Saturday, September 14, 2019

Lambda Tomato Bisque Soup

Today's recipe honors the most important work of Bill Thom and Lambda Legal. Most of the gains that we have made in human rights have come from the courts, not from the ballot boxes. Read about this organization, while enjoying a rich homemade soup!

This is so much better than from a can! The aroma of the tomatoes simmering in the kitchen will tantalize. 


4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 slices of bacon, cut up into pieces
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped (about a cup)
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned
1 (28-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, with liquid
1 15 oz can roasted diced tomatoes with liquid
1 Tbs parsley flakes
1 tsp thyme
1 cup non fat half & half
1¾ tsp salt
pepper to taste


Do your cutting: chop up the carrots, onion, garlic, and bacon.


Heat the butter in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring, until crisp and most of the fat has rendered, about 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.

Lower the heat to medium, add the onion, carrots, garlic, and butter and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until soft and fragrant, about 8 minutes.
Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Pour in the broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil while whisking constantly. Add seasonings to the pot. 
Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat. Carefully using an inmersion blender puree until smooth. Return to reheat over medium heat.

Whisk the half & half and salt into the soup and season with pepper to taste. Divide among warm soup bowls, garnish with the crispy bacon, and serve immediately.

Per Serving: 198 calories; 12.3 g fat; 20 g carbohydrates; 4.3 g protein; 38 mg cholesterol; 906 mg sodium.

Happy to serve this to my Master Indy

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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Bill Thom and Lambda Legal

William J. Thom (1941), is a founder of Lambda Legal and the first out gay judge in New York. 

Lambda's first case was filed on its own behalf! It was a time of overwhelming prejudice against gay people: A panel of New York judges turned down the application to be a nonprofit organization because, in their view, the mission was "neither benevolent nor charitable." Founder Bill Thom used pro bono help to appeal to New York’s highest court, which finally allowed Lambda Legal to exist as a nonprofit organization—the nation’s first legal organization dedicated to achieving full equality for lesbian and gay people. That was on October 18, 1973. 

Because of the scarcity of openly gay lawyers in 1973, Lambda Legal formed a Board of Advisors of eminent New Yorkers sympathetic to the cause of gay rights. Also on the Board of Advisors were two lawyers who later became New York State Supreme Court Justices: Phyllis Gangel-Jacob and Shirley Fingerhood. 

At its inception, Lambda Legal could find no lesbian lawyers who were willing or able to be openly associated with a gay activist organization. Nathalie Rockhill, a major figure in the early post-Stonewall days of Gay Liberation, was the first woman elected to the board in 1974. She was soon followed by lesbian law students and, in time, by lesbian lawyers. By the 1980s, men and women were equally represented on Lambda's board.

Lambda's growth paralleled the growth of the gay movement. By the 1980s, with the advent of AIDS, gay activism had grown significantly. 

Lambda Legal has played a role in many legal cases about gay rights, including the 6-3 United States Supreme Court's 2003 decision in Lawrence v. Texas, which invalidated sodomy laws in the United States. 

Throughout the 1970s, Lambda Legal fought and won some of the nation's first cases on behalf of lesbian and gay parents and same-sex couples. In one of our first cases (Gay Student Organization v. Bonner), we successfully helped a gay student group at the University of New Hampshire fight a ban on their school activities.

In July 2012, Lambda founder Bill Thom was interviewed at his nursing home in Manhattan and gave a first-hand account of the early years of Lambda Legal. 
Lambda Legal started in my studio apartment. I put a Band-Aid on my mailbox with the name on it and a $25 bank account. Forty years ago, people were under the impression that gays and lesbians were apart from the human race. I’m so proud that Lambda Legal has quite literally made life more just and therefore better for millions upon millions of people.

