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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday Songs: This Guy's In Love With You

John Pagano will be putting it forth for us at New World Stages tomorrow evening. In the meantim let's hear Herb Alpert put forth and follow that up with John's excellent rendition of "God Give Me Strength."

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Saturday Beefcake Bedtime Fantasy Snack

The Main Course: Beefcake

Vitello Tonnato is a classic summer Italian dish. This variation comes from The Chefs of Cucina Amore from ten years ago or so. It utilizes turkey cutlets and uses the tonnatoas a side dip. It's that turkey time of the year. This is one of the more creative ways to consume it.

Speaking of consumption, here are some fine specimens provided by that great purveyor of male pulchritude, DNA.

Saturday Beefcake Appetizers

It's cocktail hour and a nice healthy appetizer never does any harm, perhaps some seafood to whet the appetite.

Saturday Beefcake: Sam Talbot

Sam Talbot's Lobster Roll for The Surf Lodge

• 1 lb. cooked lobster meat, cut into chunks (instructions following)
• ¼ cup diced red onion
• ¼ cup diced celery
• 1 T. celery seed
• 1 T. celery salt
• ¼ cup fresh lemon juice + zest of two lemons
• 1 ½ cups mayonnaise
• ¼ cup Dijon mustard
• Old Bay seasoning to taste (about 2 T.)
• ¼ cup melted, clarified butter at room temperature
• 5 brioche burger buns (or hot dog rolls), toasted
• lettuce leaves, tomato slices

You can use frozen lobster meat, thawed in the refrigerator and cut into chunks.

For fresh lobsters (about five 1- to 2-lb. lobsters will yield 1 pound of meat): Fill a large pot three-quarters full of salted water (about a tablespoon per quart of water) and bring to a boil. Submerge lobsters completely – you may have to cook in shifts – and cover. Cook approximately 18 minutes (more for larger lobsters), until shell is red. Drain, cool, remove meat from shell and cut into chunks.

Combine the lobster meat with all other ingredients, except the butter. (To clarify butter: Melt in saucepan and skim off white foam; cool to room temperature.) Brush butter on toasted buns and fill with lobster mix. Serve with lettuce and tomato.

It must be said in the era of so-called reality television shows that there really is no such thing. They are game shows in a new incarnation. Top Chef is an addictive one. Perhaps because it's about food. Perhaps it's because there's always an appealing male contestant. Last week when gay chef Richard was eliminated, he openly wept. He was fun to watch, not because he was a great chef, but because he was openly proud about being gay and even referred to Tom Colicchio as a gay bear icon. It helped recall Season 2 when Ilan and Sam Talbot were on. So many fantasies were fueled by the two of them. If only the recipe could have been a man on man heat up. At any rate, here's a recipe of Sam's which he probably serves up in his new restaurant the Surf Lodge. There's also a photoshopped photo using his head. Apparently there were more than one fantasy fueled by the fetching young chef.

Beefcake's Greatest Hits: Getting Stuffed and Leftovers

Recovering from eating stuffing and getting stuffed can take many forms. There are assuredly many inhabitants of the United States who would be eating leftovers and here are a couple of light and tasty Mediterranean sides to go along with the Turkey and stuffing.

Insalata Provenzale

Eggplants, two medium, cut into one inch cubes
Virgin Olive Oil, one third cup
Coarse Salt
Ground Black Pepper
Zucchino, one medium, chopped
Onion, medium, chopped
Garlic, minced, one tablespoon
Plum Tomatoes, two medium, chopped
Fresh Thyme Leaves, one tablespoon
Fresh Lemon Juice, one tablespoon
Parsley Leaves for garnish

1. Let the eggplant cubes ‘weep.’ Sprinkle with salt, place in colander for about 45 minutes. Rinse. Drain. Pat dry.
2. With half of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add eggplant. Salt. Pepper. Stir occasionally for ten minutes and then let drain on paper towels
3. Add remaining oil to pan and repeat process with the zucchino for about two minutes.
4. Add onion and garlic; stir for another minute or two.
5. Add tomatoes and onions, cook fro another minute.
6. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice. Salt. Pepper.
7. Place everything in a large salad bowl. Mix well. Serve at room temperature.

