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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Wednesday Word on Marriage

OK, we're being nostalgic lately on this web log and one of the first posts five years ago was on same sex marriage. Here it is again on the last day of Pride Month '10. It's still relevant, of course. Word up on the marriage thing ...

A honeymoon in Sunny Spain one of Holy Mother Church’s dearest daughters would do the hearts good of many a vibrant homosexual not to mention having the marriage sanctioned there.

The United States’ neighbour to its North and more than one of its neighbours across the ocean seem bent on affording the rights to same sex couples that are afforded to those of mixed marriages. Perhaps the gods – or God as the case may be -- do smile on the alternative brethren from time to time.

That being said and accepted, let it also be said that perhaps the Federal Government of any nation has no business sanctifying anybody’s marriage. Yes, if mixed marriages are to be sanctified by a civil government then all marriages should of necessity be sanctified by the Government.

However, it is not the Government’s business to sanctify any union whatsoever. It is the Government’s business on the other hand to nurture and encourage households of whatever nature as long as those households in turn nurture and encourage the productive lives of its citizens.

Let the Churches debate what they need to debate. If a homosexual Church somewhere in the world doesn’t want to bless mixed marriages that’s its matter and only its concern. It is no concern of the Government’s.

Even Holy Mother Church, the one that Ratzinger heads, has always taught that the ministers of the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony are those who are entering into the Holy Contract. Not the priest.

It should follow that the Federal Government has no business administering a sacrament to anyone.

Still, let every homosexual male and female alike enter the Ark of same sex marriage and when the waters have subsided let them go forth and populate the Earth.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday's Blast from the Past: Alec Musser's De-briefing

Although BethAnn Bonner didn't actually win the Soap Star competition on SoapNet she is actually their most successful contestant. Alec Musser actually won the second season[?] and got a contract on All My Children. We like him around here. We de-briefed him more than once. We wonder where he is? Anyway this was a post when the Tuesday Feature was christened the Tuesday De-Briefing. Hey, if you have underwear model on your resume' and you look like Alec

There is one thing that contemporary daytime drama still gets right and that is maintaining their quotient of fetching young men. For our money, one of the fetchingest is Alec Musser, who has been making the effort for years and it has had some mighty fruition.

Pookie, this WebLOg's high tech expert and ever vigilant researcher, discovered some photos from Mr. Musser's past. In honour of Pookie's endeavours and Mr Musser's persistently flawless physique, hereby is initiated a new Weekly feature -- The Tuesday De-Briefing.

Mr. Musser is currently starring as Del Henry on ABC Daytime's All My Children. He is a product of SoapNet's so-called reality series, I Want to Be A Soap Star. He came out of the 2005 Season. Suffice it to say, one out of three ain't bad.

It goes without saying that there's more here than meets the eye, but who would complain? The show is not using him enough much to their detriment. So, it is hereby respectfully suggested that there be more Alec, or more Del as the case may be. His scenes are way too brief. Let's de-brief the fetching Mr. Musser!

These photos are from 2003. There are more, which will be added to the Alec Musser Gallery on this website. In the meantime visit the two sites dedicated to him: the official and the unofficial -- an embarassment of Musser riches.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday Music: The Land of Make Believe

The Land Of Make Believe

Chuck Mangione Quartet with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
& Esther Satterfield, vocalist.

When you're feeling down and out
Wondering what this world's about
I know a place that has the answer.

It's a place where no one dies.
It's a land where no one cries.
And good vibrations always
Greet you.

How I love when my thoughts run
To the land of make believe.
Where everything is fun

Children always gather around
Mother Goose and all her rhyme
They fill the air with sounds
Of laughter.

People dancing
Their hearts are filled
With all the reasons why.
You and I should learn the way
Of the land of make believe
And make this world of ours
Much brighter.

I once asked the Wizard of Oz
For the secret of his land
He said, "Just take a look around here.
Seven dwarves and Little Boy Blue,
Uncle Remus and Snow White, too.
(Now, just between us,
That's what's known as integration.)

