Happy MLK Day, Mr. President!

Happy MLK Day, Mr. President!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Today I am taking my holiday as a Black American and as a proud American. I have to go celebrate my right to be Black in America. And then I have to celebrate the Black man who today became the leader of this great nation. And then I have to photocopy about 50 syllabi because classes start tomorrow! See you all on Wednesday. Enjoy the Day! Peace! P.S. Raise you (cyber) hand if you love Michelle Obama’s bangs. And then raise the other hand if you felt…

Happy Holidays from Ms. Meltingpot

Happy Holidays from Ms. Meltingpot

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I hope all of you who celebrate Christmas had a joyful and peace filled holiday. Ms. Meltingpot and her Kinky Gazpacho family certainly did. We ate, drank and made merry. I think we actually ate too much. I had plans to cook a fabulous Christmas Eve dinner, but by the time Monday night rolled around, we were so overwhelmed with holiday treats, we had a simple dinner of scrambled eggs and mushrooms. Simple, tasty and delicious. Here’s a shot from our family holiday party table where we…

Wednesday Round-Up: Being Black in Maine, Jewish for the Holidays, and Black in America

Wednesday Round-Up: Being Black in Maine, Jewish for the Holidays, and Black in America

Hi Meltingpot Readers, It’s Wednesday, so that means it’s time for some fresh, hot links to share. So, let’s get to it. The first place I must send you to is Maine. I’ve been following Black Girl in Maine via twitter for a long time, and never realized she had a blog. Duh! Well, apparently BGIM has some serious fans over at babble.com because for the second year in a row she landed on their 100 Best Mommy Blogs List. She doesn’t consider herself a mommy blogger and I can…

Nothing Says ‘Spanish Thanksgiving’ Like Pumpkin Flan!

Nothing Says ‘Spanish Thanksgiving’ Like Pumpkin Flan!

Hola Meltingpot Readers, I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Thanksgiving. I mean what’s not to like? It’s all about food and family, two of my favorite things in life. And ever since we moved to Philadelphia, Ms. Meltingpot always hosts the family feast. That doesn’t mean I cook the whole entire meal, but for the last five years, I’ve made the turkey. My cousin is a trained chef, and between the two of us, we create Thanksgiving dinner. Every year we try to introduce a new dish. This…

Dia De Los Muertos: I’m Not Mexican but, Why Not Celebrate the Dearly Departed?

Dia De Los Muertos: I’m Not Mexican but, Why Not Celebrate the Dearly Departed?

Hola Meltingpot Readers, Happy Dia De Los Muertos! Even though it may sound incongruous to wish someone a happy ‘day of the dead,’ it’s actually quite fitting. Traditionally, Dia de los Muertos is a joyous celebration filled with good food, family gatherings and sweet treats. Essentially it is a single day dedicated to remembering family and loved ones who have died, with a spirit of celebration instead of mourning. No, I didn’t grow up celebrating Dia de los Muertos and neither did el esposo (although it is celebrated in Spain)…