Wednesday, June 14, 2017

JC's Sex Symbol Chicken


Here is succulent meal done in the oven with little clean up. With uniquely light tastes of mustard and lemon: baked chicken breasts, and full vegetables.


With the holiday coming up, you might want to fix this for your favorite “daddy”. It is named in honor of the LGBT luminary, J C Leyendecker, who at the turn of the last century virtually invented the whole idea of modern magazine design. Learn more about this influential man in the short article after the recipe.


Ingredients:
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
½ cup bread crumbs
1 pkg lemon flavored Greek yogurt
1 lemon
2 tsp mustard

1 Lbs fresh asparagus rinsed & trimmed
4 – 5 little red potatoes washed and cubed
2 tbs olive oil

Directions:
Do your cutting: wash & cube the potatoes, rinse and trim the asparagus into 3 inch pieces. Place in large bowl and mix with lemon flavored olive oil, mix well and let sit.



Pre heat oven to 400. Set a rack over a lined baking sheet, spray with a quick burst of cooking spray. Spray another lined baking sheet for vegetables.


Zest the lemon and cut in half, squeeze juice of half lemon into the bowl with zest. Mix in the yogurt. Add tsp of mustard and stir thoroughly. Set aside. Slice the lemon thinly set aside.
Squeeze juice of other half of lemon into 2 tbs olive oil.

Pour ½ cup of bread crumbs into a shallow bowl.


Once the oven is up to temperature, spread the bone-less chicken breasts liberally with yogurt mixture. Place “painted” side down into the breadcrumbs and brush the side that is up. Roll the piece over and place on rack.


Spread the vegetables on one lined sheet. Toss lemon slices over. Place in oven on lower rack.


Bake chicken on middle rack until it is golden and cooked through, 30 minutes.


Or until registers 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.
Let rest 5 minutes before serving.
The vegetables should be ready about the same time.


A great meal for any day of the week.






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J. C. Leyendecker

Back when media was exploding with growth: before the internet, TV, and radio, there was the color magazine! For once you could put your message in color into the public's hands. One man: J.C.Leyendecker set the world on fire. He saw the potential there. His illustrations and magazine covers changed the rules and started to form the public taste. He virtually invented the whole idea of modern magazine design.
The most successful commercial artist of the 20th century was born in Germany in 1874.
In 1899, the Leyendecker brothers set up a studio in Chicago's Fine Arts Building.
That year, J C received his first commission for a Saturday Evening Post cover – the start of his forty-four-year association with the most popular magazine in the country. He would go on to produce 322 covers for the magazine, introducing many iconic visual images and traditions including the New Year's Baby, the pudgy red-garbed rendition of Santa Claus, flowers for Mother's Day, and firecrackers on the 4th of July.
He was famous for creating: The Arrow Collar Man.
He was based on his lover: Charles Beach.
This persona was one of America’s first recognizable sex symbols, an icon of masculinity, defined by his poise and perfection, whether on the sports field or at the dinner table. The Arrow Collar Man developed a special identity, equal parts jock and dandy, who supposedly received more fan letters than silent film heartthrob Rudolph Valentino!

Leyendecker’s men were featured in the pages of newspapers and magazines across the globe, selling everything from luxury automobiles to socks. Some of his clients included: Interwoven Socks, Hartmarx, B. Kuppenheimer & Co., Kellogg. He also painted recruitment posters for the United States military and the war effort for both WWI and WWII!


His soldiers, beautiful as they are, are always shown helping others, saving others. It was the Doughboy image and the World War II GI.

His men were an image of the American male as huge and beautiful, but not threatening.


The 1920s were the apex of Leyendecker's career. Modern advertising had come into its own, with Leyendecker widely regarded as among the preeminent American commercial artists. He and his lover Charles held many over the top parties at their estate in New Rochelle.


However the Depression brought in a feeling one should avoid the trappings of riches. Detachable Arrow collars were no longer in demand and several advertisers scaled back on portrayals of elegance.
Charles was fiercely defensive of J C, during that time the staff was laid off and the two of them tended to the estate.

Leyendecker's last cover for the Saturday Evening Post was the New Year Baby for January 2, 1943.

Even the latest “Johnny-come-lately”, Norman Rockwell hated J C's success but copied many of his ideas.

After his death of a heart attack in 1951, Leyendecker left few assets for his partner, Charles Beach, and many of his original paintings were sold at a rummage sale for $75 each.

These are such an important part of American art.
These were all paintings. Leyendecker did not work from photographs, like Maxfield Parrish did. He had a live model in his studio, adjusted the light, painted the canvas and then the canvas was reproduced. Forget about today’s technology. He was a painter, an illustrator.


Truly one of our LGBT heroes to be remembered in this month of pride.




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