Saturday, August 19, 2017

Beddar Cheddar Chowder


Historically, a chowder can be made of just about anything. Practically everyone claims their chowder is “award-winning.” The most famous of chowders is clam from New England. This evenings dish however is more based here in the Mid-West.




Any chowder is thick, rich and hearty! Ours is an easy to put together blend of sausages, cheese soup, potatoes and mixed vegetables. Sere with a hot bread and cuddle! 
 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen cubed hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • ½ bag package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed and drained
  • ½ cup chicken broth (Low sodium)
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ½ tsp salt + 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • 6 “Bedder with Cheddar” sausages, (or even hot dogs) cut in 1 inch pieces.
  • 3 cups whole milk divided
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can cheese soup

Directions

Preparation: chop the onion, cut the sausages and let the mixed vegetables & hash brown cubes thaw out on counter.


In a dutch oven, combine 1 tbs butter, the onions and the sausages.
 

Let cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Just to bring out flavors.


Add the flour and stir around until it is all melted into the butter, add the other tbs to help.


Stir in the chicken broth to loosen any bits on the bottom of pan. Mix in the milk and stir well.


Add the potatoes & vegetables.



Lower the heat, cover and let simmer. Stir occasionally just to keep anything from sticking on bottom of pan. Set the lid on so that steam escapes and let it develop flavor for about 20 minutes.

This gives plenty of time to fix a tube of crescent rolls for a side.



Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 245 calories, 16g fat, 36mg cholesterol, 881mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate, 9g protein.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

James Baldwin Creamy Pork Stew

This slow cooker meal is easy, inexpensive and very healthy. Oh yes and has a great taste. Just the thing for taking care of Master's property. The lean pork has a nice amount of protein, the white beans have protein & fiber with little or no fat. This proves that healthy food can be comforting!


Our one pot meal is dedicated to a noted author and civil rights activist who paved the way for so many others. Read the short article after the recipe.
 


Ingredients:
3-4 boneless pork chops
2 cans Great Northern white beans, drained
½ red onion chopped into big hunks
3 cups low salt chicken broth
Salt and Pepper
1 bag frozen stew vegetables, thawed



Directions:
Always start by wiping out the slow cooker and spraying it with cooking spray. Slave then sets it on low as the preparations are done on the ingredients.


Cut the red onion into large hunks (they will break down during the long cooking.) Lay them into the pot.


Cut the chops into large sized chunks and cut off any band of fat.


Distribute the meat across the onion.


Open and drain the cans of beans and add them. (I don’t salt my beans until they are done). Pour the low salt chicken broth on top and cover.


This will cook for seven hours. However at the six hour mark, add the thawed stewed vegetables.



Heat the oven to 400. Mix the corn into the dry muffin mix until all coated.


Stir in the egg and milk according to directions. Fill the sprayed muffing pan only half way. Let sit for five minutes before putting it in oven.


Bake according to directions (about 20 minutes).

A simple, inexpensive, healthy meal that is a true please to serve my Master!




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James Baldwin (1924 – 1987) was an American writer and activist in LGBT rights and Civil rights in general.

Baldwin's novels and plays fictionalize questions and dilemmas of pressures preventing integration not only of African Americans, but also of gay and bisexual men They showed internalized obstacles to the quests for acceptance. This was prominent in Baldwin's second novel, Giovanni's Room, written in 1956, at the beginning of the modern gay liberation movement.

His unusual intelligence combined with the persecution by his stepfather had caused Baldwin to spend much of his time alone in libraries. By the time Baldwin had reached age fourteen, he had developed a passion for writing.

The quest to answer or explain family and social rejection—and attain a sense of selfhood, both coherent and benevolent—became a consistent theme in his writing.

He befriended the actor Marlon Brando in 1944 and the two were roommates for a time. They remained friends for more than twenty years.

During his teenage years Baldwin had started to realize that he was gay. Disillusioned by American prejudice against blacks, he left the United States at the age of 24 and settled in Paris, France. He hoped to come to terms with his sexual ambivalence.


