A popular expression is, ” as American as apple pie.” However, if one wants to become more specific about the African American cultural group then it might be fair to say, “as African American as sweet potato pie.” I have quite a few African American friends who do not like the pie but truthfully most that I know love it. My family has a multi-generational recipe that I am not allowed to give out or punishable by death by my mother. Tough luck getting Southerners of the U.S.A to give up family secrets.
Well, I found this recipe on the site of a fellow Examiner Talli Counsel, Presidential Master Chef. Do not take the title lightly. He actually has consulted for three U.S. Presidents. This pie was served to Bill Clinton while in office. –Crystal Johnson, MCCN Editor
- 2 medium sweet potatoes about a 1/2 pound)
- 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar (*or to taste)
- 3/4 cup half & half
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (*pan toasted)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon dark Jamaican rum
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 unbaked 9-inch good quality pie shell PREPARING THE PIE
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Place the sweet potatoes on a shallow baking pan or pie tin, in the middle of the oven and roast until very tender, about 1 1/4 hours. Cool to room temperature. With a soup spoon, scoop out the sweet potatoes into a bowl and dispose of the skins. Mash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher or fork until smooth. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and stir in the sugar. Add the melted butter to the sweet potatoes with the half and half milk and the eggs, and beat with a whisk until smooth. Whisk in the remaining ingredients (the filling will be very liquid). Pour the filling into a docked (fork holes in the pie crust) pie shell. Depending on your oven, and where you live, the middle rack may be a better alternative to place the pie for baking.
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Sure, the classic broadway song Seasons of Love is not your traditional holiday song but the story of Rent takes place during Christmas time and the cast filled with cultural diversity which we love to celebrate at MCCN. However, aside from culture which is down played in the story in a wonderful way, a recurring theme in Rent is the problem of homelessness. The holiday season tends to make it easier to supply food to those in need. Many organizations have can food drives or need help in soup kitchens. Make this a season of love.
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Take a break from holiday hassles and enjoy lunch or dinner at some of the finest restaurants serving international and ethnic cuisine in Toronto. The following quality establishments are open at various times during the Christmas season.
Find out about the Chinese, French, Indian, Korean Thai and More Restaurants open during the holidays visit: http://www.examiner.com/x-29478-Toronto-Ethnic-Restaurants-Examiner~y2009m11d26-Some-of-Torontos-best-ethnic-and-international-restaurants-are-open-over-the-Christmas-season
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Article by Heather Zorzini- Toronto Ethnic Restaurant Examiner
Join Todd Coleman, Saveur magazine’s food editor, as he makes this south-of-the-border breakfast classic.
The Dinner: The story of The Princess and the Frog takes you to New Orleans where beignets, Po’Boys and Jambalaya are local faves.
The Movie: The Princess and the Frog
The Princess and the Frog hit s theaters nationwide on December 11th. It is a long-awaited return to classic animation and Disney’s first African-American animated princess. The story centers around Tiana, a working class woman from New Orleans with hopes of opening her own restaurant. The Disney films drives home the point of having a good work ethic.
Tiana is voiced by Tony award winner Anika Noni Rose, more widely recognized as one of the Dreamgirls from the movie Dreamgirls. Who is the dashing Prince turned frog? Brazilian actor Bruno Campos (Nip/Tuck, Jesse) plays Prince Naveen of Maldonia. The prince consumes the fruits of life without knowing what it is to labor for it until he meets Tiana. Other celebrities voicing characters in the film include Oprah Winfrey and Terrence Howard.
Among the highlights of the film is the music and the characters. There are catchy tunes sprinkled throughout the film. The characters resonate to a point in which you know they will become a common to everyone as Pinocchio or Simba. When a dialogue is written well and acted superbly it amounts to a winning combination.
Also this film is a treat to foodies because it not only showcases New Orleans food;moreover, it drives the point of how preparing food can be a loving act.
Generosity Water recently built a well in Mai Gundi, Ethiopia–a village desperate for clean water. Check out http://GenerosityWater.com for more stories of how communities are being transformed by clean water.
See the Public Service Announcement with Chyler Leigh of Grey Anatomy at the Multi Cultural Cooking Network: http://www.multiculturalcooking.net/en2/index.php?option=com_jomtube&view=video&id=22
The strikingly good looking DC Native of Korean descent Rick Yune is one of stars of Ninja Assassins, maybe more notably the original bad guy from Fast and the Furious and least recognizable while starring in the James Bond Film Die Another day as Zao. MCCN caught up with Yune on the red carpet at the USA Today Hollywood Hero Awards, the actor shared with MCCN about his favorite food. He shares, “I love a good slice of pumpkin pie” and food from Roscoes Chicken and Waffles is his other indulgence.
With his martial arts background, he can afford a slice a pie. He is bound to work it off. Yune practices many forms of martial arts, having reached Olympic standard in Taekwondo and being a serious contender for the US team when he was 19. However, you went on to pursue an MBA at the prestigious Wharton School of Business. While studying at Wharton School of Business, Rick Yune worked as an intern on Wall Street trading stocks during summer 1992. During that time, he was “discovered” by a modeling agent and soon became the first Asian-American featured in advertisements forVersace and Ralph Lauren‘s Polo. In 2002 he was voted as one of People Magazine “sexiest people.”
Whether you can’t cook or don’t want to cook if you are looking for a place to eat in Harlem on Thanksgiving. The following restaurants will be open.
300 West 114th Street
Will have a three course prefix Menu for $45
113 West 116th Street
On the Menu: Prefix Meal for Thanksgiving, in additon to the regular authentic southern cuisine menu items
271 West 119th Street
On the Menu: Upscale Gourmet Soul food
Prefix Menu for $55
For more info about Harlem visit uptown flavor at: http://uptownflavor.com/
On Tuesday, November 24th Donny Osmond known for being American as Apple Pie showed the world his “Milkshake” in the words of Khalis to win the “Dancing With the Stars” competition. Back in October Osmond and dance partner Kym Johnson prepared milkshakes at the trendy West Hollywood spot. Read the story:
Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson from “Dancing With The Stars” visit Millions of Milkshakes in West Hollywood to create their own custom shakes. “Donny’s Decadence” incorporates his all time favorite ingredients vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips, almonds, and caramel sauce topped off with a Kit Kat bar. Kym Johnson’s “Java Jive” includes a little caffeine kick to keep her jive grooving. It combines vanilla ice cream, coffee, and a crushed Kit Kat bar. Their joint milkshake, “The Tango Fruit Twist”, includes vanilla ice cream, strawberries, peaches, raspberries,and mandarin oranges.
See More photos of Donnie and dance partner at http://www.kosherfoodinformation.com/photo/1860766/?k=j83s12y12h94s27k02