Accompanying the first side, is a photo of Andre from DNA #91 on his side, giving new meaning to the concept of a side dish. And with the next side is the same young man on the side.

Fagiolini alla Greca

Coarse Salt
Ground Black Pepper
Green Beans, one kilo, washed and trimmed
Plum Tomatoes, two, cored and minced
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Lemon Juice

1. Boil beans until barely tender.
2. Drain. Rinse until cool.
3. Place in a bowl. Toss with tomatoes, olive oil,
lemon juice, salt and pepper all to taste.

Here is Shaun from DNA #92 wearing something shaped like a wishbone. OK, the word, "wishbone" says all there is to say

Shaun again, this time making a contribution to the meaning of stuffing. What follows is a great quick recipe for Turkey soup, something light so that you can better concentrate on your fantasies involving Shaun.

Quick Turkey and Cannellini Soup

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, two teaspoons
Leeks, two, using white and green parts, cut into quarter inch rounds
Sage, fresh, one tablespoon (quarter teaspoon, if dried)
Broth, about a liter
Water, two cups
Cannellini Beans, cooked, 500 grams
Turkey, white meat, about a kilo

1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven, medium high heat.
2. Add leeks, cook, and stir often for about three minutes.
3. Stir in sage; continue cooking for about 30 seconds.
4. Add broth and water, increase heat and bring to a boil
5. Add beans and turkey. Cook uncovered.
6. Stir occasionally, until heated through (three minutes).

Accompanying the simple soup recipe is a model from Rufskin who is, unfortunately, unnamed, but whose pose is to the point and provides inspiration nonetheless. Wait, there was a point to his being here ...oh well, enjoy anyway. It's not exactly pointless.

Finally, we return to Andre who reminds us how most holiday gatherings get started with bottoms up, so to speak.

It's A Beautiful Morning, Beefcake

Friday, November 28, 2008

Friday Night Might: John Bolton

John Bolton recently completed a run of over 500 performances as the villainous drama critic in Kander and Ebb’s Curtains where he also played the starring role of Lt. Frank Cioffi during David Hyde Pierce’s vacation. Also on Broadway: original cast of the Tony Award-winning musicals Spamalot (often performing the role of King Arthur), Contact and Titanic, and in the hit revivals of Damn Yankees and How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (as Finch opposite Sarah Jessica Parker). He was featured in the acclaimed New York benefit concerts of Chess, Funny Girl, Busker Alley and the Grammy-nominated Dreamgirls. He recently sang for 104-year-old Zeigfeld Girl Doris Eaton Travis on stage at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre.

He starred Off-Broadway in Five Course Love at the Minetta Lane and in John Bucchino’s It’s Only Life directed by Daisy Prince. He played Rooster in the 20th Anniversary Production of Annie (with Nell Carter) and Will Parker in the European Tour of Oklahoma!

He currently plays District Attorney John Summerhill on ABC’s All My Children and many Broadway-related appearances on all of the major network talk and morning shows. Mister Bolton has a BA in Journalism, but he left writing for the theatre because he wanted something steady. While that may not exactly describe the state of acting jobs, it was a great choice for this talented in that it keeps him in view. He has now joined Bacharach to the Future and those in attendance will get to appreciate the talent that is John Bolton.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gay Thursday II: Something More to be Thankful For

Date: 26-Nov-2008 [culled from DNA, an Australian magazine, no less] A judge in Florida has overturned a three decade old law that prevented gay people from adopting children, allowing a Miami man to adopt two half-brothers he had been raising with his partner for four years.

Martin Gill and his partner had been fostering the two half-brothers, but had wanted to make the arrangement permanent.

"There is no question, the blanket exclusion of gay applicants defeats Florida's goal of providing dependent children a permanent family through adoption," Judge Cindy Lederman wrote in her ruling.

"The best interests of children are not preserved by prohibiting homosexual adoption."

After the decision, the state attorney general's office announced it would appeal the decision.

The judge said there is no moral or scientific reason for banning gay people from adopting, despite the state's arguments otherwise.

The state had argued that gays and lesbians have higher odds of suffering from depression, affective and anxiety disorders and substance abuse, and that their households are more unstable.

