Black Cake- A Christmas Tradition in Trinidad sorrel, Black Cake in Trinidad is a Christmas institution. Made predominantly of alcohol drenched prunes, currants and raisins, variations abound (and I love taste testing when we make the visiting rounds). Still, the best black cake is always the recipe that one grew up with. In this case my black cake comes from my aunt, who also uses this recipe to make grooms’ cakes for weddings (in Trinidad these are also traditionally black cake).

You’ll notice the insane amount of liquour that goes into this dessert. Not only does that make the final cake unbelievably moist it also renders it virtually ageless. My aunt makes a batch of these at xmas time, keeps them in ‘old time cake tins’ and even in July and August we are still eating the remnants! SEE DIRECTIONS

Oxtail Stew Recipe

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One of the joys of growing up in New York for me was the exposure to so many cultures.  My parents quickly took a liking to Caribbean food.  Oxtail stew is a dish that we ate pretty often.  This is a recipe where people certainly differ.  My measurements not mandatory.  You will need a large pot.


  • 2lbs or  packages oxtails
  • 2 large white potatoes
  • 3 carrot sticks
  • 1 Vidalia onion minced
  • Garlic, salt and pepper to taste
  • splash of olive oil


Many recipes call for browning the meat first.  I simply don’t do because I didn’t growing up eating it that way. It is probably a nice touch. Fill pot to slightly beyond half full.  Add the ingredients.  This essentially a stew that you let simmer until it thickens.

*Recipe by MCCN Editor, Crystal Johnson

Cookware: About Copper Molds, Pots and more


Molds (or moulds, as it is also spelled) were popular during theVictorian Era, when dishes such as savory chicken-and-ham raised pie,

sherry-infused calf’s-feet jelly, and sweet, palate-cleansing blancmange were all the rage. Copper molds were the preference of well-heeled cooks; tin molds in shapes with names like Solomon’s Temple were found in humbler kitchens. ff6e3bbb1344d3113e21694f72f86959-jello-molds-copper-kitchen

For collectors, copper molds are perhaps the most appealing. When not in use, these handsome, stamped, and castellated containers make wonderful decorative objects for the kitchen, either on a high plate shelf or just hung on a wall. Copper molds in shapes ranging from fish to turtles to lions were often tinned on the inside and designed for everything from jellies to cakes. READ MORE

Advantage of using Copper cookware: 

It is an excellent heat conductor. You may need to reduce cooking time and temperature.


  • Must be lined with tin, nickel, or stainless steel
  • Acidic foods cause copper to tarnish.
  • Copper is a very soft metal and is highly susceptible to scratches
  • Reacts to some food
  • Tin or nickel linings are not very durable, and must be professionally repaired

Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Funfetti Cupcakes Recipe

October is Breast Cancer Awareness.  Having a grandmother who lost a breast to cancer this particular charity always tugs at my heart.  If someone has gone through having breast cancer at sometime in their life, this is a great gesture to show that you care.   Try these funfetti cupcakes in a jar are yummy, cheerful and PINK. Click here for the recipe:  -Crystal A. Johnson, Editor

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Baltimore Beer Week

There has never been a more exciting time in American Brewing history – the movement from National to local, from mass produced to hand crafted and from quantity to quality can be seen in every segment of today’s beer market place.  Several beer related celebrations will be going on (Find out Dates and More) including Oktoberfest.

The Brewer’s Association of Maryland is proudly hosting the 11TH Anniversary of Maryland Brewer’s Oktoberfest at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. This lively festival will include beer gardens featuring over 120 beers from twenty-two local Maryland breweries, delicious German foods, live bands, exciting contests, Oompah bands and much more.

Inside the Los Angeles Korean Festival

Photo by Kathy Hubbard

The mission of the Los Angeles Korean Festival is not only to provide an opportunity for the young Korean-American second generation to appreciate their culture and heritage, but also to serve as an instrument for which people from all ethnic groups can learn and experience Korean culture.  The festival is annually held in the fall for four days.  SEE  MORE PHOTOS ON FACEBOOK

Serving the Mexican Community Dave Miller and Adventures In Life Ministry.

Enjoying Oaxacan Ice Cream

First Church Built by Adventures in Life

Here’s to you Dave! salutes the benevolent work of Adventures In Life Ministry.  The Co-founder of AIL Dave Miller has provided our readers/fans with authentic reviews and stories from Mexico.  His work in Mexico is a life changing experience for those who serve as missionaries and for those who are served in various cities in Mexico including,  Guadalajara,  Oaxaca and more.  The legacy of Adventures in Life  in Mexico… 17 churches built, 3 parsonages built, 2 Sunday school facilities built, kids and youth camps each year in Ensenada and Oaxaca, regular medical clinics held, a growing agricultural ministry, a local sewing ministry and much more.

If you have ever considered missions work, we suggest the the video Q & A What You Need to Know About Missions which gives incite from long term missionaries from around the world about dos and don’ts of missionary work.  The 20th anniversary was held at the Los Angeles based Oaxacan restaurant, Guelaguetza. 

For the celebration Dave wanted his guests to experience a taste of Oaxaca from Clayudas to Tres Leches.  Feast your eyes on the video below. -Crystal A. Johnson

Discrimination against Obese Women and Girls is Not Okay

Recently someone shared with me a video going viral featuring Jennifer Livingston, an overweight anchor on Wisconsin’s WKBT.  It really disturbed me to watch then as I pondered it more it broke my heart to witness the pain while she reported about being bullied by a viewer via a letter.  After viewing the video fully twice,  I would not classify the letter as bullying but who I am to say that classifaction is wrong.  It didn’t happen to me yet what I would consider it is clearly discrimination by a male viewer in regards to why Livingston should not be on camera based on her weight.

Take a moment to watch CBS WKBT News Anchor’s On-Air Respsonse to Viewer Calling Her Fat


See angry Dad’s response in regards to the letter