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Talking SCHOP! The Thanksgiving bird

My “thank you” this week goes to my sister, Heather, who came in for a strong week of assist with our mother’s recovery.

Talking SCHOP! Black Restaurant Week hits NYC

My joy this week, of course, surrounds the much-needed emotional relief of this election. Congratulations President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris (my Harris “cousin”).

Talking SCHOP! Change is Good

Well…our COVID infection rate in New York is almost at 2%. The rise was expected with the colder weather, but remain vigilant and do all being asked of you to keep you and yours safe and healthy.

Talking SCHOP! Boricuas in Harlem

Thank you to all who are staying vigilant in these unpredictable times. Wearing a mask has nothing to do with religion or politics.

Talking SCHOP! Harlem Restaurant Week turns 11

This week, I thank my bubble of friends and family. If you do not have one, I strongly encourage you to start building one.

Talking SCHOP! Pan African Fruit Sundae

In preparation for the spike in cases of COVID-19 we face, I return my weekly “thank you” to first responders, healthcare professionals and essential workers.

SCHOP! Tip: Seasoning

Whether you are making the dynamite chicken white bean ragu in this week’s Talking SCHOP! or another dish calling for cut pieces of meat, try this SCHOP! Tip

Talking SCHOP! New ragu for you

This week’s “thank you” goes to you, our readers, just for being you right now, in this moment.

Talking SCHOP! Finding the new

This week I send my gratitude, again, to all essential and frontline workers. Your work is forever stored in our collective memories.

Miss Harlem Shake 2020

Not even a worldwide pandemic can stop Harlem from shining. On Sunday, Aug. 23, Harlem Shake adorned Miss Harlem Shake 2020. Congratulations to Kay Angrum!

Talking SCHOP! Back at it…at least 25%

Thank you to all essential and frontline workers for getting us to this point in time.

Talking SCHOP! The party’s not over…

We did it. We made it through summer 2020 in COVID times. I do not take it for granted. I feel fortified for fall and the November battle against tyranny, delusion and ignorance.

Juicy papaya salad

Anytime I travel I bring some ingredients to contribute. It is an opportunity to share something you enjoy in appreciation of their hospitality.

Talking SCHOP! Get Out! Part V

I have returned from my Martha’s Vineyard getaway with more appreciation for those remaining diligent in stopping the spread of this world-wide virus.

Cooking fatigue (it’s a real thing)

We know you might be having some cooking fatigue during this pandemic

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