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Bitchin in the Kitchen with Lucy Belle #50: Passover Lasagna

Hey Y’all, I have a recipe from our neighbor  Golda LeMay, who lives on the West Bank of Beaver Pond, Vt.,   likes making this lasagna for Passover. It is called Matzo Spinach Lasagna:

Spinach and Matzoh Pie recipe
Golda told me that this is a great way to use up leftover matzo. You just substitute matzo for the noodles. Here are the ingredients  you will need:
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped dill, divided
  • 1 (16-ounce) container cottage cheese or use ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 6 ounces feta, crumbled (1 1/2 cups), divided or you can use grated Parmesan
  • 6 matzos (about 6 inches square)

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle.

Cook onion in oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, 12 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, put spinach in a sieve and press out as much liquid as possible. Add spinach to onion and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/3 cup dill, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

Purée cottage cheese in a blender with milk, eggs, nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper until smooth. Reserve 2 cups in a bowl and stir remainder into spinach with 1 cup feta.

Stack matzos in a deep dish and pour reserved cottage-cheese mixture over them. Let stand 15 minutes to soften.

Arrange 2 soaked matzos side by side in a generously oiled 13- by 9- by 2-inch (3-quart shallow) baking dish. Pour in half of spinach filling. Cover with 2 more matzos, then pour in remaining filling. Put remaining 2 matzos on top and pour any remaining cottage-cheese mixture over them. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup feta.

Bake, uncovered, until golden and set, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes, then serve sprinkled with remaining 2 tablespoons dill.

Enjoy and have a HAPPY EASTER!

R.I.P. Wayne Beam

We have all lost a Wonderful Person and Friend.  It’s always  hard to say goodbye to a friend. We will all remember Wayne Beam’s  smile and the kindness he brought to us all.

A man who was always smiling and one of our favorite Bartenders for many years. He served up many drinks and smiles. The House of LeMay will Miss You!

We send our love to Wayne’s family and friends.

We Know A MAC Award Winner!

Check out the 2014 MAC Awards – List of Nominees  We would like to Congratulate our dear friend Yolanda! For winning a 2014 MAC (Manhattan Assoc. of Cabarets & Clubs) Award for  IMPERSONATION/CHARACTERIZATION/DRAG ARTIST for  Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour!

The last time we saw Yolanda was  2013 when she performed the Rev. Yolanda’s  Old Time Gospel Hour Show at the annual  ”Winter is  a Drag Ball”. This is a benefit for the Vermont People With AIDS Coalition and it was fabulous!  The House of LeMay has  perform  at many events with Yolanda over the  years. Here she is at Drag Ball 2001.

Drag Ball 2002

And at Drag Ball 2011

 

Girl Keep on Singing! We Love and Miss You in Vermont!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Debutant’s Ball” a Benefit for Iris Downey!

Y’all it was a night of Drag Queens, Kings, Live music and FUN! Help Hope Live! Chris Smith, Celeste LeRue,  put this together as a benefit for Iris Downey a Local Singer Songwriter  (www.irisdowney.com). It was held at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington, Vt. last night.

The Girls from Tuck performed and The House of LeMay helped out with the Raffle Tickets.

They  had a Silent Auction with a lot of great prizes and give aways.

Working with Help Hope Live,  Iris is raising funds to cover the uninsured medical costs associated with her transplant. TIcket, raffle, and auction proceeds benefits the Northeast Kidney Transplant Fund in Honor of Iris Downey. DJ for the night was Papi Javi! Great Job with the music!

Looking for Something to do This Weekend?

Hey Y’all looking for some fun events?

Here are a few fun events for this weekend that you may enjoy!

Join us for a night to benefit Local Singer Songwriter Iris Downey (www.irisdowney.com) and Help Hope Live! This will be a night of Drag Queens, Kings, Live music and FUN! They will have a Silent Auction as well as 50/50 raffle!!! Doors open at 5:30pm for cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvre service and a CASH bar… Then the rest of the night will be filled with Performers From New York and Vermont. Tickets are $25.00 per person.

