Friday, February 21, 2014

Derek's Spring Book Sale

It's a new year! Time to clear out the old inventory to make way for the 2014s! Or something like that.

Derek has a new book coming out in the next few months, so he is putting his first two books on sale... at their lowest prices ever!

U.S. Residents Only

First, there's Colonnade: A Life In Columns, a chronicle of Derek's first two years living in New York City. The ups and downs, the boyfriend drama, 9/11 and lessons learned along the way. And it all ends with the launch of your favorite radio show: Derek and Romaine! Talk about a happy ending. Colonnade is also available now for the Kindle, Nook, and iPad.

Derek's second book is When Nightlife Falls. The fun begins when Derek buys his house in Westchester and struggles to hold onto his social life now that he is in the suburbs. Complicated matters as a handsome new stranger and the emotional entanglements that come along with it! Nightlife is also available for Kindle, Nook and iPad if you are digitally inclined.

So buy one, buy them both, all at a great low price! All for a limited time!

U.S. Residents Only

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Manhattan Chili's Super Bowl Recipe

by Bruce Sterman
serves 6 – 8

A basic chili recipe to improvise on – ‘QUANTO BASTA’ (qb) in Italian cookbooks, meaning
“as much as you need.” This recipe can be a mild or hot as you want it to be
◊ 3 lbs meat total
o can be all beef or a mixture of ½ beef ½ pork
o can use turkey or chicken (preferably thigh meat)
 half (1 ½ lb) ground
 half (1 ½ lb) cut into ½” cubes
◊ 2 large yellow onions, peeled and coarsely chopped (about 4 cups)
◊ 6 medium garlic cloves, peeled and minced
◊ 2 to 3 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
◊ 2 cans (16 oz each) dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed (white beans if using poultry)
◊ 1 can Tomato Puree (28 ounces)
◊ 4 cups beef stock/beef broth (chicken broth if using poultry)
◊ 1 ½ cups hearty dry red wine (white wine if using poultry)

Basic Seasoning
◊ 2 teaspoons SEA salt
◊ 1 teaspoon Black pepper
◊ 2 tablespoons ground cumin
◊ 1 tablespoon dried oregano

Optional vegetables
◊ 3 large celery stalks, finely chopped
◊ 2 large sweet green peppers, stemmed, cored and diced
◊ 2 large sweet red peppers, stemmed, cored and diced
Spiciness* (Quanto Basta: as much as you need)

A. Mild chili
 1/3 cup ancho (mild) chile powder

B. Medium hot chili
 1/3 cup ancho (mild) chile powder
 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder, or 1 teaspoon chipotle en adobo

C. Hot Hot chili
 1/3 cup ancho (mild) chile powder
 2 teaspoon chipotle powder, or to taste
 1 (7 oz) can “chipotle en adobo” pureed - add a little water when
pureeing (if available get La Morena brand)
*(IF you can’t find either kind of chile powder or chipotle en adobo, improvise
with fresh jalapeños (or roasted jalapeños). Put in at step #5.

Fun Toppings (in addition to sour cream, shredded cheese, diced red onion)
◊ Tortilla Chip crumble – buy a bag of chips that taste good, put in food processor
◊ Corn Bread Crumble - buy tasty corn bread and crumble
◊ Bacon Crumble – cook bacon to medium crispy, dice.

by Bruce Sterman
serves 6 – 8


1. Set a 4 ½- to 5-quart heavy flameproof casserole or Dutch oven over medium heat.
Add the beef, season with salt, and cook, uncovered, stirring often, until the meat is
evenly crumbled and has lost all pink color, about 20 minutes.

2. While meat is cooking slowly sprinkle in the cornmeal, stir until absorbed.

3. Add the onions and garlic, lower the heat slightly, and cook, stirring once or twice,
until very tender, about 20 minutes.

4. Stir in the chile powders (Ancho, Chipotle), cumin, oregano, and cook, stirring, for 5
minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, beef stock, and red wine and bring to a boil.

