Thursday, September 21, 2017

Slow Oven Chicken Bake

Here is a nice recipe that lets the oven do all the work. Slow roasted chicken on a bed of creamy potatoes and onions. Guaranteed to bring back that childhood memory of aromas filling the kitchen and making everybody hungry! 

However nostalgic you might be, remember that the Fifties were not that wonderful. For a quick view of the culture at that time, be sure to read the article that follows.

  • 3 medium red potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tub of cream cheese spread – chives & onion
  • 1 cup low fat creamer
  • 4 chicken thighs, skin on with bones
  • 2 thick cut bacon slices
  • 1 cup chicken stock (always use low sodium)
  • salt and pepper

  • Heat the oven to 300F. Spray a 9 x 14 baking dish. Set aside.
  • Start by giving your potatoes a good scrub.
  • Mince the garlic.

    Slice the onion and put in large bowl. Mix in the garlic.

  • Using a mandolin, thinly slice the potatoes.
  • In a large bowl pour the cup of chicken broth and add the potato slices as you make them. Stir them to completely coat. 

  • Scoop out the cream cheese spread, mix in the thyme and stir in 1 cup creamer. Stir until incorporated.

  • Arrange layers of the potatoes alternating with onions in the sprayed pan. Pour any chicken broth left in bowl. Pour the cream mixture over everything.
  • Place the chicken on top of the potatoes and finish with pieces of bacon.

  • Cover tightly with aluminum foil and place in the heated oven. Bake for 2 hours without opening the oven.
  • After two hours, open the oven and remove the aluminum foil.
  • Turn the broiler on and cook for few more minutes until everything get a touch of brown. This makes sure bacon is crisp.

What a meal – only needs a green vegetable side. 

For our music:

Serving 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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Not So Nifty Fifties

The Cold War era seemed to encourage witch hunts, even comic books were blamed for the alarming increase in juvenile delinquency and other social ills.

In the early 1950s were the congressional hearings of Senator Joseph McCarthy; then came the Hollywood blacklist a result of the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover. Launched witch hunts. “The Lavender Scare” became widespread and affected all levels of society.

Investigating private citizens reached an unheard of height. Using innuendo and intense interrogation methods, the "witch-hunts" produced many who were persecuted. Once prominent citizens were prohibited from further employment.
All over the country lives were ruined and the suicide rate skyrocketed.

Just one example:
The City of New Orleans wasn't the Big Easy for everyone.

As in many cities throughout the country during the 1950s, members of the homosexual community there were often victims of violence and often arrested because of their sexuality. All over the country anti-gay campaigns heated up and always just ahead of local elections.

In 1958, the city council heard complaints that the police were sitting on their hands while the French Quarter was being invaded by roving bands of homosexuals, allegedly from other cities.
One councilman complained of “men with blondined hair and awful looking people all day and all night in the French Quarter,” and wondered why police had only made 86 arrests in two years on charges of lewd behavior or wearing women’s clothing.
Police Supt. Provosty A. Dayries responded, “You can’t just point to someone and say he or she is a deviate — that is one of the frustrating things about the problem.”
Even with complaints about lax police enforcement, the courts insisted that those arrested should be charged with something specific. Mayor Morrison appointed his half-brother, Jacob Morrison to look into the problem.
With pressure increasing, Supt. Dayries launched a raid against known “deviate bars,” arresting eighteen people (mostly bar employees) on charges of vagrancy, disturbing the peace, and “no visible means of support.” Thirty others were warned to stay away. While most of the charges were dropped the next day the city’s major newspaper, the Times Picayune, would publish (their) names and address…under the heading, “Crimes Against Nature”. Life became hell for them.

It was the South, tolerance for gay people that didn’t quite match the actual rights. Everybody knew someone that was gay, but was there equality?
Fat Tuesday had long played a role in southern gay life, as a day when anyone could mask as whoever they wanted to be. However the mask of being “straight” remained on the whole year. 

On a September night in 1958: three Tulane undergrads wanted to partake of “time honored tradition, for fraternities” called “rolling a queer”. Fernando Rios a Mexico City-based tour guide was their chosen victim. He was beaten and robbed in an alleyway, left unconscious on the sidewalk, and died later that day.
During the January 1959 trial the defense successfully argued that the victim had a freakishly fragile “eggshell skull”.
In a major example of the "homosexual panic" defense, the three defendants argued that they had no choice but to beat Rios because he had made an improper advance. The jury acquitted the assailants
... and the courtroom cheered.

The not so nifty fifties were a time and place in American history where such a crime was inevitable.

Friday, September 15, 2017

S & M Rice

Sausage & mushrooms of course, what else? ;-) One just for lovers! A single pot meal. Rich, healthy and balanced with flavors. Use QUIONA for more protein as well as fiber. Stretches a small amount of meat that has been pre-balanced with spices. 

Sometimes you just don't need a heavy meal to satisfy. This uses about half a pound of sausage for the whole meal. If you decide to use Quiona, this is a very healthy dish.

