Here’s The Real Difference Between Soul Food And Southern Food

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Trying to differentiate soul food from Southern food shouldn’t be complicated. While not all Southern food is considered soul food, all soul food is definitely Southern.

Soul food is an ethnic cuisine traditionally prepared and eaten by African-Americans in the Southern United States. In the late 19th century, the Black Church became a gathering place for the Black community and impacted the development of what’s now considered soul food. Particularly in rural areas, foods like fried chicken, fried fish, sweet potato pie, red drinks, black-eyed peas and more were served during Emancipation celebrations and church gatherings. In the 20th century, more than six million of Southern Black people decided to leave due to poor economic conditions and intense racial oppression. From 1916 to 1970, waves of people moved from their homes, a massive relocation now called “The Great Migration.” They brought their culinary traditions

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Kids Cook Real Food Snack Challenge encourages kids to make their own healthy snacks this summer

Lots of West Michigan summer camps are returning to in-person programming, but that’s not the only option. The “Kids Cook Real Food Snack Challenge” is totally free, and totally virtual.

13 ON YOUR SIDE’s Meredith TerHaar spoke with founder Katie Kimball and her daughter Leah to learn more. The “Kids Cook Real Food” founder created this virtual summer offering to help kids become self-sufficient in the kitchen when it comes to creating healthy summer snacks.

The challenge begins on June 21 and runs through June 25. It will be live on Facebook and completely free. To register your kids, click here.

Here is the recipe Leah made during the story!

Peanut Butter Kisses

  • 1 part natural peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter)
  • 1 part honey
  • 2 parts unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Optional: mini chocolate chips

In the clip we used 1/3 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup honey,

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Padma Lakshmi Embedded With Immigrant Chefs to Tell the Real Story of American Food

Photo credit: Hulu
Photo credit: Hulu

From Esquire

Photo credit: Hulu
Photo credit: Hulu

You’d be hard-pressed to find a longer resume in the world of food journalism—or even entertainment—right now than that of Padma Lakshmi. An Emmy-winning TV host, she’s also a cookbook author, a venerable producer, and a powerful activist. Her reign on Top Chef as a host and a judge, plus an EP, is nearing 15 years, and in 2009, she co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America. She works with both the United Nations Development Program and serves as an ambassador to the ACLU. And if you’re wondering who currently serves as the mayor of Twitter, look no further than her inspiring, occasionally incendiary, feed.

It’s an incredibly wide range, and it all informs her addictive, compelling new show, Taste the Nation. The 10-episode series, which she developed, produced, and hosts, debuts Thursday on Hulu. The driving question, as

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