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Ray’s Spaghetti Sauce

Beef plus 3 pack – use 1/3 of veal, 1/3 beef and 1/3 pork sausages (cut up)  – drain after cooking for 20 mins.

Chopped celery, onions (large white) , peppers, 2 carrot’s,  mushrooms, garlic – drain after cooking

Boil both – meat for 20mins, vegs about the same.  Mix in pot or slow cooker.  Add 2 large  tins tomatoes, and 2 small tins of paste, plus tomato puree or juice, plus spices – oregano, thyme, bay leaf, s & p, parsley.  Simmer for 2 hours or all day on low in slow cooker.  Add more tomato juice as needed.

Very good

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NO KNEAD BREAD

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp yeast
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

Directions:
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast.
  • Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms.
  • Cover bowl with greased plastic wrap and set aside for 12-18 hours.  Making it the night before works well.
  • Heat oven to 450 F.
  • When the oven has reached 450 F, place a CAST IRON pot with a lid, (or alternatively, a regular pot covered in foil) and heat the pot for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, pour dough onto a very heavily floured, movable surface (cheesecloth, cutting board). With floured hands, shape dough into a ball.
  • Cover with greased plastic wrap and let sit while the pot is heating.
  • Remove hot pot from the oven, drop in the dough and cover. (Optionally, I suggest first sprinkling a generous pinch of cornmeal in the bottom of the pot FIRST to keep dough from sticking. Another generous pinch sprinkled over the top of the unbaked loaf also adds a pleasant texture to the baked crust!)
  • Return to oven for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.
  • For softer bread, let bread cool for 5 minutes on a rack. Then, place in a plastic bag but do not seal.
    For crustier bread, let cool to room temperature on a rack.
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Turkey Pot Pie

Recipe by David C.
Ingredients:
1 LB COOKED TURKEY (OR CHICKEN) CUT INTO CUBES
1 C CARROTS- DICED SMALL
1C FROZEN PEAS
1/2C CUT UP CELERY
1/3 C BUTTER
1/3 C CUT UP ONIONS
1/3 C FLOUR
½ TSP SALT
¼ TSP PEPPER
¼ TSP CELERY SEEDS
2 C CHICKEN BROTH – YOU CAN USE MORE IF YOU WANT MORE GRAVY
1/2C MILK
1 UNBAKED PIE CRUST
1 PIE CRUST MADE OF BISCUIT FOR THE TOP
Instructions:
  • Heat oven to 425’F or 220C
  • Combine carrots, peas and celery in a pot with chicken broth
  • Bring to a boil and simmer until veggies are cooked but not mushy.
  • Remove veggies with slotted spoon into a bowl but do not drain broth – you’ll need it
  • In a saucepan cook onions in butter until translucent.
  • Whisk in flour, celery seeds and salt and pepper
  • Add reserved broth along with milk. Simmer until thick. – should be gravy-like
  • Add vegetables and turkey to gravy and mix together.
  • Pour into the pie shell and cover with biscuit crust – cut slots into top to let out steam.
  • Bake for 35 mins or until the crust is golden.
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Gay & Grey Media

CBC’s “Our Montreal” Interview with Bruce of Gay and Grey

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1845012035582/ 
Interview starts at 7:09 minutes

Check out full story and pictures here

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Housing

Housing situation for the LGBT community in Montreal

Submitted by G.L.

As a very LGBT friendly city, Montreal obviously has a significant LGBT population spread across the island and spilling over into the suburbs. Its lively gay scene, its friendly nature and a year-round calendar of activities continues to attract more and more members of the LGBT community to this beautiful city of Montreal. 

With ever increasing immigration into the city, the challenges in finding safe, secure and good accommodation that is reasonably priced, continue to grow and the LGBT community faces that extra challenge of finding a safe neighbourhood too. While much progress has been made over the years, the community continues to face unique challenges specially when it comes to finding a safe and affordable place to call home. 

Multiple surveys indicate that the community accounts for a disproportionately large percentage of Canadians who are homeless or seriously in trouble, looking for housing. And it is not only the young. Even the seniors, who identify as LGBT, face their own challenges especially if they live in a retirement residence or in long term care housing. While many retirement residences have adopted more friendly policies, it appears that a lot more needs to be done. This holds true for the younger, the greying and the middle age populations. 

Experts seem to believe that not having safe and secure places to call home increases the risk of substance abuse, violence, physical and psychological illnesses and so forth. Even for simple peace of mind, it is important to feel comfortable staying in an apartment building with friendly neighbours who may or may not be members of the LGBT community. It is not uncommon to see people’s behavior change, albeit ever so little, on discovering that their neighbour is gay. Addressing housing issues can go a long way towards the overall well-being of the LGBT community on a day to day basis.

As someone who has lived in rented accommodation since first landing in Montreal, I find it rather curious that there isn’t an easily accessible resource to tap into, if one simply wants to find an area that has a higher percentage of friendly LGBT neighbours. A neighbourhood that has a higher percentage of the LGBT community is more likely to be safer than one where there are only a few or none. If the community is visible, the neighbours get used to them. At a very basic level, it is as simple as that. Identifying friendly neighbourhoods would also help in drawing comparisons with other neighbourhoods that aren’t considered as friendly and over time, with comparable data at hand, one can strive to improve LGBT friendliness across the entire city.

A case may be made for a crowd sourced open access database that can be put together to list out neighbourhoods that have a higher percentage of the community living there. The database may include LGBT friendly neighbourhoods, boroughs, senior retirement residences, rental housing, even LGBT owned businesses across the city. A well-connected and a more visible LGBT community is likely to be a happier and safer community. Together, let us ensure each member of the community has access to inclusive, safe and affordable housing. 

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