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Special Thanks: The Empowerment Zone Minnie Graham Bill Lucas (Caravan Canopy) Kelly Kuwabara Ian Yarmus

Ken Forton Jessica Forton Steve Zeitlin Anna Mul Celia Nalty Alicia Mioli Frank Crocitto Mary Bullock
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Potato Greens will be prepared by Ms. Josephine Tucker. Ms. Tucker is from Monsterrado County
(Northwestern Liberia). This county lies in the Greater Monrovia District where Liberia's capital is located. These Potato Greens--not to be confused with regular Potato Greens--are a prominent item found in the African market. You will nd the stems of this green being chopped into wicker baskets by many of the vendors. It is used in many dishes and is sauted like Spinach in soups and stews. Often compared to Spinach, it is more sweet and mild, lacking the bitterness or astringency (aftertaste) of Spinach.

Palm Butter Soup will be prepared by Tuwo S.Peters. Palm Butter is popular throughout Liberia
but is a particular speciality among the Grabo people from Maryland County (Southeast Liberia). Many recipes use the fruit and oil of the African oil palm (tree). This type of palm serves as the source of palm oil. The large bottles of red liquid are prominent at the market in Park Hill. It contains more saturated fat than oils made from canola and corn. Because of this, it can withstand extreme deep frying and does not reduce like other oils. While palm oil is extracted from the oil of the palm, Palm Butter is extracted from the fruit of the palm. It is made by boiling and grinding the nuts that grow on Palm Trees. The Palm Butter Soup is a thick sauce that is usually served during lunch.

Torborgee (Toe-bO-Gee) will be prepared by Kemah Washington of Lofa County

(northernmost section of Liberia). This is a very popular dish throughout Liberia made from the Torborgee bean. It is often associated with the Lorma people of Liberia's Lofa County which borders Guinea. This dish is quite bitter but made with a variety of meats and palm oil. It is often complimented by dried meat, sh, chicken, or pork. Dried sh is prominent throughout the Staten Island African Market. Like most of these meals, while specic to particular cultural groups and geographic location, these dishes are shared throughout Liberia. There are three types of Torborgee: Pepper Torborgee, Beans Torborgee, and Bitter-ball Torborgee.

Cassava Leaves will be prepared by Vermon Kromah, originally from Grand Cape Mount County
(northwestern portion of Liberia). Again, this dish is popular throughout Liberia. However, it is a predominate symbol of Grand Cape Mount County. Written by Kpalloe Fassah & Christopher Mul