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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 11,2011 ... Food & Customs St. Joseph Zeppole March 19, marks the Feast of St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus Christ our savior. For Italians it is a religious, eth- nic and ritual celebration. It is a day we honor St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, husband of Mary, Patron of the Universal Church and a Happy Death, etc. It is the day that marks our people being sent rain during a severe drought, when many people were dying of starvation. A day we keep a promise made by our ancestors for saving our people from certain-death. On St. Joseph's Day we share with the needy an important Christian obligation. All these reasons make the celebration special• Because of the love of God and St. Joseph's intercession, we have many reasons for hold- ing the celebration. Many kinds of vegetable minestras, very thick soups, are prepared and served at this celebration, no cheese is eaten on St. Joseph's Day. This is to remind us that our people were too poor to have cheese. The spa- ghetti is sprinkled with a traditional mix- ture of toasted dry bread crumbs when fresh sardines and fennel sauce is used. Lentils, favas, and all types of dried beans are cooked and served with escarole and other leafy veg- etables. Pasta con le sarde (spaghetti with sardines and fennel), fresh sardines, double layers of stuffed sar- Saint Joseph with the infant Jesus by Guido Reni, circa 1635. dines, chunks of fresh chilled fennel, large black oil-cured olives, fried artichoke hearts, stuffed baked escarole rolls, fried cauliflower rosettes, spinach and asparagus frosce (omelets), braided bread wreaths, large navel oranges, pomegranates are all part of "La Tavola di San Visit one of our two locations for St. Joseph Zeppole MODERN PASTRY SHOP, INC. 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The special dessert, St. Joseph's Sfinge, is made in many ways: a typi- cal type is a large round cream puff filled with ricotta, and topped with red cherries and sections of glazed orange. Each region of Italy has their own unique food and desserts to mark the Feast. In Abruzzi, people eat Cove- zun di San Giuseppe, a tiny baked turnover of thinly rolled sweet dough filled with chopped walnuts and chocolate. Further north near Bologna, sfrappole are a March 19 specialty. They are strips of sweet noodle dough knotted, fried and sugared. In Tuscany, there are rice cakes for St. Joseph's Day. In Pappardella di San Giuseppe, traditionally cooked noodles or ferretti (spirals) tossed in St. Joseph and Lenten Recipes Order a Copy of My T )ht A Tribute to Francena's Sicilian Heritage and Her Beloved Nonna. Now expanded and enhanced in its 1 lth printing with 10,000 copies sold. $12.95 - pay no shipping and postage A must for your collection• ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!! 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It is a Festa for everyone to enjoy! ick up your St. Joseph ;Zeppole today! 300 Hanover Street Boston, Massachusetts Mike Mercogliano, Owner • News Briefs (Continued from Page I) Wilkerson's Send-off was Bizzaro World Nite Recently, a party was gekd for former Senator Dianne Wilkerson called "A Feast of Love for Dianne Wilkerson at Prince Hall in Roxbury. Pe- ter Gelzinis thought they should have called it "Lady D's Danbury Dance Party." She entered the hall to "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" looking more like a Diva Queen than a soon to be incarcer- ated inmate down in Con- necticut. She told the crowd of supporters, "I'm ready for my time away from here." Charles Ogletree from Harvard Law School was present talking about all the good she has done for the people over the years. I guess even Harvard profes- sors take a swim or two in the Denial River too. No one mentioned stuffing cash into a bra, did they? Our Fearless Leader Seems Fearful to Act As Investors Business Daily recently editorialized, "As the flames of freedom sweep Libya, longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi's days look to be numbered. With the outcome still uncertain, a question arises: Why is the U.S. sitting on its hands?" Sitting on the sidelines doing nothing is not a policy. The White House keeps call- ing for restraint but aside from that has been quite si- lent as the pot continues to boil over. Why is Our Fear- less Leader appearing to be stuck in a freeze frame to the point of trying to stay neutral in this Mideast crisis. Why does the United Nations continue to have Libya sitting on its Human Rights Commission while the government is killing people in the streets? People in the Mideast are looking for something as they battle dictators in that region and what they're look- ing for is U.S. support, but none is there at this time. America cannot abdicate its responsibilities as the world's superpower leaving a dangerous power vacuum in that area of the world. Just what is our policy, it's still'~ unclear and that leaves the door open for new mullahs and the Muslim Brotherhood to fill it. Jackson, Mills Top District 7 Ticket On Tuesday, February 15 in a crowd field of candidates running for the District 7 City Council seat, the two top winners in the preliminary election were Tito Jackson and Cornell Mills. With only a 7% voter turnout, Jackson won in a landslide getting 67.3% of the total vote. Mills finished a distant second and received 9.4% of the vote. Jackson and Mills will meet again on Tuesday, March 15 for election to the City Council for the District 7 seat replacing Chuck Turner who was re- cently thrown off the coun- cil after receiving a prison sentence in federal court. Mills is the son of former State Senator Diane Wilker- son, and Jackson who was the runner up in the at large city council race two years ago and endorsed by Turner to be his successor. I've known Jackson for a few years .now and he is an excellent candidate for this job. He knows politics, he knows government and most importantly, he knows the district and the needs of folks within it. He won't need any on-the-job train- ing. He's good to go from day one. Nothing against Mills but I know Jackson and will support him on March 15. Why Capuano Will Never Get Elected to US Senate The stupid "bloody" re- marks made by US Repre- sentative Mike Capuano public exhibit number one that Capuano ought to be glad he's still a congress- man. Kissing up to protest- ing union guys at a State House rally, he appeared to have completely lost it when he told his friendly crowd that every "once in a while you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary." He now says he had wished he used different language "to ex- press my passion and I re- gret my choice of words." I'm sure he does, but is it really his fault? Reportedly, he blamed this gaffe on the fact that he didn't use a script at the rally and spoke off the cuff as they say. I guess he can be only trusted when given a speech written for him to say. Don't blame me. Where's my script? Next time bring your speech writer along or have an aide ready to plaster your mouth with tap before you veer off course while speaking. I don't know why anyone is considering him for another run for US Senate in 2012. If given the choice between US Representative Steve Lynch, US Senator Scott Brown or the former Mayor of Somerville, I would con- sider His Honor door #3. . . . • .'