Thursday, December 7, 2017

Man's Country Casserole

He’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy”
Homeopathic” doctors say that you should never combine steak with high starch carbohydrates such as potatoes. Let's just ignore that, we don't need that kind of negativity in our lives! In fact “meat & potatoes” has come to mean the most important part or essence of the matter. In our case, the matter is dinner! Now slave is not saying that to refuse steak & potatoes makes you a heretic, just saying I didn't climb to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian!


What a casserole: use left-over beef, potatoes, & onions, throw in some cheese how much more masculine a dinner can you get?


Ingredients

  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 Tbs mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 C. cooked beef, cut
  • 1 (10 oz.) can cream of onion soup
  • 1 C. sour cream
  • 1¼ C. milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1½ C. cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions



Do your cutting: scrub and slice the potatoes thinly. 
 


Chop the onions and garlic. Cut the left-over beef into thin bite sized pieces.


Spray a casserole.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large skillet, heat oil. Add the onions and cook for about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and mustard. Stir as that cooks for about 2 minutes.
Stir in the pieces of meat and let the flavors blend and heat. About 4 minutes.





While that cooks:
In a large bowl add in soup, sour cream, milk, salt and pepper; whisk until well combined. 
 


In the sprayed baking dish, layer the potatoes on the bottom. Next spoon about half of the meat – onion mixture. Spoon half the soup mix over that and repeat with another layer of potatoes, meat and soup.




Sprinkle on cheddar cheese and cover with foil.



Bake for 45 minutes or until bubbly. Uncover and let cheese brown for another 15 minutes.

Serve with a nice green vegetable and maybe a hot bread.

What a hearty meal for my Master!




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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Atherton Chicken Thighs and Whispers

Here is a simple and delicious way of fixing chicken thighs. Brighten up any holiday gathering! This is to honor a long forgotten Irish Bishop John Atherton. Find out his story in a short article after the recipe.









Chicken thighs, mushrooms and garlic in a creamy sauce! This is sure to impress!








Ingredients:
3 boneless/ skinless chicken thighs:
For Mushroom Sauce:
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup sliced brown mushrooms
  • ½ cup light cream or reduced fat cream
½ cup dried cranberries



Directions:
Before cooking, salt and pepper the chicken and allow to stand 30 minutes at room temperature.
Cut up the garlic. Be sure to pry out any green parts, they are very bitter. Also rinse and drain the mushrooms.


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil in and swirl to coat. Lay the chicken into the pan away from you, cook 5 minutes on each side or until browned.
Remove the chicken and tent with foil to keep warm.

Reduce heat to medium-low; add 2 tablespoons of butter, and the mix of mushrooms and garlic. Stir this well. Add the balsamic vinegar and scrape up any brown parts left in bottom of pan. You will want this to flavor your sauce. Cooking for a further 1-2 minutes, or until the you start smelling the garlic.



Stir in the cream until well mixed. Place the chicken back in the pan and cover. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.


Stir in the cranberries just before pulling the chicken out to the platter. Spoon the sauce over the chicken.
Serve chicken with the mushrooms sauce and a side of green vegetables.

What a meal to serve my Master!
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It was a time that politics and religion were one and the same. The Pilgrims left England in 1622 to escape that mix.

In 1636 John Atherton was appointed a bishop of the Church of Ireland. He was not welcomed by the Roman Catholic majority in his see. For nearly five years, Bishop Atherton was one of the loudest and most anti-gay proponents for a new law making homosexuality a capital crime.


Then in 1640 Atherton was accused of buggery with a man, John Childe, his steward and tithe proctor. They were tried under that law that Atherton himself had helped to institute. They both faced the death sentence.

The Bishop's fellow clerics did what they could to defend him, to avoid disgrace to the reformed religion of Ireland. Throughout the case he pleaded his innocence in the face of flimsy evidence. His sole accuser was a man lacking integrity and credibility. It was his word against John’s. The accuser won the day and the outcome was inevitable.

Years later, the man on whose sole evidence John was condemned, was himself brought to justice and hanged. At the gallows, he confessed his sins and in that confession declared that the accusation against John Atherton had been completely false.

