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Three Unconventional Dishes That Taste Ten Times Sweeter With Jam

Take advantage of your newfound free time with three jam-infused recipes that will level up your culinary skills.

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It's day 392 of quarantine and by now, I'm sure that all of your go-to recipes have been gone to one too many times but the increased amount of free time we've been spending at home makes now the perfect time to step out of your culinary comfort zone and Wolfgang Puck it up in the comfort of your own kitchen. Luckily, xoNecole has the details on three unconventional recipes that will help you do exactly that and level up your cooking skills in the process.

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Using products from Black-owned, vegan jam company, Trade Jam St. Co, I tested three unique recipes that you'll want to add to your weekly menu expeditiously. The company, which was founded by Brooklyn-based mom-to-be, Ashley Marie Rouse, offers low-sugar jams that are versatile AF and guarantee to make your breakfast, lunch, and dinnertime routine so much sweeter.

From Chipotle Bourbon Glazed Brisket and Maple Glazed Pork Chops to Smoked Peach Cobbler and fruit-infused cocktails, there's nothing this jam can't do and I had the opportunity to test three of these recipes out personally.

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For breakfast, I used the company's Blueberry Lemon Basil and Smoked Yellow Peach jams to make fruit-at-the-bottom yogurt cups that would give Yoplait a run for its money. For lunch, I cooked sweet and savory meatballs using their Cranberry Raspberry Sage Jam. And for dinner, Trade St Jam Co.'s Blackberry Mulled Merlot Jam was the star of a plate of restaurant-worthy steak tacos.

While I've always been more of a jelly person, myself, this Black-owned business has transformed me into a lifetime lover of jams and one bite of these dishes will have you hooked, too. Scroll below for the recipes!

Breakfast: Fruit-On-The-Bottom Yogurt Cups

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Blueberry Lemon Basil Jam & Smoked Yellow Peach Jam
  • 2 cups Greek Gods Honey and Strawberry Greek Yogurt
  • Fruit, diced
  • Granola, coconut chips, hibiscus flowers, chia seeds, walnuts

Instructions

  1. Divide jam evenly at the bottom of a mason jar or cup.
  2. Cut and add fruit.
  3. Spoon in yogurt to fill jar and garnish with your favorite toppings.

Lunch: Cranberry Sage Meatballs

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Ingredients

  • 1 pack Aidells Caramelized Onion Meatballs
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. shallots, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 jar Cranberry Raspberry Sage Jam
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. fresh sage

Instructions

  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a sauté pan. Add shallots and garlic and cook 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add jam, sugar, water, mustard, and 1 tbsp. sage and simmer 4-5 minutes over med-low heat.
  3. Add meatballs and continue to cook over low heat for an additional 10 minutes. If sauce gets too thick, add a touch of water.
  4. Remove from heat and garnish with remaining sage.
  5. Serve over rice or pasta.

Dinner: Skirt Steak Tacos Wit Blackberry Pear Slaw

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. skirt steak
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Sea salt, to garnish
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 jar Blackberry Mulled Merlot Jam
  • Blue cheese, crumbled, to garnish
  • 8 corn tortillas

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives

Slaw

  • 1 1/2 cup red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup radicchio, shredded
  • 1 pint blackberries, halved
  • 1 bartlett pear, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/4 ea. red onion, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Season steak with salt and pepper on both sides. Lay steak in hot skillet and sear on each side for 3-4 minutes (for medium-rare). Remove steak from heat. Generously brush the top of steak with jam and let rest.
  2. While steak is resting, warm tortillas in a dry skillet. Wrap tortillas in foil to keep warm.
  3. Whisk together dressing ingredients and set aside. Mix slaw ingredients together and toss with dressing.
  4. Thinly slice steak against the grain. Divide slaw evenly among tortillas, top with sliced steak and sprinkle a bit of sea salt directly on meat. Add blue cheese crumbles, garnish with chives and drizzle with remaining jam.

To shop Trade St. Jam Co. and try these recipes out for yourself, click here!

ACLU By ACLUSponsored

Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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