Donate to the American Heart Association- One Runner’s Story

Join me in my efforts to support the American Heart Association!

Rosie O’Donnell survived a heart attack recently. Actor Michael Clarke Duncan lost his battle  after suffering a heart attack several months ago. My late father had fatal a heart attack while he was driving his car. Heart disease is real and affects many people.

Message From MCCN Contributing Writer Karlea Jones –  After losing my dad to a heart attack and an uncle to heart failure, I decided to run for charity and support the mission of the American Heart Association.

Message From MCCN Contributing Writer Karlea Jones –  After losing my dad to a heart attack and an uncle to heart failure, I decided to run for charity and support the mission of the American Heart Association.

Imagine the impact if we reduce death and disability from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20% by 2020! Your contribution will help fund medical research and programs to promote physical activity to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

You can help save lives by donating toward my charity run today. Thank you in advance for your support!

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Get Involved With National Men Make Dinner Day

What the heck is ‘National Men Make Dinner Day’?

Are you a man who makes dinner on a regular or semi-regular basis?

If this describes you, then, send us your best recipe !

If you are a guy who never cooks, and doesn’t know the difference between spaghetti and a spatula, then, READ ON, this site is for YOU!

Ok, now since you’ve continued reading, we assume that you are a man who NEVER cooks. And that you fit the profile of the ‘men’ who have inspired this once-a-year occasion.

The ideal participant in ‘National Men Make Dinner Day’ is the man who:

  • Helps with household chores
  • Has a sense of humour and is a great all-around guy
  • Loves his wife/girlfriend, kids and pets

…and is somewhat afraid of the idea.


Sweet Potato Pancake Recipe

I admit this is a selfish post, just have to have it on this website.  I am a sweet potato jacks, sweet potato casserole, sweet potato pie and  sweet potato biscuit eater and maker so it was love at first sight when I saw the image of this lovely stack of none other than sweet potato pancakes.

Sweet Potato Pancakes, makes about 12

2 small sweet potatoes

1.5 c flour
1.5 c buttermilk
3 1/2 t baking powder
2 eggs
1/4 c butter, melted
cinnamon, to taste
dash of ground cardamom
dash of freshly grated nutmeg




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Image from different recipe of Sweet Potato Pancakes but this looks good too- (

Book Review: Guest of Honor: An Invite to White House Dinner for Booker T. Washington

Washington Post- History is like a photograph. Facts are facts, but how we understand them depends on who’s doing the framing. In her new book, “Guest of Honor,” about the famous White House dinner at which President Theodore Roosevelt hosted African American educator Booker T. Washington, Deborah Davis examines race relations in early 20th-century America through the lives of two of the era’s giants. With some success and one stumble, she depicts a brash, independent president and a former slave who became the most powerful black man of his time. Their dinner on Oct. 16, 1901, she argues, helped change the country.  READ COMPLETE REVIEW

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The Asian Equation in American Life and Politics- Spoken Word by Jason Chu

So many Americans tend to speak of the inhabits in only terms of Black and White.  Despite growing Latino and Asian populations we are stuck in a yester year perception of America which has always been a fallacy propagated too long.  With the media in the hands of more people than ever before we have of a potential to stop the madness, stop the lies and combat stereotypes.  This short two minute spoken word video by Jason Chu is worthy of your time.  See Stats of Asian American Voting Trends

I would add his video apology about the tragic shooting at the Sikh temple is equally compelling(Click here). -Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor

Tunisian Fire Chicken Kebabs Recipe

Some spice blends deliver an intoxicating fragrance. Some are brilliantly colored. And some tantalize your tongue with kebabs_1spiciness. Tunisian

Fire gives you all of the above. Roam through a Tunisian bazaar, and piney caraway, gingery cardamom, and citrusy coriander will engulf your senses. Red saffron and golden turmeric radiate the color of fire. We add crackling crystals of Moroccan sea salt to launch it all on a head-spinning voyage to North Africa. Scatter this unique blend on spit-roasted lamb, swirl them into couscous, and massage them into grilled chicken, fish and vegetables. Forget the burgers and steak, try something unique and different.  This recipe makes four.

  • 2 tablespoons and 4 pinches Tunisian Fire Chef SaltTM
  • 1 container (6 oz) plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken (breast and/or thighs), cut in 2-inch chunks
  • 1 large sweet potato cut in 12 chunks
  • 4 12-inch flat metal skewers
  • Olive oil for coating kebabs

Mix the Tunisian Fire Chef Salt, yogurt, and water in a large zipper-lock bag. Add the chicken, press out air and seal; refrigerate 2 to 4 hours.