Baldwin's novel, Giovanni's Room, caused great controversy when it was first published in 1956 due to its explicit homoerotic content. Giovanni's Room is predominantly about white characters. Baldwin's next two novels, Another Country and Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone, are sprawling, experimental works dealing with black and white characters and with heterosexual, gay, and bisexual characters.

Around the time of publication of The Fire Next Time, Baldwin became a known spokesperson for civil rights. Baldwin's essays articulated the anger and frustration felt by black Americans and lgbt's with more clarity and style than any other writer of his generation.

Several of his essays and interviews of the 1980s discuss homosexuality and homophobia with fervor and forthrightness. As he had been the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, he became an inspirational figure for the emerging gay rights movement.

The civil rights movement was hostile to homosexuals. The only known gay men in the movement were James Baldwin and Bayard Rustin. Rustin and King were very close, as Rustin received credit for the success of the March on Washington.

At the time, Baldwin was neither in the closet nor open to the public about his sexual orientation. Baldwin was conspicuously uninvited to speak at the end of the March on Washington.

Martin Luther King spoke on the topic of sexual orientation in a school editorial column during his college years, and in reply to a letter during the 1950s, where he treated it as a mental illness which an individual could overcome. The pressure later resulted in King distancing himself from both men.

In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante included James Baldwin on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.


In 2005, the USPS created a first-class postage stamp dedicated to Baldwin, which featured him on the front, with a short biography on the back of the peeling paper.

In 2012 James Baldwin was inducted into the Legacy Walk, an outdoor public display that celebrates LGBT history and people.

In 2017, Scott Timberg wrote an essay for the Los Angeles Times in which he noted existing cultural references to Baldwin, thirty years after his death, and concluded: "So Baldwin is not just a writer for the ages, but a scribe whose work — as squarely as George Orwell’s — speaks directly to ours."



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sausage and Pasta Supreme


See what you can make out of a kids pasta can! Have a grown up taste and develop it into a full meal in minutes.


Take a minute to learn about the Italian “Scalfarotto” Law and why it is so important to us here in the USA. Read a short article after the recipe.



Ingredients:

3 pieces Sweet Italian sausage, peeled and cooked loose
2 cans Beefaroni
½ red onion, chopped
4oz low fat cream cheese

Directions:


Do your cutting, chop the red onion and split the sausages down the sides forcing out the mixture inside.


Heat 2 tbs oil in large skillet. Cook the sausage, stirring to loosen it, about 7 minutes. Drain well. Add the red onion, cook for about 3 minutes more.


Open the cans of beefaroni and add to skillet. Cut up the cream cheese into 1 inch hunks and add. Stir this as the cheese melts. Heat until very warm adjusting the taste with salt & pepper.

Suggested side servings:
peach halves with strawberry jam


Drain the peaches and put a spoonful of strawberry preserves in the “pocket”, dust with cinnamon. 
 

Microwave some plain green peas to serve as a side.
A great meal to serve my Master:



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The Italian Scalfarotto Law and why it is important to us here.

Italy has one of the poorest records in Europe on LGBT rights.
A major stumbling block to anti-discrimination laws is the right to freedom of speech and expression.
That “freedom” serves as a road block. These issues can be expected to come from the current government in the United States. So lets look at how this is playing out in Italy,

The Mancino-Reale law, Italy's anti-discrimination law, was introduced in the 1970s and extended in the 1990s to protect religious affiliation.
In 2008, 2009 and 2011 proposals to include LGBT discrimination were discussed in Parliament and turned down.

In 2013, following several episodes of violence against LGBT people, Ivan Scalfarotto, member of the Democratic Party, brought up a new proposal. The 'no' camp, resumed its attack on the legislative proposal.

Not only was there no clear-cut definition of terms such as homosexuality, transsexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity, but the latter also appeared as only subjectively measurable and based on individual, potentially changeable sexual preferences.
Many opponents of the amendment said it would weaken freedom of expression. It was stated that: a person who vocally rejects marriage between gays or adoption by homosexuals, could be charged for criminal offense. So would a mother who attempts to dissuade her daughter from marrying a bisexual, or a father who decides not to rent a property he owns to his son, who wants to move in with his male partner.

