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Page10 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 17, 2011 r [iiii i ""I by Francena Giallombardo Hall ;H~ii~; ~B~bM:ri';: i WS...morethanmeetstheeye il ing seasoned bread crumbs, ***************************** ..... ?,**I add parsley to mixture. Oregano compliments basil TOBY KEITH -- gling James River Hospital. and is delicious in a salad. 10 (DVD) She defies enormous odds to When I was a young girl I would help my Nonna plant her herbs and I have contin- ued that tradition. I plant Italian flat-leaf parsley, oregano, basil, rosemary, bay leaves, and of course garlic. All of these have a special place in Italian cooking. Italian fiat-leaf parsley aids digestion and freshens breath. I use it in sauce (gravy), meatballs, frittata, and as a garnish. I always add it to ricotta for lasagna, ma- nicotti and ziti. When mak- Basil is the basic ingredi- ent in pesto, caprese salad, antipasto, gravy. I think it is the most essential herb in Italian cooking. Adds a won- derful flavor to tomato based dishes. I use Rosemary as a fla- voring on bread, potatoes, and many vegetables. Bay leaves in stew, soup, and gravy. I always top my eggplant dishes with basil and a bay leaf and add them to my water when boiling an artichoke. Garlic adds a delicious taste to my salads; roasted garlic is fat free and is spread on bread to replace butter. Very healthy. HINT: Fresh herbs are not as strong as dried so you can add more to your foods. Have fun adding fresh herbs to your cooking!! Francena is the author of "Recipes My Nonna Taught Me," a tribute to her Italian heritage and her beloved Nonna. To order a copy call 1-937-433-7313. Stirpe Nostra (Continued persons who were related to him by blood or by marriage, in an attempt to wipe out any potential successor. He even ordered a stepson to be drowned because he liked to play at being a general and an emperor. He banished his nurse's son because he bathed in some baths which were built to honor Nero's visit. He harassed his tutor to the point of suicide, and poisoned all who had helped him to the throne. As a pre- cautionary measure he even condemned the chil- dren of those whom he had put to death. A number of from Page 2) these children were slain together at a group meal along with their attendants. After committing all of these heinous crimes, and encouraged by a lack of cen- sure or condemnation, he put to death whoever he pleased without discrimina- tion or mercy. He never gave a poor victim more than an hour of life after pronounc- ing sentence and even held a physician in readiness to quickly finish off any who lingered. He often boasted that no prince had ever known greater power. All of the indignities, abuses and criminal acts heaped upon this unfortu- nate civilization were still not enough to satisfy the fates and the destines. Dame fortune threw in her lot and provided a plague which took thirty thousand lives in the short time of one autumn, then two towns in Britain were sacked and great num- bers of their citizens were butchered while during this same time many Roman le- gions were sent from Arme- nia to the orient where they were almost wiped out. NEXT ISSUE: Chicken Nero News Briefs (Continued from Page I) rent crisis was not low-down- payment loans. It was lack of underlining." Weiner Has Come Clean About Pickle He's In The NY tabloids were re- lentless on US Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY concerning allegations that he posted a suggestive poster on the web and sent it to a college stu- dent. He denied everything until he couldn't anymore. Yes, he sent the photo on- line. Yes, he has been talk- ing to other females on-line too and no, he won't be re- signing from office any time soon. Even House minority leader Nancy Pelosi is quite upset over it all and wants the ethics committee to in- vestigate Weiner's action. Recently, I saw his autobi- ography on sale at the Dol- lar Tree Store but now a buck seems too steep a price to pay considering the pickle he created for himself. Once again the arrogance of power seems to have reared its ugly head. Another big time liberal appears to be going down in flames. Defiant but still weakened. In the last elec- tion back in 2010 in a sol- idly Democratic district, the Republican candidate picked up 41 percent. Now with this latest news, the GOP will certainly eye this race again and victory could be quite well in reach. Governor Tries Slamming "Secure Communities" Effort Governor Deval Patrick on June 6 refused to approve the federal "Secure Commu- nities program. Christen Varley, the executive direc- tor of the Greater Boston Tea Party said in reaction that, "This is political pandering at its worst, and people are going to get hurt and people are going to die." This fed- eral program is currently re- enforced in 42 states and would require law enforce- ment to share fingerprinting information with federal immigration officials. Bos- ton currently has been part of this program since 2006. The governor had stated he will takr part in the program but since the program is not yet mandated he changed his mind saying "We run a serious risk of ethnic profil- ing and frankly fracturing the incredibly important re- lationships that are impor- tant for communities in law enforcement." Up on Beacon Hill, the Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester reacted saying, "The biggest question here is what pos- sible reason would there be to withhold information sharing from people charged with protecting us." Mean- while, in the City of Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino says the program has worked well for five years and Police Com- missioner Ed Davis added, "Up to this point, I have not been able to find someone who was completely inno- cent who was deported" out of 44,000 folks arrested. Sooner than later, the Se- cured Communities initia- tive will be mandated for all 50 states and rather than grandstand on the issue, it is the job of the governor to make sure our communities