Thanks for Listening: Vital Accomplishments

  From as early in my life as I can remember, a zesty feeling towards accomplishing things has stayed in the back of my mind. One of my earliest exuberances as a toddler was to fall off a couch for a second time to re-experience what it felt…

THE ART OF THE WAXING MOON

  Waxing moon refers to when the light part of the moon is expanding before it becomes a Full moon.  January’s full moon is called Wolf Moon. At certain times of the cycle, this moon can be seen at sunset. To the southeast, I noticed the Waxing Wolf…

Sarin’s Thai: Roasted Pork Chop with Oyster Sauce

“I was planning to do red wine sauce but when I (went to) cook, I forgot I drank all the red wine!” -Sarin         Ingredients 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots 4 tablespoons canola oil 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoon oyster sauce 1 tablespoon…

Caribbean Kitchen with Julies: The Incredible Johnny Cakes

  Johnny Cakes are a staple throughout the Caribbean.  You can eat them with saltfish, barbecue, and almost anything you put on a Caribbean plate.  They’re crispy, light, and there’s and if you add the optional sugar, a  sweetness that makes you want more and more. Oh, they…

Excerpt From Spicy…a blog by Victorine: Vibrancy

  February 12, 2020 I thought if I told the truth about this entry, y’all wouldn’t read it. The truth? I’m so tired!! Today, I went to an early morning performance for Black History Month. ( BHM) I am part of The CORE Drummers, and I also had…

A Woman for All Seasons: Tekla Syers

Tekla A. Syers is an African-American woman, grandmother, sister, and friend. A lifelong learner, Syers includes writing, cooking, and handcrafts in her list of pursuits. She’s known for taking her pursuits very seriously, and I can tell you she’s certainly taken piecrust to the next level. Her apple…

Mi Casa, Su Casa, Lemon Butter Orzo Chicken

INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 pound chicken breasts or small thighs kosher salt and pepper 1 Meyer or regular lemon, sliced 2 tablespoons butter 1 clove garlic, minced or grated 1 cup orzo pasta 1/3 cup white wine 2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth…

It’s All Thai! Bernard Basley Photography

    Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV Production from Columbia College Chicago, but now lives in Bangkok, Thailand. Bernie has worked extensively in TV production including ABC Television Network where he served as the Associate Director and Stage Manager from 1979-2001. Prior…

Let Freedom Ring!

  The Great Migration ‘Fantasy is the faculty or activity of imagining things, especially things that are impossible or improbable.’ lexico.com My parents were among those African Americans of the Diaspora that moved North during the Great Migration, which began in 1916. Our people imagined an opportunity to…