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Juneteenth...Let's talk about it

Happy Juneteenth y'all!

Although this National Holiday has been a Black Holiday for many decades it's time for everyone to celebrate - after all Black History is American History! It's also one of the remaining cultural events African Americans have in the U.S. Juneteenth is a day to reflect on the past in order to plan a brighter future. For many, the day holds traditions that are passed down through story telling, recipes only Grandma can make and remembrance of those lost. Talking about the day's history can be uncomfortable and triggering for some but it's a great way to educate and progress as one, unified community. Below I'll share what I'm cooking toady, games to play, as well as a few helpful links.



 


The Tastes of Juneteenth

Today will be my first time celebrating the National Independence Day for all. I'm making it a point to utilize what I already have on hand and to incorporate family favs, my Caribbean and Virginia Southern flare. My fridges are pretty well stocked and now it's time to follow the checklist above ⬆️




My Juneteenth Menu

Bbq Carib Chicken

Smoked Beer Brats and Onions

Plum-apricot Pie

Steamed Crab Legs w/ Butter and Hot Sauce

Potato Salad

Squash Casserole

Iced Cherry-Hibiscus Tea





 



Games to Play

As a young adult Summers were filled with picking crabs and playing cards. I learned how to play Spades and Tonk at the crab table. Many of us are already familiar with the team sport Spades but I have yet to hear much about Tonk. You can reference Google but Tonk is a matching game that's similar to Rummy. You can play for points or how I like, with money. Do yourself a favor and dd Tonk to your card game repertoire.



 


Strawberry Slab Pie

I have my Plum-Apricot pie leftover From the weekend but I plan on making Joann Chang's Strawberry Slab Pie once my family and I finish the one I made. If you are in an abundance of berries click the link for the recipe.




 


The "Talk"

Talking to and educating our youth about our nation's history and role in the Slave Trade seems to be a controversial topic these days. Finding a way of explaining Juneteenth without touching on slavery isn't a conversation about the National Holiday at all. Personally I feel more "at ease" with knowledge. For this I turned to The National Museum of African American History and Culture. They have multiple articles, tips and toolkits about Juneteenth. I've linked their 'How to include kids in Juneteenth' resource below.



 

Whether you're celebrating, working or just straight up chilling I hope you find time to remember, honor and thank what I consider the people who built and laid the foundation of this nation. Equipped with a different perspective and an open heart I'm excited to celebrate Juneteenth with my Family today. As always I aim to inspire you, my subscribers, with Culinary and [in this case] Cultural knowledge. Continue to eat well my friends!




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