Oshun Mango Peach Salsa Recipe for Love

Oshun Mango Salsa photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Originally thought of as an exotic fruit from paradise the sensual Mango has now become a regular item in most markets. Here in New York City vendors carve the delicacies into artful flowers and sell them on the street corner offering a unique summer treat. In Haitian Vodou the serpent Lwa Simbi is offered mangoes. Cuban Santeria, meanwhile, as the fruit as a traditional offering for both Ochosi - lord of the hunt, and Oshun- the sensual Orisha of love and dance.The mango was used in the … [Read more...]

Bourbon Bread Pudding Recipe for Marie Laveau

Bourbon Bread Pudding for Marie Laveau. Photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

There has been a recent culinary revival towards Bourbon. Those of us who are lovers of history know that Bourbon has for decades been sipped and savored throughout the Southern U.S. It's part of the Gothic mystique of the place. Fortunately no one knows mystique better than the city of New Orleans, specifically the city's powerful Voodoo community. As far as sacred spirits for the spirit go, New Orleans is famous for Absinthe, Sazerac and other liquid libations. The recent St. John's Eve … [Read more...]

Juneteenth Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Juneteenth Strawberry Lemonade Recipe photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

June 19th marks the day more popularly known as Juneteenth, when the Texas slaves finally, years later than they should have, heard that they were free. I wrote a bit about the history and the lore of this event in my last post, please be sure to check it out here. These days Juneteenth is celebrated with parades, reenactments, storytelling and a whole lot of food.There are a lot of different culinary traditions that are associated with the remembrance of Juneteenth. Many revolve around … [Read more...]

Juneteenth History, Herstory, and Some Stuff in Between

Photo by Laura Blanchard. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Many people have never heard of the holiday Juneteenth. On June 19th 1865 the slaves in Texas finally heard the news that they were free from their chains. This occurred years after Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st 1863. The late news came from Major General Gordon Granger and his Union soldiers upon their arrival in the city of Galveston. You can read the full text stating "all slaves are free," at Notions Capital. Juneteenth celebrations today are a reality, a rem … [Read more...]

Fortitude Fried Chicken Recipe

Fried chicken photo by Mike DelGaudio. Text added by author. Licensed under CC 2.0

Onions, garlic, paprika, these are spices of life that make us strong. They were the classic ingredients of our ancestor's fried chicken recipes, and we still love to eat them today. Many of the popular soul food dishes from the Southern U.S. grew in popularity because of the necessity of the everyday lives of the slaves. Cornbread and Fried chicken both traveled well for those seeking their freedom via the underground railroad. The Underground Railroad was a complex network of safe houses where … [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...]

Why I’m Different Than Other Voodoo Priestesses

Lilith Dorsey with Baron Veve. Photo by Lilith Dorsey Copyright 2014.

Hollywood is all over Voodoo like white on dirty rice, and maybe that's a good thing. Each week in my recent memory has brought another conversation with a producer looking to learn more. Sooner, rather than later the conversation turns around to who I am and how I got to this weird and wonderful universe of Voodoo.  Uppity, Contrary, and Downright Argumentative Voodoo is an ancient religion. There is evidence that it's parent religions in Africa were in practice as early as the 4th … [Read more...]


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