Esai Morales Talks about Healthy Eating

MCCN Editor’s spoke with her favorite celebrity crush, Esai Morales. He talked about his passion in recognizing Earth Day, ” I want to become a part of the solution and not part of the problem.  It is not a left or right issue.”  Using his age of 47 as a frame of reference, Morales discussed changes in his diet  like vegetablesand whole grain pasta.  He says, “You don’t have to have a big meaty meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.    It is not neccessary and quite  frankly that is why a lot of us are coming to an early grave.”


15,000 restaurants order healthy new kids meals

Beginning today, kids will find some cool new choices on their restaurant menus — choices that will make their parents happy, too.

More than 15,000 restaurants in the U.S., representing 19 different chains, including Burger King, Cracker Barrel, Chili’s, Denny’s and IHOP, are participating in a voluntary new initiative called Kids LiveWell.

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The Tradition of Guyanese Black Cake

Mad Cake Bakery- Black Cake

The black cake, derived from the English Plum Pudding, is a type of fruit cake which is generally served at Guyanese weddings (Christmastime celebrations too). Black Cake is made with rum, sugar, plums, raisins, brown sugar, and a bittersweet caramel sauce called “browning.”

The Guyanese tradition entails that the bride and groom eat Black Cake directly after the marriage ceremony. The cake may also be served to wedding guests.

To try your own version of Black Cake, click on these recipe links below.

Guyanese Cooking Recipe

A traditional Black Cake recipe made with classic ingredients.

Net Cooks Black Cake Recipe

This is an easy to follow traditional Black Cake recipe.

Guyana Black Cake

This is a great recipe for a very moist and rich Black Cake.

To learn more about Black Cake visit: the New York Times and Wikipedia.

More photos of Black Cakes from Mad Cakes of New Jersey.

To try your own version of Black Cake (Click to See Recipes)

How to Choose Red Wines for Summer

One thing I recognize more immediately during the summer months is just how much red wine raises your temperature.  First of all it is typically served at room temp, not refrigerated or chilled in any way.  While at a party recently, the conversation went into a full blown red wine discussion.  Sometimes people have a hard time moving past the basic wine lesson of pairing red with meats and white with poultry. I applaud most for knowing the basics.     However, after the 101 course of wine knowledge there is a 102.  We’ve covered that before here on Multi Cultural Cooking Network (Click Here).

On this 100 degree day the host of party mentioned how more guests were opting for white wine. He seemed a bit surprised.  I said “Red wine raises your temperature. ”  He replied “…but red wine goes with meats.”   Then I added how despite all the wine snobs out there White Zinfandel and Rose are another way to go for summer picks.  Thus, after our conversation I knew I needed to dig deeper because people will continue feel the need for appearance sake to hold a glass of red wine or provide red wine because it looks more classy.  My suggestion for future hosts of parties, cookouts and other events comes with a little help from the  highly respected Gayot Guide.  They have some tips on Red wines which can be chilled.  When your guest looked shocked you can tell them with confidence what you know about the red wines defying the standard rules.  Moreover, you will look so smart in the process.  (Click Here For Chilled Red Wine Tips)

Written by Crystal A. Johnson, Editor

Ambrosia Fruit Salad Recipe

Classic Ambrosia- Photo by

Ambrosia is a popular offering at summer gatherings like cook outs.  The best version of it in my humble opinion is pistachio.  The word ambrosia means sweet or delicous so when making this recipe you have a lot to live up to.

For gatherings, this recipes serves about 16 to 20.  People are very fickle about fruit so served the canned or fresh fruits you like.  However, the most popular fruits to use are the classic fruit cockctails, mandarin oranges or pineapple chunks.

Pistachio Ambrosia Recipe 16-20 Servings Prep: 10 min. + chilling


  • 2 cans (17 ounces each) fruit cocktail
  • 2 cans (20 ounces each) pineapple chunks
  • 2 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges
  • 4 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Chopped pecans, optional

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Editor’s tip- Instead of pecans opt for coconut shavings or crush pistachio.  Cut the calories in half by using fat free whip and sugar free pudding(which could be hard to find), and either low fat sour cream or skip the sour cream.

Tribeca in AC: Movies on Caesars Beach

Look out, New Jersey: Tribeca is headed to the beach again this summer! Through our continued partnership with Caesars Atlantic City, we will co-host a series of four FREE outdoor screenings on the beach in Atlantic City, from Thursday, July 7, to Sunday, July 10, 2011. What’s more, Caesars Atlantic City is offering friends of Tribeca—and that means you—a generous rate for anyone who joins us ‘down the shore’ for the big event. We hope you’ll head to South Joisey for what promises to be a fun-filled weekend of movies, sun, and family fun!

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Providence Restaurant week July 10-23.

Providence is one of the nation’s hottest culinary destinations, ranking #3 in the US in a recent Travel + Leisure poll. Find out what the fuss is all about during Providence Restaurant Weeks, July 10-23. Choose from mouthwatering menus at nearly 100 restaurants. With three-course lunches at $12.95 and three-course dinners at $29.95, you’ll fill your belly without emptying your wallet.

Click here for list of restaurants.

Royal Couple learns how to make some traditional Québécois dishes

A cooking class and dinner is a typical date-night activity for a number of young marrieds. But when the couple in question is the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the hour-long cooking class takes weeks to prepare, and the dinner gets the full-on chef treatment.

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What is the Declaration of Independence?

The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of AmericaIndependence Day—is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.

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