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 Sep 21, 2012 05:59 PDT 

Volume 15      Number 174
US Library of Congress ISSN: 1530-3292

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Easy Greek Chicken Casserole

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chopped onion (about 1 large)
2 tablespoons dried thyme
1 to 2 teaspoons black pepper
10 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups (1/2-inch) cubed red potato (about 2 pounds)
2 cups (1-inch) cut green beans (about 1/2 pound)
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons anchovy paste or finely chopped olives
2 (14.5-ounce) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
8 skinned, boned chicken thighs (about 1 pound)
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

Preheat oven to 375F.

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion,
and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the thyme, pepper, and garlic; sauté 1
minute. Increase heat to medium-high. Add potato; sauté 8 minutes or
until potato begins to brown. Stir in green beans, water, anchovy paste,
and tomatoes. Remove mixture from heat. Nestle chicken thighs into
potato mixture. Top with feta cheese. Cover and bake at 375F for 45
minutes. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information
Amount per serving
    Calories: 488
    Calories from fat: 23%
    Fat: 12.6g
    Saturated fat: 4.2g
    Monounsaturated fat: 4.9g
    Polyunsaturated fat: 2.1g
    Protein: 34.5g
    Carbohydrate: 62g
    Fiber: 7.3g
    Cholesterol: 134mg
    Iron: 7.8mg
    Sodium: 775mg
    Calcium: 250mg

By Walt Mills

The Dawn Patrol

We’re planning on beginning a monthly movie night at our small town
community center, and I’ve been asked to pick the movies and write up
something about them for the valley newsletter. It’s an exciting
prospect – so many great films I’d like to share. But where to begin?

I thought I might start in 1938. The war is about to begin in Europe,
and Hollywood can’t wait to cash in on the opportunity. A group of
A-list British actors is gathered for a remake of a 1930 film, one of
the first talkies, called The Dawn Patrol: the dashing Errol Flynn as
the ace fighter pilot; his buddy, the debonair David Niven; and Basil
Rathbone ( Hollywood’s best sword fighter and star of the popular
Sherlock Holmes films) as the squadron commander.

It has a dark plot. It’s 1914 and each dawn a group of fighter pilots
take off from the aerodrome to protect the English Channel from German
fighters. Every morning, a few of the barely trained young pilots are
shot down. The feeling of fatalism is intense, broken by moments of
black humor.

I came across the film on the Turner Movie Channel, or whatever it was
called in 1980. I had gotten home from my job on the night shift at
about 8 am and turned on the little portable television in my living
room. The movie was just starting, and soon I was riveted to the screen.
The intense drama was staged almost like a play in one or two rooms with
occasional clunky scenes of pilots in flight. I think a few tears may
have sprung from my eyes.

Twenty years later my family is visiting the Smithsonian Institute where
there is a large exhibit recalling WWI. The movie they are playing on a
screen inside the exhibit is The Dawn Patrol. Again I was entranced and
stood for long minutes recalling nearly every word.

I wonder if other people would respond to the film the way I did. Or
would they find it dated and ludicrous in this age of digital special
effects? I may get to find out in a few weeks. And it comes with a Bugs
Bunny cartoon and newsreels. Wish you were all here.

(Do you have a film or double feature suggestion for our community movie
night? Let me know.)

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from Wendy

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William Robinson, Marv Tarplin, Warren Moore 1965

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