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Make this recipe for Kuumba (creativity). Click on the recipe to print a copy. You won't be disappointed. I hope your Kwanzaa has all the ingredients for a wonderful time.



Kwanzaa is celebrated annually worldwide from December 26 through January 1. It is a time for African-Americans to commemorate culture and food while giving special thanks to the creator. Parents are encouraged to teach their children commitment to goodness which is beauty that promises happiness to the family and community. Although the festivities includes music, dance, readings and remembrances, food is a large part of the celebration. For an authentic African touch, food is served on a low table with guests seated on plump, colorful floor cushions either in a home, community center or church decorated with the black, red and green Kwanzaa theme.

For Kuumba Yams, the family can create a fun, delicious and nutritious treat. Rub 6 to 8 washed yams lightly with vegetable oil. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F. (preheated) for 45 to 50 minutes or until tender. Let sit until cool enough to handle. Peel and chop, cube or slice into a large bowl. Children can explore a variety of flavors by adding such spices as allspice, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and/or nutmeg, and chopped or sliced apples, crushed pineapple or pineapple chunks, raisins, a light drizzling of honey and a sprinkling of coconut.

The seven-day festival which ends on December 31 with the traditional Karamu feast, begins and ends with prayer. The feast serves up a variety of dishes that originally came to America with West Africans. African Vegetarian Stew, African Squash and Yams (Futari), Baked Yams, Candied Yams, Sweet Potato Fritters, Sweet Potato Pudding and Sweet Potato Pie are just a few of the delectables. But, the feast is not complete without dishes made with sweet coconut such as the Apple & Sweet Potato Bake With Coconut Biscuits. The feast concludes with a program calling for unity, spiritual development and asks everyone to reflect on and prepare for the future.



Here is the recipe we made the entire week before Christmas -- Sweet Potato Banana Nut Bread.

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