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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 23, 2015 ,IF Ray 15arron's Big surprises, after a North Carolina man, Zip Segule, snuck home to give his wife breakfast in bed and triggered the alarm sys- tem. She thought he was an intruder and shot him in the chest. "I'm good," said Segule after a trip to the hospital. Gee, he sounds like a big shot! Wow! A 3-year-old Salt Lake City boy was trapped alone in a car that was stolen and abandoned. When police called a cell phone left in the car, the boy answered~ and follow- ing instructions to honk the horn until he was found. Good idea? An Alabama middle-school principal has asked students to bring cans of food they could use as projectiles against school shooters. "We realize at first this may seem odd," Priscella Holley wrote in a letter to parents. But "it is best to be prepared." She said students could hurl cans of food to "stun the intruder" until police arrive. Weirdo! A Connecticut man is suing New York City for not forcing him to wear a hel- met while riding a Citi Bike. Ronald Corwin's $60 million suit alleges that the city was "reckless and negligent" for running the bike-sharing program without requiring users to wear helmets. Corwin suffered head injuries last year after crashing his bike, and claims he lost "the pleasure of tasting food and of literally smelling roses. The nanny state, after Texas's new agriculture commissioner announced that schoolkids could bring cupcakes to school to celebrate birthdays, in a show of defiance of federal nutritional guidelines. The new rule, said Commissioner Sid Miller, "is about providing local control to our communities." Arrivederci Roma! A whopping 83.5 percent of the 1,000 Rome police officers who were scheduled to work on New Year's Eve ended up calling in sick that night. Some officers used the excuse that they had donated blood, while others said they were suffering from "disabilities." Interesting to note, 50 police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty in 2014, a big increase from 2013, when 32 were slain. In general, however, policing is becoming safer -- from 1970 to 1979, and average of 127 officers were killed each year, and that figure has steadily declined over the past three decades. According to a poll, only 40% of Americans think race relations in the U.S. are "fairly" or "very" good. In 2009, 66% thought race relations were good. Box-office revenue for movies fell 5.3 per- cent in 2014 -- the worst result since 2011. But studios are optimistic about 2015, which . got off to a strong start, thanks to films like The Hobbit. The Battle of the Five Armies, Into the Woods, and Unbroken. What? Forty-three percent of Americans say they no longer view property ownership as one of the best ways to build wealth. Yet young Americans still seem to want home ownership, with 78 percent saying they con- sider owning a home to be a major life goal. How true. Gee, Russian President Vladimir Putin was the 10th most admired man in America in 2014, according to Gallup's annual survey, coming in ahead of Mitt Romney, Joe Biden, and Bono. Barack Obama topped the list of the most admired, followed by Pope Francis, Bill Clinton, and the Rev. Billy Graham. So who are some of the most admired local individuals? Proprio Stronzo, Giuseppina, cosce storte, Rosalie Cunio, Christina Quinlan, Barbara D'Amico, Robyn Waters, Diane Modica, Pamela Donnaruma, Frances Fitzgerald, Joey Barisano, Joe Ferrino, Sal Giarratani, David Trumbull, Elizabeth War- ren and of course, Charlie Baker. Seriously, Charlie Baker of Swampscott is truly a bril- liant individual and he will without a doubt prove to be a great governor. Gee, now that we have praised Charlie Bake of Swampscott, it's time to praise Kyle J. Waters also of Swampscott. Kyle is a fresh- man student of Boston CoUege and has made the Dean's List. Kyle is majoring in Econ- omics. Needless to say, Kyle J. Waters will become a fu- ture notable. In short, he is not only a O O O brilliant in- ~, dividual, but also, tall, handsome and personable. He is also Gaelic and GarlicT Perhaps Governor Baker should have Kyle J. Waters working at !,he State House as an intern. This just in! 23% of Republicans name former Florida Gov, Jeb Bush as their favor- ite candidate for the GOP presidential nomi- nation. 13% favor Chris Christie, and 7% back physician Ben Carson. Rand Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee each have the support of 6/0. Bow wow/ A border collie that was badly abused as a puppy saved its new owner's life by sniffing out an undetected malignant tu- mor. British mom Josie Conlon sensed something was wrong when Ted, her 2-year- old rescue dog, began nuzzling and pawing at her chest. She soon found a lump and was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, which could have killed her within months. Conlon had the tumor removed in December and learned this week that the cancer hasn't spread. "I feel as though it was fate that we found each other," she said of Ted. "I saved him, then he saved me." Bless them both. News from St. Petersburg, Florida. A Florida man was charged with first-degree murder last week after he threw his 5-year- old daughter off a bridge and into Tampay Bay. John Jonchuck, 25, was being followed by a St. Petersburg police officer who clocked him speeding at up to I00 mph before pull- ing over on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. As the police officer approached him. Jonchuck grabbed his daughter, Phoebe, from the passenger seat and threw her to her death, before racing off. Police said the girl was probably alive when she hit the water 62 feet below, and the officer said he might have heard her scream. Police had previously been called to the Jonchuck home in response to multiple domestic vio- lence calls, and Jonchuck's lawyer had told child services earlier that day that her cli- ent was delusional and could be dangerous. Well, time to learn something about Ital- ian Americans. John Ciardi, poet and Scholar, did the only English translation of Dante's Divine