Thursday, May 24, 2018

Auden Memorial Stew

This is a version of Brunswick stew, popular in the American South.
North Carolina natives have been known for this concoction, thick and tomato based, using chicken chunks.
Traditionally stews are cooked with what is called a “mirepoix”: three vegetables consisting of: onions, celery, and carrots. Over the centuries chiefs have found this combination always turns out well.
However in this stew we are using a mix of corn, tomatoes, and beans. A bit different but what a surprising taste. Here we honor a LGBT poet of the 20th century: Wystan Hugh Auden. Read his story after the recipe.


A nice stew of chicken, tomatoes, corn and beans. A great slow cooker recipe that makes an entire meal while you have other things planed.


Ingredients

  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 
  • 5 chicken thighs boneless-skinless cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1 (15 oz) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (15oz can white beans - drained
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can chicken broth
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. salt + 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp Grill Mates seasoning (Smokehouse Maple)

Directions:
Wipe out and spray the slow cooker. Set on low and cover. (slave always says this. You will NEVER be disappointed if you follow this simple step where as you might ruin the days work if you forget it).



Chop your onions and cut up the bacon and the chicken. Cut off the large portions of fat from the thighs. 
 


In a skillet heat 1 Tbs oil, bacon pieces and chopped up onions. Cook until starting to turn color and the fat has rendered slightly, 7 to 8 minutes.



Remove to a paper towel lined plate. Then using a slotted spoon spread in bottom of cooker. (the bacon will finish cooking during the 8 hours in the cooker)





Place chicken over onions.
Add the cans of corn, stewed tomatoes, drained beans, BBQ sauce & broth, and the remaining ingredients.



 Cover and let cook on low for 8 hours.
For a true southern taste serve with hot cornbread muffins!


What a tasty treat! So proud to be able to serve this to my Master.
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Wystan Hugh Auden




Wystan Hugh Auden (1907 –1973) was an English-American poet. He was noted for stylistic and technical achievement, engagement with politics, morals, love, and religion, and variety in tone, form and content. He is best known for love poems such as "Funeral Blues", poems on political and social themes such as "September 1, 1939" and "The Shield of Achilles", and poems on cultural and psychological themes such as “The Age of Anxiety"

He came to wide public attention at the age of twenty-three, in 1930, with his first book, Poems, followed in 1932 by The Orators. Three plays written in collaboration with Christopher Isherwood in 1935–38 built his reputation as a left-wing political writer. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 1947 long poem The Age of Anxiety, the title of which became a popular phrase describing the modern era.

From around 1927 to 1939 Auden and Isherwood maintained a lasting but intermittent sexual friendship while both had briefer but more intense relations with other men.

Auden and Kallman in their home

In 1939 Auden fell in love with Chester Kallman and regarded their relationship as a marriage; this ended in 1941 when Kallman refused to accept the faithful relation that Auden demanded, but the two maintained their friendship for the next thirty two years until Auden's death. They lived in the same house or apartment in a non-sexual relationship, often collaborating on writing.

His relationships (and his unsuccessful courtships) were come and go, although some evolved into long friendships. He contrasted these relationships with what he later regarded as the "marriage" (his word) of equals that he began with Chester Kallman in 1939.

Many of Auden's poems were inspired by unconsummated love, and in the 1950s he summarized his emotional life in a famous couplet: "If equal affection cannot be / Let the more loving one be me" ("The More Loving One").

Auden published about four hundred poems, including seven long poems (two of them book-length). The tone and content of his poems ranged from pop-song clich├ęs to complex philosophical meditations, from the corns on his toes to atoms and stars, from contemporary crises to the evolution of society.

Throughout his career he was both controversial and influential. Critical views on his work ranged from dismissive, to strongly affirmative, as in Brodsky's claim that he had "the greatest mind of the twentieth century".

Auden's place in modern literature has been contested. Auden was one of three candidates recommended by the Nobel Committee to the Swedish Academy for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1963 and 1965 and six recommended for the 1964 prize.

By the time of his death in 1973 he had attained the status of a respected elder statesman, and a memorial stone for him was placed in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey in 1974. 
 

Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Poor Man's Stroganoff

Here is another out of the pantry meal for when the budget gets tight. It is amazing what you can come up with.



Sausage, a can of mushroom soup, some onion, a bit of teriyaki sauce and some pasta will make a meal you will enjoy with little to buy.



Ingredients:
1 lbs loose sausage
1 cup red onion chopped up
a can creamy mushroom soup
2 Tbs Teriyaki sauce
½ box macaroni pasta

Directions:
Chop the onion, if you don't have some already frozen.
Put on the water for the pasta and follow box instructions. 
 


In large skillet, heat 2 Tbs oil. Add the onions and sausage. Cook until meat is no longer pink – about 8 – 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep from burning on the bottom.



Drain well. Return to pan along with the undiluted soup and the Teriyaki sauce. Stir well and let heat for about 5 – 7 minutes.



Adjust taste with salt + pepper.
Serve over the hot macaroni. Maybe fix a side of plain green beans for texture & color.


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dr. Henry Anonymous Soup & Salad

This meal was named for a very important LGBT hero and the impact made by a single speech he gave in 1972. Spring is a good time to visit meals of soups & salads. A time to look at new ways to enjoy vegetables. This hearty – healthy meal is full of surprise and great taste. 
 

Roasted carrots and onions reveal their full flavor profile in this easy soup. The interesting salad with bacon, tomatoes and cucumbers offer a nice clean spring time touch.



Carrot Soup
Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs baby carrots
  • 1 large yellow onion,
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided, plus additional to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, plus additional to taste
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

Directions:
Pre heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line & generously coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside. 
 

Cut the onions into wedges. Chop the garlic.
Place the carrots, onions, and garlic in a large bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil, then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. 
 


Toss to evenly coat, then spread in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets, ensuring that the vegetables do not crowd one another. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, turning twice throughout, until the vegetables are tender and browned.
(while that roasts is a great time to made the salad!)

When carrots and onions have a brown touch to them, add to dutch oven on the stove top, with the chicken broth. Stir well and bring to simmer for about 15 minutes.
Stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.


With an immersion blender blend the soup until it is the consistency you wish.



Let cook for about 10 minutes, until fully heated through.
Taste and add additional salt and/or pepper as desired. Serve warm, or cold.
Garnish with zest of lemon.

Leftover Roasted Carrot Soup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
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BCT Salad
Ingredients:
  • 1 Large Cucumbers
  • 5 Nice Sized Roma Tomatoes
  • 6 slices of thick sliced bacon
  • 1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
  • ½ Tsp Garlic Powder*
  • Salt to taste + Pepper to taste

If you are lucky enough to have what is called “bacon seasoning” use that! It is hard to find in the US so slave tried “ Grill Mates : smokehouse maple”. YUM!

Instructions
Peel the cucumber and dice.


Cut the tomatoes into a dice.


Cook your bacon until crisp and cut into ½ inch pieces – Use thick sliced for this.


Salt your tomatoes and cucumbers.

NOTE: If your cutting skills are not up to par, try doing this the night before. Cover each bowl of cucumber, tomato, and bacon pieces and do NOT mix together until ready to serve!

Combine your mayonnaise, seasonings and any pepper you wish.

Stir in the mayonnaise mixture with tomato, cucumber and bacon mixture,
and serve immediately.


Serve with the soup.


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Dr. John E. Fryer


No one could miss “Dr. Anonymous”! A large man (over 300 lbs and six foot four) wearing that hideous mask! The 1972 annual American Psychiatric Association conference had never seen anything like it! Psychiatric medicine was slowly changing.
1948 Alfred Kinsey's report stated homosexuality was natural and common.
In 1950 Barbara Gittings searched the medical and law branches for information about “homosexuality” and found nothing helpful.
Dr. Evelyn Hooker, published her paper "The Adjustment of the Male Overt Homosexual in 1957. She argued that homosexuality is not a mental disorder, as there was no detectable difference between homosexual and heterosexual men in terms of mental adjustment.
LGBT activist Dr. Frank Kameny, in a 1960 Supreme Court case, Stated being homosexual wsa natural and good. Kameny joined with Barbara Gittings in an effort to force the American Psychiatric Association to declare the homosexuality was not a disease.

