Saturday, August 5, 2017

Edmund White Italian Bake

The other day a friend was describing a meal she had in Florence, Italy. As she described the flavors this recipe came together in slave's mind. Boy is it good!

This dish is named in honor to an LBGT writer and hero: Edmund White. Be sure to read the short article on him after the recipe.

1 package of Sweet Italian Bratwurst
1 lbs package fresh spinach
5 garlic cloves, chopped
½ Red Onion Chopped
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 19oz.can Cannellini beans, (white kidney Beans) rinsed & drained
1⁄2 cup heavy cream
8oz low fat cream cheese
Salt & pepper to taste

Do all your prep work first:
Chop the garlic and Onion. Make a cut down the side of each brat and pull off the skin. 

Open the cream cheese to get to room temperature, open & drain the beans. 

Heat a large skillet. Add oil. Saute the sausages & onions (about 6 minutes)

Add the spinach by handfuls letting them wilt down each time.

Trust me it will wilt down to almost nothing. Do this slowly, lifting the hot sausages beneath and sliding them on top. If you rush this you will have spinach all over the kitchen!

Mix in the low fat cream cheese and stir. Add garlic and the cream.
Lower heat to med and cover. 

Let simmer at low heat for 15 minutes while preheating the oven to 350. Spray a 9x14 baking dish.

Add beans to skillet and heat through.
Spoon into the baking dish and roast for 20 minutes to blend all flavors.

Serve this as a one dish meal with perhaps some hot bread.

For our music:
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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The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes 



Edmund White 

Edmund Valentine White, A prolific LGBT writer and hero was born in 1940.
He studied Chinese at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1962.

He has received many awards and distinctions. Among these he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He received the inaugural Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from Publishing Triangle in 1989.

In 2014, Edmund White was presented the Bonham Centre Award from The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto, for his contributions to the advancement and education of issues around sexual identification.
White is GAY. He never tried to hide this and throughout his many books he offers a goal to young LGBT who have no other connections.

His own youth was not a happy one. White has stated: "Writing has always been my recourse when I've tried to make sense of my experience or when it's been very painful. When I was 15 years old, I wrote my first (unpublished) novel about being gay, at a time when there were no other gay novels. So I guess I was really inventing a genre, and it was a way of administering a therapy to myself, I suppose."

Literary career
White's debut novel, Forgetting Elena (1973), set on an island, can be read as commenting on gay culture in a coded manner. Next, written with psychotherapist Charles Silverstein, The Joy of Gay Sex (1977) made him known to a wider readership. His1978 novel, Nocturnes for the King of Naples was explicitly gay-themed and drew on his own life.

White's autobiographic works are frank and unapologetic about his promiscuity and his HIV-positive status. In 1980, he brought out States of Desire, a survey of some aspects of gay life in America. In 1982, he helped found the group Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York City

In the same year appeared White's best-known work, A Boy's Own Story — the first volume of an autobiographic-fiction series, continuing with The Beautiful Room Is Empty (1988) and The Farewell Symphony (1997), describing stages in the life of a gay man from boyhood to middle age.

In 1984 in Paris he was involved in the foundation of the French HIV/AIDS organization, AIDES. After returning to America White published Genet: a biography (1993), Our Paris: sketches from memory (1995), Marcel Proust (1998), The Flaneur: a stroll through the paradoxes of Paris (2000) and Rimbaud (2008).

The novel The Married Man (2000) is gay-themed and draws on White's life. Fanny: A Fiction (2003) is a historical novel about novelist Frances Trollope and social reformer Frances Wright in early 19th-century America.

In 2005 White published his autobiography, My Lives — organized by theme rather than chronology — and in 2009 his memoir of New York life in the 1960s and 1970s, City Boy.

He is currently a professor of creative writing in Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts. In June 2012, White was reported by his husband, Michael Carroll, to be making 'remarkable' recovery after suffering two strokes in previous months.

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