Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cyrils Honey & Horseradish Chicken

Here is a great Autumn recipe that is simple and low cost! Some sweet and some heat with a citrus note, what tasty way to dress the common chicken thigh?

We dedicate this dish to a young man history has forgotten, Cyril Wilcox, a confused Harvard student who believed suicide was the only way to deal with the homophobia around him. Please read about him and the Harvard Secret Court of a hundred years ago.

4-6 chicken bone-in thighs
1 stick butter
1 tsp garlic powder
1 lemon (juice & zest)
½ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
½ cup honey
1 Tbs horseradish
salt and pepper to taste
½ cup dried cranberries

Zest and juice lemon into a small bowl – that way it is easier to remove any seeds that fall in.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter carefully. When melted, stir in the garlic, the lemon juice and zest, the honey, and horseradish.

Place in zipper plastic bags with chicken and let sit in refrigerator at least 4 hours.

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimed baking sheet with foil and spray a rack lightly.

Remove chicken from marinade and shake off excess. Place chicken pieces skin side up on pan. Sprinkle with dried cranberries.

Roast for 35 – 45 minutes or until thermometer reads 165 degrees in thickest part of thighs.

Note: chicken can be marinaded 1 day ahead.
Serve with a colorful side of mixed vegetables.

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What a meal!
Happily serving my Master Indy:

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
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A Prayer for Cyril

About 100 years ago:
It was a time of speakeasies and organized crime. American society was changing rapidly. The great war had ended in 1918. Communism, Ku Klux Klan, women voting, evolutionary science, and a great epidemic of Influenza (which killed more than the war had).
Rapid progress had been made in transportation. You can't keep them down on the farm any more!

This was the world of Cyril B. Wilcox and it was collapsing around him.
Wilcox had been a student of Harvard University. He had consulted Professor of Hygiene Robert I. Lee, about a bad attack of hives.
“It is apt particularly to occur in nervous people, and in people who are under a nervous strain,” Lee wrote on April 13. 1920. “Wilcox tells me his mother wants to take him home for a rest. I certainly agree that he should go home and get himself straightened out nervously.”

Today we can only guess at what was going on with him. Away at a university, he had met, for the first time, other men who also liked men. This is a powerful, life changing event in a young gay man's life. He started to spend time socializing with these other outcasts. Dances, parties and other in-dorm get togethers took place, often forsaking studies. His grades slipped. His family had no idea what was going on. Reading about the incident now we can conjecture the young man may have fallen in love with a man he was seeing. He had no one to talk to.

In May Cyril confided in his older brother George. He told about his relationship with Harry Dreyfus, an older man who lived in Boston. We can only assume it did not go well. The next morning Mary Wilcox smelled gas from her son's room. When she opened the door.: Cyril B. Wilcox was dead.

The medical examiner wrote in his report that Wilcox’s death was “most probably accidental, change of pressure in gas pipe extinguishing light, allowing raw gas to fill bed room”. His family and friends, as well as Harvard administrators, knew that his death was self-inflicted.

Cyril’s suicide would have been written down as the tragic result of too much academic pressure at Harvard were it not for that conversation with his older brother. Shortly after, George opened two letters addressed to Cyril. One was a nine-page handwritten letter from classmate Ernest Roberts, that left no doubt that Cyril was part of a group involved in homosexual activities. In parts of the letter he refers to “faggoty parties” in his room and the names of non-Harvard-affiliated Boston men who were involved in the gay scene.

A second letter from Harold W. Saxton, was filled with code and jargon. Saxton referred to Cyril as “Salomé’s Child” and someone else as “Dot.” He refers to raids against clubs, “tricks” and a “souse” party, apparently in reference to a party with alcohol that would have been in illegal in 1920, the first year of Prohibition.