In 1971 Dr. Kameny disrupted the APA annual meeting by grabbing the microphone and proclaiming:
We’re not the problem. You’re the problem.

Now at this panel discussion was “Dr. Henry Anonymous”, in reality Dr. John E. Fryer. wearing the mask and using a microphone that would distort his voice the doctor. He proclaimed: “I am a homosexual, I am a psychiatrist”.

The mask made its own statement about not being able to be open. John was risking his job. He had been fired once, and could lose his position at Temple University. Wearing the mask was both very powerful and very rational.


For the first-time, in 1972, psychiatrists were exposed to another psychiatrist who was gay.

Dr. Fryer continued to describe the lives of the many gay psychiatrists among the APA who had to hide their sexuality from their colleagues for fear of discrimination, and from fellow homosexuals owing to the hatred for what the psychiatric profession was doing to the gay community.

Fryer's speech also suggested ways in which gay psychiatrists could subtly and "creatively" challenge prejudice in their profession without disclosing their sexuality, and help gay patients adjust to a society that considered their sexual preferences a sign of psychopathology. There were reportedly more than 100 gay psychiatrists at the convention.

For 20 years after finding in 1952 that homosexuals were ''ill primarily in terms of society and of conformity with the prevailing social milieu,'' the psychiatric association included homosexuality in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, an official list of mental illnesses. It stamped homosexuals as emotional deviants and lent medical authority to laws that made homosexual acts and even homosexuals' public gatherings illegal. “Homosexuality as a mental illness” was used as for many homophobic local state and federal statutes and regulations, and ‘cures’ which now look barbarian.

This single speech led the way for so many positive changes that its effects are hard to describe. Homosexuality was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in 1973, a year after Fryer's speech.
Anti-gay laws could now be challenged. In addition, the APA’s declassification was the first official repudiation of those who sought to “cure” homosexuality. That battle continues today, with various states finally writing laws against so-called “conversion therapy.”

That mask is more famous than Dr. Fryer! It’s such a metaphor for queer history. The outer behavior is what the public sees and remembers, not the event behind that.

Dr. Fryer first declared his true identity, as the man behind the mask, in 1985.

In 2002, the year before he died, Dr. Fryer received two awards, a “distinguished alumnus” award from Vanderbilt University, and a Distinguished Service Award from the organization now known as the Association of LGBTQ Psychiatrists.

This powerful proclamation by a man in a mask changed the course of LGBT history and human rights. It focused the hard work of so many others and channeled their efforts into a positive force.





Monday, May 14, 2018

Charlotte Sunset Chicken

Work is over and soon you will get to slip off your shoes and sit back on the porch. The evening breeze brings the wonderful aroma of baking chicken and the lilting southern laughter of relaxing friends. This is your reward for a hard day at work. A tangy-sticky bite of juicy chicken thigh and you know all is right in the world.


Mustard, chopped garlic and brown sugar hugged by bacon, it does all the work of baking a relaxing meal. This chicken takes care of itself while you enjoy your friends. 
 

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 Tbs. garlic, minced
  • ¾ tsp. salt + ½ tsp pepper
  • 3 Tbs stone ground mustard
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 4 slices bacon

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees . Line a baking pan (with sides) and spray a rack to hold the thighs.








Chop up enough garlic to fill 3 Tbs. Mix this in a bowl with 3 Tbs brown sugar. Lay out some wax paper on the counter and set up your assembly stations.



A dish of the mustard with a brush.
The bowl of garlic-sugar.
Strips of bacon
and your cooking rack.



Brush the thigh with mustard and press into the garlic mix. Wrap with a strip of bacon, tucking the ends under each as you place them on the rack.
Top with the remaining brown sugar mixture.





Cook at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until cooked through and browned.
Careful to not let the brown sugar burn and blacken.

Kitchen tip:
If you like you can do this in the slow cooker. For bone in – skin on thighs plan on cooking for 8 hours on LOW.
Make it an easy meal by zapping a couple of veggies in the microwave to round out the meal.



 
This is designed to be easy and to enjoy! Have some relaxing fun with it!

