Thursday, June 22, 2017

Perry Watkins' Joplin Pie

With Pride picnics and county fairs coming up, here is a wonderful “down home” meal. BBQed Ground beef in cornbread crust. What's not to like. If you prefer a hotter taste add your favorite hot sauce.



This dish is to honor an LGBT hero and leader who is often forgotten and overlooked. Perry Watkins. Please be sure to read the short article after the recipe.



Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef
½ c. chopped red onion
1 tbsp. Oil
¾ tsp. salt + ½ tsp pepper
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1cup BBQ sauce
2 tsp corn starch
1 pkg. cornbread mix, mixed according to directions
1 cup Corn
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:
Do your cutting. Chop up the whole red onion and freeze all but ½ cup.


Spray a 9 x 9 baking dish and set aside.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees (with a pizza stone in the oven.)



In a skillet heat 1 Tbs oil. Add the onion and ground beef, cook until brown, about 8 – 10 minutes.



While this cooks, mix BBQ sauce and corn starch in a medium bowl.

When beef is done, remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate.



Wipe out the grease from the skillet with a paper towel. 
 

Return to a clean skillet the meat and the BBQ sauce mixture. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes
 

Hand mix the corn muffin mix according to package directions, Stir in the corn and milk. Do not overmix.


Pour half of corn mix into the greased baking dish.
Sprinkle the half of the shredded cheese on this lower layer.



Now spread beef mixture – (should be really thick), over the cheese and top with remaining cheese.


Spread the remaining corn mixture evenly to form an upper crust.



Place on the hot pizza stone, this will ensure the bottom crust gets cooked.


Bake 30 minutes. or until the top is golden brown and tester inserted into the middle of the corn bread comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Yields: 6 to 8 servings.


Serve with a side vegetable, no bread is needed for this country fair tasting meal.


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Perry Watkins



 Perry Watkins was an African-American gay man. Watkins was the only person ordered reinstated to active military duty by a court after being dismissed for gay.
Watkins' case is very interesting and deserves study in LGBT history.
Perry Watkins was born in Joplin, Missouri, in 1948. He was very open about being gay in high school. He studied dance and won speech tournaments. In August 1967 he was drafted. This was a time when the Vietnam War was calling for more and more military draftees. At his initial examination he told an Army psychiatrist he was gay. During his induction in May 1968, he stated agin that he was homosexual. The doctor still categorized him as "qualified for military service".
Randy Shilts in his "Conduct Unbecoming: Gays and Lesbians in the U.S. Military" (1993) speculated:
"The doctor probably figured Watkins would be drafted, go to Vietnam, get killed, and nobody would ever hear about it again," Mr. Shilts wrote. "At least that was how Watkins sized up the situation years later with a wry chuckle."
A year after his induction, Watkins signed an affidavit stating that he had been a homosexual from the age of 13 and that, since his enlistment, he had engaged in sodomy with two other servicemen, a crime under military law.
When his first enlistment period expired in 1970, Watkins received an honorable discharge. Shortly thereafter, he reenlisted for a second three-year term.
In 1972, Watkins was denied a security clearance because of his homosexuality, and the Army again investigated him for allegedly committing sodomy and again terminated the investigation for insufficient evidence.
At times he dressed in drag and performed as a female impersonator under the name Simone, first in civilian life and then while stationed in West Germany. He would perform at shows sponsored by the Army. This led to engagements at enlisted men's clubs on other U.S. bases in Europe. At one point in 1972 military investigators considered removing him from the service. They ended their investigation saying that his own admissions were insufficient and ended their investigation when Watkins would not provide the names of any others.
Following another honorable discharge in 1974, the Army accepted Watkins’ application for a six-year reenlistment.  
In October 1979, the Army yet again accepted Watkins’ application for another three-year reenlistment.
But in 1981 the Army had a new regulation that mandated the discharge of all homosexuals regardless of merit. After 14 years of military service Major General Elton recommended that Watkins be discharged.

