Saturday, October 14, 2017

Kushner Country Fried Chops

Here is an interesting take on a classic. Pork chops that have been “cubed” and southern fried in a lemon garlic seasoning. What a surprise addition to the old Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans.

We are dedicating this dish to LGBT Hero: Tony Kushner. Who is an interesting twist to a southern gentleman himself. Be sure to read a short article about him following the recipe.


  • 3 - 4 boneless pork chops that have been “cubed”
  • 1 tbs lemon – garlic seasoning
  • salt and pepper, divided
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 “sleeve” of butter-type crackers (Ritz)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk, heated

Ask your butcher to run some pork chops through the “cubing” machine. Or just use a mallet to flatten the boneless chops between two pieces of plastic. 

Season meat with ½ teaspoon of the lemon -garlic seasoning, place in a zipper bag with 2 tbs buttermilk ranch dressing. Set in refrigerator for at least an hour.

Crush the crackers in your hand.

Trim any excess fat from the chops.

Remove the chops from marinade and pat it dry. Dust it well with a mix of flour and another 1 tbs lemon-garlic seasonings, pat that into the meat.

Set up your breading stations:
Beaten egg
Crushed crackers
Cooking rack.

Dip in beaten egg, then dredge in the crushed crackers. Place each piece onto the cooking rack.

IMPORTANT to let this sit for 7 to 8 minutes. It also helps if the meat is near room temperature. This is the key to having the breading stick to the meat.

Heat shortening in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat.

Fry steaks 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain back on the cooking rack (not on paper towels). If you have trouble balancing your times, slide this into a 200 degree oven to stay warm.

Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the dredging flour into oil. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of skillet.
Gradually whisk in a warmed cup of milk. Cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until thickened and bubbly.

Serve with green beans and mashed potatoes.
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Tony Kushner 

Kushner was born in Manhattan, in 1956 but grew-up in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In 1974, Kushner moved back to New York to begin his undergraduate education at Columbia University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Medieval Studies in 1978. He attended the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, graduating in 1984.

Some might call him a southern boy with a great education. Kushner holds several honorary degrees. He became one of America's foremost playwright and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993 for his play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. He co-authored with Eric Roth the screenplay for the 2005 film Munich, and he wrote the screenplay for the 2012 film Lincoln.

Angels in America is a seven-hour epic about the AIDS epidemic in Reagan-era New York. It was adapted into an HBO miniseries .
While he has written many other plays This was the work he is most known for worldwide.

In the early 2000s, Kushner began writing for film. His co-written screenplay Munich was produced and directed by Steven Spielberg in 2005.
In January 2006, a documentary feature about Kushner entitled Wrestling With Angels debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was directed by Freida Lee Mock.

In April 2011 it was announced that he was working with Spielberg again, writing the screenplay for Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

In 2016, Kushner worked on a screenplay version of the play Fences; the resulting film Fences, directed by Denzel Washington, was released in December 2016.

Kushner is famous for frequent revisions of his plays. Both Angels in America: Perestroika and Homebody/Kabul were significantly revised even after they were published. Kushner has admitted that the original script version of Angels in America: Perestroika is nearly double the length of the theatrical version.

His newest completed work, the play The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, began as a novel more than a decade before it finally opened on May 15, 2009.

Personal life
Kushner and his spouse Mark Harris held a commitment ceremony in April 2003. Harris is an editor of Entertainment Weekly and author of Pictures at a Revolution – Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood.

In summer 2008, Kushner and Harris were legally married at the city hall in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rodney Wilson's Potosi Braised Roast

The weather is starting to change and a nice hearty one pot meal is very welcome this time of year. Nothing fancy here, just basic goodness.

To honor the man who created LGBT History month, we prepare this simple dish for him and his little hometown. Enjoy!

  • 3 lbs chuck roast
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
    1 can 10 oz cream of onion soup
  • ¾ soup can of beef stock (no salt added)

  • green vegetable for a side dish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Do your cutting first: Chop the onions, the garlic and carrots. Rinse the mushrooms. Have everything ready to go before heating the skillet. 

Season chuck roast liberally with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Heat shortening in large skillet and brown thoroughly on all sides. 

Remove meat and place in a sprayed foil lined baking pan. 

Add the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic to remaining hot grease in skillet. Saute until tender for 10 minutes.


Spoon in the vegetables around the meat. 

Mix the condensed soup with ¾ can of beef stock and stir well.
Pour over the meat then seal the pan with foil.

Cover with foil and let braise for 1½ to 2 hours or until fork slides into meat easily.
Remove meat from hot pan and cover loosely with foil. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, spoon out the vegetables and set aside.

