Hello and happy Friday.
The world is very heavy right now. Just when I thought we might be emerging from the weeds, we are shocked again. This time it’s not due to an invisible deadly virus, but death at the hands of police that once again exemplifies the deep racial divide that still exists in this country.
There aren’t enough words and there is no recipe to heal our nation’s wounds or its history. This week I took a step back from promoting new recipes to my email list and through social media because Lord knows, nobody needs another food photo and privileged white noise from me right now.
My baby girl Ali Smudge turned 16 this week. I’m not sure where the time went. Long time readers may feel like they know her. I did too—as a goofy, funny, vulnerable child who needed mom and dad to guide her way. But those days are waning.
My baby girl is transforming into a woman and surprising me in so many ways. So many good ways. Her resiliency. Her compassion. Her social awareness. Her passion for change. Her adaptability to flex and bend and flourish in what has been a challenging time to be a kid. Where school shooting drills are as much a part of going to school as recess, and where racial, sexual orientation and gender inequality is still at the forefront of society.
But her challenges don’t even come close to those who don’t share the white privilege our family lives.
My young daughter has taught her elder mother a lot these past two weeks. Not only has she brought me up to speed on the acronyms and slang that have become woven into our national conversation, she’s teaching me and showing me there is a lot of work to do—and it starts with me. She is giving me hope that it will be her generation who is fed up and will lead the charge for change that has been needed for hundreds of years, that has led to this boiling point. But they can’t do it alone.
Black voices must be heard and supported because Black Lives Matter. We must all be the change. That’s why this week I spent a lot of time outside of the kitchen in order to listen, absorb, and educate myself.
I avoid addressing politics in this space, but racism isn’t political. Equality is a human right.
You may not agree with my beliefs and wish to stop following me here and elsewhere. That is your choice and 100% okay with me. But I can’t, and I won’t, stand by and avoid these hard conversations with myself and others for the sake of a page view. I owe it to my daughter, my community, and the black lives who don’t share the same privilege I do.
Food photos and recipes can wait, but human rights and justice can’t.
I hope this week’s list of faves educate and encourage action and change and click every one.
Your voice must be heard to hold local and national authorities and politicians accountable. How to register to vote and deadlines for mail-in ballots for your state.
Heart lifting –> This dad goes viral with a review of his daughter’s restaurant and shares message about black owned businesses.
How racist are you? Jimmy Fallon talks to Jane Elliott about her blue eye/brown eye experiment.
See how the blue eye/brown eye experiment worked in teaching this group of white adults how it feels to be black.
It’s been 56 years since Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech. So why haven’t things changed more? I found this simple video helps explain why.
Education is the most impactful way to fight systemic racism. My daughter goes to the #1 public high school in Utah. Too many students don’t have the same resources her school provides. That’s why I donated to College Track, to help students from some of the most underserved communities in America get into and graduate from college. I designated my donation go to my former home of Los Angeles.
Now I get it: Why saying “all lives matter” is a problem.
His daughter is black. His son is white. This is not the future our children deserve.
Teaching how to be a good human begins at home with these children’s books will start you on your way.
Articles, podcasts, movies, videos: Anti-racism resources for white people.
Some of the best cookbooks, products and more created by black creators.
More fave recipes from black food bloggers:
This pineapple sheet cake makes every summer day sunnier.
These baked jerk chicken bowls make meal prep peppy.
Aioli is the topping for these healthy and easy salmon cakes.
This lemon loaf skips the butter for olive oil to make it good…make it real good.
Low carb fried rice to keep your QT cooking in check.
Get your immune booster in one swig with this detox tea.
This herby steak salad will fill you up without weighing you down.
Time to hit the sauce! Vegan garlic alfredo sauce that is.
20 black owned beauty and fashion brands to check out now. That dress from Fe Noel is loverly.
More black designers to wear. Love that leather belt bag.
Here’s the link to the BE KIND t-shirt in the photo at the top of this post.
From candles to kids clothes, check out these super cute things.
Kudos to British Vogue for featuring a cross-section of key workers instead of models on their cover.
That’s it for this week. Stay safe and educate.
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