Thursday, November 30, 2017

Lawrence V Texas Celebration Pork Chops


Here is a simple recipe of pork cooked with apples & onions to mark the eat of the growing season. Let it light up your holiday table with its “yummy-ness” Start things off with a simple vegetable salad!


Pork chops can be overlooked during the holidays. This makes a welcome break from turkey! Granny Smith apples, some onion and brown sugar make this a treat. Simply add a green vegetable and they will be saying “What a Meal”. Be sure to read a short article on LGBT history following the recipe.



A Simple Vegetable Salad
This makes a nice side dish. Not too sweet and a dressing that is mostly non-fat!

Ingredients:

10 oz package frozen broccoli and cauliflower
5 oz container non fat yogurt, (I used lemon flavored)
3 Tbs mayonnaise
½ cup sugar
½ tsp salt
3 strips bacon
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
½ cup dried cranberries

Directions:
Zap the frozen vegetable mix in microwave for ONLY 2 minutes and let cool


Cut the bacon into thirds and fry it up crisp. Drain on paper towels



In a medium bowl Mix the yogurt with the mayonnaise, stir in the sugar. Sprinkle with salt.

Place the vegetables in a large bowl. Add the cheese and cranberries, then stir well.
Pour the dressing over and again mix well. Garnish with crumbled bacon.

Cover and place in refrigerator to blend flavors for at least an hour.

WOW!

Celebration Pork Chops




Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 pork chops, about 1-inch thick
  • ¼ cup (stick) butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ¼ tsp. salt +
  • 2 large granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 Tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 Tbs brown sugar
Directions:
Do your cutting: slice the onion.


Peel, core and slice the apples. 
 

In a shallow dish, completely coat pork chops with flour. 



In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat; add pork chops and cook, uncovered, about 5 minutes on each side, until browned.



Add onion, salt, and apples; cover and cook an additional 10 minutes, turning chops once.



In a small pan, combine remaining ingredients, heat just until it is mixed
Add to skillet and cover.



Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking 3 to 4 minutes, or until sauce begins to thicken. Serve chops topped with sauce.
For our music tonight:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSUFzC6_fp8



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Lawrence v. Texas

Master suggested that when slave writes about LGBT history the stress should be on the victories and things we got right. Especially as the end of the year approaches, let's look back on the good stuff!

In 1960 every state in America had anti-sodomy laws on their books. Legal punishments for sodomy often included heavy fines, life prison sentences, or both, with some states, beginning with Illinois in 1827, denying other rights, such as suffrage, to anyone convicted of the crime of sodomy. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, several states imposed various eugenics laws against anyone deemed to be a "sexual pervert". In some cases the courts ordered “treatments”. As late as 1970, Connecticut denied a driver's license to a man for being an "admitted homosexual". Most judges were largely unsympathetic to the due process claims raised.

But one of the biggest steps toward gay equality, the end of America’s sodomy laws, was the legal case: Lawrence v. Texas. It is considered the most significant gay rights breakthrough of our time. The proceedings took five years to go through the court system.




It began in 1998, not even 20 years ago. A 911 operator received a false report about “a black male going crazy with a gun” at John Lawrence’s home in a Houston suburb. Harris County sheriff’s deputies responded with guns drawn. They entered Lawrence’s unlocked apartment. There, they purportedly found Lawrence and Tyron Garner engaging in consensual sex.

Nobody knows what they actually saw.
One deputy wrote in his report that he saw Garner, on the bed,on all fours”, on the receiving end of anal sex with Lawrence, and that both were completely naked.

Another said that he saw them on the floor, and that Garner wasn’t naked. He wasn’t sure whether he saw them having anal sex or oral sex, (How do you confuse the two?) “The black guy was giving him head or they was doing each other from behind. I don’t remember.”



Lawrence and Garner were arrested, held in jail overnight, and charged with violating the Texas Homosexual Conduct law. This prohibited engaging “in deviant sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex.”

They both denied having sex that night. They sought help from Lambda Legal Defense. The lawyers advised the defendants to plead no contest, neither admitting guilt nor protesting innocence.

And so on November 20, 1998, Lawrence and Garner were convicted of the Class C misdemeanor were fined $200 each. They had to register as sex offenders.