Comedy that reproduces the Italian poet's complex rhyme scheme. Ciardi was also a poet in his own right, authored some 60 books, taught at Harvard and Rutgers universities, hosted a weekly radio commentary on National Public Radio in the 1980's, and was the only American poet ever to have his own television pro- gram ("Accent," CBS, Ciardi was born in Boston in 1916, son of an Italian immigrant, and died in 1986. Ed McBain (b.1926), author of The Black Board Jungle and inventor of the police pro- cedural novel, has written 94 novels with 100 million copies in print in many languages. He was born Salvatore Albert Lombino and grew up in New York's East Harlem and North Bronx. Early in his career, publishers warned him that "Lombino" was too hard to pronounce and might hurt sales. He uses several pen names, the most familiar being "McBain" for his detective stories and "Evan Hunter" for his more literacy works. Show biz stuff from the great stately musicologist Albert Natale. Lucille Ball, says, "Orson Welles should have played in The Man Who Came to Dinner. As a houseguest, he was a nightmare! He com- pletely took over the house, no request or demand was too big for him to make, and he sincerely believed he was bestowing a blessing by his very presence. Sheesh! I'd hate to have his nerve in my tooth. Jack Nicholson is scared of dying alone. The actor dated a string of glamorous ac- tresses in the 1970's and '80s. Today, Nicholson is 77 and lonely, and wishes he could have "one last romance." But it isn't likely to happen. "I'm still wild at heart. But I can't hit on women in public anymore. It just doesn't feel right at any age." AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Come Mangi! (Speak You Eat!) iii ii iiiii iiii Benvenuti! This week's recipe would have probably been on Leonardo Da Vinci's dinner table during his years spent at the court of Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan when the mighty family was ruling. Perhaps after eating a delicious portion of risotto aUo zafferano, also known as risotto alla milanese, Leonardo would have found the inspiration for designing the "Porte Vinciane", the innovative system of dams for the Navigli, the artificial canals of Milano that made the city accessible from the sea. The actual recipe for this delicious primo piatto was developed a few years later, in 1574. Traditionally made with Carnaroli rice, a medium-grain rice variety grown in the Pavia province, this risotto has a vibrant yellow color given by the use of zafferano (saffron) whose origin that dates back to the Egyptians. In the Middle Ages. zafferano stigmas were mixed with egg white and used in painting in order to get an intense, yet translucent yellow color. One among the favorite spices of Pope Celestine IV, zafferano was sent to him from the region Abruzzo that, to this day, holds the DOP (Denominazione di Origine Protetta) certification -- protected designation of origin -- proof of authenticity and outstanding quality. Conventionally, risotto allo zafferano is paired with ossobuco alla milanese. Saffron Rice (serves four) 5 Tbsp butter 2 oz beef bone marrow (optional) 1 small onion (chopped finely) 2 cups Carnaroli or! Vialone rice 1 glass dry white wine 1 pinch of powdered saffron or a few strands About 3 pints of beef stock Salt and pepper to taste i/2 cup freshly grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano Reggiano Preparation: Heat the beef stock and keep warm. Melt 2 Tbsp of the butter and the bone marrow (optional) in a sauce- pan or large skillet and saute" the onion until translucent but not colored. Add the rice and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until translucent, Add the wine and continue stirring to prevent sticking until the wine has completely reduced. Stir in the saffron (previously diluted in a little stock). Now, using a ladle, gradually add the stock to the rice stirring constantly and ensuring that the rice absorbs each addition. The gradual addition of the stock is the key to making a good risotto. As soon as the rice becomes dry, add just enough liquid to cover. Season with salt and pep- per. Just before the rice is cooked, stir in the grated cheese and the remaining butter, this step is called mantecatura. Turn the heat off, cover and let rest for a few minutes to develop the ideal smooth and creamy texture. Buon appetitoI Risotto aUo zafferano (serve quattro) 75 g di burro 50 g midollo di vitello o di bue (facoltativo) 1 cipolla piccola (tritata finemente) 350 g di riso Carnaroli o Vialone 1 bicchiere di vino bianco secco 1 bustina di zafferano 1.5 litri di brodo di came Sale e pepe q.b. 50 g di Grana Padano o Parmigiano Reggiano Preparazione: Riscalda il brodo e tienilo in caldo. In un tegame sciogli meta' del burro ed il midollo (facoltativo). Unisci la cipolla e cuoci fino a farla diventare trasparente ma non colorita. Aggiungi il riso e mescola costantemente usando un cucchiaio di legno. Aggiungi il vino e continua a mescolare evitando che il riso si attacchi al tegame, fino a completo assorbimento del vino. Aggiungi lo zafferano (precedentemente diluito in poco brodo). A questo punto, usando un mestolo, aggiungi gradatamente il brodo al riso mescolando costan~temente ed assicurandoti che il riso abbia assorbito il brodo versato prima di versarne dell'altro. La graduale e uniforme aggiunta del brodo al risotto e' la chiave per una buona riuscita del piatto. Aggiusta di sale e pepe. A fine cottura manteca il tutto aggiungendo il formaggio grattugiato ed il restante burro. Spegni la fiamma, copri e lascia riposare per qualche minuto. Buon appetito! If you would like to cook with me go to Alessandra Sambiase is an elementary and middle school Italian language teacher in the Boston Catholic school system. She is also a cooking instructor and founder of "Parla Come Mangit"(speak as you eat!) cooking classes, where the pas- sion for the Italian language meets the love for the Italian food. If you would like to cook with Alessandra - visit her at www ; The Federal ade Commi ion works ii! =! !!i~ !~i ~ i~i!~% i ii!ii!i~i~i~i!:~i~iiiiliiiii~!!iiiii~