George became enraged and decided to act. He tracked down his brother’s former lover, Harry Dreyfus, in Boston. Dreyfus was beaten by Wilcox, and gave up three names of other men involved: Roberts, Harvard Dental School student, Eugene R. Cummings and Pat Courtney, a non-Harvard man living in Boston.
George went to Harvard President A. Lawrence Lowell, who then asked Lee, Regent Matthew Luce, Assistant Dean of the College Edward R. Gay and Assistant Dean Kenneth B. Murdock to gather evidence on the case to be submitted to the President. They called this five-person body “The Court.

But, at least at first, it was far from clear how this secret Court should proceed. Cyril was already dead, Saxton graduated the year before and the other two men were not connected with the University at all.

This did not stop them for proceeding with a great witch hunt. Using intimidation, grilling, spying, and down right lies, many lives were ruined.

According to newly released documents the court received an unsigned letter from someone who identified himself only as a member of the Class of 1921. The anonymous student claimed to know all the details of Cyril Wilcox’s suicide and told of how Cyril first got involved with the underground gay group. “While in his Freshman year he met in college some boys, mostly members of his own class, who committed upon him and induced him to commit on them ‘Unnatural Acts’ which habit so grew on him that realizing he did not have strength of character enough to brake [sic] away from it concluded suicide the only course open to him,” the anonymous letter read. “The leader of these students guilty of this deplorable practice and the one directly responsible for Cyril Wilcox’s suicide is Ernest Roberts.

“the most disgusting and disgraceful and revolting acts of degeneracy and depravity took place openly in plain veiw [sic] of all present.” “Isn’t it about time an end was put to this sort of thing in college?”

Over the next two weeks, The Court handed down a verdict of “guilty” for a total of 14 men: seven college students; Cummings, the Dental School student; Clark, the Assistant in Philosophy; Saxton, the alumnus; and four men not connected with Harvard.
The were not just asked to leave campus, they were told to get out of Cambridge imediately.
A letter was sent to the Alumni Placement Service: “Before making any statement that would indicate confidence in the following men, please consult some one in the Dean’s office. If they do not know what is meant, tell them to look in the disciplinary file in an envelope marked ‘Roberts, E.W. and others.’”
In June of 1920, Eugene R. Cummings a 23-year-old dental-school student committed suicide at Harvard’s Stillman Infirmary. The medical examiner ruled that the cause of death was “poisoning by corrosive sublimate taken with suicidal intent probably while mentally deranged.”
Then an article came out in the Boston American
“According to friends of the two, Cummings, who was said to have been mentally unbalanced, told a story of an alleged inquisition which he claimed was held in the college office following Wilcox’ [sic] death,” read the article. “He said that he was taken into the office, which was shrouded in gloom, with but one light dimly burning, and there questioned exhaustively. This story, which was denied by the college authorities, was said to have sprung from his disordered mind.”

On Sept. 8, 1930, Keith Smerage became the third member of the circle to commit suicide. The New York Times reported that he was found dead of gas asphyxiation in an apartment he shared with Philip Towne, a government clerk. The police listed the case as a suicide.

By then all records and mention of the Harvard Secret Court were buried. In 2002, a researcher from Harvard’s daily newspaper, The Crimson, came across a box of files labeled “Secret Court” in the University’s archives. After pressure from newspaper staff, the University finally released five hundred documents related to the Court’s work.
Reading these give a new outlook on homophobia and its effects.
This led to the book and play: 'Unnatural Acts'.

The Harvard Secret Court was despicable yet hopefully today we can learn from the tragic life of that young university student Cyril B. Wilcox.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Kushner Country Fried Chops

Here is an interesting take on a classic. Pork chops that have been “cubed” and southern fried in a lemon garlic seasoning. What a surprise addition to the old Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans.

We are dedicating this dish to LGBT Hero: Tony Kushner. Who is an interesting twist to a southern gentleman himself. Be sure to read a short article about him following the recipe.


