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...]

Santeria Recipe: Oya Flaming Spinach Salad

Big Salad photo by anneheathen. Licensed by CC 2.0

Everything you put in your mouth, your mind, your body should feed your soul. I am a firm believer in the sacred power of food and I hope you are too. Many of you took the time over the weekend to celebrate the wondrousness of the Santeria goddess of the wind Oya. If you'd like to learn more about this whip wielding Queen of the cemetery, you can read Santeria's Rider on the Storm. Another way to learn more is to try the following  is exciting recipe that includes many of her favorite offerings, … [Read more...]

New Years Tradition: Collard Greens for Success Recipe

Southern Comfort Cooking: Oven Fried chicken, homemade buttermilk biscuits and collard greens by flippinyank licensed under CC 2.0

No Voodoo or Hoodoo discussion about this time of year would be complete without talking about the traditional New Year’s recipe for collard greens. This dish is served just after midnight. If eaten and prepared right, it is said to bring divine blessings of money and success. The shredded greens, which you are supposed to tear with your bare hands, are thought to represent dollars coming your way.  Collard greens are really good for you too. They are rich in calcium and are said to lower ch … [Read more...]

Holiday Love Nuts Recipe

Holiday Love Nuts Recipe by Lilith Dorsey

It's Yuletide and there is a lot of holiday cooking going on, among Pagans and other religions, as there should be. When I was little I remember the holiday baking would go on for weeks. There would be coffeecakes, and cookies, and a ton of snack mix. My sister and I totally did not look forward to the cooking and decorating that went on for hours at my grandmother's house. We laugh about it today, and snack mix is still a guilty pleasure. The following is a much healthier alternative for a … [Read more...]

Chango’s Feast Day: Beware There Could Be Flames!

Dance of Chango, Orisha of Thunder by Byron Howes licensed under CC by 2.0

The last time I wrote a blog post about Chango one irate commenter told me to “cease and desist. “ The post and the accompanying incendiary recipe can be found here. The back and forth in the discussion got a little heated. Of course it did, Chango is the lord of Fire. The barebacked rider on the roar of thunder. The King who did not hang.December 4 is the traditional date for the feast of the Orisha Chango in La Regla Lucumi, more commonly known as Santeria. This date coincides with the Cat … [Read more...]

Thanks and Giving: It’s All About the Food Rite?

Stuffed Acorn Squash for the Ancestors, photo by Lilith Dorsey

Thanksgiving is one of our most magickal and connected holidays. We set a sacred space in the form of a table. We gather in a circle, or an oval, or whatever shape our table takes. We give thanks to those who are there, and also those who have come before. We even pray sometimes. Then we get down to the real serious and holy business, we eat. The older I get the more I see clearly that mainstream society has made Yule about the gifts, and Thanksgiving about the food.This doesn't bother me … [Read more...]


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