Watkins fought the discharge and on October 5, 1982, the district court forced the Army to reenlist Watkins. He was signed up for another six-year term in November (which would give him a 20 year career with retirement benefits).
In 1989, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, ordered the Army to allow Mr. Watkins re-enlist.
This was the first time a U.S. appellate court ruled against the U.S. military’s ban on service by gays and lesbians.
Watkins had planned to reenlist, but settled for a retroactive promotion to sergeant first class, $135,000 in retroactive pay, full retirement benefits, and an honorable discharge.
Then in the early 1990s, President enacted his Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Watkins rushed to help the gay community but was ignored.
According to Lambda Legal, Watkins’ experience as a drag artist and frank admissions of sexual encounters with other male service members created a “public relations problem".


Unfortunately, Perry Watkins did not live to see the repeal of DADT. He passed in 1996 at his home in Tacoma, Washington of complications relating to AIDS .

Lets not gloss over the accomplishments of this fine LGBT leader and remember his legacy this month of Pride.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Patrick Cowley Chicken with Brussels Sprouts & Apples

This simple dish combines fried chicken and a wonderful way to fix Brussels sprouts so that even the most finicky eater will love them and proclaim you a genius.


This meal is named to honor a music legend that was taken from us way too quickly, Patrick Cowley. Read the short article on him after the recipe.


Ingredients
4 chicken thighs (about 2 pounds total)
1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts
1 medium cooking apple, cored and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme



Directions
Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. In a large nonstick skillet heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat.



Add chicken to skillet. Cook about 7 minutes per side.
Remove chicken from skillet; cover with foil to keep warm.


Meanwhile, trim stems and remove any wilted outer leaves from Brussels sprouts; Cut each in half.

Rinse and drain well.


Cut apple in half and with a melon baller, cut out the core. 
 


Then slice thinly and place in a bowl of sugar water to cover until needed. This will keep them from turning brown.
 


Add Brussels sprouts to hot skillet. Sprinkle with thyme. Cook, covered, for 5 minutes over medium heat.


Add apples. Cook, uncovered, about 5 minutes more or until sprouts are tender and golden, stirring occasionally.
Drizzle with maple syrup; toss to coat.

Add chicken to pan and cover to warm up the chicken and finish cooking until done, (at least 170 degrees F on an instant read thermometer).

To serve, transfer Brussels sprouts and apples to a platter. Arrange chicken thighs on platter and remove the apples & Brussels sprouts to a serving bowl with a slotted spoon. 
 

If you are told “ I don't like Brussels sprouts” urge them to try yours! They will be surprised and go back for seconds.

What a wonderful meal to serve your Master.
Per serving: 301 cal., 9 g fat , 129 mg chol., 273 mg sodium, 26 g carb., 5 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 30 g pro

For our music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifr13Upytb4&list=RDIfr13Upytb4 A mix by Patrick Cowley.

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Patrick Cowley 
 


This legendary music writer and producer was born in Buffalo in 1950. Cowley spent most of his youth in northern New York and working in local rock bands. He studied at the University of Buffalo, with a concentration in English. In 1971, after a relocation to San Francisco College, he began an intensive study of the synthesizer.

His work at that time captured an affinity for synthesizers’ potential not to replicate sounds but to forge new ones. He had been inspired by Wendy Carlos and the development of the Moog. Cowley's music seemed to seek sexual application well before his explicit hi-NRG releases of the early 1980s a genre he helped to create.
Cowley met San Francisco-based musician Sylvester in In 1978. Sylvester had asked Cowley to join his studio band after hearing some of his early synthesizer recordings. He played synthesizer on Sylvester's 1978 hits "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" and "Dance (Disco Heat)". Cowley joined Sylvester's live band and traveled on several world tours.

Cowley's own hits included "Menergy" (a frank celebration of the gay club scene), and "Megatron Man", which hit #1 and #2 respectively on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1981. He also wrote and produced the dance single "Right on Target" for San Francisco artist Paul Parker, which also reached #1 on the Billboard dance chart in 1982. A collaboration with Sylvester, "Do Ya Wanna Funk", made #4 on the Billboard dance chart that same year.
Cowley also did a nearly 16 minute version/ remix of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love", which is now a collector's item.

He was a key presence in the gay San Francisco disco scene; in the 1970s and early 1980s, when the city had one of the best disco scenes in the world.
His apartment was described as a mess of wires. He kept experimenting to get the sounds. Cowley had tape machines, with the tape going from one machine to another about 10 feet away to create the echo or delay he wanted.
His music was pop sounding, but had an artistic edge. People were going nuts for it in England and Europe.

