Chesapeake, VA: American Indian Festival

Celebration features American Indian storytelling, traditional dancing, and demonstrations. Native jewelry, crafts, festival and Native American food vendors.  Find out More

MCCN attended the event.  See the Grand Entry Video:

Jello Freedom Pops

What You Need


1-1/3 cups

boiling water, divided

1 pkg.

(3 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin

1 pkg.

(3 oz.) JELL-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin

1 pkg.

(3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
2 Cups of cold milk

ADD 2/3 cup boiling water to each flavor gelatin mix in separate small bowls; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Pour each flavor gelatin into separate 8×4-inch loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

UNMOLD gelatins; cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Beat pudding mix and milk in medium bowl with whisk 2 min. Add gelatin cubes; stir gently.

SPOON into 8 (5-oz.) paper cups. Insert wooden popstick into center of each. Freeze 4 hours or until firm. Peel off cups before serving.

SUBSTITUTESubstitute 2 cups softened vanilla ice cream for the prepared pudding.


NOTEPlace any leftovers in airtight container; freeze up to 1 month.


SUBSTITUTESubstitute JELL-O White Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding for the Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding.

Destination Weddings Part I: The Bahamas

Tony Jones said it best when he sang love is in the air, June is the month for amour and weddings. If you’ve recently gotten engaged there are many things on your mind, what type of dress is the bride going to wear? What is the color scheme? And where are the nuptials to take place?

Destination weddings are becoming very popular, but before the big day in the Caribbean, Europe, or another foreign country there are some things you must consider. Holly Blackett, Director of Romance-Destination Weddings, & Honeymoons shares her expertise on destination weddings with MCCNs readers and what you need to do before you say I Do.


Fab Eva Longoria’s Foodie Moment at Cannes

As she makes exit from Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria proves at Cannes how to make an entrance.  Longoria is one of the member of the cast of Desperate Housewives that help to make the show red hot but this sizzling actress does not save it all the heat for the screen.  She has a love affair with food so much so that while she was at a dinner at the May 2012 Cannes Film Festival, snapped a photo and tweeted saying, “One of my favorite desserts here in France! They are little wild strawberries, soooo good!!”  Eva Longoria owns the restaurant Beso in Hollywood and has appeared as a judge on Food Network.

Kelly Clarkson A Model American Woman

The American Idol lived up to the hype with a voice that blows everyone away. She is a Grammy Award winning artist.   Her life is  the fulfillment of the American dream rising from financially humble means to go on to super stardom.

Clarkson was born and reared in Texas.  Her mother is Greek and info about the other part of her ethnicity is conflicting.  Some sources state she is half Irish while others state that she is half English.  

Other than being a multi-cultural melting pot and somewhat rags to riches story  there is another reason we are calling her a model American, she use her freedom of speech to silence critic about her weight.  She is outspoken about her weight fluctuation.  Clarkson basically expresses that she is comfortable who she is no matter what weight she may be.  By this she does takes away power from critics of her weight.  In fact her strong words have been “Screw them.”

Responding to Andy Cohen on Thursday’s “Watch What Happens Live,” Clarkson said, “It doesn’t really matter what I do. If I’m too fat, then when I’m skinny, I’m too clothed, and if I’m too – you just can never win.”

Closed: New York’s eXo Greek Mediterranean

In the mood for some good, no some great Greek Mediterranean food? Then look no further than eXo Greek Mediterranean Restaurant nestled in a quaint Whitestone New York neighborhood. eXo is a very young restaurant, they first opened their doors in August of 2010 and they have been busy ever since. I first experienced a small sampling of what eXo had to offer at the Queens A Taste of the World back in May. The restaurant boasts of traditional Greek recipes but with a flare.

In my correspondence with Chef Constantine Kalandranis, affectionately known as Chef Costa, I was instructed to come hungry, my response? I promised to wear my eating pants. With all the food we were treated to I should have worn my eating overalls. men from exo

We kicked off the tasting with fresh pita (which they make themselves) and all five spreads which included spicy feta, eggplant, skordalia, hummus, and tsatziki. From the mild to the spicy this appetizer was a gateway to the other flavors we were about to experience. Soon to follow was a traditional horitatiki tomato salad, kefalotiri cheese stuffed meatballs, hand cut potato chips, and a souvlakia trio of chicken, steak, and pork skewers. Told you I needed to put on my eating overalls.

