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...]

Santeria Recipe: Oya Flaming Spinach Salad

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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...]

Fire Fire Fireside Chats: Santeria Three Kings Oil Video

Fire Fire Fireside Chats: Santeria Three Kings Oil photo by Lilith Dorsey.

This is the latest video in our Fire Fire Fireside Chats series. I gave a workshop this weekend for my godchildren and this is the magickal recipe we made for Three Kings oil and instructions for a simple Florida Water blessing. The Three Kings blend is said to bring about a speedy change in fortune and heal emotional trauma. Because it is associated with the Epiphany this could also be used for the Haitian Vodou spirit Simbi. Please let me know what you think, and if you like check out the … [Read more...]


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