Saturday, June 25, 2016

Chuck Roast to honor the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore

We've written about the impact and importance of gay bars. Tonight, lets focus on the gay book store.

This is a basic chuck roast recipe. The idea is “low and slow” cooked for 2 hours in a 275 degree oven. This will bring back memories you never knew you had of home cooked meals.

2 lbs chuck roast
1 pkg frozen stew vegetables (thawed)
1 pkg frozen “Seasoning Blend” (onions, celery, red & green peppers)
½ tsp garlic powder + ½ tsp thyme
¼ cup flour for slurry
1 small bottle Italian dressing
5 potatoes peeled & cut into equal sized chunks
4 tbs butter
¼ cup half & half
1 egg yolk

A side green vegetable.

The night before: marinade the roast in the Italian dressing

Check and adjust the oven rack so it will hold your dutch oven with lid first.

Then Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.
Cut the onion and mince the garlic.
Make sure the stew vegetables are thawed.

Heat oil in the dutch oven to medium high. Brown roast on both sides, then remove to plate.

In the beef grease, fry the seasoning mix until transparent, about 6 minutes.

Then dump the thawed vegetables in. Stir occasionally for about 8 to 10 minutes until they start to brown or caramelize. (you want the taste this step brings so don't skip it). Remove to a bowl.

Lay the vegetables in a bed on the bottom of pan. Place roast on top and cover.

Put this in the oven for about 1 hour to the pound of beef. Check the meat with a thermometer, it should be at least 160 degrees. Higher is OK as this is a “pot roast” not roast beef!

Since this takes awhile to cook, you have plenty of time to fix the mashed potatoes.
Place cut up potatoes in water and bring to boil for 20 minutes. Drain well. Dump into a large bowl and mash with a hand masher adding the butter and half & half a little at a time so you can control the consistency. When it feels like you want it, stir in the egg yolk. Adjust salt & pepper to your tastes.
If this is done too soon and the roast is not ready yet, just put the potatoes into a covered oven proof dish and slide it in there along side. 

When roast is ready, remove with a slotted spoon and place on a platter surrounded by the mushy vegetables. Put the dutch oven on a burner over medium heat. Mix the flour with equal parts of water until a “slurry” is formed. Slowly add to the pan liquids while stirring until a rich gravy is formed. Serve in its own “boat” or bowl.
This gives you plenty of time to fix any frozen green vegetable to go along side.

What a meal!

For our music:

Happy 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 Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore.
More than a sanctuary, a classroom, and proving ground.

Even as far back as Plato, it had been said that to accomplish anything, first you had to know yourself. Yet for nearly a thousand years Western society has worked overtime to erase my tribe from history. If the subject of “homosexuality” ever came up horrendous lies were told.

For centuries the most awesome moment in our lives were finding that others existed. We were not alone. Most American men were introduced to real living homosexuals by meeting them in the First and Second World War armies. After the war, early groups called themselves “homophile” so that the emphasis would be on who we loved (phile) not just who we had sex with. We were more than sex organs! We were starting to find ourselves.
It was not really until the 1960's that printed material could be sent through the mail that even mentioned homosexuality. It may be hard for those who grew up in the “information” age to understand the limitations we faced.

Then in 1967, a young man named Craig Rodwell had a idea. He wanted to have a place where homosexuals could gather, find out about each other. Who we were, where we were and plot where we could go!
He dreamed of a world where gay men would no longer be restricted to the bars and bathhouses in the city as the only places to get together.
He envisioned a book store of and for gay people. Not “dirty books”, but honest well thought writings. Newsletters.
I was trying to get the (Mattachine) Society to be out dealing with the people instead of sitting in an office,” Rodwell recalled. “We even looked at a few store-fronts. I wanted the Society to set up a combination bookstore, counseling service, fund-raising headquarters, and office. The main thing was to be out on the street.”
When the organization backed out of such a public effort, Rodwell saved money and started one himself.
In 1967 the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop opened. It was the worlds FIRST gay book store. Despite a limited selection of materials when the bookstore was first established, Rodwell refused to stock pornography and instead favored literature by gay and lesbian authors.

Rodwell’s organization of these scattered books, papers, and pamphlets into a single genre was revolutionary—it was the first time in American history that literature had been organized under the subject heading of “gay culture.”

Every inch of the store celebrated gay people. Even the name that Rodwell chose for the store reflected his vision and political commitment. The name gave the bookstore credibility, evoked the gay literary tradition, and embodied Rodwell’s mission to promote positive images of homosexuality.
When the store opened, it became an instant hit, attracting both gay men and lesbians. Within a short time, crowds began to show up on the weekends. 

They had heard about the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop at parties, from friends, from newspaper articles that Rodwell wrote.
 Yet all of this attention came at a cost. As soon as the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop opened, it became a public target for homophobic attacks.
The bookstore quickly became an incubator for the growing LGBT rights movement. In March 1968 Rodwell began publishing a monthly newsletter from the bookshop, calling it HYMNAL.
From this office he planned the first yearly “remembrance” protests in Philadelphia. He watched the events unfold at the Stonewall in 1969. 

That night he grabbed a megaphone and ran to the streets directing the mob and showing them strategy in dealing with the NYCPD. The very next morning, he produced fliers with a list of specific demands. All night had been spend writing and printing them in that office. The effect was electrifying.

The Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore became the planning ground for the first ever Pride Parade in New York City held in 1970.
The effect of Craig Rodwell and his little bookstore can not be overstated.

Today as we see the demise of many gay bars, the book stores have mostly fallen by the wayside.
However the very fact they existed was a necessary step in our struggle to find rights.

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