Monday, July 16, 2018

Spinach and Mushroom Soup


Here is a healthy great tasting meal of soup and salad that wont heat up the kitchen very much. Use the slow cooker to do the work and surprise with a homemade soup that isn't laden with salt. 
 

Serve this with a side salad of mixed vegetables in a sweet & sour dressing. A wonderful way to enjoy a meal made from scratch that won't wear you out.


Ingredients:
2 cups fresh mushrooms, washed and halved
1 onion, cut in a medium dice
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tsp salt + ½ tsp black pepper
½ cup white wine
4 cups low salt chicken broth
2 cups water
¼ cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon cold water
1 10-ounce package fresh spinach, stemmed
1 cup non fat half & Half

Directions:
Wipe out the slow cooker and spray. Set on low.

Rinse and drain the mushrooms, chop the onions.

Place the mushrooms, onion, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt and pepper into a 6-quart slow cooker. Stir to mix.

Add the white wine, broth and water and stir again.
Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 7 hours or on high for 4 hours. 
 

Combine cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of cold water. Stir to incorporate and ensure there are no lumps. Add to slow cooker. 
 

Add spinach by handfuls and stir in each. They will wilt right down.


Then the half & half gets stirred in. Replace lid and turn slow cooker to high


 
 
Cook for another 45 minutes.


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Sweet and Sour vegetable salad
Ingredients:
1 (16 ounce) can mixed vegetables
1½ cups macaroni, cooked or pasta of your choice
½ cup onion, chopped  (could use green onions, too)
1 (15.5 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
 


Directions:
Chop onion, heat water for pasta. Drain the red beans.
Boil pasta for 4 minutes, then add the drained mixed vegetables. 
 

Continue to boil for another 4 minutes or until pasta cooked. Drain well.
Add the onions and kidney beans. Let cool while making dressing.


Sweet and Sour Salad Dressing
¾ cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
½ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (could use regular yellow mustard)
1 tablespoon butter or margarine.
 


Combine ingredients and heat on stove top until just comes to boil. Let cool. Pour over vegetable salad. Enjoy!


A beautiful healthy meal that is so much better than anything you could pour out of a can.



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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bastille Chicken


Happy Bastille Day. This commemorates the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. In 1789, just two days after the revolution began, a mob broke into the Bastille Fortress in Paris, which held stockpiles of weapons as well as political prisoners. The storming sent a signal to the French monarchy that the people were embracing the revolution. The riot was a call for the establishment of a republic in France. So lets dedicate this version of a French Onion Chicken dish to this holiday.


A simple mix of the great flavors of onion soup and chicken. Serve this with some green vegetables and a hot bread – Don't make them eat cake! ;-)




Ingredients
3 Tbs. oil, divided
2 large onions, sliced into half moons
2 tsp. thyme
salt + pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 boneless thighs
½ tsp. dried oregano
2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
1½ c. low sodium beef broth
1 c. shredded Gruyère
Chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)

Directions
 
Carefully slice up the onions: Then chop the garlic. In a separate bowl cut up the cheese.




In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tbsp olive oil. Add onions and season with salt, pepper, and thyme. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally until onions are caramelized and jammy, about 25 minutes. 



Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Turn off heat and remove onion mixture. Wipe skillet clean.


In a large bowl, season chicken with salt, pepper and oregano, then toss with flour. Heat remaining oil in the same skillet over medium high heat. 
 

Add chicken and cook until golden on all sides and mostly cooked through, about 8 minutes.



Add beef broth and return cooked onions to skillet. Bring mixture to a boil, then then reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through and beef broth reduces slightly, about 10 more minutes.


Add Gruyère and cover skillet with a lid. Cook until cheese is melty, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and garnish with parsley. Serve warm. 
 


What a great table this sets!


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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Quentin's Chicken and Broccoli

Tonight's casserole is dedicated to a true LGBT Icon, Quentin Crisp. Find out more about this brilliant wit in a short article after the recipe.