Serve the meat on a platter with vegetables on the side. A nice green vegetable will complete the feast.

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To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
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Rodney Wilson

October is LGBT History Month. It would not exist without Rodney Wilson, a 29-year-old Missouri history high school teacher who came out to his class in 1994.

Wilson is yet another example of an ordinary guy who became an extraordinary LGBT Hero.

Growing up in the tiny rural town of Potosi, Missouri, Rodney knew he was different, he was gay. But it was a deep secret that had to be closely guarded.

As a student at Southeast Missouri State University, he started to come out. He wrote the university's Gay and Lesbian Student Association in April 1989. Wilson noted coming out was a process. Voicing his sexuality once didn’t magically make things any easier, especially in the 1990s.

Wilson had a scholarship for his master’s degree in history at Southeast and work as a teacher’s assistant. His plans changed when he was offered a position at Mehlville High School in Saint Louis County. He taught social studies, American history and world history there for the next seven years.

In was during a March 1994 class on the Holocaust that Wilson came out to his students. 
Back then, openly gay teachers in K-12 public schools were rare, and in Missouri and other more conservative states, they were unheard of,” Wilson said. 

1994, Wilson proposed Gay and Lesbian History Month, later to be titled LGBT History Month, for the first annual celebration that October.
He put his career on the line, but he stayed at Mehlville, was granted tenure and taught there two additional years following.

Wilson's brave idea for LGBT History Month took off. He sent letters to any LGBT organization he could find an address for. National organizations started to send endorsements. Within the first year, the governors of Oregon, Connecticut and Massachusetts issued proclamations for October to adopt the celebration. Cities in Missouri like St. Louis and Kansas City did the same the next year. 
This month marks the twenty-third year of these efforts. Programs on LGBT history appear all around the country. A history that was repressed, names and events that were expunged and memories hidden are now being brought to light. 

Now we can see who we are and where we came from. Countless youth who might be questioning their identities are being deterred from suicide. They now know they are not alone.

All because of a simple idea, from a high school teacher. An ordinary man from a tiny town in out-state Missouri had the courage to be true to himself and his students. Rodney Wilson became an extraordinary LGBT Hero.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

George Villiers Smothered Casserole

In England and in some parts of the Deep South, this was named smothered steak. “Smothering" means braising a tough cut of meat to tenderize it. Slow simmering also concentrates the flavor of the gravy.
The meat is typically coated with flour and other seasonings and served with a thick gravy. The meat should be tender enough to be eaten without a knife. 

Here this dish is presented as a casserole and offered over hot buttered noodles. A side of green vegetables is all that is needed for a great meal. We dedicate this dish to King James and His lover George Villiers.


3 Tbs flour
1 tsp salt + ½ tsp pepper + 1 tsp paprika
2 lbs boneless beef round steak, cut into 2 - 3-inch pieces
2 Tbs vegetable oil
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 cup chopped carrots
1 can (14.5 oz) stewed tomatoes, un- drained
1 packet onion soup mix


Do your cutting: cut up the meat into mite-sized pieces. Chop the onions and carrots. Rinse the mushrooms.

Heat oven to 300°F. In medium bowl, mix flour, salt, paprika and pepper. 

Place in a flat surfaced dish (save unused flour for smothering). Sprinkle front and back side of each steak piece and rub deep into groves of steak. 

In 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add steak, reserving remaining flour mixture; brown steak 4-5 minutes on each side. Remove, drain on a separate plate. Spoon into un-greased 2 1/2-quart casserole.

To same skillet, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, the mushrooms, onions and garlic.

Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until browned; add a couple of tbs of beef stock or water to de-glaze the pan, then add to casserole.

Add carrots, stewed tomatoes and reserved flour mixture and onion soup mix; stir well.

Cover casserole. Bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, uncovering the last ½ hour to down the sauce to a rich thickness.

Serve this saucy meat and vegetable mixture with mashed potatoes or hot cooked rice. I served the dish with lightly buttered egg noodles.

What a meal for your Autumn dinning.


Serving my Master Indy with a happy heart and a purpose in my life.

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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Just recently, a long lost portrait of King James’s gay lover George Villiers, the First Duke of Buckingham has been found after more than 400 years.

The same-sex personal relationships of  King James are much debated, with Villiers the last in a succession of handsome young favorites the king lavished with affection and patronage. The king's nickname for Buckingham was "Steenie", after St. Stephen who was said to have had "the face of an angel”.

