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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 14, 2011 umn! Trusting we are not boring youI So let's The point is, get going! Trusting you welcomed the new the, Tea Act, year soberly! For those of you who suffered which the from a hangover, the best cure is water! c o 1 o nis t s Experts advise drinking a glass of water be- were sup- 0 0 0 fore going to bed following a big fright out and chasing it with a second glass when you wake up. Dehydration triggers morning- after agony because booze blocks production of a hormone that helps the body conserve H20. Orange juice has acids that can upset the tummy, while caffeine-packed coffee and soda will dehydrate you more. More healthy advice! Crunching three almonds before or after a meal can crush heartburn pain, experts say. "Almonds really work to prevent heartburn!" says one testi- monial gathered by researchers. "I had heartburn after dinner no matter what I ate," but after eating roasted almonds with meals, "I haven't had heartburn since." How- ever, experts say you should avoid the choco- late-covered treats for dessert as the coat- ing counteracts the benefits of the almond. Gee, a health nut in Idaho has specified in his will that he wishes to be buried in a "no smoking" section of the cemetery. Giuseppina, cosce storte, claims the only place where you can find people who spend all their time minding their own business is the cemetery. In a few days you can purchase the mem- oir My Father at I00 by President Reagan's son, Ron Reagan. The book has opened a rift between the author and his mom Nancy, 89, that may never heal, say sources. "She is livid and blind with rage that her own son would violate her husband's memory," con- fides a family friend. Nancy was in tears because she fears the book will ruin Reagan's legacy by focusing on the "final days that robbed him of his memory and turned him into a vegetable," adds the fam- ily friend. Before A1zheimer's struck, Reagan would never talk about his family history, But once he got the disease, he would "con- fuse movie plots with his family history," posedly angry about, actually reduced the duty on British tea imported to America. So why did they really revolt? Because once British tea was affordable,- it would ruin America's lucrative trade in black-market tea, because three-fourths of the tea sold in America was smuggled in by John Hancock. Now the whole idea of dressing up like Indians makes sense, doesn't it? An Italian woman called police to report that virtual burglars broke into the virtual home she maintains in an online game and stole her virtual furniture. Paola Letizia, 44, said she spent $140 of real money furnish- ing and decorating her virtual apartment in the Facebook game Pet Society, and that the hackers who got into her account and removed the furniture committed a real- world crime. *I don't think it matters that the apartment only exsists in Facebook," said Letizia. "It is real to me, and I have suffered a real loss." Weird news! A Taiwanese womanwho was unable to find a husband married herself instead. Chen Wei-yih, 30, an office worker from Taipei, had photographs taken of her- self in a wedding dress and married herself in a lavish ceremony before whisking her- self off to a honeymoon in Australia. "My work and experiences are in good shape," said Chen, "but I haven't found a partner, so what can I do? You must love yourself before you can love others." Belle Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "Love can usually survive everything .but marriage." Getting older makes you happier. A study found that after age 50, people report being consistently happier, less stressed, and less worried than their younger counterparts. Because of life experience, older people may be "more effective at regulating their emo- tions than younger adults," says psychia- Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED CALAMARI (SQUID) IN TOMATO SAUCE OVER LINGUINE 14 ounces tomatoes I medium chopped onion 1 large chopped garlic clove (optional) 1/4 cup olive, canola or vegetable oil 1 teaspoon dried basil or two fresh basil leaves 2 pounds already cleaned calamari (squid) 3 tablespoons white or ~red wine of choice 1 pound of linguine Grated Romano or Parmesan cheese Heat oil in skillet, add chopped onion, garlic (optional), and basil. Simmer until onion is oigaque. Garlic should not brown. Add crushed tomatoes and stir thoroughly. Cover and simmer sauce until it comes to a slow boil. Lower heat and simmer for about twenty minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sauce from sticking to the bottom of skillet. If mixture appears to be too thick, add a half-cup of water and stir. Cut tentacles from calamari if not already separated. Wash and cut each calamari into approximately one-inch widths. Do not cut lengthwise. A small calamari should give abou_t three portions. Wash both thoroughly. Set aside in a bowl. When sauce has simmered about twenty minutes, add calamari and tentacles. Then stir and c.over. Simmer calamari in sauce for about five minutes. Do not over'cook. Calamari will become tough if cooked too long. Cover and remove skillet from heat