Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Del Martin – Phyllis Lyons That's a Pair that takes the cake

Slave continues to honor the great leaders of LGBT thought out history with this very easy to bake delight.

You don't need a mixer even if it is a “from Scratch” cake. Slave is taking this to a pot luck luncheon tomorrow at SAGE Metro.
SAGE Metro St. Louis enhances the quality of life of LGBT older adults through service, advocacy, and community awareness.
There will be a special presentation from my friends at St. Louis LGBT History Project! A perfect place for this honor of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyons. 

serves 12
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 cups flour + for dusting cranberries
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 (15 ounce) cans sliced pears in juice
1 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat over to 350°F (NOTE since slave is using a dark pan oven is set at 325). Butter a 9x13 baking dish (or 2-8x8 baking dishes). Set aside.
Drain the pears well but reserve 1½ cups of the juice.

Place butter in a medium size microwave safe mixing bowl. Heat butter in 10sec. intervals in microwave until melted. You DONT want it hot – just melted. Pour into a large mixing bowl.

Add 1 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and stir to combine. Add milk and vanilla, whisk until combined. (you do not need to beat this in a mixer, lumps are just fine!)

Stir in cranberries that have been dusted with flour. This help keep them from drifting to the bottom of the cake.
Pour batter into prepared baking dish.

With a table knife cut the pear halves into thirds or if small into halves. Then arrange them evenly over the top of the batter.

Mix the ½ cup of brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg into the reserved 1½ cups of reserved juice from the can. Whisk to combine and drizzle over the pears.

Bake 55-60 minutes until golden brown. Or simply test with a toothpick inserted in the center. If it comes out clean, the cake is done!

Wish you could smell this great aroma of the cinnamon and nutmeg that permeates the kitchen right now!

This cake was created as a tribute to a pair of great leaders of our LGBT history:

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon

Let me tell you about a pair of women who together led and gave direction to the first womens power group. In doing so they changed the very roles that women were allowed to play in our society!
Women getting an education in the 30's and 40's were told that they had few chooses: they could teach or they could be secretaries. About the only other option open to them was to be writers. However so few were successful in that it was best to accept their role as housewives and mothers. As a woman, you could be a mother or a spinster. While a few became successful in business, they were NOT seen in society as role models at all! 
Phyllis Lyon majored in journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1946, after several years as a reporter in California, she took a position in Seattle, Washington, as associate editor with Pacific Builder and Engineer magazine. (not exactly the Ladies Home Journal) It was here that she met Del Martin.

Del Martin (born: Dorothy Louise Taliaferro) had also attended Berkeley, then transferred to San Francisco State University, she became managing editor of their newspaper. In 1940, she married a college classmate and two years later gave birth to her daughter Kendra. After her divorce, (she kept her married name of Martin – that was the only option you had). Martin worked as a reporter for Pacific Builder in San Francisco before accepting a job in Seattle as editor of Daily Construction Reports, the sister publication to Pacific Builder and Engineer, in 1949. She and Lyon became close friends and, after three years, lovers.
When Lyon returned to San Francisco Martin followed, and on Valentine's Day 1953 they set up their first home, opened a joint bank account and established themselves as a couple. 
This was a time when the network would not allow the TV show “I Love Lucy” to use the word “pregnant” on the air! 
Both Del and Phyllis felt too shy to approach other women in the few lesbian bars in San Francisco. They had a very difficult time finding other lesbians to socialize with! The two got invited to a secret meeting of lesbian social club in September of 1955.

"They found us," Martin remembers. "We didn't get involved to fight for any causes. We just wanted to meet lesbians" After that group split up over differing political ideas, Lyon and Martin built a new group in 1956, called the Daughters of Bilitis. This was the first “homophile” group for women. It would be under Martin's leadership as president with Lyon as secretary. They started a newsletter: The Ladder, the first ongoing lesbian publication!

 Within five years of its origin, the Daughters of Bilitis had chapters around the country, including Chicago, New York, New Orleans, San Diego, Los Angeles, Detroit, Denver, Cleveland and Philadelphia. There were officially only 500 subscribers to The Ladder but far more readers, as copies were circulated among women who did not want to put their names on a subscription list.

Education and exploration were the key components of their programs.
Both women have been outspoken advocates for lesbian issues, as well as savvy activists. 
In 1964, they were among the founders of the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, a groundbreaking San Francisco coalition of clergy and homophile activists. 
They helped launch Citizens Alert, an organization of civil rights and minority groups dealing with police brutality in 1965. 
In 1968, they became the first lesbians to join the National Organization for Women as a couple and became active leaders. 
In San Francisco, they worked to create the Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club in 1972. 
Del Martin served on the city's Commission on the Status of Women for three years and was president from 1976–1977. 
Phyllis Lyon was on the Human Rights Commission for almost twelve years, and chaired it from 1982–1983. 
From the mid-1960s on, Lyon was actively involved in human sexuality education.

Del Martin published Battered Wives in 1976, one of the first books about violence against women. She became a spokesperson urging the establishment of battered women's shelters and leading family violence prevention movements. 
Martin and Lyon had also became increasingly active in local and national Democratic Party electoral campaigns and continue to urge women's participation in the world of politics.

To celebrate their fiftieth anniversary in 2003, the couple were honored in San Francisco at the premiere of the film No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon.
On February 12, 2004, Martin and Lyon were issued a marriage license by the City and County of San Francisco.
The license, along with those of several thousand other same-sex couples, were voided by the California Supreme Court just six months later.

However, they were married again on June 16, 2008, after California finally achieved marriage equality! 
Martin died just a few months latter, on August 27, 2008, in San Francisco from complications of an arm bone fracture. She was 87 years old. Her legal wife, Phyllis, was at her side. San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom ordered that the flags at City Hall be flown at half-staff in her honor!

Slave can not express how happy it is to be 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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The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F315Y4I/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_vAT4sb0934RTM via @amazon

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