It is said that during the trial, Atherton burned a bundle of papers, which he had written out of law books, for his own defense.

Reports said that Atherton's attitude during the trial was 'by all condemned;' but when the fatal issue became manifest his manner changed. Three times daily Dr. Nicholas Bernard visited the prisoner, who became penitent, and faced the penalty with equanimity.

'The magnanimity of the man,' says Bernard, 'I did much admire.' When news of a possible reprieve came, 'it moved him not, as rather choosing a present deserved death than the prolonging of an ignominious life; whereby the scandal would but increase'.

The verdict of guilty was hailed by cheers in court, and he was nearly murdered on his way from the bar to the Dublin Gaol in Cork.

He always denied the specific charge of sodomy, and did so once again from the gallows before he was hung on December 5th.
His lover John Childe was hanged shortly afterwards at Bandon Bridge.

This was the second pair of men executed for sodomy in the history of the United Kingdom.
(the first men executed for sodomy were Lord Audley, Earl of Castlehaven and his two menservants, in 1631.)

A contemporary pamphlet, The Life and Death of John Atherton (1641), remains. However the trial records, were destroyed in the Jacobite rebellion that broke out almost immediately after Atherton's execution.

Fifty years later Atherton was defended as a victim of a conspiracy, on evidence gathered from “people recently living”.

They said the main reason for the Bishop's disgrace was his political efforts in opposing the Articles of Irish Convocation in 1634, and the personal hatred of the Earl of Cork, whom he had successfully sued in a dispute over land rights. Atherton's patron, the Earl of Strafford, also an enemy of the Earl of Cork, was executed for treason in May 1641.

Others said Atherton's demeanor was clearly incompatible with the idea he was the innocent victim of a vile conspiracy. It is to be noted that none of his accusers were Roman Catholics.

The Bishop's body, by his own desire, was buried in the obscurest part of St. John's churchyard, Dublin.

From our vantage point nearly 400 years latter we can see that both sides were using the Bishop's memory for their own political gains.

But what about the man behind the title? Was he gay? There is no true way of telling. Yet just this week we hear the news of another anti-gay, homophobic person of power being caught having homosexual relations. Did he protest too much?


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Enslaved Chuck Roast

Sweetness with a bite – fork tender meat – messy eating: all are part of the phenomenon known as Bar B Que. Here is a great example using a chuck roast of beef. Texas is known for using beef, whereas most of the rest of the South uses pork. There's a tomato based sauce from Louisiana to Georgia, mustard based sauce in the Carolina's. Sweet & smoky in Missouri, etc etc. Each has found a way into our lives. 
 

Our roast tonight is prepared with a nod to that wonderful style of cooking, low and slow with a blend of sweetness and spices that satisfies and forces us to lick our fingers! It ain't Bar B Que if you don't need a shower afterwords. 
 

Ingredients:
2 – 3 lbs thick cut chuck roast
1 Tbs Kosher salt
1 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs smoked paprika
2 tsp white pepper
1 tsp garlic powder

grated ½ of an onion
1 tsp ground mustard
½ tsp liquid smoke (too much of this gives a taste of hot dogs!)
foil

Directions:
Line a roasting tray with foil and spray a rack inside that.
Lay out some foil and place the roast, uncovered.


In a small bowl mix: salt, brown sugar, smoked paprika, white pepper and garlic powder.

Rub this all over the roast covering it well, both sides and the edges.


Let this sit on the counter for at least half an hour while you preheat the oven to 225 degrees.


Mix together the grated onion, ground mustard, and add the ½ tsp of liquid smoke, mix well. Spread in a thin layer over the top of the roast.


Wrap the roast well in foil, sealing the edges. This will help keep the meat juicy. The use of smoked paprika and the touch of liquid smoke will give it that out door smoked flavor. The dry rub of spices and the grated onion will go to produce a Maillard reaction, giving this roast the wonderful flavor we're looking for. 
 

Place in center rack of oven.
Roast 3.5 hours!


The temperature should read 145 degrees, and the meat should be fork-tender. Check it with an instant read thermometer stuck right through the foil. Remove from oven and let sit & rest for 15 minutes before opening and carving up.