  • 2 - 3 tbsp olive oil , separated
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1.5 lb mushrooms , chopped.
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • ½ lbs sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion , finely diced
  • 1 cups long grain rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth (Low sodium)
  • ½ cup sliced green onions

Rinse and chop the mushrooms, let drain. Chop the garlic.

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a dutch oven medium high heat. Put sausage loose meat into the pot. Cook for 7 minutes until no longer pink.

Add most of the mushrooms, (set back about a third) and cook for 7 minutes until golden. When raw, mushrooms suck up the oil, but then as they cook, release water and the oil, so this helps them brown towards the end. Season with salt and pepper then remove all with a slotted spoon and set aside.

(If the pot is dry, another 1/2 - 1 tbsp oil, and add butter.) When melted, add onion and garlic.

Cook for 1 minute, then add remaining mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes or until mushrooms are lightly browned (they won't caramelize as well as the first batch) and the base of the pot is brown.

Add rice* and a splash of broth. Mix so the brown stuff on the bottom of the pot mixes into the liquid. (This de-glazes the pot.)

Once the base of the pot is clean, add remaining liquid and reserved meat-mushroom mix from the pot. Place lid on, bring to a simmer then turn down to medium low.

Cook for 15 minutes or until there is no residual liquid (tilt pot to check).

Slice up the green onions both white and green parts. 

Remove from stove, remove lid, QUICKLY toss in reserved chopped green onions scallions, put lid back on. Leave for 10 minutes (do not skip!).
Fluff using a fork or wooden spoon. OPTIONAL: Stir 1 Tbs of low fat mayonnaise. Serve!
*Recipe Notes
You can use QUIONA: rinse , use 3 cups of liquid (2 cups broth, 1 cup water), follow recipe but cook for 20 minutes.

SERVES: 8 as a side or 4 as a main dish.

YES this looks like a lot but it freezes well or even keeps in the refrigerator for a few days!

For our music:

Serving 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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Thursday, September 14, 2017


This brunch dish is a imitation crab and melon salad derived from a special chicken salad. That salad was created for especially for Queen Elisabeth's coronation back in 1953. For our treat, instead of mayonnaise, is a blend of orange and coconut flavored Greek style yogurt. It is served “Vol au Vent”. That's French for “in a puff pastry”! 
Low fat Crab, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, yogurt with some nuts and a few grapes, what a brunch treat! 
  • 1 pkg imitation crab meat pieces
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 1 cup honeydew melon
  • 1 cup cantaloupe
  • 5oz Greek style yogurt with orange
  • 5oz Greek style yogurt with coconut
  • 1 tbs mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • Old Bay Seasonings
  • salt and pepper to taste 

Follow package directions for the puff pastry shells:

pre heat oven to 400 degrees
While that bakes, cut up the melons.

Chop the onion

In a large bowl, gently toss the crab meat, melon, grapes, onion, and eggs.

In a medium sized bowl mix half a 5 oz container of orange flavored yogurt with half a 5 oz container of coconut flavored yogurt. Stir in 1 tbs of mayonnaise and the old bay seasonings.
Gently fold the dressing into the salad.

Remove the “tops” of the puff pastry shells and over-fill with the salad.

What a wonderfully rich, yet modern take on this classic!

What a dish to put before my Master! 



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 


Monday, September 11, 2017

Empress José the First Scallops Supreme

Here are roasted scallops in a lemony garlic sauce served with fresh green beans. A bright and unique flavor combination. Pair this with either rice or pasta and you have a hearty feast.

This is a great meal to honor one of the Latino LGBT heroes whose early pioneering work lead to many of the freedoms we enjoy today. His life added a bright color and flash to help define the community we enjoy today. Please read the short article on Jose Sarria following the recipe.

1 (12oz) pkg Patagonian scallops, frozen*
1 stick butter
½ tsp Old Bay
1 lbs fresh green beans
1 pkg fresh mushrooms
½ yellow onion, chopped
1.5 cups whipping cream or combination with half & half
½ cup of Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

*Patagonian scallops are tiny, less than an inch wide. They taste sweet and fresh. Being frozen, they need to be thawed before you cook them. Package suggest thawing them overnight or still sealed in bag under cold water for 30 minutes.

Pre heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimed baking sheet with foil.

Mince the garlic and onion into a small bowl. 

Zest the lemon and squeeze juice into the garlic.

Snap the ends off of the green beans and rinse.

In a sauce pan melt the butter over low heat. Add the old bay. Let that melt down while stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and lemon mixture. You don't want it to brown.

Put the green beans and mushrooms in a large bowl. Pour most of the garlic butter mixture on them and stir everything until well coated.

Spread out the mushrooms and green beans on the tray.

Put this in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Heat what is left of the garlic & lemon over medium heat and add 1 cup cream or half & half. Bring to a gentle simmer, while stirring occasionally to thicken. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

After 10 minutes has passed, sprinkle the scallops across the tray. Return for another 10 minutes.

