Let’s meet at my place for lunch. Today I will be preparing a delicious Minestrone Soup. If you wish to cook along with me you will need 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 medium carrots-peeled and diced, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, 1 potato- peeled and diced, 1 (15 ounce) can cannelloni beans-rinsed and drained, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 chopped red onion, 1 large celery stalk-diced, ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary, 1 (14.5) ounce chopped tomatoes, ½ pound Savoy cabbage, ½ pound green beans-trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces, ¼ cup sliced basil and a team of oxen to carry all the ingredients to your kitchen.
Take a large pot, heat oil over medium heat and add onion, carrots, celery, red pepper flakes, rosemary, salt and pepper. Cook until onion begins to turn a nice golden color. This should take about 8 minutes.
Add tomatoes, and cook until some of the liquid evaporates. Add cabbage, potato, cannelloni beans and 7 cups pf water. Bring to a boil and add green beans.
Reduce heat to simmer and cook until veggies are tender. Season once again with salt and pepper, stir in garlic and basil and serve with sprinkled Parmesan cheese.
See you soon at my house. I will have plenty of crusty bread on hand to serve with the soup.
I am Chiquita Cicada and I’m here to say, your media and some of your people are biased in every single way. Recently, three Oklahoma teenagers savagely gunned down an Australian baseball player because, in their own words, they wanted to see someone die. The suspects are black and the victim was white. I bring that up because in light of the racial divide that has flared up in your nation, it is important to make note of it.
I firmly believe that if the victim was black and the suspects were white, chaos would reign in the media and the streets. This tragedy got some coverage, but in the scope of things it was inadequate at best.
Where are the white Al Sharptons? For that matter, where is Al Sharpton? Taking it a step further, where is your President Obama? The silence is deafening, especially for me. I like noise and I am not hearing any. Why? Is the savage murder of an innocent white boy of little importance? Does your media pick and choose its tragedies? It certainly appears that way.
Three black teens murdered this boy “for the fun of it” and as far as I know, no one is staging a night of outrage or protest. As far as I know, the President isn’t going to speak to the nation. In this case, I am sure he was advised that this tragedy was local and none of his business. Of course, Trayvon Martin was different as was the case of the black professor questioned by the police.
You have a deep divide in your nation and a double standard that is repulsive and inexcusable. I have to admit that right about now, I am glad I am a bug. If I choose to, I can crawl into the ground and wait 17 years for things to improve. I’m afraid you don’t have that luxury.
Make Some Noise…Chiquita Cicada