Working with Help Hope Live, Iris is raising funds to cover the uninsured medical costs associated with her transplant. TIcket, raffle, and auction proceeds benefit the Northeast Kidney Transplant Fund in Honor of Iris Downey.

To purchase tickets online please click on the link below:

(https://m.helphopelive.org/find-a-patient/profile/index.cfm/patient/52BF4DC0-E608-9D86-63FD50EB59355E3A/)

To purchase raffle tickets to a Trip for Two to Kauai please follow linK: (https://m.helphopelive.org/event/1889/view?next=%2Fcampaign%2F1033)

For information on how you can help or about the event you can contact Celeste LeRue @ 802-343-9573. Semi Formal Attire Encouraged!!!!

Cover Photo
Don’t let the Winter Drag Ball be the only time you dress up a bit this year. Join the very first theme party with “The Queer Uniform Party,” a Pop-Up! Queer Dance Party and some queer bingo for the pre-show.Saturday, March 22nd, 9pm-1am at ARTS RIOT at 400 Pine Street, Burlington, VT – 18+ and $5 cover 9pm-10pm Queer Bingo with host Ita Meno (Burlington)Just some good old fashioned bingo, played for cash prizes, with funny queer shapes!Starting at 10pm-1am Featuring DJ Llu (pop/mashup/remixes) and Alan Perry (house) on the decks trading off all night, AND the community debut of THE HOUSE OF LORDES – Vermont’s first queer people of color drag crew! As always, come early to play and stay late to dance. Enjoy the great food and drink of our hosts Arts Riot all night.
Come join the FUN!

19th Annual Mardi Gras Parade in Burlington, Vt.

It was another fun and cold Mardi Gras Parade in the beautiful city of Burlington, Vt. The Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade is a fundraising event that  brings awareness and support to H.O.P.E. Works of Chittenden County. (http://www.hopeworksvt.org/mission-history.html)   The Magic Hat Mardi Gras weekend is H.O.P.E. Works’ largest fundraiser, having raised more than $215,000 over the years. Thank You Magic Hat. Amber and I stopped in to see our friends at Old Gold. It was like we were camouflage.

Then we walked down to the  Hood Plant to say Hi to everyone on all those fabulous  floats. They had some Great Floats this year. Here is Preservation Burlington’s float, Wrecking Ball.

We would like to Thank Seven Days for inviting us to ride on their float.

Amber and I decided we would Cheer all the floats along. Here’s Lyric’s float Les Mis

http://www.lyrictheatrevt.org/backstage_LesMis.htm 

When Magic Hat’s float, which was the last float in the parade,  pulled onto the Parade  Route Amber and I walked through the crowd and stopped into ESOX for a cocktail and to continue our Mardi Gras Party!

To see more pictures Click here https://www.facebook.com/lucybelle.lemay/media_set?set=a.801048139909561.1073741875.100000131462555&type=3

 

Drag Ball XIX

Another fun Drag Ball had by all. What a night. The House of LeMay  presented the 19th annual Winter is a Drag Ball to benefit the Vermont People With AIDS Coalition. We had six hours of entertainment, 100+ performers, two rooms, costume parade and fun!!

Opening up Poseidon’s Ballroom was Craig Mitchell doing his live tribute to Prince’s Purple Rain album.

Meanwhile, over in the Sirens Lounge Marc Bouchard  hosted “Laughter Around the Captain’s Table” – it was a showcase of Vermont’s funny people.

At 10:00 the live performances started in the Ballroom along with  DJs Rob Douglas and Alan Perry  to keep the music playing and dancing going throughout the night.

Also at 10:00, the Sirens Lounge took off  with  Major Face and drag queens and kings getting on stage to perform their lip syncing numbers.

John Martin and Superior Sounds were back again to keep the dancing happening.

And then there’s the midnight costume parade. Click on this link to see pictures from the night.

 You can see another fantastic collection of photos by clicking here!

1/9 Miler Race Burlington Vermont

I would like to thank everyone that  supported The House of LeMay in the 1/9 Miler Race  held Sunday Jan. 26th.It is a benefit for Vermont Childrens’s TRUST Foundation. 