Lederman said the ban violated children's right to permanency provided under the Florida statute and under the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. Whether the ban violated the state's equal protection clause by singling out gays and lesbians should be considered, she said.

The ruling now allows Gill to legally adopt the two half-brothers, ages 4 and 8, who have been in his care since December 2004.

The two boys, who are referred to as John and James Doe in court documents, were removed from their homes on allegations of abandonment and neglect.

"On that December evening, John and James left a world of chronic neglect, emotional impoverishment and deprivation to enter a new world, foreign to them, that was nurturing, safe, structured and stimulating," Lederma

Gay Thursday's Greatest Hits: Grateful for Stephen and Barack

Date: 23-Jul-2008 from DNA, that gayest of magazines from Australia

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Barack Obama is the clear front-runner amongst gay American voters as their favoured candidate for the November presidential election.

Obama is leading most national polls as the favoured candidate, however not many polls have him leading Republican Senator John McCain by the margin that he is amongst gay voters.

Over 60 percent of gay registered voters are throwing their support behind Senator Obama, while only 14 percent are backing 71-year-old McCain.

The Harris Interactive poll shows that 90 percent of black voters are planning on voting for Obama, while Latino voters are on par with the gays when it comes to support for Obama.

Obama is seen as being more supportive of gay rights issues. While not supporting gay 'marriage' per se like McCain, he does support civil unions. McCain campaigned against domestic partnership benefits in his own home state of Arizona.

Obama is also in favour of repealing the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy of the American military, which McCain is not.

Did you know that Stephen Colbert is from South Carolina, that very gay State?

DNA provided its on line readers with the above in response to Colbert's very funny response to the "South Carolina is so gay" ad campaign that the governor forced out of existence. Precious.

Happy Turkey Lurkey!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Wednesday Word: What's It All About, Billy?

To say that Billy Porter is a triple threat might imply that he’s only a great singer, dancer and actor and not a master of the artform. To say that Billy Porter is a star of stage, screen, television, and records might askew his work as a director, songwriter and playwright. With Ghetto Superstar: The Man That I Am, his new one person “roof raising musical autobiography” (as The New York Times described it)... Critics have reaved consistently about this man's fierce talent which will be on full display come December 1st at New World Stages. Billy will show us how to sing "Alfie."

Main Entry: 2about
Function: preposition
Date: before 12th century
1: in a circle around : on every side of : around
2 a: in the immediate neighborhood of : near b: on or near the person of c: in the makeup of d: at the command of
3: engaged in
4 a: with regard to : concerning b: concerned with c: fundamentally concerned with or directed toward
5: over or in different parts of

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesday Talent: Dan Daly

There's nothing but positive energy coming from Dan Daly. To watch him perform at Stonewall in New York is a joy. He is above and beyond what most piano bar performers are. He knows his material and embellishes it with magic that comes from his fingers. It seems like he can play anything.

Dan Daly has been performing since 1995in New York City, Fire Island, South Florida, and various Cruise ships. In addition to performing he has been the musical director for many cabaret performances in the New York area. Many artists have performed Dan’s original material on stage, which is the catalyst for his upcoming CD the beginning of next year. [source Dan's website.]

You can visit him on MySpace and learn more about him and hear some of his music. See him and person at Stonewall and Marie's Crisis to see and hear what the fuss is all about.

Go here for an interview.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Christopher Jackson and Mandy Gonzalez On Their Own: Sunday Song

A proud member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices Mandy Gonzalez made her Broadway in the Elton John musical Aida. She appeared in the musical Lennon, based on the life of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and she also starred opposite Michael Crawford as Sarah in Dance of the Vampires. Mandy was best known for her OBIE Award-winning performance in the Off-Broadway production of Eli's Comin', the musical based on the lyrics and music of songwriter Laura Nyro until now.

"I would love to be Maria in West Side Story, just because it's such a great, great part. There are a lot of things in that show that explain why I'm here, and why I fell in love with musicals..." Well, she may not be Maria as this is being written, but Mandy is tearin’ up In the Heights as Nina. That she and co-star Christopher Jackson will be gracing the stage to perform Burt Bacharach’s "On My Own" for Bacharach to the Future is indeed another magic moment to look forward to.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

This will get you through the night Beefcake

The Main Course: Beefcake

This pic accompanied an article on being gay and gray. This is the main course at any stage of the game.