Meanwhile boil the sweet potato until tender, about 7 min; drain.

Light a grill for medium heat. Remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry. Thread 4 chicken chunks alternating with 3 sweet potato chunks on each of 4 skewers. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with a few pinches of Tunisian Fire. Grill until chicken is resilient and sweet potatoes are soft and browned, 10 to 12 minutes, turning twice.

Tunisian Fire Quick Chef Tips:

  • Rub Tunisian Fire on sautéed chicken breast and simmer in cilantro, salsa and lemon for b’stylla-style braised chicken
  • Mix Tunisian Fire with yogurt, garlic and olive oil into a marinade for lamb or poultry.
  • Blend Tunisian Fire, unsalted butter, and orange marmalade and serve with grilled chicken or seafood
  • Rub Tunisian Fire on grilled salmon steaks
  • Mix Tunisian Fire with ground lamb or turkey for exotic burgers or meatballs
  • Steep couscous with Tunisian Fire, toasted almonds, and golden raisins.
  • Sprinkle Tunisian Fire on grilled bananas, serve with ice cream
  • Sauté Tunisian Fire and shrimp, simmer in tomato sauce, serve over rice
  • Melt a pad of Tunisian Fire butter over baked sweet potatoes

Recipe can be reprinted with the following:
Recipe copyright Andrew Schloss and David Joachim,


Kourtney Kardashian Makes Breakfast for sister While Baby Penelope in her Sling

Tweet photo by Kim Kardashian

There’s something quite peculiar about Kourtney Kardashian‘s cooking getup.

The oldest Kardashian sister ditched a traditional chef’s hat in favor of a sock monkey cap while cooking breakfast for sister Kim Sunday.

“Slumber party with Mason and Penelope!” Kim, 31, tweeted early Sunday morning to her nearly 16 million fans. “Gotta love @KourtneyKardash making breakfast.”

The hat wasn’t the only accessory Kourtney had on hand for the impromptu photo shoot.

The proud mom of two, 33, also showed off a black-and-white sling with a presumably sleeping baby Penelope, 1 month, snuggled against her body.
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How to Make Homemade Barbecue Sauce

I know the basic of making barbecue.  This recipe on Simply Scratch uses ketchup which many recipes call for; however, if you don’t have it use a  plain tomato sauce and up the brown sugar.   I couldn’t resist re-posting this article though because they have such a wonderful step by step illustration.  Click to see Recipe. – Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor

MCCN Editor Interviewed by Wealthy Sistas

MCCN Editor Studying Spanish in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico

Listen to Interview

Crystal Johnson merged her passion for food and culture with her experience in the entertainment business to bring us the Multi Cultural Cooking Network. Fifteen years of experience serves up great cutting edge food entertainment coverage.

She began her professional career recruited to work in the video production department for the Baltimore Orioles. The native New Yorker remained a Yankee fan! For several years she worked in news for both a Fox affiliate and CBS in Baltimore. She later moved to Los Angeles and earned several credits working in the casting departments for Extreme Makeover Home Edition, America’s Next Top Model, VH1, and NBC Three Wishes.

There’s More Than Action That Meets the Eye with Chinese Actress Yu Nan

Born in Dalian, Yu Nan studied at the Beijing Film Academy, where she graduated in 1999. The Beijing Film Academy is the Harvard of film schools.  Her feature film debut, in Lunar Eclipse (1999), which earned her the Best Actress of the Deauville Asian Film Festival, started her career working with several of China’s Sixth-Generation film directors. She subsequently starred in three more films with Wang Quan’an: Jingzhe (2003), which earned her the Best Actress Golden Rooster Award and the Best Actress prize of the Paris International Film Festival in 2003; Tuya’s MarriageGolden Bear in 2007 at the Berlin International Film Festival for which she won the Best Actress prize from the Chicago International Film Festival[citation needed]; and Weaving Girl (2009), which won Jury Special Grand prix and the FIPRESCI prize from the 2009 Montreal World Film Festival.  If seems to be a running theme, yes she is a stellar actress.  

Getting to play alongside Hollywood legendary action stars in the bigger and better Expendables 2 (SEE Review) could be a great break for the actress in the American film scene.   Moreover, she is fluent in MandarinFrench, and English.