When the shrimp and green beans are done, serve with the sauce on the side and a bowl of pasta or rice.

For our music:

José Julio Sarria

Known as The Grand Mere, Absolute Empress 1st de San Francisco, and the Widow Norton (1922 – 2013) Sarria was a LGBT activist who, in 1961, became the first openly gay candidate for public office in the United States.

An early LGBT activist, Sarria co-founded several homophile organizations, including the League for Civil Education, the Tavern Guild and the Society for Individual Rights. In 1964 Sarria declared himself "Empress José I, The Widow Norton" and founded the Imperial Court System, which grew to become an international association of charitable organizations.

When looking for work, Sarria had entered a drag contest at an Oakland bar. "I decided then to be the most notorious impersonator or homosexual or fairy or whatever you wanted to call me–and you would pay me for it."

One night at the Black Cat club in San Francisco, Sarria recognized the piano player was doing Bizet's Carmen so he began singing the arias. Sarria was quickly billed as "The Nightingale of Montgomery Street". Initially he focused on singing parodies of popular torch songs. Soon, however, Sarria was performing full-blown parodic operas in his natural high tenor.

Sarria always extolled the patrons to be as open and honest as possible. "People were living double lives and I didn't understand it. It was persecution. Why be ashamed of who you are?" He told the clientele, "There's nothing wrong with being gay–the crime is getting caught", and "United we stand, divided they catch us one by one".

At closing time he would call upon everyone to join hands and sing "God Save Us Nelly Queens" to the tune of "God Save the Queen". Sometimes he would bring the crowd outside to sing the final verse to the men across the street in jail, who had been arrested in raids earlier in the night.

Speaking of this in the film Word is Out, gay journalist George Mendenhall said:
“It sounds silly, but if you lived at that time and had the oppression coming down from the police department and from society, there was nowhere to turn ... and to be able to put your arms around other gay men and to be able to stand up and sing 'God Save Us Nelly Queens' ... we were really not saying 'God Save Us Nelly Queens.' We were saying 'We have our rights, too.'”

Jose Sarria fought against police harassment. Raids on gay bars were routine, with those taken into custody charged with such crimes as being "inmates in a disorderly house". While charges were routinely dropped, the arrested's names, addresses and workplaces were printed in the newspapers.
When charges were not dropped, the men usually quietly pleaded guilty. Sarria encouraged men to plead not guilty and demand a jury trial.

Following Sarria's advice, more and more gay men began demanding jury trials, so many that court dockets were overloaded and judges began expecting that prosecutors have actual evidence against the accused before going to trial.

Sarria ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961, becoming the first openly gay candidate for public office in the United States. Although Sarria never expected to win he almost did win by default.

On the last day for candidates to file petitions, city officials realized that there were fewer than five candidates running for the five open seats, which would have guaranteed Sarria a seat. By the end of the day, a total of 34 candidates had filed. Sarria garnered some 6,000 votes in the citywide race, finishing ninth. This was not enough to win a seat but was enough to shock political pundits and set in motion the idea that a gay voting bloc could wield real power in city politics.

"[He] put the gay vote on the map", said Terence Kissack, former executive director of the GLBT Historical Society. "He made it visible and showed there was a constituency."
As Sarria put it, "From that day on, nobody ran for anything in San Francisco without knocking on the door of the gay community."

In 1962, Sarria formed the Tavern Guild, the country's first gay business association. The Guild raised money for legal fees and bail for people arrested at gay bars and fought police harassment.

José I, The Widow Norton

Sarria helped found the Society for Individual Rights (SIR) in 1963. SIR sponsored many functions, including bowling leagues, bridge clubs, voter registration drives and "Candidates' Nights". In association with the Tavern Guild, SIR printed and distributed "Pocket Lawyers". These pocket-sized guides offered advice on what to do if arrested or harassed by police.

Crowned Queen of the Beaux Arts Ball in 1964 by the Tavern Guild, Sarria, stating that he was "already a queen", proclaimed himself "Her Royal Majesty, Empress of San Francisco, José I, The Widow Norton". Sarria devised the name "Widow Norton" as a reference to the much-celebrated citizen of 19th century San Francisco, Joshua Norton, who had declared himself Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico in 1859.

Sarria's assumption of the title of Empress led to the establishment of the Imperial Court System, a network of non-profit charitable organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico that raises money for various beneficiaries.

Sarria was honored in 2005 with the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee's Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal Award. On May 25, 2006, Sarria's lifetime of activism was commemorated when the city of San Francisco renamed a section of 16th Street in the Castro to José Sarria Court.

Sarria reigned over the Imperial Court System until 2007.

Jose Sarria died of adrenal cancer at the age of 90 on August 19, 2013, at his home in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. Obituaries and tributes to this leader appeared around the world.

So happy to honor this legendary Latino LGBT hero.