It shall be this one's duty to offer recipes and menus. These will be easy to follow, and tested to be good enough that a slave would allow his Master to serve it to Master's Guests and reflect only the best of his Master.
For far worse than Master's anger is Master's disappointment.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
to the Julius Bar
continue to honor Pride Month of June by dedicating this meal to an
historic gay bar in NYC. Gay bars might turn into an endangered
specie. Lets honor them now.
meal was designed by going to the pantry and using what was already
there on hand. It's secret ingredient is not only cheap, on hand but
also provides a fantastic taste that you would never expect. Try it.
1 (12 oz.) package pasta 1 (15 oz) can
corned beef hash
(15 oz) can Manwich type mix 1 red onion, diced
oz mushrooms sliced salt and pepper to taste 1/4 lb. Grated
the red onion. Rinse and slice the mushrooms.
the pasta according to pkg instructions.
oil in a large skillet. Add onion and cook for about 5 minutes.
the mushrooms and stir for another 5 minutes.
in the corned beef hash, breaking and stirring it completely apart.
this cook for 10 minutes stirring often before adding the can
of manwich sauce.
with a side of green vegetables, like sugar snap peas.
an unexpected surprise. Let your guests try to figure out what the
special ingredient (corned beef hash) was.
the June Pride month, we celebrate the Stonewall Riots. An event that
is considered to mark the beginning of the modern Gay Civil Rights
a few days ago the world was shocked by the atrocity of an LGBT
massacre at another gay bar: The Pulse. A place where young Latinos
were celebrating a special Pride Night. They came to dance.
struck me because the aforementioned Stonewall Inn's main drawing
point was that gays could go there to dance. (this was illegal at the
time and caused the creation of dancing apart from your partner).
Yet still in the backroom the Stonewall allowed you to hold the
person in your arms and dance. That simple pleasure of feeling a
living heartbeat, of hugging and swaying to the music was NOT ALLOWED
the LGBT community the “gay bar” holds a special place. Much akin
to the place a hair salon has in the Africian-American community or a
church. It provides a sanctuary, a gathering place, an area where
you are allowed to be you.
brings us to the bar called “The Julius”.
Julius is in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. It is often called the
oldest continuously operating gay bar in New York City; however, for
most of its existence, gays were not wanted.
the late 1950s it was attracting many gay patrons. At the time the
State Liquor Authority had a rule that ordered bars not to serve
liquor to the disorderly: (“homosexuals” by definition were
considered disorderly). Bartenders would often evict known LGBT's.
Despite this, gay men continued to be a large part of the clientele
into the 1960s. The management of Julius did not want it to be known
as a gay bar (and lose their liquor license) so they continued to
April 21, 1966 members of the New York Chapter of the Mattachine
Society staged a "Sip-In" at the bar which was to change
the legal landscape.
members planed to identifying themselves as homosexuals before
ordering a drink in order to bring court scrutiny to the regulation.
The three were going to read from Mattachine stationary "We are
homosexuals. We are orderly, we intend to remain orderly, and we are
asking for service."
Leitsch, the society's president, John Timmons and Craig Rodwell went
to Julius, where a clergyman had been arrested a few days earlier for
soliciting sex. A sign in the window read, "This is a raided
premises." The bartender initially started preparing them a
drink but then put his hand over the glass which was photographed.
The New York Times ran a headline the next day "3 Deviates
Invite Exclusion by Bars."
Mattachines then challenged the liquor rule in court. The ruling was
that gays had a right to peacefully assemble. This undercut the SLA
contention that the presence of gay clientele automatically was
grounds for charges of operating a "disorderly" premises.
With this right established a new era of licensed, legally operating
gay bars began.
2012, the New York State Division for Historic Preservation
determined Julius eligible for listing on the National Register of
Historic Places. The letter of eligibility stated, “The building
meets the criteria for listing in the area of social history for its
association with the LGBT civil rights movement.”
here's to the Julius, the Stonewall, the Pulse and to any other LGBT
gathering place. These special “civic” centers hold an important
place in our hearts and in our liberties.