the last class we made Jollof Rice...

Halibut with Cilantro Lime Sauce

While at my local market, I cruised by the seafood section looking for my usual salmon. They didn’t have what I wanted so I decided to try something new. I literally have never cooked halibut before, but decided to give it a try. I only ordered one halibut steak,...

Not My Aunt’s Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust Growing up I literally had the best aunt in the world. My Maternal Aunt, Aunt Jackie as I always called her, was the most calm and sweet person. Her wide smile followed by, “Hi Baby,” when I’d walk in the room would just...