Saturday, April 29, 2017

Jean Malin Baked Chops

Here is a nice one pan meal baked in the oven. All it needs is a nice bread. Yes, just when you thought it was spring weather, here comes more cold days. This is just the thing for a weather changing day. It is named after a “Speak-easy” entertainer who played an important role it LGBT history. Please read the quick write up following the recipe.

Here is a baked pork – vegetable mixture that is sure to please. It can be made with frozen vegetables but is so much better with fresh, Your choice.

4 boneless pork chops (¾ inch thick) about 1 – 1.5 lbs
4 strips of bacon
2 cups cauliflower florets
2 cups green beans
½ cup chopped red onion
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup butter, melted
¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line a rimed sheet pan with foil and spray. 

Chop the red onion. Trim the fat off the chops. Season with salt and pepper.

On a microwave safe plate lay paper towels and the four strips of bacon. Microwave 2 – 3 minutes or just until edges begin to brown. (This is to make sure the cooking gets done in the oven).

Carefully wrap each chop with a piece of partially cooked bacon and lay on pan. Do this while bacon is still limp and can be bent. 

If using fresh, cut up and wash the cauliflower & beans. Mix with red onion in a large bowl.

In a medium bowl mix the melted butter with brown sugar, soy sauce and garlic powder.

Toss the vegetables with the sauce and spread on the pan around the chops.

Bake 40 - 45 minutes or until the chops read 145 degrees and the bacon looks done.

If you like, garnish with bits of either lemon peel or thin orange slices.

This makes an different type of meal that will warm your hearts.

So happy 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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Jean Malin

Born in 1908 as Victor Eugene James Malin. He was one of the first openly gay performers in Prohibition-era Speakeasy culture. Although the “pansy” character he created has been widely vilified today, it was an important part of LGBT history. 
The Pansy” 
The main part of Malin's act was not to impersonate women, but to appear as a flamboyant, effeminate, openly gay male wearing a tuxedo. This was the start of many such over the top characters on stage and latter on film. 

His persona was a comical one (yes- today we find it hurtful) but it posed no threat! He offered no harm with his lisping voice and mincing walk. 
In fact, Jean was over 6 foot tall and weighed more than 200 lbs. He could stop any heckler with his size and his razor sharp wit. He became a hero to other LGBT stars on stage.

Broadway Brevities, a theatrical publication, Stated: "the pansies hailed La Malin as their queen", and Vanity Fair magazine published a caricature of the celebrated Malin in 1931.

It may have been one of the first depiction of a gay person seen on stage. Malin reportedly was the highest-paid nightclub entertainer of 1930

He moved to the West Coast to headline clubs there, appear in 2 movies and record a couple of songs. Here is one for tonight:

One year later in 1933, at the age of 25, he died in a tragic accident. He had just performed a "farewell performance" at the Ship CafĂ© on the waterfront in Los Angeles. He started his sedan accompanied by his “close friend”: Jimmy Forlenza and comedic actress Patsy Kelly. According to accounts, Malin “confused” the gears and the car lurched in reverse sending them off of the pier and into the water. Pinned under the steering wheel, Malin was killed.

Who can say how he would have fared under the “Hays Code” in Hollywood? It was not until after WWII, that most film gay characters were forced to either die or commit suicide. That was the norm for 30 years.

Wither you consider him a hero or a villain, Jean Malin proved to be an important part of our history. 

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