(Cherokee style)

Blend together until creamy:

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup butter



  • 1 ½ cup Flour

  • ½ cup Corn Meal

  • 1 tsp. Vanilla

  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder

  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup Raisins or Sweetened Dried Cranberries, soaked in water (optional)

Drop on ungreased cookie sheet using tablespoon. Bake at 350 degrees until brown around the edges.


  • 2 raw apples, cored

  • juice of 1 lemon

  • 1 - 4 oz. can mandarin oranges (drain & reserve juice)

  • 1/3 cup salted peanuts

  • 2 Tablespoons sliced green onion (scallion)

  • 2 cups finely shredded green cabbage, (regular or napa)

  • 1/3 cup salad dressing (optional)

Slice unpeeled apples into thin wedges & sprinkle with lemon juice. Place in salad bowl with oranges, onion, cabbage and peanuts. Mix well. Add juice and/or salad dressing just before serving.

Serves 4.


  • 1-844 g. jar nopalitos* (strips of tender prickly pear cactus, with prickles removed)

  • 1-52 oz. can red kidney beans

  • 3-411 g. cans diced or crushed tomatoes

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro* or more to taste

  • Salt to taste

  • Red pepper powder to taste (optional)

Simmer 1 hour on low heat or until flavors have melded. Stir occasionally so beans do not stick to bottom of pan. Serve over rice or with cornbread.

* Look for nopalitos and cilantro where Mexican foods are sold. Cilantro is the leaves of the same plant that produces the seeds called coriander.


We are Red-Black people. We are people of both Native American and African ancestry, and give ourselves permission to honor ALL our Ancestors. We are who WE say we are, not what others call us.

Instead of whispering, "My grandmother was an Indian," do the research. Look up the records. Read a book. Go to a powwow. Learn about and participate in the culture. And stand tall.

You don't need a card

to be who you already are.


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