Not much of a carnivore? don’t worry eXo has a meal for that.sauteed tiger shrimp With ingredients such as capers, white wine, and fresh cut herbs the Sautéed Tiger Shrimp, the Pan Seared King Salmon, and the Steamed mussels Kaliopi are all to die for.

food from exo

Although I was stuffed I had to experience eXo’s dessert, if the meal was that good I had to push towards the dessert (don’t judge me.) I indulged on warm rizogalo (rice pudding), my favorite yogurt and greek honey syrup, and galaktoboureko. seafood from exo
I definitely plan on revisiting eXo restaurant many times in the future and you should too. My only warning to you…wear your eating pants. Don’t forget to mention that you read it on the Multi Cultural Cooking Network.


eXo Greek Mediterranean Restaurant

Where: 15-16 149th St.

Whitestone, NY 11357

718-767-4-EXO (718-767-4396)



Margarita Recipes & History

The Margarita is an alcoholic beverage originating from Mexico. Like many popular beverages the cocktail favorite has several origin stories.  One story maintains that In 1948 Margarita Sames created the drink in Acapulco, Mexico using her two favorite spirits: Cointreau and tequila. Another popular myth states that restaurant owner Danny Herrera, of the Rancho La Gloria near Tijuana, Mexico, mixed and named this cocktail for the allergy-ridden American actress Marjorie King. King was reportedly allergic to every spirit except tequila and Margarita is Spanish for Marjorie.

Read More

Great Margarita recipes
Classic Margarita
Cucumber Margarita
Frozen Margarita
Green Iguana Margarita
Peachtree Margarita
Prickly Pear Margarita
Rosa’s Pomegranate Margarita

Mexican Born Jockey Wins Kentucky Derby & Preakness 2012

Mario Gutierrez (born c. 1987 in Veracruz, Mexico) is a Mexican born Canadian Thoroughbred horse racing jockey who won the 2012Santa Anita,  Kentucky Derbys, and Preakness aboard I’ll Have Another, a colt . The son of a jockey, Gutierrez rode Quarter Horses in his native Veracruz and in Mexico City beginning at age 14. In 2006 he emigrated to Canada where he began riding at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, British Columbia, and where he won riding titles in 2007 and 2008.

According to the Washington Post, as a child, Gutierrez saw his father ride match races in Veracruz, which sparked his interest in being a jockey. Having reached the pinnacle of his sport by winning the Derby, he wants to keep going.

The next stop after the Kentucky is Preakness.  Read MCCN articles about Preakness and its Foods.

Black Eyed Susan Cocktail Recipe

Spotlight on Preakness: What’s in a Name?

Coconut Custard Pie Recipe

Growing up my mom’s all time favorite pie was coconut custard pie.  It was on almost every holiday spread. I liked the custard but could not stand the coconut topping so I opted not to eat most times.  In honor of my mother, I thought I put a coconut custard pie recipe on the MCCN Menu.  This recipe comes from -Crystal J, MCCN Editor

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

See Directions

MCCN Editor(Middle) with Mom and Sister

Simple Pasta Salad Recipe

Keisha Taylor is co-owner of Sweets at Midnight a New York baker best known for their delicious
and eye catching cupcakes. But you don’t have to take our word for it SaM was awarded The 2012 People’s Choice Award at this year’s NYC Cup Cake Wars Part 2.

Keisha Taylor(l)co-owner Sweets at Midnight and her mother Kathy.

Kathy’s Simple Pasta Salad Recipe


1. 1lb Tri Color Pasta (boiled and cooled)


2. ½ red, green, yellow/orange pepper (julienned)


3. ½ small red onion (julienned)


4. 2 ripe vine red tomato (sliced)


5. ½ tablespoon oregano (dried)


6. 8oz. crumbled feta cheese


7. 12 oz. low fat Italian Dressing (regular is fine as well)


8. ¾ cup olives (type depends on your taste)


9. Salt & Pepper to taste


10. Parsley to garnish


1. Combine dressing and oregano in a medium bowl – set aside In a large bowl.


2. Mix ½ pasta, onion, peppers, and half tomatoes in bowl, toss using your hands until the onions and peppers are well distributed.


3. Add olives, and then pour ¾ of the mixture over pasta.


4. toss with large spoon or tongs. Add feta cheese and toss.


5. Add remaining dressing, toss lightly, add remaining tomatoes, dash of oregano and parsley to garnish and salt and pepper to taste.


**Roasted or baked chicken is a great compliment to salad. Remove skin, cube, and add chicken, toss and enjoy**