Whole Wheat Rigatoni with Potatoes Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | December 29, 2010

Photo: jhirson

Photo: ghirson

Now that winter has begun, and the temperature is dropping, I like to have hearty meal to make it through the cold.  This Whole Wheat Rigatoni with Potatoes is a great dish to share over the holiday with your Kwanzaa guests.  This recipe is a great one dish-meal, which will leave you feeling full but not overly stuffed.

For each of the other dishes I’ve featured for Kwanzaa, I’ve linked it with one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa.  This dish combines many different foods, and respresents all the principes, especially creativity, unity, and purpose.

Check out my other recipes that would be great for celebrating Kwanzaa: Cauliflower Fritters, Jerk Chicken, White Bean Puree, Doro We’t, Spiced Egg Salad and Roasted Eggplant and Plantains.


Roasted Eggplant & Plantains Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | December 28, 2010

Photo: NellieMcS

Photo: NellieMcS

I love roasted eggplant, and this vegetarian dish combines the hearty vegetable with sweet plantains for a spicy side to your Kwanzaa feast.  Plantains are similar to a banana, but are generally used for cooking.  In this recipe, I roast them and then  toss them in a spice mixture.  If you love sweet and savory contrasts in food, then this is a dish for you!


White Bean Puree Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | December 21, 2010

Photo: Jules:stonesoup

Today I’m thinking about the Kwanzaa principle of nia, which means purpose.  The purpose of this holiday is to bring the community together.  Often the beginning of a gathering around food is the hors d’oeuvres, which is why I wanted to share my recipe for White Bean Puree with you.

During your Kwanzaa holiday this year, please hungry guests with Pumpkin Seed Aioli and my hummus-inspired White Bean Puree from Soul of a New Cuisine.  Make sure not to add salt to the beans while they cook, or they won’t soften.  You can make this dip up to 3 days ahead.  Just open the container, set it out with some crunchy vegetables and pita and let your guests dig in!


Sun-Dried Tomato Bread Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | December 16, 2010

Photo: NathanaelB

Photo: NathanaelB

For Kwanzaa this year, I recommend baking my Sun-Dried Tomato Bread.  This bread makes use of the dried tomatoes, bringing a burst of flavor to your celebration when winter has already arrived.  The recipe makes two loaves, enough to share with your holiday guests.

Serve the bread with my other recipes that would be great for Kwanzaa: Cauliflower Fritters, Jerk Chicken, Chunky Mashed Vegetables and Corn Mashed Potatoes.


Cauliflower Fritters Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | December 14, 2010

Photo: Island Vittles

I’m getting excited for the upcoming Kwanzaa holiday.  Today I’m honoring the principle kuumba, or creativity.  I think cauliflower can be a bland vegetable, but with some delicious spices and an easy beer batter, my recipe for Cauliflower Fritters from Soul of a New Cuisine creatively takes this vegetable from boring to delectable.   Read More


Perfect Jerk Chicken For Kwanzaa Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | December 8, 2010

Photo: Food Stories

With the year coming to a close, I’m thinking a lot about holidays, and how to celebrate another year that has passed.  I’m looking forward to the upcoming Kwanzaa holiday, which begins December 26th, to celebrate my African heritage, and enjoy time with family and friends.  I think my Jerk Chicken recipe from Soul of a New Cuisine would be a perfect centerpiece for your meal.
Kwanzaa has seven principles, one of which, umoja, means unity.  You honor umoja when you bring your family and community together for the feast of Kwanzaa this year, and what better way to do it than share good food with loved ones.


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