A comforting casserole of chicken, mushrooms and broccoli in a unique sauce. Great for the next “bring a dish” you are invited to!.



Ingredients

  • ½ box pasta, I choose rotini for its spirals that hold the sauce.
  • 2 C. broccoli florets thawed
  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ red onion chopped
  • 3 T. flour
  • 1 Cup. chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 4 slices Gruyere cheese, chopped into tiny pieces.
  • ½ C. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 boneless chicken thighs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Put pasta water on, when boiling add pasta, after it has boiled for 4 minutes, add the thawed broccoli and finish cooking together. Drain well. 
 


Do your cutting: cut the chicken into bite sized pieces, sprinkle with salt & pepper and set aside. 
 


Rinse the mushrooms and drain well, then quarter.
Chop the onion and garlic. 
 


In a large saucepan, melt butter and sauté chicken for about 5 minutes, it will finish cooking in the casserole. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in casserole. 
 


Add the onion & mushrooms to the pan. Fry, stirring for another 7 minutes or until onions are translucent and moisture has left the mushrooms.



Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, then whisk in flour, cook for about a minute while whisking, and then gradually add in chicken broth and soup; whisk until sauce is smooth. bring to a simmer, and stir in the cheese pieces and let them melt into the sauce. 
 


In a greased baking dish, toss cooked pasta, broccoli, chicken, and sauce.
Bake for 20 minutes until bubbly.



What an interesting new taste for your table.
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Quentin Crisp


It is a difficult task to attempt even a short biography of the man born as Denis Charles Pratt in south London on Christmas Day in 1908. A man who defied social conventions with a brilliant mind and sharp wit. While printing a list of his more famous comments would please and humor, it would do little to inform about this icon.
Shortly after WWI, he was wearing make-up and painting his nails in his everyday life! He worked as a rent-boy in his teens. Then spent thirty years as a professional model for life-classes in art colleges. The interviews he gave about his unusual life attracted increasing public curiosity and he was soon sought after for his highly individual views on the cultivating of style. His one-man stage show was a long-running hit both in Britain and America and he also appeared in films and on TV.

Crisp studied journalism at King's College London but failed to graduate in 1928. He began visiting the cafés of Soho – his favorite: The Black Cat – meeting other young homosexual men and rent-boys, and experimenting with make-up and women's clothes. Crisp said “For six months I worked as a male sex worker, looking for love, but finding only degradation.”
His outlandish appearance brought admiration and curiosity from some quarters, but generally attracted hostility and violence from strangers passing him in the streets.

Crisp attempted to join the British army at the outbreak of the Second World War, but was rejected and declared exempt on the grounds he was "suffering from sexual perversion". “I am a homosexual,” Crisp said, “but I thought that fighting might be a nice change of agony.”

He remained in London during the 1941 Blitz, stocked up on cosmetics, purchased five pounds of henna and paraded through the black-out picking up G.I.s. In the intervening years he never attempted any housework, "After the first four years the dust doesn't get any worse."

Crisp left his job as an engineer's tracer in 1942 to become a model in life classes in London and the Home Counties. He continued posing for artists for the next 30 years.

Crisp had published three short books by the time he came to write The Naked Civil Servant. The book was published in 1968 to generally good reviews.

In 1975 the television version of The Naked Civil Servant was broadcast on British and US television and made both actor John Hurt and Crisp himself into stars. This success launched Crisp in a new direction: that of performer and tutor. He devised a one-man show and began touring the country with it.

When his autobiography was reprinted in 1975, Gay News commented that the book should have been published posthumously (Crisp commented that this was their polite way of telling him to drop dead).

By now Crisp was a theater-filling attraction. His one-man show sold out the Duke of York's Theater in London in 1978. Crisp then took the show to New York. In 1981, he arrived with few possessions and found a small apartment on East 3rd Street in Manhattan's East Village.