From the beginning, we had two roles to play: the first litigation, the second education. We were ambitious and wanted to have a national focus. 
My partner became the general counsel and, as I recall, I was president and chief cook and bottle washer for the first five years. I think in our best year we probably raised $50,000. That was worth a good deal more then than it is now, but it still wasn’t a great deal of money. I took a couple of fundraising courses, but we were inexperienced. It felt at times like we were just muddling through. We were fairly cautious about the cases we took. Even though we were doing the legal work for nothing, lawsuits have a lot of other expenses. For instance, in the military challenge that my partner handled against the Department of Defense, the case was tried in Washington, D.C. Anytime there was activity, in that case, he had to make that trip. If it’s a busy case, as this one was, the costs can add up. The defense department settled that case, and we later took cases involving access in federal prisons to gay publications, a couple of custody cases, and an immigration case. We had quite a cross-section from the beginning, and since we had no publicity budget it was surprising how quickly we became known. 
We met once a month as a board and we would discuss the facts of a case, the resources it would take and the opportunity for the case to be precedent-setting. The key to being a successful legal advocacy organization is to get the best factual case you can. So it was very important in those early days for us to determine whether we had as close to an optimum set of facts as we could to make the best case. Those of us who were there, in the beginning, were involved because we believed in the cause — equality for LGBT communities — but one of the things that has allowed Lambda Legal to endure and prosper is that we always put the clients first and the cause second. It was always about the people. We still have a long way to go in the fight for equal rights across the board for our communities. But the changes I’ve seen since I got involved 35 years ago are so astonishing and so widespread that I’m pretty confident that we’re going to have substantial equality in my lifetime — and I’m no spring chicken 

—Bill Thom, founder

Lambda Legal carries out its legal work principally through test cases establishing positive legal precedents that will affect lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those affected by HIV. Lambda Legal's staff of attorneys works on a wide range of cases, with their docket averaging more than 50 cases at any given time. 

Lambda Legal also maintains a national network of volunteer Cooperating Attorneys, which widens the scope of their legal work and allows attorneys, legal workers, and law students to become involved in the program by working with Lambda Legal's legal staff.

Lambda Legal pursues litigation in all parts of the country, in every area of the law that affects communities they represent, such as discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and the military; HIV/AIDS-related discrimination and public policy issues; parenting and relationship issues; equal marriage rights; equal employment and domestic partnership benefits; "sodomy" law challenges; anti-gay initiatives; and free speech and equal protection rights.

Lambda Legal publishes the "Little Black Book," which contains information regarding the possible consequences of gay men "cruising" for sex in public places. The "Little Black Book" includes the following material: "If you cruise in parks, bathrooms or other spaces open to public view, trust your instincts, be aware of your surroundings -- and know your rights. While Lambda Legal and other groups are fighting against the ways police target men who have sex with men, having sex where others might see you and take offense can subject you to arrest, publicity and other serious consequences. If you feel unsafe, you should leave." The "Little Black Book" goes on to advise as follows: "If you’re cruising for sex and an undercover cop hits on you, what you do can still be a crime."

Its national headquarters remain in New York City, but today it has regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Washington.

A letter from the current co-chair of Lambda Legal to Bill Thom dated September 25, 2012 which says "The world is a vastly better place for LGBT people than when I started practice 20 years ago and is almost unrecognizable from the world in which you took on the heroic and unprecedented task of fighting back." 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Freehill's Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak has nothing to do with Salisbury England. Rather it is named after a Dr. Salisbury who created it along with a diet that was the rage in the early 50s. We named this to honor Gunther Freehill a LGBT hero. 

Remember these aren't hamburgers and they are not meatloafs. It is kinda inbetween like a meatball. Shape them into ovals, sprinkle with mushrooms and empty 2 jars of beef gravy on top. Bake and it cooks itself .


1½ lbs ground chuck

1 yellow onion, grated

½ cup bread crumbs

1 Tbs Worchester Sauce

1 egg

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ tsp each: salt + pepper

½ lbs fresh mushrooms, sliced

2 (12-ounce) jars beef gravy



In a large bowl, combine ground chuck, bread crumbs, egg, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, worchester sauce for a touch of Unami!