until you are ready to cook pasta. Cook linguine, or pasta of your choice, according to the directions on the package. While pasta is cooking, return calamari sauce mixture to burner to reheat slowly. Add three tablespoons of red or white wine of choice. Bring to a slow boil. Turn off burner and remove from heat. Place cooked and strained pasta onto a serving platter and top with tomato sauce, calamari, and grated cheese of choice. OPTIONAL: Adding additional calamari to the sauce will allow some to be served with the pasta and some separately with a fresh green salad: Remaining sauce freezes well. Serves two. NOTE: In the 1930s, I remember my mother standing at the sink removing the thin layer of outer skin and the inner portions of the squid. She removed the tentacles and placed them in a separate bowl. IArhen I asked if she was throwing the tentacles away she quickly replied. " No! Sono buoni!" (They are good!) Mama was right. I always include them in the sauce. says the source. Both brothers died of com- plications of Alzheimer's: Neil in 1996 and Ronald at age 93 in June 2004. The source says Nancy's heartsick the book reveals her husband as ~a man different from the image Nancy has up on that pedestal." Big news! Showbiz dive Cher is terrified for her overweight daughter -- turned.-son Chaz -- and is pestering him to lose 100 pounds with lap-band stomach surgery, insiders reveal. But the 64-year-old super- star pleas appear to be falling on deaf ears, the source says. "Chaz says he'll lose weight his way and when he's ready," the source adds. "But that's not good enough for Cher. They've had huge fights over it. "If he doesn't do it soon, Chef fears it may be too late." He did it! After struggling to quit "his 30-year smoking habit for some time, Presi- dent Obama hasn't touched a cigarette in nine months, according to the White House. Bravo! Huh? More high school seniors now smoke marijuana than tobacco, a new survey found. In 2010, 21.4 percent of seniors said they'd smoked pot in the past month. So reported the Los Angeles Times. Just remember, the greatest tobacco evil is the man who continuously quits smoking. Smart movel Life-size cardboard cutouts of female police officers in miniskirts have been placed alongside Czech roads to slow down speeding drivers. And, yes, they work. Peter Beatrice of Swampscott thinks we should also place cardboard cutouts of female police officers in miniskirts on Route 128. The truth about the Tea Party. Another great event in the history of the United States is the infamous Boston Tea Party. You know the story. On December 16, 1773, a group of colonists, angry at paying higher taxes on their tea, dressed up like Indians and dumped crates of tea bricks belong- ing to the British East India Company into the Boston Harbor. Not sure why we're so proud of an act of vandalism, but that's beside trist Arthur Stone. They also seem more likely to forget or let go of bad memorieS. "If you were to do a surveyand say, 'How many of you would like to be 25 again? '" Stone says, "you don't get a lot of takers." Time to do some show business reminisc- ing with the stately noted musicologist Albert Natale. The chorus in Ray Steven's big hit, "Everything is Beautiful" was pro- vided by his daughter's .elementary school class in Nashville and was recorded in the school auditorium. Frank Sinatra was a singing master of ceremonies in a New Jersey night club (the Rustic Cabin) when bandleader Harry James discovered him. Drummer Gene Krupa studied for the priest- hood before becoming a professional musi- cian. Before Dean Martin made a big hit of *Everybody Loves Somebody," it had also been recorded, unsuccessfully, by such as Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, and Peggy Lee. Despite rumors, Elvis Presley did not collect teddy bears. His collection came from fans all over the world. It inspired "Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear," as a big hit song in 1957. Singer Frankie Laine's father wanted Frankie to become a pharmacist or an ar- chitect. And singer Liza Minnelli was named after the George Gershwin song "Liza." Some little-known facts of Italian Ameri- can history: Two signers of the Declaration of Independence were of Italian descent: Maryland's William Pace and Delaware Cesar Rodney. The suburban shopping mall was developed by William Cafaro and Edward J. DeBartolo. Cafaro pioneered the enclosed shopping mall with his American Mall in Lima, Ohio in 1965. DeBartolo built the first American shopping plaza in the 1940s. Less we forget, the only enlisted Marine in U.S. history to win the nation's two highest military honors-the Navy Cross and the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor was John Basilone, a U.S. Marine sergeant who died at the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME ~om MYBakery Perch VtTA ORLANDO SIrNOPOLI 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts. FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM and in local .bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN , ~" f knt Remember Your ' I Lo aO. s I The Post-Gazette accepts ] I memorials throughout the year. I I ] Please call 617-227-8929 J [ andaskforLisa