Jack and Jill are hard at work
Helping children dream awhile,
And Snoopys making smiles
For grown-ups.

All the elves are making toys
They are rich with all the joys
Of seeing happy kids
At Christmas.

We are waiting
To help you find
The dream made just for you.

In a few words let's just say
That in answer to your quiz
Imagination is
The secret."

Hear the music of the band
It was written in our land
For what's a song but someone's

In your world there was a King
He once said, "I have a dream,"
Now there's a man who new
The secret.

Dreams are really
The thoughts that you
Have hidden in your heart.

When you start a brand new day
Let your heart show you the way
And make a dream or two
Come true.

How I love when my thoughts run
To the land of make believe
Where everything is fun

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Walk Proud, Dear Hearts!

While there is a lot to be said about Kelly Bensimon's participation in this year's parade, for example, she has nothing to do with Gay Pride nor does she have anything to do with AIDS activism -- so, why is she on the GMHC float? Nevertheless, to the rest of you: Walk proud, brothers and sisters. We belong here.

Gay Pride, Gregory Nalbone, Bill Costa and the staff of Column of Life

One year on this weekend the photo for the Saturday Beefcake feature came from late gay photographer Bill Costa who lived in New York City and whose photographic art used black and white format often picturing young men who were not necessarily professional models. On New York's Gay Pride Weekend here again is published that post but with photography from the very good and very kind Bill Costa.

There is usually much activity in the CoL offices on Saturday, most of it has to do with the image that is to be stolen from the internet. Today the discussion around that was minimal because a stock image from the late photographer, Bill Costa's files was used.

It was the choice of a recipe that caused most problems. Ms. Bernice kept going on about pulled pork and we weren't sure if she was speaking about a recipe. Anyway, Bernice would not sit still because she's getting ready to go a Gay Pride barbecue in Manhattan thinking that Charles Busch & Jason Priestly were going to be there. Well, first of all that was Monday and it wasn't Jason Priestly, but Pookie didn't have time to set her straight. He kept going on about tossed salads and eggbeaters; and he is much too busy taking care of Timothy Adams, well not exactly him, but his site. Nurse Betty's calming influence was nowhere to be found. She couldn't be convinced that other than Maple Syrup & that so called bacon Canadian cuisine didn't have much to offer.

Outside cooking and get-togethers are the order of the day, and it does seem the subject of Mr. Costa's photograph is waiting for something or someone to arrive. A side dish perhaps? As Bernice whizzed out the door in her usual flurry, she was heard to exclaim: "Stuff it, Bozo."

Inspiration from none other than our Manhattan correspondent. Here is a recipe for stuffed Summer Squash. It is based on Nadia Battini's of Liguria which came via cookbook author, Anissa Helou.

Zucchine Ripiene

8 small summer squash
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
One medium onion, chopped finely
One small fennel, chopped finely
One small carrot, chopped finely
Fresh Basil and Fresh Parsley
Egg, one beaten
Grated Parmigiano or Romano
Minced ham, or Canadian Bacon (ok, Nurse Betty? Still it's optional) You can also use grilled sweet bell peppper in its place
Small Potato, cooked and mashed
salt and pepper

1. The onion, fennel and carrot are to be cooked in a covered pan in the olive oil for about 8 minutes and then add a bit of both the parsley and basil for about two more.
2. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl, add the rest of the ingredients except the breadcrumbs. Salt & Pepper.
3. The squash is cut lengthwise and steamed.
4. Scoop out the centers.
5. The innards of the squash are to be mixed with the stuffing in the mixing bowl and placed in the shells of the squash.
6. These are to be baked in a preheated oven @ 350F in a well oiled baking dish for about 20 minutes which should bring them to a golden and crispy disposition.
7. Prepare well in advance because they are to be served at room temperature.