And with that, the landmark case of Lawrence v. Texas began to make its way through the court system. As expected, the plaintiffs lost at each stage, with the courts relying on the 1986 Supreme court ruling - Bowers v. Hardwick. That ruling had found sodomy laws were acceptable and to be upheld.
Arguments were finally heard in 2003. LGBT history hung in the balance. Supreme Court Justices are wary of overturning any ruling, especially one that recent. However in June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Texas anti-sodomy law in a 6-3 ruling, along with similar laws in twelve other states.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion. He stated:
    Liberty protects the person from unwarranted government intrusions into a dwelling or other private places. In our tradition the State is not omnipresent in the home. And there are other spheres of our lives and existence, outside the home, where the State should not be a dominant presence. Freedom extends beyond spatial bounds. Liberty presumes an autonomy of self that includes freedom of thought, belief, expression, and certain intimate conduct. The instant case involves liberty of the person both in its spatial and more transcendent dimensions.

Remember those words my brothers and sisters. This is our right to freedom!

The Court held that homosexuals had a protected liberty interest to engage in private, sexual activity and that moral disapproval did not provide a legitimate justification for Texas’s law criminalizing sodomy.

Kennedy wrote:
The petitioners [Lawrence and Garner] are entitled to respect for their private lives. The State cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime.”

The Court also held that the intimate, adult consensual conduct at issue here was part of the liberty protected by the substantive component of the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process protections. Kennedy said that the Constitution protects “personal decisions relating to marriage, procreation, contraception, family relationships, [and] child rearing” and that homosexuals “may seek autonomy for these purposes.” Holding that “the Texas statute furthers no legitimate state interest which can justify its intrusion into the personal and private life of the individual”, the court struck down the anti-sodomy law as unconstitutional.

The ruling attracted much public attention, and set the stage for further re-considerations of standing law, including the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges which recognized same-sex marriage as a fundamental right.


 So today as we prepare to celebrate the holidays with the families of our choice, with who we love, lets remember what has been accomplished.

And in true holiday story fashion, let us gather in love and focus on what we can achieve! Help our community in every way we can. As Charles Dickens wrote: “nothing happens without assistance”.

A special thanks to Will Kohler, who writes: Back2Stonewall.com, and to Lambda Legal Defense, for gathering all this technical information for our enlightenment.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Chicken & Peaches on Spinach


Found too much month left over at the end of the budget! So dug out some frozen chicken breasts. Now for a different twist, this is served with peaches on a bed of creamed spinach. Bright cranberries dot the platter like touches of red holly.


Chicken, spinach, peaches and cranberries found in the cupboard and pantry serve up a new holiday tradition for your table.



Ingredients:
4 pc. boneless- skinless chicken breasts
3 slices bacon
2 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
8 oz fresh spinach
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup heavy cream
1 can peach slices
dried cranberries

Directions:
Wash spinach and drain completely. As a personal preference, I choose to remove the stems.


In a large sided fry pan over medium-high heat, fry bacon until crisp and grease has been released into the pan. Remove bacon to paper towel.

Add butter to grease in pan.

Sprinkle chicken with salt then add it to skillet and cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Remove chicken to plate.



Add the minced onion. Cook for about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional minute while stirring.


Add the spinach by handfuls stirring each into the skillet. They will wilt down quickly and allow room for another handful. (This took about 4 handfuls).



Add the ½ cup of heavy cream, salt & nutmeg, mix well. Add the 2 tbs of mayonnaise, stir well.
Mix in the peach slices & dried cranberries. Place chicken pieces into the mix and cover.

Allow to simmer for a good 30 minutes! Stir occasionally just to make sure nothing burns to bottom.



Serve with warm bread. What a wonderfully surprising taste! The secret to cooking spinach is to cook it for at least 20 minutes, this cooks out the sulfur that makes the greens taste bitter. The addition of peaches and cranberries livens up the platter.


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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Pastrami Deli Delights

Well it's time for the tree trimming parties! These warm bites will be so welcome. The tastes of old tyme New York Deli Sandwiches have been a favorite for years. 
 


Pastrami, mustard, horseradish, pickles on rye, what's not to love! Here we present them as a finger food for your next get-together.



Ingredients:
1 Tbs mustard
1 Tbs horseradish sauce
1 tsp mayo
1 tsp pickle relish
¼ tsp coriander
½ lbs pastrami chopped
1 cup shredded cheese

loaf of party rye (rye squares)
Mustard to spread

Directions:

Finely chop the pastrami 



In bowl mix Mustard with horseradish sauce,
add mayo & pickle relish. 


