Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Easy Cheesy Meatballs & Pasta

This quick, toss in the pot dinner delivers a big taste with very little effort.

Much of this meal may already be sitting around in your pantry waiting for you. Try it, play with it, make it your own. Don't forget: this is LGBT History month, be sure to read our little blurb after the recipe.

1 lb meatballs (frozen)
24 ozs marinara sauce
29 ozs basil (diced, Garlic & Oregano tomatoes, undrained)
penne rigate
1 cup chicken broth
4 ozs cream cheese (cubed)
2 cups pizza cheese (shredded)
1 onion chopped
5garlic cloves chopped

Wipe out your slow cooker and spray with cooking spray. Roughly chop the onion. Do the same with 5 garlic cloves. Most of the heavy garlic taste will disappear after 7 hours of cooking, leaving a warm nutty flavor.

Pour the can of diced tomatoes into the cooker. Add the onions, garlic, cream cheese cubes, chicken broth and pasta sauce. Stir in the meat balls. Make sure everything is well blended.

Cover and cook on low for 7 hours. (If you are around, stir a few times but this is not necessary.

When there is a half hour to go, turn up the cooker to HIGH and stir in the dry pasta and the cheese. Let that simmer on HIGH for the final cooking time.
This is a good time to prepare a nice green vegetable like broccoli with no sauce. And maybe a crusty bread in the oven.
By letting the pasta cook in the sauce it will suck in the flavor and you don't have to mess up another pot! Just check it and stir so the pasta doesn't lump together.

What a wonderful aroma to greet you on returning from a hard day at work. Just grandma had been cooking and stirring all day long.

So happy and content to be my Master's slave.
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 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F315Y4I/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_vAT4sb0934RTM via @amazon

October is LGBT History month
So lets pass on this bit of history. Records of men meeting for sex with other men in bathhouses date before the 15th century. In fact, A tradition of public bath house sex dates back to the 6th century BC. In the US, gay men have been using bathhouses for sex since at least the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a time when homosexual acts were illegal. Men who were caught enjoying homosexual acts were arrested and publicly humiliated. Many bathhouse owners overlooked sex between patrons, mindful of profits or prepared to risk prosecution, as long as they were discreet!
Perhaps the first homophobic police raid was made at New York's Ariston Hotel Baths in 1903. The bath's had been a popular place for homosexual sex for 6 years by that time.

Perhaps the most famous bath house in New York City was the Everard Baths. This was a Turkish bath founded by financier James Everard in 1888 in a former church building. Everard's bathhouse was originally intended for general health and fitness but quickly became patronized largely by homosexuals and became the community's preeminent social venue from the 1930's onward. It held the reputation of being one of the "classiest, safest, and best known of the baths," eventually picking up the nickname "EverHARD"
A visitor to The Everard described his experience there in 1927:
Up some stairs at a desk an ashen bored man in shirtsleeves produced a ledger crammed with illegible scrawls. I added mine, paid my dollar, was handed a key, towel and robe, hung the key on my wrist and mounted to a large floor as big as a warehouse and as high: intersecting rows of private rooms. Each windowless cell dark except from the glimmer from above through wire-netting shredded with dust and containing a narrow workhouse bed...[he later heard] a casual whisper, a sigh lighter than thistle-down, a smothered moan. Then appeasement: the snap of a lighter as two strangers sat back for a smoke and polite murmured small talk, such as they might exchange in a gym.
Over the next 50 years people like Alfred Lunt, Lorenz Hart, Charles James, Gore Vidal and Rudolf Nureyev, and Truman Capote all were patrons.

The YMCA was never busier than after the Village People sang about it in the late 1970's.
The biggest bath house chain: “The Club Baths” still operate in a few cities, but during the AIDS onslaught, many such establishments were forced to close. Public sentiment and local laws turned against the free anonymous sex these establishments flourished on. The end of an era was signaled by stacks of white towels thrown in the corner as the smell of bleach faded away into the darkness.

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