This is a great side dish for backyard parties and barbecues. Well, if you are either going to eat a side dish or even be one, there's nothing wrong at all with stuffing it. Just ask Bernice.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Here's Looking At You, Kid Beefcake!

Saturday Night Beefcake Enjoyment

Saturday Beefcake: Another James Beard Foundation Recipe

Brussels sprouts are a cultivar of the same species that includes cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, kale, and kohlrabi; they are cruciferous. They contain good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fibre. Moreover, they are believed to protect against colon cancer, due to their containing sinigrin.[4] Although they contain compounds such as goitrin that can act as goitrogens and interfere with thyroid hormone production, realistic amounts in the diet do not seem to have any effect on the function of the thyroid gland in humans

The most common method of preparing Brussels sprouts for cooking begins with removal of the buds from the stalk. Any surplus stem is cut away, and the surface leaves that are loosened by this cutting are peeled and discarded. Cooking methods include boiling, steaming and roasting. To ensure even cooking throughout, buds of a similar size are usually chosen. Some cooks will cut a cross in center of the stem to aid the penetration

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Hugh Acheson
Five and Ten
Athens, GA

“Look, brussels sprouts get a bad name. Most of the bad rap comes from being forced to eat drastically overcooked, mushy, under seasoned versions when we were young. This will open your eyes to the wonderful side of a maligned vegetable. You won’t have to hide them in your napkin ever again.”

Yield:6 servings

1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon walnut oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 quart Brussels sprouts, shaved thinly by hand or on a mandolin
1 cup roasted peanuts
1 cup shaved pecorino romano cheese
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley

Put the mustard in a heavy bowl. Slowly add olive oil and walnut oil while whisking. Add the lemon juice and sherry vinegar. Finish with the chopped parsley and season with salt and pepper.

To prepare the salad, toss brussels sprouts, peanuts, cheese and parsley in a salad bowl with the vinaigrette to your taste

Saturday Beefcake: Men With Balls II

More world cup

Carlos Bocanegra

Landon Donovan

Saturday Beefcake: Guys With Balls

a world cup post

Saturday Beefcake Salmon

Salmone alla Vietnamita

by: Christophe Ticarro
Skagway Brewing Co.
Skagway, AK

Christophe “Duppy” Ticarro, who made this dish at the Beard House with his brother, Christian, tells us, “We grew up with this classic salmon dish from our Vietnamese mother and fused it with technique our French father taught us.”

Four 6-ounce salmon fillets
Salt and pepper
2 teaspoons butter


2 cups water
1 teaspoon olive oil, plus more for frying 

1 tablespoon of tahini

1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chickpea flour
1 lemons, juiced and zested

1/2 lime, juiced and zest 

Papaya Salad:
2 cups shredded green papaya (if you can’t fin green papaya, substitute red cabbage or jicama)

1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons chopped peanuts (optional)
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
Juice of 1 lime

1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons nuoc nam (Vietnamese fish sauce)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 chile pepper, seeds removed and chopped
1/2 teaspoons sugar

Preheat the oven to 200º F. Using a very sharp knife, carefully remove the skin from the salmon fillets (you can also have your fishmonger do this). Dry the skin and season with salt and pepper. Lay the skin flat on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with parchment and weigh down with another baking sheet or baking pan. Bake for 2 hours, until crispy and dry.

To make the panisse, mix the water, 1 teaspoon olive oil, tahini and salt in a medium pot. Over medium heat, heat the pot until almost boiling. While whisking, gradually add the chickpea flour. Continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 7 to 10 minutes until very thick. Spread into a lightly oiled 9-inch square cake pan, so it is about 1/2-thick. It may not take up the whole pan. Set aside to cool.

To prepare the papaya salad, toss together the green papaya, carrots, cilantro, peanuts, ginger, garlic, and lime juice. Make the dressing by mixing together the water, nuoc nam, rice vinegar, chile peppers, and sugar. Toss the salad with the dressing to taste, reserving some dressing.