Grate the onion into this; mix well. Let set while oven preheats.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Form meat mixture into 4 large oval patties and place in baking dish.

Sprinkle the mushrooms over the dish, then pour the jars of gravy on top evenly.

Bake uncovered 40 to 45 minutes, or until no pink remains. Check by inserting an instant-read meat thermometer into the patties to the center. The internal temperature should be about at least “medium”, 160°F.

Did You Know?

  • Did You Know? Salisbury steak was one of the first main dishes to become a TV dinner favorite in the early 1950's. It's still as popular today, and tastes even better when it's homemade with a side of mashed potatoes!

While that is cooking you have a chance to fix some mashed potatoes and a green side to go alone with.

Note: do not start the microwave vegetable until the meat is out of the oven and starting to rest. The time the vegetable cooks allows the meat its proper resting period. Get into that habit any time you cook meat in the oven!

What a wonderful meal and so easy you can do it after work!

So proud to be my Master's slave


To satisfy and restore.

To nourish, support and maintain.

To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,

to nurture, assist, and sustain

..I cook!

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Gunther Freehill 

Gunther Freehill was born in Melvin, Ill., and was the second youngest in a family of nine children in 1953.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in international studies from the Claremont Colleges in California.

He was a leader in the 1980s of the AIDS protest group ACT UP Los Angeles who later became a recognized expert on AIDS policy as an official with the L.A. and D.C. health departments.

A memorial statement released at the time of his death from a heart attack at 60 by the D.C. Department of Health said:

“In his field, he was renowned as an expert, locally and nationally, especially in the administration of the Ryan White CARE Act and other HIV/AIDS public programs,” “His tireless work ethic and devotion to public services has helped save millions of taxpayer dollars and has positively impacted tens of thousands of lives,” “Freehill served as the Care, Housing & Support Services Bureau Chief at the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Disease and Tuberculosis Administration (HAHSTA), which is an arm of the D.C. Department of Health.

Guy Weston, executive director of D.C. Care, a local consortium that provides services for people with HIV/AIDS, called Freehill a “virtual encyclopedia of knowledge” on local and federal AIDS programs that HAHSTA uses to assist people with HIV.

“You might not have agreed with all of his positions, but you had to respect his passion, commitment, and all that he accomplished on behalf people with HIV/AIDS in D.C. and beyond,” Weston said.

In 2005 Freehill wrote: “I first came to the Office of AIDS Programs and Policy in the late summer of 1988, when I was involved in ACT UP/Los Angeles. The County had done something, or hadn’t done something. ACT UP/LA didn’t approve, and we organized a picket. I stood on the corner of Sixth and Commonwealth, holding a sign, shoulder to shoulder with Cary Bobier, Bill Capobianco, Larry Day, Richard Iosty, Connie Norman, Bill Oxendine and the great love of my life, Mark Kostopoulos…I tell you their names because of that group, I am the only one who is alive today.”


Raymond Reece, who lives in the Yountville California Veterans Home in the Napa Valley, wrote:

Gunther and I met in 1980 as members of what was then called the “Gay Academic Union.” Not long after that, the name was changed to the “Lesbian and Gay Academic Union.” By 1983 Gunther and I were in a well-established relationship, living together in our own home [in Silver Lake] and heavily involved in the activities of ACT UP/Los Angeles. In the years before our relationship ended in 1990, we had a very full calendar of ACT UP/LA activities and actions. Gunther’s natural leadership was a very powerful force in developing strategies for the group. I would have to say that our participation in those actions gave both of us some of the most exciting and gratifying times either of us had ever experienced. 

When he worked for the LA County and after he moved to Washington, D.C. we maintained contact by telephone. And it breaks my heart to lose my connection with Gunther. I feel very lost. … [I will be with you]

Freehill, who was gay, retained his passion for addressing the plight of people with HIV/AIDS. In the 1990s he gave up his role as a firebrand activist and organizer of AIDS protest rallies to become a bureaucrat in city AIDS offices in L.A. and D.C.