The music salutes more freewheeling time in San Francisco. Longtime San Francisco resident Rob Bregoff, who knew Cowley, “It was a time when everything was forced out into the open,” says Bregoff. “All social mores were being questioned.”

Major political shifts were happening in the city. Harvey Milk running for supervisor, the first out politician ran for office. He became supervisor, and the gay community was building up power throughout the city.”
Nightlife was gaining steam, too.

During a world tour with Sylvester in late 1981, Cowley complained of feeling sick. When he returned to the United States, he visited a doctor who diagnosed food poisoning. Weeks later, with his condition only worsening, doctors again failed to identify what was wrong with him. So Cowley, was discharged from the hospital (in 1982) after doctors could do nothing more for him.
The doctors were puzzled over his deterioration.

Throughout 1982, he struggled to eat and walk. Nevertheless, propped up with pillows in the studio, Mr. Cowley recorded many of his most popular singles, including Sylvester’s “Do Ya Wanna Funk,”


Cowley died at his home, in San Francisco, on November 12, 1982. He was 32 years old, an early victim of GRID ( latter named AIDS).

Gays dominated the city back then. That was right before the Harvey Milk assassination then Aids came around and everything changed around 1982. The crowds changed, the whole mood became very somber. There was a lot of gloom down there.

These events had the effect of stopping the “sound of San Francisco”.



During Pride month, lets take a moment to reflect not only on this music legend but also on the dark times that LGBT's have gone through. Nearly a generation lost. What could have been achieved?



Friday, June 16, 2017

Pirates Anne & Mary's Wet Nellie (bread pudding)


Today we focus on an old treat “bread pudding”. This makes an impressive dish for a desert, pot luck or special holiday dinner. The old English called it a “Wet Nellie”.


This dish is named for a pair of lesbian pirates you might never have heard of. During this month of pride, take a moment to read a short article on them after the recipe.


Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 cups half-and-half
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 large whole eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 ounces spiced rum
  • 1 cut up loaf of brioche bread (about 24 oz.)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

Sauce:
1 cup milk
1 cup half & half
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup sugar
7 tablespoons spiced rum

Directions 
 

Cut up the loaf of brioche – stale bread works better then fresh. You want it to soak up the custard, (What noted French Chef Escoffier refers to as Cream Renversee).
Spray a 9x 13 baking dish and set aside.




Mix the apple pie spice in 1 cup milk in a microwavable container and microwave on high for 1.45 minutes. Check the temperature of the mixture and microwave in 30 second increments until it reaches 180 degrees F. Cover and steep 15 minutes. 
 


Assemble on the counter 1 bowl with the eggs & egg yolks:
Another bowl with the sugar and brown sugar well mixed.
A larger bowl with the 3 cups of half & half and vanilla mixed in.



Place the eggs and yolks in a mixer. Mix on the lowest speed for 30 seconds.





Raise the speed to quarter power and slowly add the sugars slowly, not in clumps,and blend until thickened slightly, about 1 minute. Add the half-and-half, the spiced milk and the rum.
Use now, or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours. 
 
Transfer the bread into the baking dish. Sprinkle the fruit over the bread, and pour in the custard carefully. Press the bread to submerge all the pieces and cover with plastic wrap. 
 



Soak for 1 hour at room temperature or for up to 8 hours in the refrigerator. 
 


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F
Place a pan of water in a rack below the bread pudding pan.
Bake until the pudding puffs up and reaches an internal temperature of 165 to 170 degrees, (about an hour).

Remove and cool 30 minutes before slicing or scooping and serving. 
 

For the sauce:
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Mix together the sugar and cornstarch, and stir into the butter.
Pour in half & half, and cook stirring frequently until the mixture begins to boil. Continue cooking until thick, stirring constantly.


Its easy to burn though so watch closely. Remove from heat, and stir in rum. Serve warm. Pour over the bread pudding. Serve warm or cold.


Elegant and basic this has been a favorite for centuries!


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Anne Bonny and Mary Read


Most of what we know about these famous lesbian pirates come from the 1724 book: A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates. The book, supposedly written by Daniel Defoe, was published shortly after the two were brought to trial for piracy on the high seas.
Anne Bonny: "grew up into a strapping, boisterous girl, of a `fierce and courageous temper' which more than once led her into sad scrapes, as when she slew her English servant-maid with a case knife. But apart from such occasional outbursts of temper she was a good and dutiful daughter."