 

Stir in the coriander (this is the main taste of pastrami)


Finally stir in the chopped pastrami and cheese
Seal until ready to serve.



Turn on broiler, line a tray with foil and lightly spray.


Spread thin coating of mustard on the rye squares and place on foil.
Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls onto each and slide under broiler. 
 

 
 
Watch carefully, don't want them to burn, just heat and melt.
Transfer with a spatula onto serving dish.


For our music,
(lets wait until the tree is lit for the Christmas stuff)

For Our Christmas Decorating Party

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Jezebel Pork Steaks

Gotta get pork steaks in before winter! Slave was trying to come up with a different sauce. Tried to mix horseradish with mustard and pineapple. After working in some brown sugar, a quick check on the internet found just this same sauce! Called “Jezebel”, who would have thought?


The secret to juicy pork that is more like the texture of ham than chewy pork chops,is to cook it backwards! Low and slow in oven then sear under the broiler. 
 

Ingredients:
2 – 3 lbs thick cut pork steaks (sliced pork butt)

Marinade:

¼ cup kosher salt
½ cup honey
1 tsp liquid smoke
1.5 cups of Hot tap water

Jezebel Sauce:

3 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 (15 ounce) can crushed pineapple (drained)
½ cup creamy horseradish sauce
1 teaspoon black pepper

1 (10 ounce) jar apricot fruit spread optional


Directions:
Anytime you cook pork or chicken, you will get better results if you brine or marinade the meat first. For this a simple brine with salt & honey was used, then on the day of cooking, carefully rinse this off and pat dry!

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Line a pan with foil and place a sprayed rack in that.


While oven heats: mix the drained crushed pineapple with brown sugar, mustard, horseradish, and pepper. If you like more spicy foods, add 1 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes.


Cut any edge ribbons of fat from the steaks and place on the sprayed rack. Spoon the Jezebel sauce over them in a layer.

Slow roast them for 50 minutes to an hour or until temperature reaches 120 degrees.

Change oven to broil. Carefully watch them under this heat as the sugars can burn easily. Broil for about 8 to 10 minutes or until temperature reaches 150 to 160 degrees. (pork is safe at 145).

Remove from oven and cover loosely with foil for 8 minutes while fixing the side vegetables.



Serve this unexpected masterpiece with a smile and enjoy the guest raving.


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Spatchcocked Cooked Chicken

Spatchcocking is a term for butterflying a chicken. The back bone is removed and the bird is flattened by a sharp hit to the breast. Why? Because white meat of chicken cooks faster than the dark meat. When roasting by the time the legs and thighs are cooked, the breast is dry! By cooking it this way heat gets evenly around to cook both at approximately the same time. Both white & dark meat will be juicy.


Just ask the butcher to do this for you. Then some oil and seasonings will give you a wonderful feast. Add 2 sides and make this your own new holiday meal. 
 

Ingredients:
  • 1 whole spatchcocked chicken 3-1/2 lb. (Get the butcher to do it for you. All they do is remove the backbone.)
  • Salt + Pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp each: basil, garlic powder and thyme
  • 2 slices bacon each cut in half
  • 4tbs oil


Pro Tips:
For crispier chicken skin, salt the chicken and let it sit uncovered in the fridge overnight. Before cooking, pat the skin dry one more time and sprinkle on a little more salt.




Wipe a roaster pan with oil and place in the oven as it pre-heats to 450 F
Note: if you just spray it, you will get smoke!


Combine your herbs and garlic with oil +butter.
Coat the chicken with the herb oil working it under the skin.


Once oven ready and the pan is really hot: place your chicken in the pan, with the skin side down. Lay bacon on the bone side.
Be careful and use hot pads. 
 

Place the whole pan in the oven and allow it to roast until a thermometer in the deepest part of the leg reads 160 F.

(start checking at about 30 minutes. Depending on the size of the bird, it will be ready around 45 minutes)

When is it is the correct temperature, remove the pan and turn the bird over, so that the skin is now facing up.
Cover with foil and leave somewhere warm for about 10 minutes.
This will let the bird relax, the juices will settle and the chicken will continue cooking on its own, from the internal heat still in the chicken.
Serve with strips of bacon laid on top.


For slave's guest tonight, Ellen: hand mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans.


Wish Master could have been here.
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