As he had done in London, Crisp allowed his telephone number to be listed in the telephone directory and saw it as his duty to converse with anyone who called him. For the first twenty or so years of owning his own telephone he habitually answered calls with the phrase: "Yes, Lord?" ("Just in case," he once said.) 
 
His openness to strangers extended to accepting dinner invitations from almost anyone. Whilst he expected the host would pay for dinner, Crisp did his best to "sing for his supper" by regaling his host with wonderful stories and yarns much as he did in his theatrical performances.

Dinner with him was said to be one of the best shows in New York.
He continued to perform his one-man show, published ground-breaking books on the importance of contemporary manners, and supported himself by accepting social invitations and writing movie reviews and columns. He said that provided one could exist on peanuts and champagne, one could quite easily live by going to every cocktail party, premiere and first night to which one was invited.

He made his debut as a film actor in the Royal College of Art's low-budget production of Hamlet (1976). Crisp played Polonius in the 65-minute adaptation of Shakespeare's play, supported by Helen Mirren, who doubled as Ophelia and Gertrude. 1992 he was cast in a lead role, and got top billing, in the low-budget independent film Topsy and Bunker: The Cat Killers, playing the door-man of a flea-bag hotel in a run-down neighborhood quite like the one he lived in.

Also in 1992 he was persuaded by Sally Potter to play Elizabeth I in the film Orlando. Although he found the role taxing he won acclaim for a dignified and touching performance. Crisp next had an un-credited cameo in the 1993 AIDS drama Philadelphia.

Crisp remained fiercely independent and unpredictable into old age. He caused controversy and confusion in the gay community by jokingly calling AIDS "a fad". He was continually in demand from journalists requiring a sound-bite and throughout the 1990s his commentary was sought on any number of topics.

In December 1998 he celebrated his ninetieth birthday performing the opening night of his one-man show, An Evening with Quentin Crisp, at The Intar Theatre on Forty-Second Street in New York City. A humorous pact he had once made with Penny Arcade to live to be a century old, with a decade off for good behavior, proved prophetic.

Death
Crisp died of a heart attack in November 1999 nearly one month before his 91st birthday in Manchester on the eve of a nationwide revival of his one-man show.

Influence and legacy
Sting dedicated his song "Englishman in New York" (1987) to Crisp. He had remarked jokingly "that he looked forward to receiving his naturalization papers so that he could commit a crime and not be deported." In late 1986 Sting visited Crisp in his apartment and was told over dinner – and the next three days – what life had been like for a homosexual man in the largely homophobic Great Britain of the 1920s to the 1960s. Sting was both shocked and fascinated and decided to write the song. It includes the lines:
It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile,
Be yourself no matter what they say.

Sting says, "Quentin is a hero of mine, someone I know very well. He is gay and he was gay at a time in history when it was dangerous to be so. He had people beating up on him on a daily basis, largely with the consent of the public."

In 2009 a television sequel to The Naked Civil Servant was broadcast. Entitled An Englishman in New York the production documented Crisp's later years in Manhattan. Thirty-four years after his first award-winning performance as Crisp John Hurt returned to play him again.
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He was practically asexual and never had a serious relationship in his life. According to him, “Sex is the last refuge of the miserable. It suffers from the same malaise as television: halfway through what you assumed was a new episode, you realize it’s a rerun. After that, it’s difficult to remain interested.” He was only attracted to an image that by his definition could never be attracted to him. He lived alone nearly all of his adult life. Despite his many wise observations on relationships, he admitted, “I’ve never been in love and clearly do not know what the expression means.” 
 
While many consider Crisp a gay icon, he distanced himself from the gay rights movement. “I don’t think anybody has any rights,” he said and didn’t see the need for people to congregate, mobilize and demand them. His reasoning was that, if you just are yourself regardless, others will catch up.

He refused to be pinned down or to become anyone’s poster child: “I call no pigeon hole home”, he declared.

