Monday, June 5, 2017

PFLAG Creamy Tortellini and Sausage Casserole

For tonight's dish we are going to introduce you to a classic bit of culinary art. It is called a “liaison” - a very rich way to thicken a sauce. It is very French and slave shows it to you so that you may feel a bit special about yourself knowing how to do this simple trick.

This dish is in honor of a special lady: Jeanne Manford and the organization she created. Don't miss the short article at end of recipe.

  • 20 oz cheese tortellini, refrigerated
  • 12 oz chicken & apple sausages, cut up
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt + ½ tsp black pepper,
  • 10 oz can diced tomatoes, well drained
  • 1 can kernel corn, well drained
  • 2. C chicken broth
  • ½ C heavy cream
  • 2 egg yolks, room temperature

Do your cutting: chop the onion and garlic into 2 different bowls. Slice the sausage into 1 inch pieces. Drain the cans of corn and tomatoes well into a colander. 

  1. Brown sausage pieces in a dutch oven, over medium/high heat. If needed, drain excess grease from pan. Return pan with meat back to stove over medium/high heat and add in onions and garlic. Cook, stirring a few minutes until onion starts to soften.
  1. Stir in salt, pepper and thyme.

  1. Add tortellini to pan, along with tomatoes, corn and broth. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Make a slurry with 3 Tbs water and 2 Tbs flour to stir into the pot until a sauce develops.
  3. Remove pan from heat

In a ceramic bowl mix together egg yolks with cream. Slowly add the chicken sauce by teaspoon full until new mixture is warmed! Stir this into cooking pot until incorporated and thick, do not boil!

This is the “liaison” It is always the last thing you do. It will thicken the sauce and make it rich!

This makes a fantastic dish to serve with pride.

Our music for tonight A big song in 1972!:

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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The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes 


PFLAG's Jeanne Manford

The link between a gay man and his mother is legendary. So how deep is the hurt to hear the phrase “You are no son of mine”. Today, with progress, this does happen less than it did in the past. Yet family hatred still cuts deep. Worst, it springs from what they call “love”.

Parenting has always been hard, They have to rely on what had been taught, what the pastor said, what their teachers told told them, even what doctors proclaimed when they were growing up.

When their child tells them “Mom, I'm gay” it is like telling them you are a stranger! Of course they are traumatized! Thankfully now there is a wonderful support group of like minded parents. People who have gone through the same shock and can comfort and guide them to a new and much fuller relationship with their LGBT child.
This is thanks to an elementary school teacher, Jeanne Manford back in April 1972, got a phone call from the hospital saying that her son Morty, had been beaten while distributing pro-gay flyers.
Her reaction made history! Instead of kicking the child out of the house, (an all too often occurrence), Mrs Manford fired off an angry letter of protest to the New York Post! She said she was the mother of a gay protester and complained of police inaction! 

Jeanne Manford did not stop there. She gave interviews and became an activist in her own way. She marched with her son in the New York Pride March of 1972, carrying a hand-lettered sign saying "Parents of Gays Unite in Support for Our Children".

She became energized with the goal of being "a bridge between the gay community and the heterosexual community". 
The organization she started, now known as PFLAG is the United States' largest organization for parents, families, friends, and allies united with people who are LGBTQ+.

PFLAG has more than 500 chapters across the United States, with more than 200,000 members and supporters.

As powerful allies, they offer a unique perspective and drive. They are more than just a support group, reaching out and educating, teaching and sponsoring major changes. 
All because an elementary school teacher stood up for her son and changed history.