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It's time for Thanksgiving with The Black Girl Doctor - 2022 edition!

Food in the Black community is a love language of sorts, and whether you are cooking, buying, or simply enjoying, fellowship over food is often a way in which our culture shares in tradition! With this is mind, our team at The Black Girl Doctor wanted to share some of our favorite recipes and why they are special to us, in hopes that even if they don’t make it to your table in a few weeks, you'll add them to your list of dishes to try!

We are switching it up and working backwards because the BGD crew has a serious sweet tooth and we got desserts for days! Cake, cookies, and did someone say bread pudding!? Borrowing from Chef Carla Hall , our office manager Monique shares that this recipe gave her a bit of nostalgia!

“ I always was a lover of pound cake growing up as a child and when I saw this recipe with something that reminded me of a pound cake with buttermilk on top and” hot” it sold me to try it. It was a hit at our last family gathering. Delicious!!!!!” - Monique Burns

Hot Milk Cake with Buttermilk


  • 4 large eggs (room temperature)

  • 1 and ¾ cups granulated sugar

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (plus more for greasing)

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (plus more for dusting)

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 and ½ teaspoons Kosher salt

  • 1 cup buttermilk

Baking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a bundt pan with butter and lightly dust with flour, tapping out any excess flour. Line a baking sheet with a baking rack and set aside.

  2. In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat together eggs and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Set aside.

  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in milk and vanilla extract and cook until warmed, but not boiling, about 2 minutes.

  4. With the mixer on low, slowly pour the warmed milk mixture into eggs and sugar, mixing until thoroughly combined.

  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour, mixing until just combined. Remove the milk cake batter to the prepared bundt pan. Place in the center rack of the preheated oven and bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

  6. Make small holes all over the top of the cake, and with a toothpick and pour the buttermilk over the cake. Allow the cake to sit and absorb the buttermilk for 5-10 minutes. Invert cake onto the prepared baking sheet and carefully remove the bundt pan. Slice and serve!

Tip: For a tasty twist, serve this cake with a dollop of whipped cream and berries!


Next up, Dr. Akilah shares that these Betty Crocker cookies are a go to for folks who need something quick and easy that will satisfy the kiddos or a big party!

“The cookies are easy to make and delicious! Perfect for someone who loves sweets but may not love baking or cooking, or who wants to bake something good for lots of people to with children. Party favorites!” - Dr. Akilah

Peanut Butter Blossoms


  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter

  • ½ c