His work was instrumental in the fight for funding social services and health care in Los Angeles and on a national scale.

A former Catholic, Freehill was also an activist against the AIDS policies of the Catholic Church. In a 1991 op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times, Freehill reprehended Church officials on their condemnation of condoms and other contraception.

“It is a known fact that condoms, used properly, block the transmission of HIV, the virus associated with AIDS,” the op-ed stated. “Despite this, the [Church] categorically condemns their use while teaching that taking a human life in self-defense is morally acceptable. 

The perverted message is this: The violent use of a knife or a gun to protect your life or the life of someone you love is perfectly moral; the loving, responsible use of a condom to protect your life or the life of someone you love is a grievous sin.” “That message places the lives of those who look to the church for guidance at horrifying risk of contracting a horrifying illness. And in that, at the very least, the church must be stopped.”

In the same piece, Freehill also gave his own organization, ACT UP, sage advice on the power of respect and diplomacy: “Remember that being offensive is not necessarily being effective. Offending people is easy. Challenging people to think is hard.”

At the time of his fatal heart attack in 2013, Freehill was survived by his former partner Raymond Reece of Yountville, Calif.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Therapeutic Dishwater

Therapeutic Dishwater

The kitchen was not feeling happy this morning. There was my dutch oven soaking, a few odd knives & spoons nestled around a saucer. A closer inspection found spills on the stove! I looked around chest-fallen as the coffee pot was activated. This wasn't the way to greet the day.

As the coffee brewed, the sinks filled with hot soapy water. Scrubbing away found memories of discovering that heavy enameled cast iron pot. I was new to my apartment, on my own, feeling lonely and POOR!

That shiny cookware wasn't my beloved bright yellow. Rather it was a creamy unobtrusive shade that made me want it even more. But with a bank balance of zero, it seemed far out of my reach. My mind was made up on the spot. I would save up enough to buy it. A dollar a week, maybe 2! It took what seemed to be forever. Then feeling like a millionaire, the twenty-dollar bill in my pocket was surrendered in exchange for a prize.

On the way home dreams had already started of all the wonderful meals this treasure would produce. The thoughts of how good it felt to save and achieve had fled my mind. Odd how memories come to you soaked in dishwater!

As three tiny pieces of hard plastic were cleaned, I saw them again holding the lid from the pot wrapped in clear plastic. How glad I was they were saved. This was not just shipping material. These were designed to hold the lid above allowing steam to escape while holding in the heat. Wish they had encluded a sign or even a sticker about that. I would imagine many could have just thrown them away as packaging.

Swirling the suds around the interior, brought thoughts about learning to let it soak with a touch of bleach! That removes the scorches and stains. This heavy piece of cookware had taught me much. How to simmer a great homemade pea soup. Or slow braise an English roast which melted like softened butter in the mouth. The happy memories of the delicious aromas that often wafted down the hallway and drove my neighbors nuts!

Too quickly this task was over. Amazing I hated that moment to end. Yes, hot soapy dishwater can be therapeutic! It can be so easy to wake to remnants of yesterdays disagreements. I had groaned to my feet without notice of the window's bright sunlight. Now I looked around my kitchen with happy thoughts. Pearl Bailey called her kitchen the temple where she was the high priestess. My temple now reflected lines of the sunrise. It too held promises of good things to come. A light heart carried my coffee to the computer and started my day. It felt good.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Jack Kerrigan Meatball Stew

This recipe was designed for you to make simple, slightly more involved, or Master Class! Slave will go through the steps so read before you decide how you wish to make it. It's loaded with ground beef, black eyed peas, and other ingredients that will bring the flavors of Southern Indiana to your kitchen! We named this in honor of LGBT silent film actor Jack Kerrigan. Read about him after the recipe.

Stretch your limits in the kitchen. Everything you try makes the next thing easier. As your skills increase the more you will enjoy your time in the kitchen. This is a budget-friendly, make it yourself meal you have to try!