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sir Roger Casement's Limones Dulces Pie

Sir Roger Casement served as an official of the British Empire during the turn of the 20th century. His work in Africa and Peru earned him a knighthood. In Peru he found a great way to beat the heat was anything made with lemons! The natives called them limones dulces. Now here is an easy no-bake recipe for this desert named in his honor. Learn more about Sir Casement after the recipe.



By using low sugar lemonade mix along with no sugar pudding and lower fat cream cheese we can turn out this beat the heat pie with little guilt.



Ingredients:
1 5 oz can evaporated milk (not sweetened condensed)
1 3.4oz box of instant lemon pudding mix, (use no sugar – no fat)
2 8oz packages of cream cheese (lower fat)
¾ cup frozen lemonade concentrate (lower sugar)

1 lemon
a pre-made 9 inch graham cracker pie crust.

Directions:


Zest the lemon into a small bowl, then squeeze in the juice, set aside. Always squeeze with cut side up so seeds don't get into the juice.




In a small mixing bowl, combined evaporated milk and pudding mix.
Beat on low speed for 2 minutes (mixture will be Very thick).




In a larger mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.


Gradually beat in lemonade concentrate, the lemon juice & zest.

Gradually beat in pudding mixture.



Anytime you are using a foil pan, like what the crust comes in, Place it in a metal pan for strength and safety.

Pour mixture into a graham cracker crust. Same the clear plastic lid, flip it over and put it back on top to preserve the pie.


Cover and refrigerate for at
least 4 hours.


Just the no guilt thing to beat the heat!
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In the early 20th century the British Empire stretched around the world.
Sir Roger Casement traveled on official business of the crown to Peru. While there he became the champion of indigenous peoples who were being systematically abused and exploited by commercial enterprises headquartered in Britain.

It is said that his focus on helping raise awareness of these exploited peoples as much as his well-known homosexuality, led to his death by hanging. In fact, he was charged with treason for helping the Irish during World War I.

Casement was a British consul in Portuguese East Africa, Congo Free State, and Brazil. He gained international fame for revealing atrocious cruelty in the exploitation of native labor by white traders in the Congo and the Putumayo River region, Peru; his Congo report (published 1904) led to a major reorganization of Belgian rule in the Congo (1908), and his Putumayo report (1912) earned him a knighthood.


But as to his sexuality, (which was NOT well known) historians have grave questions. Influential Englishmen failed to secure a reprieve in view of his past services to the British government.
During the trail, diaries reputedly written by Casement and containing detailed descriptions of homosexual practices were circulated privately among British officials.

Dueling Diaries:
Among Casement's effects the British claimed to have discovered a series of diaries, which indicated frequent sexual contacts with males. Thus Casement must have been a promiscuous homosexual. On account of their pornographic content, these were termed the 'Black Diaries', and were distinguished from the 'White Diaries' where Casement supposedly omitted sexual references and recorded only details of his humanitarian work and private business. The British ensured that extracts from the Black Diaries were shown to those appealing on Casement's behalf, and given the horror with which homosexuality was then viewed, sympathy for him dried up and his execution proceeded unhindered.
In the years following, the existence of the Black Diaries was officially denied by the government.








After years of dispute over their authenticity, the diaries were made available to scholars in July 1959. It was generally considered that the passages in question were in Casement’s handwriting.

However in Ireland a number of individuals kept alive the theory that they were forgeries.
There is more widespread acceptance today that Casement may indeed have been 'gay'.

Jeffrey Dudgeon has added to the growing volume of Casement studies with a book written from the perspective of an Ulster Unionist and gay rights activist. Dudgeon's research for the first time provides some biography for an alleged lover who features in the Black Diaries, one Millar Gordon. 

While all the Black Diaries are published together for the first time, it is surprising to note that some entries have been abbreviated or omitted. 
 
A century since he was executed, the story of Sir Roger Casement remains controversial due to these Black Diaries. Are they a genuine chronicle of his sexual history or a forgery by British officials to discredit him?

Unfortunately the politics of Irish independence has muddied the waters of any true inspection of Sir Casement's sexuality.

In the ensuing political debates what is lost is the brave work this man did to fight the exploration of South American and African indigenous people.