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.

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

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: A mix by Patrick Cowley.

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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Dan White

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?

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