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Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday Music: Pino Daniele

Napoli's Pino Daniele, one of Italy's most creative geniuses, musically and linguistically

My name your name
Che importanza ha
E tu guardami in faccia e dimmi che è vero
I say you say
Ognuno nei suoi giorni
Ma io e te ci incontriamo nella mente
E nessuno ci sente
Ci vuol talento per chiamarlo amore
Se chiudi gli occhi ti scoppia il cuore
E allora resta, resta cu' mme'
E allora resta, resta cu' mme'
E allora resta, resta cu' mme'
Ahresta, resta cu' mme'
Qui sul mio cuore
Vorrei vorrei essere nel tuo passato
Chissà se mi avresti cercato
Se mi avresti lasciato
My name your name
Messi vicini per caso
Nel blu su quel biglietto che non ti ho mai dato
Ci vuol talento per chiamarlo amore
Se chiudi gli occhi ti scoppia il cuore
E allora resta, resta cu' mme'
Ahresta, resta cu' mme'
Ahresta, resta cu' mme'
Qui sul mio cuore

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Your Sunday Stud: James Guardino

These are from the aptly named magazine Bello. We've had James here before-check it out He is blessed and we share that blessing enjoying looking at him.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Your Saturday Beefcake Goodnight Kiss

Saturday Beefcake Dessert

The ever revelatory Jack Mackenroth from DNA

Like Butter, Chris Nogiec, Your Saturday Beefcake Main Course

If there is any justice in the world, the man will become DNA's mate of the month. Our fondness for Mr. Nogiec knows no bounds--see?

Saturday Beefcake Happy Hour With Mr Garofali

This one comes from Kevin McDermott

OK, we're pretending it's summer ...

And Daniel Garofali is our escort ...

MidAfternoon Saturday Beefcake Recipe: Something On the Side

Maque Choux with Fried Green Tomatoes
Donald Link
Real Cajun (Clarkson Potter, 2009)

Great vegetarian recipe continuing in preparation for this evening's repast

Maque Choux

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small onion, minced
1 poblano chile, seeded and minced
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 large ripe tomatoes, diced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
4 bay leaves
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 1/2 cups water
Kernels from 6 ears of corn (3-4 cups)
7 basil leaves, torn

Fried Green Tomatoes

1 or 2 hard green tomatoes
Salt and pepper
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups bread crumbs
Vegetable oil, for frying

To make maque choux, melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter begins to sizzle, add the onion, poblano, jalapeno, salt, pepper, and paprika. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring, until the vegetables are softened. Add the tomatoes, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and water, and simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, until the tomatoes start to break down. Add the corn kernels and simmer, until the corn is tender, 10 to 15 minutes; stir in basil.

To make fried green tomatoes, slice the tomatoes into 1/4- to 1/2- inch slices and season with salt and pepper. Place the flour, buttermilk, and bread crumbs in individual shallow bowl or pie tins. One at a time, dip the tomato slices first in the flour, then in the buttermilk, and then in the bread crumbs.

Heat 1/2 inch of vegetable oil to 350° in a medium cast-iron skillet. Fry the tomatoes until golden on both sides.

Spoon some maque choux onto each plate. Top with a fried tomato.

From Wikipedia:

Maque choux pronounced /ˈmɑːkʃuː/, approx. "mock shoe") is a traditional dish of southern Louisiana. It is thought to be an amalgam of Acadian French (Cajun) and Native American cultural influence, and the name is likely to derive from the French interpretation of the Native American name.

Maque Choux is usually served as an accompaniment; however, it can also act as a base for a main meal and use focal ingredients such as bite-sized portions of chicken or crawfish. Shrimp is often added in the later stages of cooking as well.

First Course For This Evening's Saturday Beefcake Repast

Olivio, one half teaspoon
Rice, uncooked, one half cup
Tumeric, one teaspoon
Broth, vegetable or chicken, one cup
Salt, one quarter teaspoon
Peas, cooked, one half cup
Raisins or Dried Currants, one quarter cup
Almonds, blanched in slivers for garnish

1. Saute the rice in the olivio until it is fully coated.
2. Add the broth along with tumeric and salt.
3. Stir, cover and cook until tender. About twenty minutes.
4. Add peas and raisins. Cover again and cook for about a minute more.
5. Serve with garnish.