5. If you are going to add the fresh diced vegetables (celery, red and green bell pepper),
do so here. Cook, tossing and stirring, for about 5 minutes, or until the peppers are
lightly browned.

6. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

7. Taste the chili, correct the seasoning, cook until the meat is tender and the chili has
reduced (thickened) to your liking.

8. Stir in the kidney beans and simmer for another 5 minutes, or until heated through.

9. Cool the chili OVERNIGHT by
• putting in the fridge uncovered or use plastic wrap with holes poked in it, or
• on the window sill of a slightly opened window or
• on the table in your backyard.
• NEVER COMPLETELY COVER HOT CHILI – it will spoil if you do!!

10. Reheat to serving temperature and taste it! Now it when you adjust salt, pepper to to
make it hotter.

Chile powder: ground chiles. Not to be confused with supermarket “chile powder” or”chili
powder” which is a pre-mixed blend of ground chiles, salt, pepper, cumin, onion
powder, garlic powder. To be avoided.

Chipotle: a jalapeño that is allowed to ripen (become red) and is then smoked.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Season of Giving

In 2013, Derek and Romaine spent a good deal of the their time helping to support a variety worthy causes. After all, how many times did you hear a guest who was in need of help with their crowd funding for their projects. Remember when Romaine raised money and then almost killed her navigator as she worked crew on the Cycle for the Cause? Plus, DNR put together their first charity auction of custom Vinylmations for the Family Equality Council at Gay Days Anaheim. Which is why this year instead of giving out DNR stockings we wanted to focus on what is really important during the holiday season. Giving.

Now, don't freak out just yet....Derek and Romaine will still be giving away plenty of prizes through out the month of December. But this year we are asking our listeners to help us continue this year of giving back to our community with one final act of kindness. We have selected three LGBT organizations who really need our help. Instead of giving away stockings this year we are asking the listeners to create care packages to help support LGBT homeless youth who otherwise will not get any gifts this year. And if you can't put together a care package you can make a donation to help put together care packages for LGBT members of the military who are currently deployed. Let's come together during this Season of Giving and help change the lives of those who need it most.

Here is how it works.
1. Pick an organization from the list below to support.
2. If you are creating a care package please buy items from the suggested lists below.
3. If you are making a monetary donation in lieu of a care package follow the link to make the donation.
4. Once you have assembled your care package take a picture of it and email it to us at: so we can post it on our social networking sites.
5. Ship your care package to the address listed for your organization. Please write "DNR Season Of Giving" somewhere on the box.

We wouldn't ask you to do all of this for nothing so for all of the people who create a Season of Giving gift we will email you a special token of our appreciation. So make sure you email us your pictures of your care package or let us know if you made a donation and don'r forget to provide us an email address where we can send you our special Thank You gift.

Derek and Romaine want to thank all of our listeners for their continued support for the past 10 years. You never cease to amaze us and we know better then anyone the power of our listeners when we come together for a common cause. So let's make this Season of Giving really count and help some people who need it most.

L.A. is the nation’s number one destination for homeless and abandoned youth. Of the thousands who sleep on the streets here, a whopping 40% are LGBT boys and girls. And only one organization in Los Angeles is dedicated to serving them: the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

We offer much more than life-sustaining support like food, clothing, medical care and a warm bed; we offer young people the help they need to get off the streets and make it on their own, including counseling, GED preparation, job placement assistance and mentoring.

No organization does more for LGBT youth … and sadly, the need has never been greater. Will you please make a generous donation today? 

Please consider donating the following items:
·   New or gently used Backpacks
·  New underwear and socks, (men’s and women’s, tube socks and women’s tights are perfect)
·  New/Unopened Travel sized & hotel toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion)
·  Grocery store and/or coffee shop gift cards in $5 or $10 increments
·  Gently used casual clothes (all adult sizes)
·   Gently used professional attire for job interviews
·   Gently used winter coats and sweaters
·   Shoes in good condition (tied or taped together, please)

No food items, please. 

