Saturday, November 19, 2016

Alexander & Roberts pie

Since it is the time of Thanksgiving, lets take a moment to be thankful for a couple of brave Pilgrims you might have never heard of. Don't forget to read of their life in the Plymouth Colony after the recipe.
The left-over turkey is starting to run out, yeah! Here's is an interesting reinvention of the classic English shepherd's pie. This uses up remains of the big meal and a few items from the pantry. So it does not take a big chunk out of the food budget that has already taken a big hit.

Really turkey is a great protein that can and should be eaten on more than two days of the year. Try some in all kinds of dishes.

1 cup cut up left over turkey (approx)
1 cup of a can peas and carrots
12 oz of turkey gravy or a 15oz can cream of celery soup
1 can creamed corn
1 sleeve of butter type crackers (like Ritz)
3 tbs butter
2 tbs flour
Optional: fried onions for a topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a casserole dish and sit aside.
Cut up the turkey into small pieces.

Open and drain the can of creamed corn.

Drain the peas & corn.

Heat 1 tbs butter or oil in skillet over medium heat. Stir in the turkey and let cook until the edges start to have a touch of brown.

Add the peas and let warm up before adding the gravy or soup. Stir occasionally until well blended.
In a medium bowl mix the drained cream corn with a sleeve of crushed crackers, stir in the flour. You want this to be very thick.

Spoon the turkey mix into the bottom of the casserole dish. Next layer the corn mixture on top and dot with remaining butter dabs. Sprinkle the top with some of those left over fried onions.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until golden.

Serve with a bread and have a wonderful hearty meal that will knock the chill off the autumn day and clear out all those left overs.

What a great new idea to serve your Master.

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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John Alexander and Thomas Roberts

While the “first” Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1622, our story today starts in the summer 15 years later. Two hard-working English men living at the Plimouth colony faced the possibility of execution after being convicted of a serious moral offense. That horrible crime these two men committed was love. John Alexander and Thomas Roberts had been "caught" in a gay relationship.

Though the penalty was death for being gay, neither man was executed.

Alexander, who was presented in court as being the "seducer" (and therefore considered more responsible) was branded with a hot iron and banished from the colony. Roberts was allowed to stay, though the court forbade him from owning land or participating in the political process (in time, he proved himself "reformed", and Roberts was allowed to own land and to vote). They both received severe whippings.

The colony needed every pair of strong adult hands and couldn’t afford to lose both workers. The judges would have known both of the defendants and were more reluctant to send neighbors (and maybe friends closer than they cared to admit?) to their deaths.

The court records are few (and only a handful of records of other people). What remains give us an idea of what life was like for gay men. Remember that everyone knew everyone else in that colony, so while same-sex relationships with another Pilgrim may have been too-risky for most married men, a tribe of nearly naked Native American guys were living nearby. (Many Natives didn't have the same prejudice towards gays as Pilgrims).
Since we know that some of the female Pilgrims were having sex with male Natives, it's reasonable that some of the married husbands enjoyed gay sex with Native American men.

Many historians also believe that in addition to gays, court documents suggest that bisexuality among married men probably occurred as often then as it does today.

So while there were most certainly others, let us remember and be thankful for the brave LGBT Pilgrims and Native Americans who carved out and built the country we live in today.

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