While Crisp was a fantastic wit and could shoot out one liners on the spur of the moment he was still a product of the pre-World War II era. His perception of what a homosexual was and what he could expect was based on the prevailing wisdom of that time and did not translate well into the latter half of the century.In a way he was trapped in his own persona that he had developed.

He was a Gay Icon that is perhaps better viewed as a modern Oscar Wilde or even Dorthy Parker than as a role model. Still he was one of the century's most uniquely identifiable character.



Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Willies Easy Potluck Pie

One of my neighbors ask me to create a recipe for her to make and bring to our pot luck dinners. She informed me that she does not cook and wants something very easy to put together! Interesting challenge! This is my first suggested attempt. 
 

An easy to assemble casserole of cheese, ham, soup, and eggs that makes itself into a form of quiche. It can be adjusted with different meats, soups, etc. Try this the next time you are asked to: “Bring a dish”.


Ingredients

1 pkg mixed vegetables, thawed, drained
1½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
6oz small cubed ham
½ medium onion, grated
½ cup Bisquick™ type mix
1 can condensed golden mushroom soup
½ cup milk
½ tsp. salt + ¼ pepper
3 Eggs


Directions:
Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 9 – 13 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.



Cut an onion in two pieces and peel. Run the half across the grater with large holes, into a bowl.


Mix the vegetables, 1 cup of the cheese, the ham into that bowl and stir to combine. Spoon this into the sprayed baking dish.



Using a wire whisk: In medium bowl, stir the milk into the Bisquick with the salt & pepper along with the eggs and soup. Pour into baking dish on top of the vegetable/ham mix. Stir it to blend.



Bake 35 to 38 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup cheese. Bake 1 to 2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Let stand 5 minutes before serving.



Could also substitute creamed spinach for mixed vegetables. And maybe add some crumbled bacon on top. Once you have mastered the basic concept, you can make this truly your own.


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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Peter Tatchell Slow Butt Pork

Tonight's meal is to honor a true leader of LGBT rights worldwide. Read more about his work in an article after the recipe.


Thick pork butt, slow-cooked in a crock pot with V8 Juice. Some roasted potatoes and broccoli. A well balanced yet unexpected tasting meal for your table.


Ingredients:
2 lbs thick sliced pork butt (known in St. Louis as Pork Steaks)
1 46 oz can of V-8 juice (low sodium)
1 yellow onion
1 tbs soy sauce
10 cloves garlic
2 lbs red potatoes
Green vegetable

Directions:
Wipe out and spray the slow cooker. (always)
Set on low
heat 2 Tbs oil in large skillet

 

Trim the fat off the pork, place fat pieces in the skillet for added flavor in browning, not in finished meal.


Place the pork into skillet to brown, just enough to start the process.


Peel the onion and slice carefully using the mandolin slicer. Scatter slices in bottom of cooker.


Once nicely brown, place the meat into the cooker in a single layer, if possible.

Pour in the can of juice. Cover.


After that starts you can peel and cut the garlic. Hit each clove with the side of the knife, then cut off the ends. The paper-like covering will slide right off.



Cut each clove in half lengthwise.
This will show any green growth, if there is, pop it out with the tip of your knife. The green will make your food bitter.



Do not worry this is a lot of garlic. In the cooker for 6 – 7 hours the flavor will soften into a wonderful nutty taste.

Dump the garlic into the cooker and add the tbs of soy sauce.

Let this cook for 6 – 7 hours on low.



For the sides: scrub the potatoes and cut into 1 inch chunks leaving the peel on.
Pre heat oven to 400.



Scatter the potatoes on a foil lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
Sprinkle salt and garlic powder on top and let roast for 20 to 30 minutes.

Any frozen green vegetable can be cooked in microwave when time is right.

Carefully remove the pork from the cooker to a platter. Ladle 2 cups of liquid into a sauce pan with 2 tbs cornstarch.
Heat and stir until thickened into a wonderful sauce for both meat & potatoes.



