This is going to be hard to hear. It was even harder to put out here. This is the story of lost children, families torn apart, government overreach, a deeply flawed system, fundamental injustice and tyranny, all wrapped up as protection of the vulnerable and tied up with a neat ribbon that connects it to the worst aspects of our society, including racism, sexism, class prejudice, economic injustice, corrupt exercise of power, the prison-industrial complex, and more.
This is my great-grandparents’ sweet potato pie recipe. It’s the best doggoned sweet potato pie I’ve ever had. Papa would sit on his kitchen stool and peel & mash the yams while Mommie made the crust. They would sweeten it up together. And don’t even think about making just one pie because this is so good, you’ll need at least two. Or more.
Roux. “Roo.” You make it because it’s a requirement for many Creole/Cajun dishes and lots of others as well. Also for gravy. Gravy should be brown! I wish I could show you the conniption fit my grandmother had when she first encountered white gravy. But that’s another story. Don’t hate.
I can hear my great-grandmother Emma Keller humming in the kitchen and stirring this pot right here. There are two different ways to make gumbo z’ herbes. The first is as a meatless meal, traditionally made on Holy Thursday and eaten on Good Friday. The second approach is to put the meat in it and eat it on Thursday. Me, I say it’s too good to eat only once a year so go for it.
My personal favorite — collard greens! I do enjoy a good mess of mixed greens, though. Turnips, beet tops, mustards, kale, spinach. All good and very good for you. You cook ’em all the same, although cooking times vary. One bunch of greens feeds 2-4 people.
No kidding, this is really good cornbread. I’m gonna give you a few different recipes. The baked versions rely upon using a good cast-iron pan. I have the one in the pic above, but you don’t have to go out and buy something. If you don’t have a cast iron pan or skillet, use a regular baking pan. An 8 x 8″ square metal or glass pan will do just fine. You will note that the batter doesn’t have butter in it. You can use melted butter in place of the oil if you want but you’ll get more butter taste from the butter you put in the pan.
In Episode 3 we return to the issue of intersectionality, which is the confluence of different forms of oppression that combine to create even greater oppression. We’ll explore the effects of the intersection of police brutality, over-policing, the school-to-prison pipeline, violence, and a failing educational system.
Welcome to the second episode of Nappy Roots Radio, offering news, commentary and insurrection from the center of the reddest state, Oklahoma.
This episode examines the issue of intersectionality — the confluence of different forms of oppression that frequently combine to create even greater oppression. Check it out!
The first episode of Nappy Roots Radio examines issues of interest and importance to Oklahoma and the nation. Future podcasts will have a more international flavor, so hold on!