Anne was often seen frequenting the taverns of Charleston, South Carolina, on the arms of various buccaneers. One story about her stated that when a drunk sailor tried to rape her, she beat him with a chair! He was hospitalized for a month.

Her father, angry at her eloping with James Bonny, disinherited her. So she burnt down his plantation! They fled to British- controlled port of New Providence (Nassau). Upon her arrival, she quickly established herself by shooting off the ear of a drunken sailor who blocked her way when she disembarked.

In a short time she discarded her husband. Advised to get some male protection, she joined up with the pirate John "Calico Jack" Rackham, (named for the loud striped patchwork trousers he wore.) It has been said Calico Jack came to New Providence as the lover of a Captain Vane. (Guess pirates do have beards!)


Many of Anne's menfriends were certainly gay: like Pierre Bouspeut (sometimes called "Pierre the Pansy Pirate")—who ran a coffee shop, hairdressing and dress-making shop.

With the aid of some of Pierre's friends they stole an abandoned wreck of a boat, and covered the topsail, deck and themselves with turtle blood. In the bow they placed one of Pierre's dress- maker's dummies, dressed in women's clothing and similarly splashed with blood. Anne stood over this nightmare figure with a blood-soaked axe, and they sailed out to a heavily laden French Merchantman that had ventured into these waters.

When its crew caught sight of this demon ship by the light of the full moon, they were horrified by the impending mayhem! They turned over their cargo without a fight.

Anne was now a full fledged pirate! She, Calico Jack and Pierre sailed out of the harbor to begin their new life. Though officially she was second in command, after Calico, she had thrown him out of the Captain's quarters and resided there alone.


Eventually the local governor obtained a special pardon for Anne. Upon her return to port she met "Mark" Read (Mary Read). Mary had always preferred a masculine persona. She was apprenticed as a footboy, then ran away to join the army as a soldier. She ended up signing on a Dutch Merchantman as Mark Read. This ship was captured by pirates, whom she promptly joined. Mary also found a pardon in New Providence and joining up with Anne.

In due course the pirate crew was re-formed, with Anne and "Mark" constantly together. This intimacy aroused the jealousy of Calico Jack, who burst into the cabin one day and found Mary stretched out on the bed before Anne quite visibly a woman!

Attempts to "explain it away" this are typical of how the pair are treated in most histories. Anne Bonny is often refereed to as a pirate captain's mistress, rather than the leader she actually was. They both were fierce fighters.

One ship was sent out to capture "those infamous women." Anne seduced the ships captain into bringing her aboard, then drugged his wine instead of having sex. She secretly doused the firing pins of the cannons with water. Anne left the next morning returning to her pirates. The Royal Queen's gunmen were unable to open fire and they were easily captured. Only the captain was killed in this otherwise bloodless battle by a jealous Mary.


Eventually Anne and Mary were captured by a Captain Barnet.
Barnet cornered them off the coast of Jamaica and in an exchange of cannon fire, their ship was disabled. While Calico Jack and the other pirates cowered below decks, Read and Bonny remained on the decks, fighting.
They verbally berated the men below and Mary fired a shot into the hold, killing one of the cowards. Still it took an hour for Barnet's entire crew to subdue the two women.

Later, in one of the most famous pirate quotes of all time, Bonny told Calico Jack in prison: "I'm sorry to see you here, but if you had fought like a man, you need not have hanged like a dog."

They were swiftly tried and found guilty. Most of them were hanged on November 18, 1720. Bonny and Read were sentenced to hang, but both of them declared they were pregnant. (which automatically commuted their death sentence).

Mary Read died in prison shortly thereafter, but Anne Bonny survived and quietly disappeared from history.

Although they’re the most famous real-life female pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read are far from being the only women pirates. 
 
The most notorious is Ching Shih (1775-1844), a one-time Chinese prostitute who became a pirate. At the height of her power, she commanded 1,800 ships and 80,000 pirates! Her rule of the seas off of China was nearly absolute. 
 
Also before them was Grace O’Malley (1530?-1603) a semi-legendary Irish chieftain and pirate.

Diffidently these women were LGBT leaders if not heroes. Their place in history should be remembered.