Then in 2013, when the final version was approved, it included a key amendment. This states that the expression of opinions in the context of political, cultural, religious, educational organizations, so long as they do not incite to violence, does not constitute discrimination.

With the approval of the Scalfarotto law, all hell broke loose. The Italian gay community was caught unaware. How could the government condone legislation that punishes individual discrimination, but glosses over discrimination at the hand of organizations? In their case, the Roman Catholic Church.

In the final version of the bill, some offenses are no longer punishable by law, such as 'propaganda' activities promoting homophobic and transphobic ideas and the 'instigation to violence against homosexuals and transexuals', while others such as the 'diffusion of homophobic/transphobic ideas' and 'the incitement to violence' are. These render any judgment or assessment highly discretionary.

While the bill was initially intended to protect a disadvantaged social group, in the name of freedom of speech it has been twisted to suit the likes of the powerful.
Result of recent research on discrimination against the LGBT community in Italy point out the pressing needs. Not only are gays, lesbians and transgender people often victims of verbal and physical abuse, they are also denied access to certain job positions, merely due to their sexual orientation. Landlords often refuse to rent or sell properties to transgender people claiming “ the fear of their involvement in sex work”. And while civil unions are viable in several Italian cities, many municipalities have voted against the motion.

The Scalfarotto law is a mess. Most importantly - the bill fails to recognize that the LGBT community is a disadvantaged minority in Italian society, whose needs and desires are often suffocated by the whims of influential majority groups. Today in the U.S. We are hearing the cries of “religious Freedom” used in an effort to reverse the gains made over the last few years.

If we are not watchful, we may end up with our own version of the Scalfarotto Law.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Just Because

This wonderful meal is celebration with out a special cause. It can be a reward for just being yourself. Or as an honor to that someone that brings you joy.



A juicy steak that cuts like butter, topped with a mushroom sauce, creamy real mashed potatoes and fresh broccoli 
 


Ingredients:
1 lbs chuck steak
4oz sliced mushrooms
½ cup chopped red onion
½ cup non fat half & half
2 tbs cake flour
2 tbs whiskey
kosher salt & pepper to taste

Brine:
¼ cup kosher salt

Directions:



To make sure your steak is tasty, coat it with kosher salt for at least an hour.


When ready to cook, rinse and pat dry with paper towels.
Pre heat the oven to 225 degrees. (this is low and slow)
Line a pan with foil and spray a rack to set inside.

Make a couple of small slits on the sides of the steak where the white line of fat is. This will keep the steak from “cupping”.


Place in oven for about 25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 110 degrees.

Heat 2 tbs of olive oil and 1 tbs of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, sear the meat for 2 minutes or until a nice golden. This will go enterprisingly quick since the outside layer has dried in the oven. Test for temps of about 135 to 140 for medium. Go no further if you want a juicy steak. Remove the meat and tent with foil to rest.



Into the grease add the onions and mushrooms. Stir and cook for 8 minutes adding the tbs of flour stir well for the last minute of cooking.



Spoon in the bourbon and add the cup of non fat half and half. Cook and stir until nice and thick, about 6 to 7 minutes.

Serve over the steak.

Some avoid making mashed potatoes because of the peeling and cutting involved. So here we use a pre-diced potato, frozen to make hash browns. Just dump them into boiling water for 15 minutes, test to make sure they are soft, drain and mash with some butter and milk: heaven! 
 


Cook broccoli in the microwave by placing it in a bowl and adding about 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. Microwave on high for about two minutes, then check for tenderness.
Then when finished, sprinkle with salt and add a tbs of butter.

What a special feast!



REMEMBER:
Happiness is an essential part of life. The pursuit of happiness is enshrined in the foundation of our country. 
 
You deserve to be happy. At times we might lose track of that. Some days we need to sit and refocus on that truth. 
 
Spend time doing things that make us happy.
Try, in our words and deeds, to bring happiness to those around us. Even little unexpected things can brighten a persons day.

The doctors oath states : “First do no harm”. Let us try: “First, do something good!”

You will find that a head rests easy at night when it has brightened the day for others.


Serving my SPECIAL Master Indy

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