are secure. Illegal immigra- tion is a national issue that affects Massachusetts as well as Texas or Arizona which sit on the Mexican border. Both of Them Can't Run at the Same Time United States Representa- tive Michele Bachmann, R- Wisconsin and Sarah Palin are still being talked up as candidates for the Republi- can nomination for president as you are reading this. Bachmann may have al- ready jumped into the Cam- paign '12. Both of these Re- publican leaders have the charisma and more impor- tantly the financial backing to make a great run against President Obama in two years. Can either beat him is not easy to say. Time will tell. I'm sure Mitt Romney would love to see both of them jump into the race. This is called divide and con- quer. Mitt is trying to run a Nixon-like campaign. He's the New Mitt now and not the lousy governor most of us still remember. Mean- while, Rick Santorum is wasting his and our time by running for president, as is Newt Gingrich who needs to open up his suitcase and check out all his baggage. Doesn't he have too much baggage to seek the White House? Where is that Republican leader who can inspire us to put this country right side up again? Is he or she even out there or will 2012 be just another case of the political wisdom that says you can't beat somebody with nobody? We seem to be down to our third tier candidates now. Universal Music Toby Keith certainly needs no introduction, as this country music superstar is a 'household' name. 10, is an excellent collection that showcases Keith in his many moods. Perfect I0 tunes have, "Should've Been A Cowboy," from the early years -- "How Do You Like Me Now?" the social com- mentary "Courtesy Of The Red, White and Blue," the Willie Nelson duet "Beer For My Horses" and the humor of "I Love This Bar." Keith salutes the military with "American Soldier," the fun tune "As Good As I Once Was," the sweet "God Love Her," the social statement "American Ride," and fin- ishes off with his 'winner' -- "Bullets In The Gun." An explosive, sure-fire hit DVD! BIUTIFUL (DVDI Lionsgate Academy Award nominee Javier Bardem is Uxbal, a man on the wrong side of the law who struggles to provide for his children on the dan- gerous street of Barcelona. As fate encircles him, Uxbal learns to accept the realities of life, whether bright, bad -- or biutiful -- in this unfor- gettable film from director Alejandro Gonz~tlez Inarritu. Biutiful is both powerful and arresting! (2 hrs. 27 rains.) AC/DC -- LET THERE BE ROCK (Blu-ray & DVD -- Limited Collector's Edition) Warner Home Video At the time of AC/DC's flamboyant frontman Bon Scott's tragic death in early 1980, no one could imagine a 1979 Paris concert would be the last filmed live con- cert of the popular singer's career. The film showcases the power and precision of the Australian hard rock band's Highway to Hell tour. Thanks to technology and Warner Home Video, fans can join in to commemorate the film's 30th Anniversary, and celebrate one of the greatest performers and leg- endary rock bands of all time. Included are classics, "Live Wire," "Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be," "Wall All Over You," "The Jack," 'Highway To Hell," "High Voltage," "Whole Lotta Rosie" and the epic anthem "Let There Be Rock." Limited and num- bered editions include a trib- ute book, guitar pick and col- lector cards. (1 hrs. 38 mins.) HAWTHORNE: SECOND SEASON (3-DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. Jada Pinkett Smith is Christina Hawthorne, Direc- tor of Nursing, and a passion- ate advocate for her pa- tients, who must also bal- ance the demands of being a widowed mother. When cutbacks close Richmond Trinity, Christina and sev- eral of her fellow doctors and nurses join the strug- rescue a heroin-addicted mother, confronts angry pro- testors to save a death row patient, and takes on the entire review board to keep the hospital open. At home, Christina fights to raise her rapidly maturing daughter, while deciding if she is ready for a closer relation- ship with the Chief of Sur- gery. (7 hrs. 5 mins.) CARE BEARS: FLOWER POWER (DVD) Lionsgate Spring has sprung in Care-a-lot! All the Care Bears are here full of sun- shine and cheer in eight tales blooming with Flower Power! When Share Bear's Dilly Daisies become a fash- ion craze, everyone learns it's about the Bear, and not what they wear that counts. Discover what happens when Oopsy Bear believes a four-leaf clover will bring him the good luck he needs before a big race. Then, pre- pare for a heat wave as Grizzle aims his "Magni- frier" on Care-a-lot, and only the Thunderwhales' cooling rain can help restore spring. Join the Care Bears for fun and adventure! (i hr. 28 mins.) JULIAN ASSANGE: A MODERN DAY HERO? (DVD) MVDvisual Julian Paul Assange is an Australian journalist, pub- lisher and Internet activist. He is best known as the spokesperson and editor- in-chief for WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website. He has lived in several coun- tries and is constantly on the move, making irregular public appearances to speak about freedom of the press and censorship. In doing so, he has won three journal- ism awards for his work with WikiLeaks. This revealing three hours of footage gives readers the chance to decide the truth for themselves as to what Assange stands for, is he a hero or a villain? (3 hrs.) MADAGASCAR (DVD) BBC Earth Madagascar reveals the extraordinary wildlife and dramatic landscapes of one of the world's most bizarre islands. The series captures the diverse and rare wild- life that inhabits this incred- ible land. It features amaz- ing footage of lemurs -- a monkey-like group of crea- tures made up of 70 differ- ent species unique to the island -- but also reveals frogs that turn from brown to bright yellow, wasps that pluck tadpoles from tree- nests and fish that swim upside down, as well as fol- lowing the romantic life of the world's tiniest chame- leon. This film is an ambi- tious and intimate portrait of a fascinating but peril- ously fragile island. (2 hrs. 54 rains.)