Fruits of the Sea and Saturday Beefcake

This is planning ahead for the tradition that calls for the eating of seven fishes for Xmas eve. This recipe comes from the Ritz-Carlton and the young men, of course, can be considered sea worthy bounty or something like that.

Beefcake's Greatest Hits

'Tis that time of year when many inhabitants of the United States of America start that long journey until after January 1st into overindulgence. The task begins now with Halloween with its tricked treats and ends with the New Year with its tricks and the call for designated drivers.
In between there should be much dieting, while placing emphasis on the treadmills and related accessories. Easier said than done.

It is that very reason that John Antorino's image graces today's Beefcake entry. He is a man who obviously knows how to handle the temptations of overindulgence while at the same time exemplifying what one might be better choosing to indulge in, so to speak.

The recipe choice is very appropriate for the time of year and very much an exceptional suggestion for indulging either over or under.

Scaloppine di Tacchino

Seasoned Flour
(sea salt & ground pepper)
2 Eggs, large beaten with milk
2 Cups Fresh beadcrumbs
3 Cups finely chopped pecans
Turkey scallops, 750 grams, pounded
Granny Smith, cored, sliced thinly
Sweet Butter 3 tablespoons
Light Olive Oil or Almond Oil, 3 tblsp
Orange Juice, 1 cup, fresh
Orange Liqueur, Grand Marnier or Cointreau, 3 shots
Chicken Broth, about 1 cup
Cornstarch, 1 tsp
Parsley and Orange Rind

1. Mix bread crumbs with the pecans
2. Dredge the turkey in resulting mixture, dip in eggs, then coat again with mixture
3. In a large skillet saute' the apple in butter and oil (1/2 teaspoon each) until somewhat crispy, just a couple of minutes. Then transfer to a platter. Cover it.
4. Cook the turkey in batches in the same skillet over moderate heat with the remaining oil and butter until firm, i.e. a couple of minutes on each side then transfer to the plate with the apple slices.
5. Wipe out the skillet, add the orange juice and half the liqueur and boil until half reduction.
6. Add the broth and do the same.
7. In a small bowl whisk the cornstarch with the remaining liqueur and then add to the sauce, salt, pepper to taste and bring to a boil.
8. Arrange turkey and apple slices on 6 plates, spoon sauce over the turkey, garnish.

Sweet Potato and Chestnut Salad

Light Olive Oil, about 3 ounces
Sweet Potatoes, about 500 grams cut into one inch pieces
Sweet Butter, about 3 tablespoons
Orange Liqueur, Grand Marnier or Cointreau
Fresh Juice: lemon, lime or orange, c. 1 tablespoon
Cooked Chestnuts, halved, about 250 grams
Ginger root, minced, about 2 teaspoons
Raspberry vinegar, 3 tablespoons
Garlic, minced, one clove
Orange rind, grated: about teaspoons
Radicchio, arugula and endive leaves
Scallions, two, minced
Crisp bacon -- cut into very small pieces or soy substitute, about 125 grams

1. Preheat oven to 425F
2. Heat three tablespoons of the oil in a skillet. Therein saute the potatoes with salt and pepper to taste until golden. Remove and drain.
3. Melt the butter in a baking dish over moderate heat, add liqueur, juice, potatoes, chestnuts, ginger, and salt & pepper to paste.
4. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, basting occasionally.
5. In a bowl whisk vinegar, garlic, orange rind -- salt & pepper, adding remaining oil in a stream, whisking until all is combined well.
6. Add potatoes and chestnuts to a bowl while still warm and toss.
7. Line 6 plates with the greens, divide the potato mixture among them, garnish with the scallions and bacon or its substitute.

It would seem that these recipes call for you to invite five other people over to partake of this wonderful Autumn repast. Of course, by now, you know very well, dear reader, that this sustenance is necessary to maintain the hormonal turbulence and overindulgence thereof associated with dear Scorpios and their libidinous sign, into which Brother Sun made his entrance around 23 October. Therefore, invite one or two less over or simply invite someone like Mr Antorino over ... and over again.

Visit his site.

Morning Beefcake: One Hot Breakfast

This is something that will rescue you from the winter doldrums.