NOTE: Your meat will continue to cook slightly after removing from the oven. Aim for 150 degrees for serving a medium roast. 
 


Slice the meat against the grain for the most tender bites. Serve pieces of meat on a platter. If you like, have some of your favorite sauce on the side however you'll find the meat doesn't need it.




Feel free to add a green vegetable as a side, and possibly serve with rice & your heated sauce for that.


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About Bar Be Que and Slavery:
Slavery can be traced back to the earliest records we have. It was known in the very first civilizations dating back as far as 3500 BC, as well as in almost every other civilization. It existed in many different forms: chattel slavery, indentured servitude, forced labor, etc. In fact not all slavery was non-consensual. See the Jewish practice of “the Opening of the Ear”

Today there is a portion of people who self-identify as slaves, Consensual slavery, (yours truly as an example). Granted the word slave can be confusing. However I for one can feel a kinship with the millions of my brothers & sisters in bondage. I'm not attempting to diminish the horrors of African-American slavery in the Old South. I'm just saying there were and are other forms of slavery.

Fast forward to a favorite meal in these United States: Bar- B- Que. This was a creation of the enslaved! It was their recipes and traditions that developed our national cravings for this enterprise. It started as a blend of African and First Nationer cooking.

Bar-B-Que is a whole culture! It is so much more than simply a sauce from a bottle. It is a way of cooking, as well as an event that was always integrated! Whites and Blacks, even in the deepest South joined together sharing a great meal and a great time.

This meal was prepared after studying the recipes and ways of cooking Bar B Que from the late 1700's.
Here is a link to one such presentation you might like:









Thursday, November 30, 2017

Lawrence V Texas Celebration Pork Chops


Here is a simple recipe of pork cooked with apples & onions to mark the eat of the growing season. Let it light up your holiday table with its “yummy-ness” Start things off with a simple vegetable salad!


Pork chops can be overlooked during the holidays. This makes a welcome break from turkey! Granny Smith apples, some onion and brown sugar make this a treat. Simply add a green vegetable and they will be saying “What a Meal”. Be sure to read a short article on LGBT history following the recipe.



A Simple Vegetable Salad
This makes a nice side dish. Not too sweet and a dressing that is mostly non-fat!

Ingredients:

10 oz package frozen broccoli and cauliflower
5 oz container non fat yogurt, (I used lemon flavored)
3 Tbs mayonnaise
½ cup sugar
½ tsp salt
3 strips bacon
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
½ cup dried cranberries

Directions:
Zap the frozen vegetable mix in microwave for ONLY 2 minutes and let cool


Cut the bacon into thirds and fry it up crisp. Drain on paper towels



In a medium bowl Mix the yogurt with the mayonnaise, stir in the sugar. Sprinkle with salt.

Place the vegetables in a large bowl. Add the cheese and cranberries, then stir well.
Pour the dressing over and again mix well. Garnish with crumbled bacon.

Cover and place in refrigerator to blend flavors for at least an hour.

WOW!

Celebration Pork Chops




Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 pork chops, about 1-inch thick
  • ¼ cup (stick) butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ¼ tsp. salt +
  • 2 large granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 Tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 Tbs brown sugar
Directions:
Do your cutting: slice the onion.


Peel, core and slice the apples. 
 

In a shallow dish, completely coat pork chops with flour. 



In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat; add pork chops and cook, uncovered, about 5 minutes on each side, until browned.



Add onion, salt, and apples; cover and cook an additional 10 minutes, turning chops once.



In a small pan, combine remaining ingredients, heat just until it is mixed
Add to skillet and cover.



Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking 3 to 4 minutes, or until sauce begins to thicken. Serve chops topped with sauce.
For our music tonight:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSUFzC6_fp8



So Happy to be serving my Master Indy
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Lawrence v. Texas

Master suggested that when slave writes about LGBT history the stress should be on the victories and things we got right. Especially as the end of the year approaches, let's look back on the good stuff!

