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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday Beefcake:Whatever Gets You Through the Night

This will be smooth sailing

Saturday Beefcake Foreplay

Saturday Beefcake Banquet Buffet

Saturday Beefcake: Main Course

Saturday Beefcake: Sweet Pasta

Maccheroni Dolci

Virgin Olive Oil, three tablespoons
Onion, one large, chopped
Garlic, two cloves, minced
Pancetta or bacon one quarter pound/125 grams, chopped
Veal, ground 500 grams/one pound
Tomatoes, peeled 500 grams/one pound, blanched, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
Ricotta, half pound, made smooth, pushed through a sieve
Honey, three tablespoons [or pure maple syrup and lemon juice]
Pasta 500 grams/one pound [fusilli]
Option: crushed peperoncino

1. Sauté the onion in the oil until caramelized and sweet.
2. Add garlic, sauté until aromatic.
3. Add veal along with bacon.
4. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper.
5. Cook over low heat for 45 minutes.
6. Finally add the ricotta and honey [or maple syrup] and then toss with cooked pasta. Cook ans stir until well blended.
7. Sometimes helps to mix in the water from cooking the pasta into the ricotta to make it more workable.
8. If using the peperoncino option, sprinkle to taste on top at last minute.

[serves 6 to 8]

Saturday Beefcake: Brazilian Fish Stew with Sergio

Brazilian Fish & Peppers

Lime Juice, three tablespoons
Cumin, ground, one tablespoon
Paprika, one tablespoon
Garlic, minced, two teaspoons
Sea salt and Ground Black Pepper, one teaspoon each
Tilapia fillets, 750 grams/1.5 pounds cut into chunks
Virgin Olive Oil, two tablespoons
Red Onions, two, chopped
Bell peppers, two red, two yellow, sliced
Tomatoes, one can, diced drained
Coconut Milk, sixteen ounces
Cilantro, fresh, one bunch, chopped

1. Stir together the lime juice, cumin, paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. 2. Add the tilapia and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 20 minutes, up to 24 hours.
3. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Quickly fry the onions in the oil about two minutes. Reduce heat to medium.
4. Add the bell peppers, tilapia, and diced tomatoes to the pot in succeeding layers.
5. Pour the coconut milk over the mixture. Cover the pot and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Stir in the cilantro and continue cooking until the tilapia is completely cooked through, another 5 to 10 minutes.

Saturday Beefcake: High Noon with Kevin McDermott

Facing the Day Saturday Beefcake

It's A Wonderful Saturday Beefcake Mediterranean Morning

Friday, March 30, 2012

Love Out Loud VII and Mark Dobies

This native of Northeast Philly (Kensington & Allegheny) debuted as the "hottest newcomer to daytime TV", in his role as Noah Chase on Guiding Light and his portrayal of sociopath Daniel Colson, on One Life to Live, was acclaimed, as the highest rated storyline for its demographic in the thirty-five year history of the show. His most challenging role by far was Off Broadway at The Public Theatre, playing Bruce Niles in The Normal Heart. The revival of Larry Kramer's landmark play detailing the AIDS crisis in the early eighties was as gruelling as it was rewarding. "We had to deal with death every night for three hours. It was however, one of the greatest learning experiences of my life". Listening to Mr. Dobies talk about his craft and his various and sundry approaches to it is enlightening. He asks the right questions and gives more than a few right answers and insight. The man, a good friend to this cause for years, is worthy of more than simple interest. He was one of the first posts on this web log in 2005. Once he becomes your friend, the dull moments are few and far between.

Mark and Van Hansis from Love Out Loud 2008

The indefatigable Mr. Dobies will also help you stay fit and strong with Ciber Body Fitness. He is expanding that part of his life in leaps and bounds. There are other irons in the fire that may yet get you to see him on the small screen once more.

Mark and Van Hansis from Love Out Loud 2008

POZ’s 7th annual fund-raiser for AIDS Walk New York, Love Out Loud, is well on its way to becoming another memorable evening. This is the second year in a row that we have partnered with We Love Soaps. Roger Newcomb, Kevin Mulcahy, Jr and Damon Jacobs are bringing their special brand of magic to this event. Mark will be joining Ilene Kristen who has yet to miss one and Michael Kevin Walsh, as well John Kouri & Friends who will be rockin’ the house.
The support coming from the entertainment industry in our efforts to help those with HIV AIDS has been very gratifying. This event promises to be our biggest and brightest event yet. Come out and say hello to your favorites.

Where: Prohibition, 503 Columbus Ave. (@ 84th) in Manhattan
When: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 5:30 to 9:00 PM
How Much: $50 donation (pay in advance via PayPal $42.50– giovitaco@aim.com)

Reservations will insure a seat at a table. There is a two drink minimum at the event.

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.
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Giovanni Vitacolonna

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Brunch

Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes

Ricotta cheese, one cup
Sugar, two tablespoons
Flour, one cup
Baking Powder, one teaspoon
Nutmeg, one half teaspoon
Cinnamon, one half teaspoon
Eggs, two
Milk, two thirds cup
Lemon juice, fresh, one tablespoon (or orange juice)

Preferred syrup or fruit preserves
Cooking spray or other for pan

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until blended.
2. Well greased frying or griddle on high heat.
3. Pour batter onto pan and cook until batter begins to bubble or pancakes are brown around edges.
4. Flip and cook other side.
5. Serve with syrup or preserves.
Makes around 12 pancakes

Sunday Brunch is the gayest of meals. No one does this meal like gay men do. Here are two easy recipes to add to that buffet.

Tomato Zucchini Frittata

Zucchini, two cups, thin slices
Green Onions, two, chopped
Virgin Olive Oil, two tablespoons
Eggs, four
Ricotta cheese, half cup
Pecorino cheese, grated or shredded, one quarter cup
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Tomato slices, and Basil sprigs for garnish

1. In nine inch skillet, sauté zucchini in one tablespoon olive oil 5 minutes, until zucchini is tender-crisp.
2. Remove from heat. Add green onions.
3. In medium bowl, beat eggs, blend in ricotta, salt, pepper, and cheese.
4. Stir in zucchini mixture.
5. In same skillet, heat remaining oil.
6. Pour in egg mixture and cook over low heat until bottom is lightly browned, and top starts to set, about five minutes.
7. Slide out of pan onto a flat plate; invert skillet over plate and flip or place under broiler.
8. Cook other side no more than two minutes, until lightly browned.
Slide spatula around frittata to loosen; slide out onto plate.

Garnish with tomato and basil.

Saturday, March 24, 2012