  • 3 - 4 boneless pork chops that have been “cubed”
  • 1 tbs lemon – garlic seasoning
  • salt and pepper, divided
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 “sleeve” of butter-type crackers (Ritz)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk, heated

Ask your butcher to run some pork chops through the “cubing” machine. Or just use a mallet to flatten the boneless chops between two pieces of plastic. 

Season meat with ½ teaspoon of the lemon -garlic seasoning, place in a zipper bag with 2 tbs buttermilk ranch dressing. Set in refrigerator for at least an hour.

Crush the crackers in your hand.

Trim any excess fat from the chops.

Remove the chops from marinade and pat it dry. Dust it well with a mix of flour and another 1 tbs lemon-garlic seasonings, pat that into the meat.

Set up your breading stations:
Beaten egg
Crushed crackers
Cooking rack.

Dip in beaten egg, then dredge in the crushed crackers. Place each piece onto the cooking rack.

IMPORTANT to let this sit for 7 to 8 minutes. It also helps if the meat is near room temperature. This is the key to having the breading stick to the meat.

Heat shortening in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat.

Fry steaks 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain back on the cooking rack (not on paper towels). If you have trouble balancing your times, slide this into a 200 degree oven to stay warm.

Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the dredging flour into oil. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of skillet.
Gradually whisk in a warmed cup of milk. Cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until thickened and bubbly.

Serve with green beans and mashed potatoes.
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To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
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Tony Kushner 

Kushner was born in Manhattan, in 1956 but grew-up in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In 1974, Kushner moved back to New York to begin his undergraduate education at Columbia University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Medieval Studies in 1978. He attended the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, graduating in 1984.

Some might call him a southern boy with a great education. Kushner holds several honorary degrees. He became one of America's foremost playwright and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993 for his play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. He co-authored with Eric Roth the screenplay for the 2005 film Munich, and he wrote the screenplay for the 2012 film Lincoln.

Angels in America is a seven-hour epic about the AIDS epidemic in Reagan-era New York. It was adapted into an HBO miniseries .
While he has written many other plays This was the work he is most known for worldwide.

In the early 2000s, Kushner began writing for film. His co-written screenplay Munich was produced and directed by Steven Spielberg in 2005.
In January 2006, a documentary feature about Kushner entitled Wrestling With Angels debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was directed by Freida Lee Mock.

In April 2011 it was announced that he was working with Spielberg again, writing the screenplay for Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

In 2016, Kushner worked on a screenplay version of the play Fences; the resulting film Fences, directed by Denzel Washington, was released in December 2016.

Kushner is famous for frequent revisions of his plays. Both Angels in America: Perestroika and Homebody/Kabul were significantly revised even after they were published. Kushner has admitted that the original script version of Angels in America: Perestroika is nearly double the length of the theatrical version.

His newest completed work, the play The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, began as a novel more than a decade before it finally opened on May 15, 2009.

Personal life
Kushner and his spouse Mark Harris held a commitment ceremony in April 2003. Harris is an editor of Entertainment Weekly and author of Pictures at a Revolution – Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood.

In summer 2008, Kushner and Harris were legally married at the city hall in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rodney Wilson's Potosi Braised Roast

The weather is starting to change and a nice hearty one pot meal is very welcome this time of year. Nothing fancy here, just basic goodness.

To honor the man who created LGBT History month, we prepare this simple dish for him and his little hometown. Enjoy!

  • 3 lbs chuck roast
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
    1 can 10 oz cream of onion soup
  • ¾ soup can of beef stock (no salt added)

  • green vegetable for a side dish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Do your cutting first: Chop the onions, the garlic and carrots. Rinse the mushrooms. Have everything ready to go before heating the skillet. 

Season chuck roast liberally with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Heat shortening in large skillet and brown thoroughly on all sides. 

Remove meat and place in a sprayed foil lined baking pan. 

Add the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic to remaining hot grease in skillet. Saute until tender for 10 minutes.


Spoon in the vegetables around the meat. 