This is a very simple and low calorie version for Rice Pulao. Cardamom, the king of spices, is also appropriate here. It's also very low in calories.

Your MidDay Saturday Beefcake Recipe: Spinach Quiche

1 pre-baked pastry shell
1 ½ to 2 pounds fresh spinach
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch nutmeg
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon
Lemon juice to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
½ cup crumbled feta,
2 whole eggs plus 2 egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream (or ½ heavy cream and ½ plain whole milk yogurt)
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Preheated oven 350F°.

Thoroughly wash the spinach in three changes of water. Place it in a heavy pan with no water other than that clinging to the leaves, cover, and wilt down over medium to high heat. The bulk should be reduced to about 1 ½ to 2 cups. Drain it very well, pressing and squeezing to get out all the water. Then chop the spinach coarsely and season it with salt, nutmeg, tarragon, and lemon juice. Mix well and taste for seasoning.

Spread the bottom of the pre-cooked pastry shell thickly with mustard. This trick comes from Simca Beck and it gives a wonderful flavor to the finished quiche.

Arrange the spinach in the shell, and sprinkle with the cheese of your choice. Beat the eggs and egg yolks with the heavy cream (or cream and yogurt). Pour the mixture over the spinach, using enough to fill but not spill over the shell. Sprinkle with parsley and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the custard is just barely set.

The quiche can be served warm or at room temperature.

This recipe is stolen from James Beard

Your Kevin McDermott Midmorning Moment

It May Be Winter Outside But In Our Hearts It's A Wonderful Beefcake Morning

Welcome to Saturday morning from us with Kevin Crews!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Feature: Nicholas Rodriguez and Love Out Loud

Whoever paraphrased Will Rogers and said, “I never met a Texan I didn’t like” must have known Nicholas Rodriguez. We Love Soaps and POZ are very proud to announce that actor and singer Nicholas Rodriguez will be joining Love Out Loud again on May 11 at Prohibition. Part of One Life to Live's landmark gay story line, Rodriguez was known to Broadway musical lovers from his roles in Tarzan, and Almost Heaven.

When the talented, handsome Texan came to television land he played Nick Chavez on One Life to Live, Mr. Rodriguez had this to say: "I'm just so grateful to be working with people like Brett and Scott, and Tuc Watkins has been a really big help. Everybody's just so cool. They're such pros…If we can put that in American homes, people who may not know another gay person, people that live outside of New York and California, if they can like us as real people, then we're really making a difference... It's real, deep love and issues that we're dealing with…Being an artist, I have people I look up to who have been out and proud in the community, and it's not like I've ever not been out, but I've never really mixed it with my work. So here I am finding myself playing a gay activist, and in real life, I could do so much more in my personal life… It's just making me realize I can do so much more good with it." Here’s the rest of the interview at AfterElton's Gays of Our Lives. Rodriguez just completed a run as Curly in Oklahoma! down in Washington, DC. Last November he was interviewed again by AfterElton, check it out.

Come on out to meet and greet the really, really nice and multi-talented Nicholas Rodriguez.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Wednesday Word is from the Attorney General

[Dear Mr. Boehner] ... I will instruct the Department's lawyers to immediately inform the district courts in Windsor and Pedersen of the Executive Branch's view that heightened scrutiny is the appropriate standard of review and that, consistent with that standard, Section 3 of DOMA may not be constitutionally applied to same-sex couples whose marriages are legally recognized under state law. If asked by the district courts in the Second Circuit for the position of the United States in the event those courts determine that the applicable standard is rational basis, the Department will state that, consistent with the position it has taken in prior cases, a reasonable argument for Section 3's constitutionality may be proffered under that permissive standard. Our attorneys will also notify the courts of our interest in providing Congress a full and fair opportunity to participate in the litigation in those cases. We will remain parties to the case and continue to represent the interests of the United States throughout the litigation.

Furthermore, pursuant to the President's instructions, and upon further notification to Congress, I will instruct Department attorneys to advise courts in other pending DOMA litigation of the President's and my conclusions that a heightened standard should apply, that Section 3 is unconstitutional under that standard and that the Department will cease defense of Section 3.

A motion to dismiss in the Windsor and Pedersen cases would be due on March 11, 2011. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Sincerely yours,

Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Attorney General

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday Talents: Kevin Spirtas and Matt Walton

We have the good fortune to have two good friends to POZ on board for the AIDS Walk fundraiser on May 11, 2011 at Prohibition.