Once the panisse is cool, remove from the pan and cut into squares small enough to serve under the salmon, about 2 x 3 inches. In a large frying pan, heat 1/4- to 1/2-inch of olive oil. Add the panisse squares. Fry until golden and crisp, about 3 minutes per side.

To prepare the salmon, preheat the oven to 350º F. In a large oven-safe sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Season the salmon on both sides with salt and pepper. Place the salmon in the pan top-side down. Once the salmon is golden and crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes, flip to the other side. Place the salmon in the oven until done, about 7 minutes.

To serve, lay each salmon fillet on top of a fried panisse square. Top with papaya salad and a piece of the crispy salmon skin.

Getting A Start to Your Beefcake Day

up, up and ...

Good Morning Beefcake

You know what they say about early birds ...

Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Feature II: Support Gay Marriage

Friday Feature: LIFEbeat tonight!

On Friday, June 25th, 2010 three of Hearts & Voices most dedicated and talented performers will take the stage for a special evening to benefit LIFEbeat – The Music Industry Fights AIDS. Mighty Kate along with fellow artists Todd Alsup and Cassandra Kubinski will perform at “A Night of Hearts & Voices” at The Gramercy Theatre in NYC.

For nearly 15 years LIFEbeat’s Hearts & Voices program has brought the gift of live music and entertainment to hospitals, residential facilities, and day treatment centers all over NYC and beyond, lifting the spirits of individuals living with HIV/AIDS. The program relies on an ever-growing community of performers and volunteers to provide 250+ shows a year.

A Night of Hearts & Voices
Friday, June 25th, 2010 – 7.30P
Gramercy Theatre – 127 E 23rd St, NYC

Tickets: $15
Purchase Advance Tickets here:https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/751155

Doors open one hour before showtime; two drink minimum at tables. General admission.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Gay Thursday II: Justin Utley

Justin is appearing tonight at The Stonewall Inn on Christopher St in NYC!

Gay Thursday: James Franco on General Hospital

from Soaps In Depth:

When James Franco brings twisted artist Franco back this summer, his real-life mother will join him! As previously reported, the Milk star returns to GH on Wednesday, June 30, and now a rep for the soap confirms that Betsy Franco will begin a short-term role on Friday, July 2, when Spinelli tracks down the eccentric, murder-obsessed artist's mom. But before James Franco returns to GH next week, the actor will make his first appearance on The View earlier that day, airing at 11 a.m. EST on ABC. In related news, GH has tapped Bruce Davison to play the short-term role of Wilhelm Van Schlagel, Franco's art dealer. The Oscar nominee will make his three-episode cameo appearance beginning in early July.

This item rates a Gay Thursday, first off because it's James Franco (hello!?) news, but it is also Bruce Davison news. Davison was nominated for his role in Longtime Companion.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Wednesday Word: David and Jonathan for Pride Week

The word from GayChristian 101:
Scripture speaks in glowing terms of Jonathan and David’s loving intimacy, exchanging clothing, embracing, weeping together, hugging and kissing each other.

Gays point out that the same Hebrew words used to describe Jonathan and David’s relationship also describe intimate opposite sex relationships.

Jonathan loved David and so they consistently make time alone together and when alone, affirm their love for each other. Each time they reaffirm their covenant, love for each other is the justification given in scripture. Jonathan goes against his father, his family, his opportunity to be Israel’s King, in favor of supporting David.

The covenant made between the two men strengthens a romantic rather than political or platonic interpretation of their relationship. At their first meeting, Jonathan strips himself before the youth, handing him his clothing, remaining naked before him. When they first make their covenant, not long after their first meeting, the reason supplied is simply because Jonathan "loved [David] as his own soul." (1 Sam. 18:3). Each time they reaffirm the covenant, love (though not necessarily sexual in nature) is the only justification provided. Additionally, it should be observed that the covenants and affectionate expressions were made in private, like a personal bond, rather than publicly as would a political bond.