Mix the condensed soup with ¾ can of beef stock and stir well.
Pour over the meat then seal the pan with foil.

Cover with foil and let braise for 1½ to 2 hours or until fork slides into meat easily.
Remove meat from hot pan and cover loosely with foil. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, spoon out the vegetables and set aside.

Serve the meat on a platter with vegetables on the side. A nice green vegetable will complete the feast.

For our music:

So proud to be 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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Rodney Wilson

October is LGBT History Month. It would not exist without Rodney Wilson, a 29-year-old Missouri history high school teacher who came out to his class in 1994.

Wilson is yet another example of an ordinary guy who became an extraordinary LGBT Hero.

Growing up in the tiny rural town of Potosi, Missouri, Rodney knew he was different, he was gay. But it was a deep secret that had to be closely guarded.

As a student at Southeast Missouri State University, he started to come out. He wrote the university's Gay and Lesbian Student Association in April 1989. Wilson noted coming out was a process. Voicing his sexuality once didn’t magically make things any easier, especially in the 1990s.

Wilson had a scholarship for his master’s degree in history at Southeast and work as a teacher’s assistant. His plans changed when he was offered a position at Mehlville High School in Saint Louis County. He taught social studies, American history and world history there for the next seven years.

In was during a March 1994 class on the Holocaust that Wilson came out to his students. 
Back then, openly gay teachers in K-12 public schools were rare, and in Missouri and other more conservative states, they were unheard of,” Wilson said. 

1994, Wilson proposed Gay and Lesbian History Month, later to be titled LGBT History Month, for the first annual celebration that October.
He put his career on the line, but he stayed at Mehlville, was granted tenure and taught there two additional years following.

Wilson's brave idea for LGBT History Month took off. He sent letters to any LGBT organization he could find an address for. National organizations started to send endorsements. Within the first year, the governors of Oregon, Connecticut and Massachusetts issued proclamations for October to adopt the celebration. Cities in Missouri like St. Louis and Kansas City did the same the next year. 
This month marks the twenty-third year of these efforts. Programs on LGBT history appear all around the country. A history that was repressed, names and events that were expunged and memories hidden are now being brought to light. 

Now we can see who we are and where we came from. Countless youth who might be questioning their identities are being deterred from suicide. They now know they are not alone.

All because of a simple idea, from a high school teacher. An ordinary man from a tiny town in out-state Missouri had the courage to be true to himself and his students. Rodney Wilson became an extraordinary LGBT Hero.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

George Villiers Smothered Casserole

In England and in some parts of the Deep South, this was named smothered steak. “Smothering" means braising a tough cut of meat to tenderize it. Slow simmering also concentrates the flavor of the gravy.
The meat is typically coated with flour and other seasonings and served with a thick gravy. The meat should be tender enough to be eaten without a knife. 

Here this dish is presented as a casserole and offered over hot buttered noodles. A side of green vegetables is all that is needed for a great meal. We dedicate this dish to King James and His lover George Villiers.


3 Tbs flour
1 tsp salt + ½ tsp pepper + 1 tsp paprika
2 lbs boneless beef round steak, cut into 2 - 3-inch pieces
2 Tbs vegetable oil
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 cup chopped carrots
1 can (14.5 oz) stewed tomatoes, un- drained
1 packet onion soup mix


Do your cutting: cut up the meat into mite-sized pieces. Chop the onions and carrots. Rinse the mushrooms.

Heat oven to 300°F. In medium bowl, mix flour, salt, paprika and pepper. 

Place in a flat surfaced dish (save unused flour for smothering). Sprinkle front and back side of each steak piece and rub deep into groves of steak. 

In 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add steak, reserving remaining flour mixture; brown steak 4-5 minutes on each side. Remove, drain on a separate plate. Spoon into un-greased 2 1/2-quart casserole.

To same skillet, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, the mushrooms, onions and garlic.

Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until browned; add a couple of tbs of beef stock or water to de-glaze the pan, then add to casserole.

