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IT IS JUNETEENTH! Once you know your history, you know days that are bigger to celebrate until others. July 4, 1776 may have been Independence Day, but slavery was still going on during this particular Independence Day, so our ancestors couldn’t celebrate just yet.

On June 19, 1865 was our big Independence Day. The day of liberation for those that were held against their will as slaves. They were free. I’ve celebrated Juneteenth for quite a few years, but this year, it feels different. Of course this is due to the murders of individuals such as Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks just to name a few. So today, I started early preparing for a Juneteenth meal to remember with a modern day twist.

One thing is said to have to have at a Juneteenth celebration dinner is some type of red drink. It supposedly represents the blood of our ancestors. Blood of those that bled and died throughout slavery that sacrificed their lives with no choice. Here is what my Juneteenth dinner consists of today.

Drunk Chicken – After I inject and season my chicken, I place the chickens on the grill in a tripod manner with a beer serving as the additional “leg” so to speak. It’s delicious.

Greens – This year, I used kale greens. Partially because I usually buy kale in big bags because I use kale in my smoothies that I drink 2-3 times a day. What I did differently this year, is I placed them in the crock pot. I figured, why not.

Red Soda – Scroll back up to see why I have red soda.

Brown rice- Honestly, I should NOT be eating the carbs, but I figured it’s one cheat meal, plus it’s JUNETEENTH. I’m a southern bred girl and thats how I was raised on southern food. My Grandmother used to tell me stories of her Grandmother cooking some of the same meals, so it’s traditional for me.

Cornbread – I make a honey cornbread that will knock your socks off.

Of course you can place a twist or make your own Juneteenth meal. For me, I wanted to take it back to my southern roots and cook a meal of items that my Grandmother loved to cook. My Grandmother was the first person to ever tell me about Juneteenth, so there’s the connection for me. I hope you enjoy your Juneteenth weekend!