I heard about the Violins of Hope about a year ago, but it wasn’t until I attended a presentation about the project two weeks ago, that I fully understood the significance it. The culmination of all of the work to bring Violins of Hope to Birmingham comes together this week when four days of concerts, educational programs and interfaith dialogue surrounding historic violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Yesterday, I got a glimpse of the events when I attended Karim Shamsi-Basha’s Hope, Harmony and History exhibit at the Levite JCC of Birmingham. [Read more…] about Inspiring Violins of Hope events come to Birmingham, Alabama to spread messages of hope
If you can’t be in New Orleans at the drop of a hat (like me), the best thing to do is to cook something that reminds you of your travels. That’s my humble opinion. Cooking always takes me to the places I want to go or revisit or live. When I get to dreaming about Louisiana, it’s time to make Maque Choux. This fiery veggie combination is a vacation for my palette and helps spice up a quick weeknight dinner.
Every year cities all over the country celebrate Irish and Irish-American culture on St. Patrick’s Day. Many historians believe that some of the first celebrations originated in the 13 colonies during the 1700s. St. Patricks Day celebrations also became popular in the south in the mid-1800s when Irish immigrants began settling in Savannah, Georgia after fleeing Ireland during the great potato famine. As a side note, my family’s Irish roots can been traced to Savannah during the mid-1800s. [Read more…] about Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day
When you want a southern treat with a twist, try a sweet potato biscuit. Light, fluffy and slightly sweet, these nuggets of baked goodness are moist on the inside and perfect with country ham or jazzed up with brie and honey.
You’ll see middlins (rice grits) on lots of menus around South Carolina’s Lowcountry, where honoring African diaspora cuisine is a priority among the food community. Rice holds a special place in South Carolina history, for sure. The story of middlins, like so many other classic southern staples, is a humble one.