This month my family will be cooking through “Jubilee: Recipes From Two Centuries of African American Cooking” and discussing various aspects of Black History. Each week I’ll share briefly about what we discussed but I encourage you to research the people and places if you’d like to know more.

 Saturday we ate  Louisiana red bean & rice; wilted mixed greens with bacon and discussed the 1811 Uprising (Louisiana slave revolt). We discussed how the church has used the Bible to oppress slaves and what the Bible actually says about slavery in the context of the first century.

 While waiting for our beans to finish, we listened to Fats Domino….He was born in New Orleans and was a leading pioneer of rock and roll. Inducted in the Rock-n-Roll Hall of fame in 1986.

Last night I made “Beef with onions and wine.” It’s a version of the French stew beef bourguignon. According to Martin, the author of the cookbook “Jubilee,” Mahalia Jackson called it “oven beef Burgundy.” Tonight we listened to music by Ms. Jackson and learn about her life. This recipe was stupid good. I mean: GOOD GOOD GOOD! Yum!

I hope to update the site once a week with the various things we are doing. But one of the best ways to get the full picture of it would be fo check it out and follow me on Instagram: And although I haven’t announced this yet, I will be starting a YouTube channel where I’ll discuss some of these things.


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