Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Historic Stonewall Inn Memorial Flank Steak Dinner

It has been awhile since doing a nice steak recipe so slave decided on a flank steak. These used to be very cheep because they tended to be very tough. But now flanks steaks are popular for many kinds of Mexican dishes. So the price goes up.

Be careful to avoid overcooking which will produce a chewy piece of leather! Always cut across the grain into thin slices and you will find it extremely juicy with a wonderful taste.

1 beef flank steak (1-1/2 pounds)
2 yellow onions sliced thin
2 stalks celery cut to about 1 ½ inches
3 Carrots also the same size
1 cup beef broth
½ Cup Jack Daniels
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons cornstarch


Do your cutting. The celery and carrots can go into the same

 bowl. The onions are best if carefully sliced on a mandolin. 

Slice them into a large bowl and soak with ½ cup of Jack 


This is a good time to also rinse and drain the mushrooms

 and chop the other 2 onions for the steak sauce.

Pre heat the oven to 350 Degrees.

Score surface of steak making shallow diagonal cuts.
Place in a 9 x 13 baking dish that has been sprayed with 

cooking spray.

Place celery and carrots around meat. The onions on top.

 Combine the beef broth with Worcestershire, salt and

 pepper; drizzle over meat and vegetables.

Cover with foil and bake 50 minutes or until meat and 

vegetables are tender. Watch for over-cooking! Flank steak 

is usually served medium rare, closer to the red side. This 

meat gets hard and dry very quickly so err on the rare side! 

At end of 50 minutes remove foil and continue to roast for

 another 15 minutes or until a thermometer reads 145 


While that cooks fix:
Mikls Marvelous Meat Sauce


2 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs butter

2 medium yellow onions

2tsp white sugar

1 ½ cups fresh mushrooms

Kosher Salt

½ C Jack Daniels

¾ C beef broth

2 tsp corn starch

½ C half & half


Chop up the onions, wash and slice the mushrooms.

Over a medium low heat, warm 2 Tbs oil & 2 Tbs of butter 

in a large skillet.

Add the onions. If it sizzles, it is too hot. Stir in 2 tsp of white

 sugar. Cover and let cook for about 10 minutes. Add the

 mushrooms and raise the heat to medium high. Stir well as 

they are turning a light brown.

Dissolve the cornstarch into the beef broth. Be sure to stir 

well. Set this aside while you add the whiskey to the pan.

 Stir it well. That will quickly reduce as the alcohol cooks off. 


Now stir in the cornstarch mixture. Continue to stir as this

 thickens. This might take 2 to 3 minutes. Once it has

 reached the consistency you want, add the half & half to 

make it creamy.

This pan sauce turns out so very good that slave has been

known to cry real tears when he could not share it with


Hope you enjoy.

When meat is done:

Remove the meat to a cutting board and cover with foil.  

Let stand 10 minutes before thinly slicing across the

 grain. Hold the knife at a 45 degree angle.

Fan the slices out on the platter for a pretty presentation.

 Scoop out the roasted vegetables and place on one side of 

the platter.

Serve with a nice green vegetable and the meat sauce on

 the side. 


For our music tonight as LGBT History month draws to a

 close, think back to the night the Stonewall riots started. We

 had danced to the Fifth Dimension's “Aquarius/ Let the

 Sunshine In” just 2 months prior. On the jukebox was the

 hit from the Beatles: “Get Back”! But the number one song

 that week was an instrumental from the movie “Romeo 

and Juliet”. After all that's why you went to the Stonewall, 

to hold on to Him and sway back and forth, to pretend the

 world was different, to pretend it was just you and just 

Him, forever. This is what you heard:

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 Historic Stonewall Inn

This year The Stonewall Inn was the first site in the country listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places for LGBT history, and the first site in New York City landmarked for LGBT history. The building's tenure has been as rocky as the movement that now bears its name.

Originally constructed between 1843 and 1846 as horse stables, the property was turned into a restaurant in 1930. Themed for “a woman's crowd”. It remained a restaurant until it was gutted by fire in the mid-1960s.
In 1966, three members of the Mafia invested in the Stonewall Inn, turning it into a gay bar.

On March 18, 1967, the Stonewall opened in the space. It was, during its time, the largest gay establishment in the U.S. and did a very good business although, as with most gay clubs at the time, police raids were common.

Once a week a police officer would collect envelopes of cash as a payoff. It is true, the Stonewall Inn had no liquor license, because it was illegal to serve alcohol to “a native American or known homosexual”. Since they could not get a license, they ran it as they choose. It had no running water behind the bar. The used glasses were dipped into tubs of water to rinse off and immediately reused. There were no fire exits, and the toilets overran consistently. The drinks were overpriced and watered down, often made with hijacked booze.

Why was it the largest in town? It was the only bar for gay men in New York City where dancing was allowed; dancing was its main draw. It was against the law for people of the same sex to dance together, so the LGBT's started dancing apart from their partners! When the police raided, they could not tell who was dancing with who.

This worked on fast songs but everyone knew there comes a time for slow dancing in the arms of someone! The Stonewall was the place. You could get lost in the music, gazing into his eyes, with his body against yours. Once you have experienced this, you are not giving it up without a fight.

The patrons of Stonewall came from all walks of LGBT life in New York, street kids, drag queens, lawyers, hustlers, doctors and dealers. It was perhaps the most socially integrated bar in the city.

Police raids on gay bars were expected. Sometimes once a month per bar. Many bars kept extra liquor hidden so they could resume business as quickly as possible. Management usually were tip-offed beforehand and raids occurred early enough in the evening that business could continue after the police had finished. They never occurred on busy weekend nights. Except for the raid on June 27th 1969. That's the night “Stonewall” became part of the language of LGBT's around the world.

A few months after the rebellion that started there, the Stonewall Inn closed. For the next twenty years or so, the building was in turns, a sandwich shop, shoe store, and a Chinese restaurant. Many patrons were unaware of the building's history or its connection to the riots.

Then in the 1990s, a new gay bar, named simply "Stonewall", opened in the west half of the original building. In 1995 the movie “Stonewall” was released. LGBT History was being told and a demonstration would gather each year at Pride to honor what had occurred here.

The building was again renovated and became a popular multi-floor nightclub, with theme nights and contests. However that did not last long. It closed again in 2006 due to neglect and gross mismanagement. In 2007, came the announcement of yet another major renovation.

This latest incarnation has regained popularity and now the Stonewall continues to pay homage to its historic significance. It is dedicated to incorporating various fund-raising events for a host of LGBT non-profit organizations.

While the building itself has no memories, it has come to signify the courage, the hopes & dreams, the blood lost and the motivation that sprang forth from its doors on that June night in 1969.


The Beatles

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