VooDoo Mama Drink Recipe

Bead Vomit 2010 photo by Lilith Dorsey.

There is nothing new about spirits for the spirit. The following uses traditional Voodoo flavors and liquors to make a drink fit for all the Voodoo Mamas out there, and maybe some big bad Voodoo Dads too. In the New Orleans Voodoo tradition we like to celebrate the sacred and the decadent side by side. This ritual drink recipe will deliciously help you do both. Iko Iko, party on! Voodoo Mama Drink Recipe3 ounces pineapple juice (for blessing from the mother of the Ocean)1/2 … [Read more...]

Hoodoo Up the Hearth: Come On In My Kitchen

Hoodoo Up The Hearth photo by Lilith Dorsey.

You better come on in my kitchen babe, it's goin' to be rainin' outdoors– Robert JohnsonHoodoo, like its more formalized cousins Voodoo and Vodou, has traditionally gotten a bad rap. In my book Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, I talk about how its practitioners are called doctors and are “said to always have one hand, eye, or foot in both worlds: the visible and the invisible.” Hoodoo is, at its core, folk magick; it thrives on making do with what it can grab with that one hand, … [Read more...]

Ancestor Hash Browns with Sweet Potato Recipe

Ancestor Hash Browns with Sweet Potato Recipe. Photo by Lilith Dorsey, copyright 2014.

It could be Beltane, it could be Samhain (Halloween), it's always a great time to celebrate your ancestors. They are responsible for you being here today. One of the easiest ways to honor your ancestors is right in your own kitchen. The following recipe is designed to bring about healing with magickal herbs like parsley and basil, and honoring celebration of those that have gone before with sweet potatoes. While I was writing the African-American Ritual Cookbook, I seriously considered titling … [Read more...]

High John the Conqueror Root and the Mayor of Hell

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A Rose By Any Other Name There are a freaking ton of names for this root, and in terms of anthropology that means something is important, really important. Some of the names are:  Hi John, John the Conqueror, Johnny Conka or Konka. But as the old Shakespearean saying goes" a rose by any other name,..." would be one of the most valuable botanicals to use in Voodoo and Hoodoo magick. People use it for justice, eloquence, money, healing, power, love, gambling, just about everything you can i … [Read more...]

Honor Your Ancestors and Native People with Corn Maque Choux

Corn Maque Choux photo by Lilith Dorsey. Copyright 2014.

New Orleans has a unique flavor all its own: the jazz, the Voodoo, the streetcar, and the food. Oh, how we love the food. Maque Choux is a Southern Louisiana corn delicacy. As usual in New Orleans, no one is exactly sure how the dish got its name. Maque Choux (pronounced Mock Shoe) could possibly come from the Cajun French term maigrchou, which translates as “thin child” and may refer to the thinning of the recipe with cream or milk according to wisegeek.com. The recipe is similar to creamed cor … [Read more...]

A Sicilian St. Joseph’s Day Recipe for Frittata

Frittata photo by The Marmot. Licensed under CC 2.0. Not my frittata, that comes later.

My friends and regular blog readers know that I had a Sicilian grandfather, and as he used to love to say, “ Even one percent Sicilian, makes you Sicilian, it takes over.” Every Sicilian knows that March 19th is the feast of St. Joseph. It is a time for elaborate celebrations, tables laid with flowers and food for all to share. My family's tradition usually consisted of zeppole (sfinci) , which can either be cream filled or not. People also eat frittata, fish, stuffed artichokes, and other dis … [Read more...]

Mardi Gras: Start It Rite with Voodoo Mojo Juice and More!

Bead Vomit 2010 photo by Lilith Dorsey.

Gearing up for Mardi Gras with mind, body, and spirits for the spirits! The Times-Picayune called last night's Krewe Du Vieux “Deliciously Disrespectful.” We can all start to get in the mood, and join in the fun with... New Orleans Voodoo Mojo Juice. This is my own sacred recipe for this popular party concoction! 1 oz. Pineapple juice (blessing and protection)1 oz. Coconut Rum ( for opportunity and to honor the ancestors)1 dash orange curacao ( orange is traditionally ass … [Read more...]


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