 This foundation promotes the well being of children and families in Vermont by raising funds for community based prevention programs. This makes our 3rd year running.

It is a fun community event and we always have  fun warming up the crowd before the big race.

 

Check out Lucy Belle LeMay’s  pictures on Facebook to see just how much fun we had. I would also like to thank Stephen Mease for taking such wonderful photos again! We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

 

Winter Rendezvous 2014

Five Days of Wintry Bliss Y’all!

This makes the House of LeMay’s 5th year to attend and we  sure had a lot of fun this year hosting and mingaling with the crowds. This is the longest running Gay Ski Week in the northeast celebrating 30 years and it all took  place in Stowe Vt. just over the mountain from Beaver Pond, Vt. so us girls had to go. We met and made a lot of new friends and fans. We also saw some friends and fans that we made from years past.  We started this 5 day event on Wed. Jan. 22nd at the Kick Off Party held at the Back Yard Tavern on Mountain Rd.

Singing and hosting Karaoke thanks to TOP HAT Entertainment. Thursday we started at 1pm with the Downhill Costume Competition and Parade on Mt. Mansfield. Amber was hosting and I, Lucy Belle,  was one of 3 judges. We judged on Best Costume, Best Style and Crowd Favorite.

After the competition we went into the lodge for a Pizza Party. At 7pm we had the pleasure of greeting  the crowd at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center for the group Well Strung.

What a performance. If you ever get a chance to see these guys do it! Then we rushed back to Stoweflake Resort for the 80′s Dance Party to dance the rest of the night away.

Friday at 3pm we went up to the Trapp Family Lodge to host the “Sound of Music Sing a Long”.

Come Saturday at 9pm  we went back to the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center to meet and greet the crowd for the fabulous “Kinsey Sicks” performance. We love  the Kinsey Sicks, they are America’s favorite Dragapella Beauty shop Quartet they are funny and very talented. We have seen this wonderful group many times before and they just keep better and better! After the show we rushed back to the Stoweflake Resort for the Blow Out Party with Steve Marsden.

 We are already looking forward to next year! See y’all then! To see more check out Lucy Belle LeMay’s  pictures on Facebook!

Thank You Michael for a Fabulous week of fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bitchin’ in the Kitchen with Lucy Belle #49 “Chicken Corn Chowder”

Hey Y’all! I know it’s been a while since I shared one of my recipes with y’all. Well I made a tasty “Chicken Corn Chowder” the other day and I thought, I should share this recipe. So here it is. Now I started with a left over rotisserie chicken I had in the frig. I boiled the chicken in just enough water to cover the chicken. It made about 4 cups of broth. I like to dice an onion and throw in the pot while the chicken is boiling. After the chicken boils for 2 to 3 hours or until all the chicken falls off the bone. After you  pick the bones out you will have  2 to 3 cups of shredded chicken. Now you are ready to start your chowder. Here is your ingrediants:

1/2 cup butter
1 small carrot, finely diced or a cup of frozen carrots
2 stalks celery, diced
1 small onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 can of whole kernel corn, if you want to stretch your chowder you can add a can of cream corn.
3 russet potatoes, diced
2 cups cooked  chicken, shredded or chopped
3 cups chicken stock from the rotisserie chicken , divided
2  cups half-and-half
1 pinch nutmeg
salt and ground black pepper to taste.

Start by melting  butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir carrot, celery, onion, and garlic into hot butter until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Stir flour into mixture to make a paste; cook until lightly browned and flour gives off a slightly toasted smell, about 5 minutes. Watch carefully, flour burns easily. Remove saucepan from heat and set aside to cool, about 15 minutes.
Stir  corn, potatoes, chicken, and 3 cups of chicken stock in a large soup pot over medium heat. Whisk remaining 1 cup chicken stock into vegetables and flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Stir mixture into ingredients in soup pot. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, until thick, about 5 minutes.
Stir half-and-half, nutmeg, salt, and black pepper into chowder. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

I like to serve mine with cornbread. It is really good in a small bread bowl.

Enjoy!