Monday, October 26, 2015

Billy Haines' Sailor Boy Breakfast

Have you ever had the breakfast dish where eggs are cooked in a bed of marinara sauce? Well slave decided to re-invent this to honor a Hollywood legend for LGBT History Month.

This makes a beautiful healthy breakfast that will have men asking for more!

2 cups hash browns
½ yellow onion chopped
1 pkg loose sausage
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup (undiluted)
½ cup grated Monterrey jack cheese
3 large eggs

Rinse the mushrooms well and let drain. Chop the onion, freeze any you don't use.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil a skillet over medium heat.
Cook hash browns for about 6 minutes, (loose but starting to tun brown) remove to paper towel to drain.
Add onions to skillet and cook 5 minutes until starting to turn translucent. Add the crumbled sausage and cook for 8 minutes, stirring well.

Add the mushrooms and let cook down another 7 minutes.

Carefully add the fresh spinach 1 hand full at a time. Don't hurry this. As soon as 1 handful is stirred into the heated mixture, the spinach will almost disappear. If you hurry this you end up with spinach everywhere. Slave took 8 minutes to stir in the whole bag, 1 handful at a time.
Cover and drop the temperature to low. Stir in the hash browns and let cook for another 7 – 8 minutes.

Spray a large baking dish. Spoon this mixture into the dish and add the cheese. Mix this well.

Using a large spoon, make four indentations into the mix. Break an egg into each “nest”. Carefully slide this into the oven for about half an hour. This gives you plenty of time to clean up and set the table.

Can be served with toast points, muffins or any bread of your choice.

For some music how about this!
So joyful that I get to serve 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!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

On LGBT History Month:
William "Billy" Haines 

 His life could have been written as a Hollywood classic love story. Except for the fact he was gay and it was in the early thirties!

The young and handsome Billy Haines quickly became a top box office draw in 1929. He was known as a wisecracking leading man with a smile that conveyed more than just being happy.

Born in 1900, Billy ran away from home at age 14 with his “boy friend”. By the end of World War One, He worked a variety of jobs in Greenwich Village, and was for a time the “kept man” of an older woman before becoming a model.

A talent scout from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer signed him in 1922 to a $40 a week contract and he was off to Hollywood.

After a slow career start, it was the film “Brown of Harvard” in 1926 that set his “screen formula”, a young arrogant man who is humbled by the last reel.

By 1928 Haines was a top box office star until 1932. He was one of a few that made a successful transition into sound films.

Then in 1933, Haines was arrested in a YMCA with a sailor he had picked up in Los Angeles' Pershing Square. By this time Louis B. Meyer was tired of covering up his stars “indiscretions”. His ultimatum: get married (in what was refereed to as a lavender marriage to a woman) or get out.

Just like a script writer would have stated, Haines refused to leave his true love (also a sailor): James "Jimmie" Shields.
The two spent the rest of their lives together. Their friend Joan Crawford once called the relationship "the happiest marriage in Hollywood."

Undaunted the two set up a highly successful Interior design and antiques company. Their clients were the who's who of Hollywood.
William Haines Designs remains in operation, with main offices in West Hollywood and showrooms in New York, Denver and Dallas.

It was not all hearts and flowers. In 1936 approximately 100 members of a white supremacist group dragged the two men from their home and beat them nearly to death. Their excuse was a neighbor had accused the two of propositioning his son. Police never brought charges against the couple's attackers. The accusations against Haines and Shields were unfounded and the case was dismissed.

In 1973, Haines died from lung cancer at the age of 73. Soon afterward, Shields left a note for friends that said in part: "Goodbye to all of you who have tried so hard to comfort me in my loss of William Haines, whom I have been with since 1926. I now find it impossible to go it alone, I am much too lonely." He then overdosed on sleeping pills. They were interred side by side in Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery.

A modern gay romance, a modern gay relationship, lasting successfully for 47 years. Like a true Hollywood love story their life can still inspire us all.

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