Add carrots, stewed tomatoes and reserved flour mixture and onion soup mix; stir well.

Cover casserole. Bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, uncovering the last ½ hour to down the sauce to a rich thickness.

Serve this saucy meat and vegetable mixture with mashed potatoes or hot cooked rice. I served the dish with lightly buttered egg noodles.

What a meal for your Autumn dinning.


Serving my Master Indy with a happy heart and a purpose in my life.

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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Just recently, a long lost portrait of King James’s gay lover George Villiers, the First Duke of Buckingham has been found after more than 400 years.

The same-sex personal relationships of  King James are much debated, with Villiers the last in a succession of handsome young favorites the king lavished with affection and patronage. The king's nickname for Buckingham was "Steenie", after St. Stephen who was said to have had "the face of an angel”.

Historian David M. Bergeron claims "Buckingham became James's last and greatest lover". His evidence comes from flowery letters between the two.
In a letter to Buckingham in 1623, the King ends with, "God bless you, my sweet child and wife, and grant that ye may ever be a comfort to your dear father and husband". 
Buckingham reciprocated the King's affections, writing back to James: "I naturally so love your person, and adore all your other parts, which are more than ever one man had", "I desire only to live in the world for your sake" and "I will live and die a lover of you".

During the Restoration of Apethorpe Palace about ten years ago revealed a previously unknown passage linking Villiers' bedchamber with that of James.

The charming, handsome Villiers was introduced to James I in August 1614 and soon replaced the Scottish favorite, Robert Carr, in the king’s esteem. His relationship with James became sexual, and he retained the king’s passionate support.

King James bestowed many a honor on his beloved.
He became master of the horse in 1616, earl of Buckingham in 1617, and lord high admiral in 1619.

The royal half of this couple in love was James I of England born in 1566, the son of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary was an incompetent ruler, and may have been involved in the murder of her husband, himself a worthless character. Mary was deposed by the Scottish lords in 1567, and fled to England, where she sought the protective custody of Elizabeth I, who clapped her in prison and had her beheaded twenty years later.

James grew up under various regencies and a couple of notable tutors. He developed a genuine love of learning, some skill in writing poetry, and a lively prose style. He also showed an interest in plays, and was particularly fond of the
masque, short allegorical presentations performed by masked actors. This would become the leading form of entertainment when James became King of England in 1603.

As King, James had to marry. His queen was Anne of Denmark, who shared his interest of “masques”.

James published his first book in 1584, entitled The Essays of a Prentice in the Divine Art of Poesy, which he followed up in 1591 with His Majesties Poetical Exercises at Vacant Hours.
One of his best poems is the sonnet he wrote prefacing his book Basilikon Doron (1599).written to teach his son Prince Henry (1594-1612)

The majority of James's written works are concerned with theology. He should be considered as a major writer of political philosophy. James also wrote some rather moving "Meditations on the Lord's Prayer" and a justly famous essay, "A Counterblast to Tobacco" (1604), one of the first and best attacks on smoking ever written.

James realized that entertainment could all be employed in the service of the king. They spread his views of the kingship and impressed a large number of people of its power and majesty.

James I's impact on English literature is considerable, not least because of his encouragement of and participation in the translation of the Bible into English (1611), the King James Bible. That, above everything he wrote, is James's monument.

George Villiers virtually ruled England during the last years of King James I and the first years of the reign of Charles I.

Buckingham had became unpopular, his foreign policy increased the tensions that would bring the Civil War between the royalists and the parliamentarians.

Buckingham’s leadership was a series of disasters. Hence, a bill to impeach the duke was introduced in Parliament in 1626. In order to save him, Charles dissolved Parliament in June. His case was then tried before the royal Court of Star Chamber, where, the charges were dismissed.

Villiers died in 1628. He was stabbed to death by John Felton, a naval lieutenant who believed that he was acting in defense of principles. The populace of London is reported to have rejoiced at the news.