Historian David M. Bergeron claims "Buckingham became James's last and greatest lover". His evidence comes from flowery letters between the two.
In a letter to Buckingham in 1623, the King ends with, "God bless you, my sweet child and wife, and grant that ye may ever be a comfort to your dear father and husband". 
Buckingham reciprocated the King's affections, writing back to James: "I naturally so love your person, and adore all your other parts, which are more than ever one man had", "I desire only to live in the world for your sake" and "I will live and die a lover of you".

During the Restoration of Apethorpe Palace about ten years ago revealed a previously unknown passage linking Villiers' bedchamber with that of James.

The charming, handsome Villiers was introduced to James I in August 1614 and soon replaced the Scottish favorite, Robert Carr, in the king’s esteem. His relationship with James became sexual, and he retained the king’s passionate support.

King James bestowed many a honor on his beloved.
He became master of the horse in 1616, earl of Buckingham in 1617, and lord high admiral in 1619.

The royal half of this couple in love was James I of England born in 1566, the son of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary was an incompetent ruler, and may have been involved in the murder of her husband, himself a worthless character. Mary was deposed by the Scottish lords in 1567, and fled to England, where she sought the protective custody of Elizabeth I, who clapped her in prison and had her beheaded twenty years later.

James grew up under various regencies and a couple of notable tutors. He developed a genuine love of learning, some skill in writing poetry, and a lively prose style. He also showed an interest in plays, and was particularly fond of the
masque, short allegorical presentations performed by masked actors. This would become the leading form of entertainment when James became King of England in 1603.

As King, James had to marry. His queen was Anne of Denmark, who shared his interest of “masques”.

James published his first book in 1584, entitled The Essays of a Prentice in the Divine Art of Poesy, which he followed up in 1591 with His Majesties Poetical Exercises at Vacant Hours.
One of his best poems is the sonnet he wrote prefacing his book Basilikon Doron (1599).written to teach his son Prince Henry (1594-1612)

The majority of James's written works are concerned with theology. He should be considered as a major writer of political philosophy. James also wrote some rather moving "Meditations on the Lord's Prayer" and a justly famous essay, "A Counterblast to Tobacco" (1604), one of the first and best attacks on smoking ever written.

James realized that entertainment could all be employed in the service of the king. They spread his views of the kingship and impressed a large number of people of its power and majesty.

James I's impact on English literature is considerable, not least because of his encouragement of and participation in the translation of the Bible into English (1611), the King James Bible. That, above everything he wrote, is James's monument.

George Villiers virtually ruled England during the last years of King James I and the first years of the reign of Charles I.

Buckingham had became unpopular, his foreign policy increased the tensions that would bring the Civil War between the royalists and the parliamentarians.

Buckingham’s leadership was a series of disasters. Hence, a bill to impeach the duke was introduced in Parliament in 1626. In order to save him, Charles dissolved Parliament in June. His case was then tried before the royal Court of Star Chamber, where, the charges were dismissed.

Villiers died in 1628. He was stabbed to death by John Felton, a naval lieutenant who believed that he was acting in defense of principles. The populace of London is reported to have rejoiced at the news.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Freddy's Stuffed Meatloaf

This recipe is based on one from The 1770 House in East Hampton, New York. The home was built in 1663 and turned into an Inn before the Revolutionary war. For our meal tonight a stuffing was added of macaroni and cheese: (stuck a feather in his hat...). A fantastic combination of classic tastes is brought out of the oven for your meal.

October is LGBT History month. So it is fitting we honor Revolutionary war soldier Lieut. Frederick Gotthold Enslin. Little is known about him, please read the short article after the recipe.


  • ¾ lbs ground beef
  • ½ lbs pork sausage
  • 1 Tbs chopped, fresh chives
  • 1 Tbs Barbecue sauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt + ½ tsp pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely diced
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
8 oz single service Mac & Cheese, thawed if frozen.
2 egg yolks
3 slices American cheese torn into tiny pieces

Package of frozen green vegetables, thawed

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Do your cutting: chop the green onions and celery. Grate the onion.
Place the sausage, beef, green onions, egg, Panko, milk, Barbecue sauce salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Add grated onion & celery.
Using clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined and everything is evenly distributed.
Let sit for 8 minutes on counter top. This allows fluids to incorporate into the breadcrumbs.

Mix together the stuffing.
Spoon out the mac & cheese. Add 1 egg yolk and the torn up pieces of American cheese. Stir well.

Spread some waxed paper. Spoon out the meat loaf mixture as follows:
Slightly more than half on one side. Then slightly less than half on the other:
Shape the meat to have raised edges.

Spoon in half of the cheese mix into one side, then repeat on the other. 

Carefully lift one side on top of the other. Now seal the top and bottom together. Use the left over mix to fill in any gaps and to seal all the way around.

