Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Creamy General Patrick Cleburne Chicken

As part of June Pride month, lets remember some of our LGBT heroes. This dish is named in honor of a Confederate General Cleburne. Who jumped to fight for his adopted country. Who urged his countrymen to free their slaves. A hero who's very identity has been “cleaned-up” to make it safe for children. Time to reclaim our history. Don't forget the quick write-up after the recipe. 

Baking the pasta and chicken together in the oven keeps the chicken so extra moist it squirts! Let a box of generic hamburger dinner do all the work of gathering and blending the spices and providing a bed of creamy comfort.


1 tablespoon butter
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 ¼ cups hot water
2 cups milk
1 box generic hamburger dinner beef             stroganoff
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 pgk green beans
1 can corn, drained
1 tbs low fat mayonnaise


Heat oven to 350°F.

Rinse the mushrooms and pat dry.

  • In 10-inch nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Cook mushrooms in butter 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are tender. Remove from skillet, and reserve.

  • In same skillet, heat hot water, milk, and the seasoning mix and uncooked pasta (from burger-helper box) to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender. Then stir in the cream sauce powder (from box) Remove from heat.

  • Mix together the corn, beans and mushrooms.
  • Spray 13x9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with cooking spray. Spread pasta mixture in baking dish.

  • Lightly brush the chicken with a tiny bit of mayonnaise. Lay on top of mixture.

Bake 45 minutes or until center of thickest part reads 155°F.

Remove from oven. Place chicken breasts on a foil lined baking sheet and slide under broiler for about 8 minutes or until nicely browned. Place back on the casserole dish to serve.

What a dish to serve to 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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Patrick Ronayne Cleburne (1828–1864)
Pride Month History: 

Confederate Major General Patrick Cleburne, may be the only known gay general of the Civil War. In his book Conduct Unbecoming: Gays & Lesbians in the U.S. Military, Randy Shilts wrote of “Cleburne’s intimate relationship” with an aide, Capt. Irving Ashby Buck. Shilts cited as evidence a Cleburne biographer’s statements that the two men had a “very strong” attachment. "Cleburne's relationship with his twenty-two year old adjutant, Captain Irving Ashby Buck, drew the notice of the general's colleagues”. Cleburne's biographer John Francis Maguire wrote that the general's 'attachment' to Buck 'was a very strong one'' Buck himself wrote that the pair were 'close and confidential. I habitually messed with him and shared his tent and often his blankets."

Upon joining the rebels Cleburne became “very close to” Brigadier General William J. Hardee who served as his mentor in Confederate Army. When hearing of Patrick's death he rushed, with other close friends, to sing this man's praises.

Among his attachments was a very strong one for his adjutant-general, Captain Irving A. Buck, a boy in years, but a man in all soldierly qualities, who for nearly two years of the war shared Cleburne’s labors during the day and his blankets at night.”
“Cleburne formed an attachment as earnest and true as his own noble nature. Much might be said of this episode – of its romantic beginning and its tragic end; but the story of loved and lost is too sacred to be unveiled to the public eye.”

On The Death of Major-General Patrick Cleburne

In the early afternoon of 30th November 1864 Brigadier-General Daniel C. Govan stood with his dear friend Patrick Cleburne on Winstead Hill, Tennessee. Govan remarked: ‘Well General, there will not be many of us that will get back to Arkansas.’ Cleburne appearing despondent replied: ‘Well Govan, if we are to die, let us die like men’. While Govan did survive, by day’s end, in the words of his beloved Captain Irving A. Buck, ‘the inspiring voice of Cleburne was already hushed in death’.

Captain Buck, had been torn away from his general due to wounds received in the previous month. In another state, with no real news source, he was frantic to ascertain any details of Cleburne’s death. He corresponded with members of the Army of Tennessee that were present and also collected as much published information as he could relating to Patrick's demise. The results of his research were published as part of his 1908 book Cleburne and his Command.

According to Govan Cleburne’s body was eventually found some twenty yards from where he had last seen him.
Mr. John McQuade of Vicksburg stated: ‘I and two others were the first to discover his dead body at early dawn the next morning. He lay flat upon his back as if asleep, his military cap partly over his eyes. He was in his sock feet, his boots having been stolen. His watch, sword belt and other valuables were all gone, his body having been robbed during the night’.

Major General Patrick Cleburne was a brilliant military tactician and one of the Confederacy’s most able combat officers. His strategic ability gained him the nickname "Stonewall of the West". General Robert E. Lee referred to him as "a meteor shining from a clouded sky". Quiet and soft spoken but with an undeniable air of authority and competence, Cleburne was beloved by the men he commanded. Described as, “. . . full of mischief and fun, somewhat shy and dreamy with strangers”.

A general who never owned slaves. On January 2, 1864, Cleburne gathered the corps and division commanders in the Army of Tennessee to present a radical idea. The Confederacy was unable to fill its ranks due to a lack of manpower. He stated that slavery was their “most vulnerable point, a continued embarrassment, and in some respects an insidious weakness.”

“Satisfy the negro that if he faithfully adheres to our standard during the war he shall receive his freedom and that of his race ... and we change the race from a dreaded weakness to a position of strength.
“It is said that slavery is all we are fighting for, and if we give it up we give up all. Even if this were true, which we deny, slavery is not all our enemies are fighting for. It is merely the pretense to establish sectional superiority and a more centralized form of government, and to deprive us of our rights and liberties.”

The proposal was not well received at all. In fact, Jefferson Davis directed that the proposal be suppressed.

Federal troops were quoted as dreading to see the blue flag of Cleburne's Division across the battlefield.

As we celebrate the Month of June as Pride Month, let us remember this Civil War General.

A gay man who served his adopted country well. A Confederate General who urged his countrymen to release their slaves. A hero who's very identity as a gay man has been “expunged” for the “good” of that country.

Several places are named after Patrick Cleburne, including Cleburne County in Alabama and Arkansas, and the city of Cleburne, Texas. The Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate Cemetery is a memorial cemetery in Jonesboro, Georgia that was named in honor of General Patrick Cleburne. Yet none of these mention the fact he was a gay man.

“Two continents now claim his name; eight million of people revere his memory; two great communities raise monuments to his virtues – and history will take up his fame and hand it down to time for exampling ” wrote General Hardee, Selma, Alabama: May 1, 1867.
Let us make that example!

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