Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pantry Pasta

dedicated to the Julius Bar 
We 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. 

This 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
1 (15 oz) can Manwich type mix
1 red onion, diced
8 oz mushrooms sliced
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 lb. Grated Cheese

Dice the red onion. Rinse and slice the mushrooms.

Cook the pasta according to pkg instructions.

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion and cook for about 5 minutes.

Combine the mushrooms and stir for another 5 minutes.

Spoon in the corned beef hash, breaking and stirring it completely apart.

Let this cook for 10 minutes stirring often before adding the can of manwich sauce.

Serve with a side of green vegetables, like sugar snap peas.

What an unexpected surprise. Let your guests try to figure out what the special ingredient (corned beef hash) was.

For our music:

So happy to be the slave of 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 Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes 


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The Julius

During the June Pride month, we celebrate the Stonewall Riots. An event that is considered to mark the beginning of the modern Gay Civil Rights Movement.

Just 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.

This 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 for LGBT's

In 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.

Which brings us to the bar called “The Julius”.
The 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.

By 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 harass them.

The Sip-in
On 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.

Three 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."

Dick 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."

The 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.

In 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.”

So 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.

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