Currently Matt can be seen burning up the airwaves on Comedy Central’s Sportsdome

Matt’s wicked sense of humor has become become part of your Cable TV prime time line up. Speaking of which many should be lining up for what promises to be—well, great fun!

Many remember Mr. Spirtas as the scoundrel Dr. Craig Wesley on Days of Our Lives, a character that moonlighted opposite Joey on Friends. Many are familiar with him as Hugh Jackman’s stand by in The Boy from Oz.

Many remember Mr. Spirtas as the scoundrel Dr. Craig Wesley on Days of Our Lives, a character that moonlighted opposite Joey on Friends. Many are familiar with him as Hugh Jackman’s stand by in The Boy from Oz. Go here for updates on this very busy man.

We consider it our good fortune to have these two fine men on board. Look for more exciting news in the near future.

In conjunction with Damon Jacobs and Roger Newcomb of We Love Soaps, POZ’s fund-raiser for AIDS Walk New York, Love Out Loud VI, is well on its way to becoming another memorable evening with comic Adam Sank hosting. Our musical hosts are The Murray Weinstock Trio with special guests Ilene Kristen (My Big Gay Italian Wedding,One Life to Live) Ken Lundie, Stewart Lewis, Jeremiah Clark, Gregory Nalbone and MarTina Vidmar. On had to meet and greet along with Brian will be Scott Herman, Mark Dobies (GL), Matt Walton (SportsDome), and Kevin Spirtas. Appearances are based on current availability and may change due to scheduling conflicts.

The support coming from the entertainment industry in our efforts to help those with HIV and AIDS will make this our biggest and brightest event yet.

Where: Prohibition, 503 Columbus Ave. (@ 84th) in Manhattan
When: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 5:30 to 9:00 PM
How Much: $50 donation at the door; $42.50 in advance via PayPal (giovitaco@aim.com)

POZ is the premier lifestyle, treatment and advocacy magazine for people living with—and those affected by—HIV and AIDS. The award-winning magazine and website (poz.com) provide the most complete and expert HIV/AIDS information available in the United States. Together, the magazine and website reach more than 70 percent of all of those people living with HIV/AIDS who are aware of their status. The website provides extensive opportunity for both public and private social networking and represents one of the largest communities of openly HIV-positive people in the world. For more information, please visit www.poz.com.

We Love Soaps TV is a website and web series dedicated to the world of soap operas. From daytime drama, to primetime suds to indie soaps. We Love Soaps TV covers them all. Featuring all the latest storyline and behind the scenes news, interviews, photos and more, We Love Soaps TV looks at the social relevance of soap stories, where they stand in a historical context with a focus on promoting and preserving the genre. Fan interest in continuing stories will never die and examing what these storyline means in the context of society is often a WLS theme. We Love Soaps, later branded We Love Soaps TV, was founded by Roger Newcomb in 2007. Damon L. Jacobs joined the team in 2009 and We Love Soaps Radio, a new and innovative podcast was launched in July 2009.

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Giovanni Vitacolonna
500 Fifth Ave., Suite 320
New York, NY 10110

Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday Music: Jeremiah Clark

I was inspired by a friend to write about the rollercoaster we know as "cancer." After years in the healthcare industry and experiences in my own personal life, I am blessed to have been touched and inspired by so many wonderful souls who have dealt with this all-consuming condition head-on. Cancer

Jeremiah will be a featured guest at Love Out Loud VI at Prohibition on May 11, 2011, fundraiser for AIDS Walk New York.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Your Sunday Stud: Levi Poulter

Poulter grew up in a small town in the Rocky mountains in Utah. He's very active in sports at young age dreaming of becoming a personal trainer.

While working out in the gym, many people commented on his great physique and suggested that he should get involved with modeling. During the summer of 2001, with the encouragement from his family and friends, Poulter finally packed his bags and moved to Miami
office when he first got to Miami, and they signed him right away.

One of his early assignments was for Abercrombie. He has since modeled for Abercrombie for a number of years, and had appeared in many other campaigns and magazine covers including DNA, L'Uomo Vogue, and Target.

During his spare time, Poulter loves to play soccer, listen to music (rock, classical, R&B, Hip HOP), and spending time at the beach with friends.

text stolen from MostBeautifulMen.com