24 Meatballs*

3 cups beef broth Low sodium

1 (15.5-ounce) can black eyed peas, not drained

1 can white kidney beans

1 can potatoes, diced

1 onion, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

¾ tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper


In a dutch oven, over medium heat, saute onion, celery, and carrot,stirring frequently for 6 minutes.

Drain and add the diced potatoes and the white navy beans. Add the black-eyed peas, but do not drain this one. Add liquid with the peas.

Add the meatballs and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes! Don't simmer too long or the meatballs will break apart.

If you wish, thicken with a slurry made from 2 Tbs cornstarch and ½ cup of beef broth. (Mix well and add a small bit at a time to reach the desired thickness.



1 cup breadcrumbs
¼ cup whole milk
2 lbs ground beef
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

1 Tbs smoky paprika

1 onion grated

1 egg


Heat oven to 400°F. Line 13x9-inch pans with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, parsley, salt, pepper and bread crumbs.

Grate the onion into the bowl and add the milk. Mix well with your hands until it is all together. Let sit about 5 minutes.

Use a small scoop to portion out the meat on the parchment paper lined pans. Then using damp hands (I keep a small bowl of water handy to dip into) roll each meatball out into1½ -inch balls; Place 1 inch apart in pan.

Bake uncovered 18 to 22 minutes or until temperature reaches 160°F and no longer pink in center.

If going for the slightly easier method. Brown the ground beef in your dutch oven, do this in batches making sure the beef is browned not just gray! Then drain and proceed with soup directions.

If you are really in a hurry, buy frozen meatballs, cook on tray in oven at 400 degrees for abaout 20 minutes, then add to dutch oven.

What a wonderful soup to serve with corn bread or any home baked favorite.

So Happy to be serving my Master Indy on the aniversary of His birth!


To satisfy and restore.

To nourish, support and maintain.

To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,

to nurture, assist, and sustain

..I cook!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White

Jack Kerrigan 

J. Warren Kerrigan was a silent film actor and director. He lived together with his long-time partner, James Vincent, from about 1914 to Kerrigan's death in 1947. 

Born 1879 in New Albany, Indiana. His family called him "Jack" and he would later use several variations of his name including "Warren Kerrigan" and "Jack W. Kerrigan".

Kerrigan worked as a warehouse clerk in his teens until a chance arrived to appear in a vaudeville production in 1897. He continued to act in traveling stock productions, though he took a brief time away from the stage to attend the University of Illinois. 

The actor first struck fame on Broadway in "The Road to Yesterday" and "Brown of Harvard". the latter was produced in 1910. Leaving Broadway, he made his first picture in Chicago with Essay Productions. Then he came to California. 

Upon the organization of the American Film company, Mr. Kerrigan was the first member to be engaged, and for three years played in every one of the firm's pictures. Among Kerrigan's early pictures were "Rory O' the Bogs," "The Dollar Kid," "The Dream Chester" and "Live Sparks". 

The contract with American opened the door to leading roles, often as a modern man of the age. He starred in over 300 films up to 1924. 

In May 1917, Kerrigan was nearing the end of a four-month-long publicity tour that had taken him across the United States and into Canada. At one of the final stops, a reporter for The Denver Times asked Kerrigan if he would be joining the war. Kerrigan replied: 

  “I will go, of course, if my country needs me, but I think that first, they should take the great mass of men who aren't good for anything else, or are only good for the lower grades of work. Actors, musicians, great writers, artists of every kind—isn't it a pity when people are sacrificed who are capable of such things—of adding to the beauty of the world.” 

This was picked up and reprinted in newspapers across the country, it stunned his fans and his popularity plummeted, never to fully recover. Family members later reported that his slump in popularity was more due to his living with his mother and partner James Vincent in the same house, and not having a business manager to overcome the negative publicity.