In 1960 every state in America had anti-sodomy laws on their books. Legal punishments for sodomy often included heavy fines, life prison sentences, or both, with some states, beginning with Illinois in 1827, denying other rights, such as suffrage, to anyone convicted of the crime of sodomy. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, several states imposed various eugenics laws against anyone deemed to be a "sexual pervert". In some cases the courts ordered “treatments”. As late as 1970, Connecticut denied a driver's license to a man for being an "admitted homosexual". Most judges were largely unsympathetic to the due process claims raised.

But one of the biggest steps toward gay equality, the end of America’s sodomy laws, was the legal case: Lawrence v. Texas. It is considered the most significant gay rights breakthrough of our time. The proceedings took five years to go through the court system.




It began in 1998, not even 20 years ago. A 911 operator received a false report about “a black male going crazy with a gun” at John Lawrence’s home in a Houston suburb. Harris County sheriff’s deputies responded with guns drawn. They entered Lawrence’s unlocked apartment. There, they purportedly found Lawrence and Tyron Garner engaging in consensual sex.

Nobody knows what they actually saw.
One deputy wrote in his report that he saw Garner, on the bed,on all fours”, on the receiving end of anal sex with Lawrence, and that both were completely naked.

Another said that he saw them on the floor, and that Garner wasn’t naked. He wasn’t sure whether he saw them having anal sex or oral sex, (How do you confuse the two?) “The black guy was giving him head or they was doing each other from behind. I don’t remember.”



Lawrence and Garner were arrested, held in jail overnight, and charged with violating the Texas Homosexual Conduct law. This prohibited engaging “in deviant sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex.”

They both denied having sex that night. They sought help from Lambda Legal Defense. The lawyers advised the defendants to plead no contest, neither admitting guilt nor protesting innocence.

And so on November 20, 1998, Lawrence and Garner were convicted of the Class C misdemeanor were fined $200 each. They had to register as sex offenders.

And with that, the landmark case of Lawrence v. Texas began to make its way through the court system. As expected, the plaintiffs lost at each stage, with the courts relying on the 1986 Supreme court ruling - Bowers v. Hardwick. That ruling had found sodomy laws were acceptable and to be upheld.
Arguments were finally heard in 2003. LGBT history hung in the balance. Supreme Court Justices are wary of overturning any ruling, especially one that recent. However in June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Texas anti-sodomy law in a 6-3 ruling, along with similar laws in twelve other states.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion. He stated:
    Liberty protects the person from unwarranted government intrusions into a dwelling or other private places. In our tradition the State is not omnipresent in the home. And there are other spheres of our lives and existence, outside the home, where the State should not be a dominant presence. Freedom extends beyond spatial bounds. Liberty presumes an autonomy of self that includes freedom of thought, belief, expression, and certain intimate conduct. The instant case involves liberty of the person both in its spatial and more transcendent dimensions.

Remember those words my brothers and sisters. This is our right to freedom!

The Court held that homosexuals had a protected liberty interest to engage in private, sexual activity and that moral disapproval did not provide a legitimate justification for Texas’s law criminalizing sodomy.

Kennedy wrote:
The petitioners [Lawrence and Garner] are entitled to respect for their private lives. The State cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime.”

The Court also held that the intimate, adult consensual conduct at issue here was part of the liberty protected by the substantive component of the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process protections. Kennedy said that the Constitution protects “personal decisions relating to marriage, procreation, contraception, family relationships, [and] child rearing” and that homosexuals “may seek autonomy for these purposes.” Holding that “the Texas statute furthers no legitimate state interest which can justify its intrusion into the personal and private life of the individual”, the court struck down the anti-sodomy law as unconstitutional.

The ruling attracted much public attention, and set the stage for further re-considerations of standing law, including the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges which recognized same-sex marriage as a fundamental right.


 So today as we prepare to celebrate the holidays with the families of our choice, with who we love, lets remember what has been accomplished.

And in true holiday story fashion, let us gather in love and focus on what we can achieve! Help our community in every way we can. As Charles Dickens wrote: “nothing happens without assistance”.

A special thanks to Will Kohler, who writes: Back2Stonewall.com, and to Lambda Legal Defense, for gathering all this technical information for our enlightenment.