Black-Eye Pea Seven Layer Dip


Five, six, seven, eight, pick what you appreciate.   I concocted this recipe when having a party.   It was after the New Year’s and in African American culture, it means you may have leftover black-eyed peas.   I knew we had tortilla chips. I knew we just happened to have sliced black pitted olives.   So I asked someone to pick up some sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese.    Now, in classic version of the famous 7 layer dip people include tomatoes, guacamole and green onions.  If any of these layer turn you off then leave it out.   Your dip might turn out to be four, five or six layer dip.   If you’re not into refried beans and you want you want to add something fun and different to your New Year’s eve or Juneteenth celebration.

Click here for classic seven layer dip recipe and add your twist!


All American Outdoor Cooking Holiday Recipes & Ideas

Warm up the grill.  Pull out the deep fryer.  Get the deepest pot for the crabs.  Make room in the kitchen.  It is time to prepare for our favorite American Outdoor cooking holidays throughout the Summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Besides the obvious of Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, the Multi Cultural Cooking Network provides American cooking with the twist of diversity of American Cultural Cooking. Have Fun by incorporating recipes of your fellow American of various cultural descent.  Before we check out the recipes.  Learn some decorative ideas for the Patriotic Cook-out  from Event Specialist Artraya Daniels.  Click on Food Below for Recipes-Crystal Johnson, MCCN Editor and Chief.





  • Jello Flag Cake
  • Cake Batter Ice Cream
  • Blue Razz Sundae
  • Jello Freedom Pops
  • Pound Cake
  • Peach Cobbler
  • Editor’s Tip: Red Velvet- Pick your favorite Box Cake Mix to bake your cake when done.  Drizzle the red velvet cake with Maraschino cherry juice while cake is still warm cover cake.  When room temp add cream cheese frosting.  Slice and enjoy
  • Red Velvet Cupcakes are very popular.  For LA folks, I suggest Porto’s Bakery, Simply Cakes of Sweetville(online only), and Famous Cupcakes.  For the best slice of Red Velvet Cake visit Ms. Peaches in North Hollywood.

Pick up Cupcakes from Swirls (Location through Los Angeles- Love the strawberry milkshake cupcake and blueberry) or Brooklyn Cupcakes in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Cupcakes shops are easy to be found.


Get Patriotic with a Blue Martini and throw in a cherry for some red color

An American Tradition: The Jello Flag Cake


I know it sounds cheesy and maybe it doesn’t sound appetizing but by golly some people are really good at preparing this treat.  Have fun with it choose from strawberries to raspberry for your patriotic red fruit choice.  For you blue area, use blueberries or blackberries.  With Memorial Day, Juneteenth and Fourth of July coming up.  Patriotism stakes center cake… I mean center stage.  -Crystal Johnson, MCCN Editor

About the Jello Cake- From Jello

Jello is great for making patriotic recipes. Jello cake like jello flag cake is easy to make and you can simply leave it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it. Decorate a jello cake with frosting, blueberries and strawberries or raspberries to resemble the stars and stripes and everyone will love it. This makes a really good centerpiece and it is so easy to put together. See Recipe: READ MORE

Other Patriotic Ideas? Try Carla Crudup’s Blue Razz Sundae Recipe