A tender summertime taste for when it is too hot outside to grill.


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 Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell has been campaigning for human rights, democracy, LGBT freedom and global justice since 1967.
He was a member of the queer human rights group OutRage!
Through the Peter Tatchell Foundation, he campaigns for human rights in Britain and internationally.
In 1969, on realizing that he was gay, the struggle for queer freedom became a focus of his activism.
After moving to London in 1971, Peter became a leading activist in the Gay Liberation Front (GLF); organizing sit-ins at pubs that refused to serve “poofs”, and protests against police harassment and the medical classification of homosexuality as an illness.


He famously disrupted Prof Hans Eysenck’s 1972 lecture which advocated electric shock aversion therapy to “cure” homosexuality.
The following year, in East Berlin, he was arrested and interrogated by the secret police – the Stasi – after staging the first ever gay rights protest in a communist country.
His ground-breaking book, AIDS: A guide to survival, published in 1986, was the world’s first self-help guide for people with HIV. It confounded the then consensus that AIDS equals death.

In early 1987, Tatchell launched the world’s first organization dedicated to defending the human rights of people with HIV, the UK AIDS Vigil Organization, drafting the world’s first human rights charter for HIV-positive people.
In 1988, the UKAVO persuaded the World Health Minister’s Summit on AIDS to issue a declaration opposing government repression and discrimination against people with HIV.



After playing a prominent role in the London chapter of the AIDS activist group ACT UP, in 1990 he and 30 other people jointly founded the radical queer human rights direct action movement OutRage!.
Most notoriously, in 1994 Peter Tatchell and OutRage! outed 10 Church of England Bishops and called on them to “tell the truth” about their sexuality – accusing them of hypocrisy and homophobia for publicly colluding with anti-gay policies, despite their own homosexuality.  This led to him being denounced in parliament and the press as a “homosexual terrorist” and “public enemy number one”.
Also in 1994, Peter authored Safer Sexy, the world’s first comprehensive guide to gay sex safely. This book paved the way for a wider liberalization of sexual imagery law and enforcement.
Two years later, in 1996, together with OutRage!, he suggested that the best way to protect young people is earlier, more frank sex and relationship education, to empower them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make wise, responsible choices and to report unwanted sexual advances and abusers.



 
From 1994-2000, Peter helped expose the by then deceased Nazi war criminal, SS Dr Carl Vaernet, who experimented on gay prisoners in Buchenwald concentration camp; revealing how he escaped justice at the end of the Second World War with apparent Allied connivance.
Peter and his OutRage! comrades briefly and peacefully interrupted the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 1998 Easter Sermon in Canterbury Cathedral; condemning Dr Carey’s advocacy of legal discrimination against LGBT people. He was arrested and convicted under the Ecclesiastical Courts Jurisdiction Act 1860 (formerly part of the Brawling Act 1551).
This is Peter’s only conviction in over 50 years of nearly 3,000 direct action and civil disobedience protests.


He participated in the attempted Moscow Gay Pride marches in 2007, in solidarity with Russian LGBT campaigners. Together with others, he was beaten up by neo-Nazis, ultra-nationalists and fundamentalist Christians; suffering brain and eye damage. The police arrested him, while his attackers were allowed to go free.
In 2011, behind-the-scenes, Peter successfully lobbied the Conservative government to agree the legalization of same-sex marriage.


He is also supporting LGBT activists in many of the more than 70 countries that still totally outlaw lesbian and gay relationships, and which punish same-sexers with maximum penalties including flogging, life imprisonment and execution. This solidarity work has included support for queer activists in South Africa, Nepal, Iraq, Nigeria, Iran, Uganda, Malawi, Russia and Zimbabwe.
More than 40 years after first beginning his human rights campaigns, Peter Tatchell continues to campaign for democracy and human rights in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Burma, Columbia, Somaliland, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and elsewhere.