 Tragically, as many as 25% of these teens are rejected by their families, and many end up homeless on the streets. Homeless LGBTQ teens are more likely than straight homeless teens to be subjected to violence on the streets, and in the homeless shelter system. They suffer from inordinate rates of mental illness, trauma, HIV infection and substance abuse.

The Ali Forney Center (AFC) was started in June of 2002 in response to the lack of safe shelter for LGBTQ youth in New York City. We are committed to providing these young people with safe, dignified, nurturing environments where their needs can be met, and where they can begin to put their lives back together.

AFC is dedicated to promoting awareness of the plight of homeless LGBTQ youth in the United States with the goal of generating responses on local and national levels from government funders, foundations, and the LGBTQ community.

Each year the Ali Forney Center provides holiday gifts for the youth in our housing programs, as well as the hundreds of kids on our waiting list.  For many of these kids this will be the only gift they receive for the holidays and possibly the only gift they have received in years.  Our goal is to brighten the holidays of these wonderful youth during what is typically a very depressing time in their lives.  Any support you can lend to helping us in this endeavor would be greatly appreciated. 

Please consider donating the following items:
  •  Gift Cards in $10 denominations to four AFC approved vendors (McDonalds, Starbucks, Old Navy, and iTunes).  We choose these vendors for very specific reasons: McDonald's - they are prevalent in NYC, they have a 1$ menu, and many of them are 24 hours.  This is a huge benefit for the hundreds of kids on our shelter waiting list.  Starbucks - They are everywhere!  We give these cards to our youth in the shelter program.  Many are in school or starting their first jobs and coffee is very necessary ;-),  Old Navy - also everywhere!  Teenage friendly clothing that is super affordable, and iTunes - so that the clients who get iPods can put music on them!  
  •   New hats, gloves, and scarves
  •  New socks
  • School Supplies (notebooks, markers, etc)
  •  Candy!!!

Please Ship to: 
The Ali Forney Center
c/o Bill Torres
224 W 35th St, 15th floor
New York, NY  10001

Please Ship to:
L.A. Gay &Lesbian Center
Youth Center on Highland

1220 N Highland Ave 

Los Angeles, CA  90038-1207

The American Military Partner Association is the nation's premier resource and support network for the partners, spouses, and families of America's LGBT service members and veterans. Through education, advocacy, and support, AMPA is helping to make a difference in the lives of our modern military families.

Each year the American Military Partner Association helps put together care packages for members of our nation's military who are currently deployed. They have a dedicated list of LGBT soldiers who have signed up to receive packages and all donations raised by our Season of Giving will go to compile and ship care packages to those soldiers. So please make a donation today and help bring a little holiday cheer to those men and women who are fighting for our freedom this holiday season.

To make your donation click here: Donate Now

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Recipes!

Every year, Derek and Romaine talk about their favorite recipes and tips for Thanksgiving. Here are a few of them:

1. Brine Your Turkey!
It is fairly easy to brine a turkey and it will make for a moist and delicious turkey. Martha Stewart has a terrific brine recipe that Derek and Romaine highly recommend. Check it out.

2. Perfect Roast Turkey Recipe
Again, Martha Stewart is the clear winner here. This recipe makes for a great tasting turkey and the drippings will add a delicious dimension to your gravy. Derek recommends lightly stuffing the turkey with sweet oranges, sliced in quarters. The steaming oranges will help keep the turkey moist and the flavor off the oranges adds nicely to the drippings. When done cooking, discard the oranges (do not eat!).

3. Romaine's Cranberry Sauce
Many of us opt for cranberry sauce in a can, but making cranberry sauce is surprisingly easy. 1 bag of cranberries, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1 tablespoon orange zest. Add cinnamon and ground clove to taste. Add ingredients to sauce pan, bring slowly to boiling, stirring regularly until cranberries burst and gel.