A Sicilian St. Joseph’s Day Recipe for Frittata

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. [Read more...]

Congo Square is the Place to Be…

The following is a praise poem for the ancestor spirits residing in Congo Square, New Orleans, Louisiana. For more about this historic site please read Congo Square Redux. [Read more...]

Stop with the X, Get with the Checks: Save Marie Laveau’s Tomb!

Back in December of 2013, the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery Number One was painted “Pepto dismal” pink in an act of vandalism. A strong power wash was used to remove the paint, resulting in some serious damage to the tomb. This sacred Voodoo site is the second most visited [Read More...]

A Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau Musicology

People have been singing about Marie Laveau probably since the time she was born. This famous Voodoo Priestess is the stuff of legend. People sing her praises, people sing to warn others of her power, people sing to remember. [Read more...]

The Horrors of American Horror Story Coven: A Voodoo Priestess’ Perspective

The season is full of tropes, tricks, and trash and it’s time to get real. I salute their attempt to show Voodoo as a method of social control, but, and here’s my own cliché for you: we don’t need no stinking zombies. [Read more...]

Honor Your Ancestors: Sweet Potato Mash with Bourbon and Pecans Recipe

Samhain or Halloween as it is more commonly celebrated is undoubtedly a time for celebrating the ancestors and in that spirit I present the following recipe based on one from my cookbook African-American Ritual Cooking. This Voodoo recipe for Sweet Potatoes is a New Orleans style take on the bountiful yam featuring two of the city’s favorite ingredients Bourbon and Pecans. [Read more...]

The Real Voodoo Queen: Marie Laveau

There may have been other Voodoo priestesses before her in the city of New Orleans, but there was no one like Marie Laveau, except maybe her daughter, but I will explain that later. This legendary Voodoo woman was said to do everything from providing psychic consultations for Queen Victoria to concocting psychedelic gumbo for inmates sentenced to hang in the gallows. [Read more...]


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