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Kwanzaa Cuisine

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By: Elizabeth Winslow
Kwanzaa Cuisine

From December 26 through January 1, Kwanzaa honors African heritage in African-American culture through seven guiding principles, with each day dedicated to a single one. The inclusive festival—with its emphasis on African- American unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith—is all about celebrating life and community.

As family and friends come together around the table, the feast centers around favorite African-American dishes, as well as traditional African, Caribbean and South American foods featuring ingredients brought to the new world from Africa, such as peanuts, collard greens, okra and sesame.

Kwanzaa delights are best served with comforting, robust flavors and a sense of plenty, befitting a holiday with roots in the year-end harvest season. When the feast of Kuumba arrives on December 31, honor its principal of creativity and plan a gathering with a little something for everyone.

Celebrate the African-American contribution to Louisiana Creole cooking with a big pot of gumbo and blackened spicy fish. Jerk chicken introduces a taste of the Caribbean, and Brazilian black beans feature the flavors of South America. Simmer up some collard greens with a meaty ham hock and plenty of garlic pepper, and bake a big casserole of creamy Cajun macaroni and cheese. Gooey chocolate peanut butter bars or sesame ginger truffles are perfect sweets to end the meal.

Elizabeth Winslow is a writer, food blogger, culinary instructor and entrepreneur in Austin, Texas. She is a regular contributor to Edible Austin and creates compelling content for brands both large and small. She has an M.A. in Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio and teaches cooking classes with Kitchen Underground. Winslow + co.

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