Line a baking pan with foil and spray a cooking rack to fit inside.
Carefully lift the meatloaf onto the rack. Brush on barbecue sauce and spray the outside with cooking spray. Bake for 30 minutes.

Carefully lift the baking rack with meatloaf out of pan. Drain the pan of grease.

Open the green vegetables and spread across the bottom of pan and sit the meatloaf rack back on top. 

Return to the oven for another 45 minutes. During this time the meat will drip onto the green beans giving them a wonderful taste. Test with a meat thermometer till it indicates an internal temperature of 155 to 160 degrees.

Carefully lift the meatloaf off the rack to the platter. Don't worry if it gets a bit messy. The taste is fantastic. 

What a great way to remake meatloaf into a special meal.

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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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Frederick Gotthold Enslin

Very little has been written about this man. But he definitely holds a place in United States LGBT History. Enslin was the first man to be thrown out of our military because of sexual orientation.

Throughout its history, the US Military had an inconsistent policy when it came to LGBT's serving our country. Prior to World War II, there was no written policy barring homosexuals from serving, although sodomy was considered a crime by military law ever since Revolutionary War times. In 1778, Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin became the first soldier to be drummed out of the Continental Army for sodomy. 
Little is known about his early life. It is believed he was educated and from a family of high standing in Europe, possibly southern Germany. Many have reported that his command of the English language was outstanding and his penmanship was well formed. His approximate year of birth was 1740
He may have landed in Philadelphia on Sept. 30, 1774. The ship called Union, had sailed from Rotterdam, Netherlands. According to ship records, Enslin arrived alone and in good health for a man in his late 20s to early 30s.
According to his military records with Valley Forge, Enslin was living in New Jersey when he when he enlisted into the Continental Army in March 1777.
He came to histories attention just a year latter. An official report was given by Ensign Anthony Maxwell, stating that Enslin was caught in his quarters with a private, and Enslin was guilty of "attempted sodomy with a private." Enslin tried to quell the rumors, calling the charges slander against his character. Thus, charges of slander were set against Maxwell, and brought before the commanding officer, Lt. Col. Aaron Burr. 

Burr decided that the case against Maxwell was only a cover-up of Ensil's homosexuality, and charges of “attempting to commit sodomy” were brought. 
According to documents, Enslin was caught having sexual relations with Pvt. John Monhart. Monhort may have been 14 or 15 years old at the time. Thus the charge might have been brought as a rape case or because the case involved fraternization below rank.

The investigation was degrading to Enslin, and no matter what defense he took, he was ultimately found guilty. 
According to General Washington's report: "...Lieutt. Enslin of Colo. Malcolm's Regiment tried for attempting to commit sodomy ..." Washington's secretary continues "His Excellency the Commander in Chief approves the sentence and with Abhorrence & Detestation of such Infamous Crimes orders Lieut. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning...."

The next morning, in front of the entire regiment, Enslin was officially -- literally -- drummed out of camp to fife and drum. One diary entry, by Lt. James McMichael, described the ceremony:

"March 15. -- I this morning proceeded to the grand parade, where I was a spectator to the drumming out of Lieut. Enslin of Col. Malcom's regiment. He was first drum'd from right to left of the parade, thence to the left wing of the army; from that to the centre, and lastly transported over the Schuylkill with orders never to be seen in Camp in the future. This shocking scene was performed by all the drums and fifes in the army -- the coat of the delinquent was turned wrong side out."

Being drummed out ensured the guilty party would be recognized and not allowed to reenlist in the future. Ensign's humiliation didn't stop there.

This was a major blow to now-private citizen Enslin. For the rest of his life -- and to present day -- he would become known as the first person to be dishonorably discharged due to his sexual orientation. 

If we look closely to the exact meaning of the charges, it reads that Enslin was being dismissed on a case of attempted rape of a soldier. The only other person there that could have detailed the event was Monhort. It is known that Monhort received a court-martial after Enslin was drummed out. Nothing describes the severity of the court-martial, or whether Monhort was also dismissed from the military, jailed or fined. No other records have been found to ascertain the rest of Monhort's life.

After the war, Enslin's life seems as unclear as before the war. Laws regarding sodomy charges at the time called for imprisonment, but in this case, Enslin was publicly dismissed from the military for his actions. His absence after that puzzles some historians. Some have theorized that Enslin changed his name so that he could start his life over. Another explanation would be his death. Though the rest of his life may have been lost to memory, Enslin secured a place in American LGBT history. As we celebrate LGBT History month, lets remember this early soldier who fought for our independence.