The studios were just emerging as powerhouses with money. They started building the movie “palaces” around the country and even bought-out vaudeville circuits to distribute their pictures. As their fortunes rose, they started to value their actors as assets and set up offices to “protect” them and their images. While several actors were known as “gay” it was an industry “secret”. Many times because the public did not want to know. One of the most famous “investigating” reporters, Loula Parsons knew but kept quiet for fear of being shut out by the studio bosses. In fact, her daughter was said to have been gay herself.

However, what was seen as being non-patrotic and elitist was fair game.

Officially it was stated in Photoplay Magazine 1918 that: 

J. Warren Kerrigan was laid up with a broken leg for about eight months. His horse stepped into a gopher hole and then laid down on J. Warren's leg.

He has returned to the screen now and you may be able to see him in "Toby" in a short time. Now just among us girls, it is said that his engagement to —- is about to be announced. But just among us girls, understand. Address Mr. Kerrigan at the Peralta studio.

“Plans? Most of them are house plans so far. You see, my limb was further injured by trying to use it before properly knit, and after consulting many surgeons, one cheerful graveyard purveyor told me that I would have to endure the pleasant sensation of having the bone broken all over again and reset, or I’d suffer from a limp and stiffness for the balance of my days. We never take advice we don’t like, do we? I hunted up another practitioner, who made an X-ray and then assured me that I would be cured by daily massage treatments. His theory has proven correct, and while it was a long siege, I find I can stand and walk longer every day, and so, at last, I can go to work again. The thing which has worried me most was the broken promises made to my friends all over the States when I told them positively that pictures under my new contract would be released last summer. They have been so patient and have sent me such beautiful letters of cheer and gifts to enliven my convalescence that I lie awake nights trying to figure out some plan by which I may show my gratitude to those faithful fans.” — J. Warren Kerrigan 

“You see, the bungalow we are in is just rented furniture. Such a brown, ugly, dingy old thing it is. For once in my life, I will have the joy of selecting an entire houseful of furniture. The outside of this house will be white with green shingles. I think that is so restful in this sunny land, don’t you?” — J. Warren Kerrigan 

Seldom one to go in for lavish entertainment, for which Hollywood has been known, Kerrigan remained somewhat aloof and invested his money in annuities and real estate.

Aside from his friends in the picture world, Kerrigan was known as a bird and animal fancier. At his home in Hollywood, Cal., he had a collection of blooded dogs, hares, pigeons, chickens, and ducks, several of were given prizes at local shows. 

Egar to get back to work, director James Cruze cast him as the rugged lead in The Covered Wagon (1923), Kerrigan found himself back on top, although fleetingly. In the spring of 1924, after John Barrymore bowed out, Kerrigan was assigned the starring role in Captain Blood. While the film was a moderate success, critics were unmoved and Kerrigan found himself working less and less and in smaller roles. 

In 1924 Kerrigan and Vincent, and other friends were in an automobile accident in Dixon, Illinois, on the route from Sterling to Chicago. According to the Des Moines Tribune, his face was badly scarred and it was stated that "he may never star in films again”. In the news, James Vincent was again named as Kerrigan's secretary. 

His “longtime companion”, James Carroll Vincent was also a silent movie actor. He was born in 1897, in Baltimore, Maryland. He moved to California to be an actor and met Jack Warren Kerrigan. We don't know much about how they met but Vincent moved into Kerrigan's home. They began a long-term relationship. He was listed at various times as Kerrigan's secretary or gardener. Not to be confused with actor James Vincent, born in 1882 or stage manager James Vincent, born in 1900 who committed suicide in 1953 in New York City. 

In 1919 Vincent, who was a "juvenile" actor, appeared in the cast of "Out of Court", in 1920 he was in the cast of "The Coast of Opportunity" and in 1924 in the cast of "$30,000", all three of them movies with or by Kerrigan. 

On June 9, 1947, Kerrigan died from pneumonia at the age of 67. He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles, California.

After Kerrigan's death, Vincent married Mitty Lee Turner. He committed suicide by gas in his bedroom four months later. Vincent also is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.