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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 6, 2015 Ray rron' I Good thinking! A pair of paramedics used modern technology to assist them in per- forming an age-old procedure. Gerry McCann and Shane Mulcahy were rushing a Congo- lese mother-to-be to the hospital when she started to give birth. But she didn't speak English, so the EMTs couldn't instruct her. until McCann opened the Google Translate app on his phone, helping ensure a success- ful delivery. "I was translating Swahili into English on the side of the road between Macroom and Lissarda," McCann said. "It's something I think I won't ever forget. Ready for this? When Ashley McIntyre heard that a young Kentucky man named Danny Robinson needed a kidney transplant, she was so struck by his story that she de- cided to find out if she could be the donor. The Kidney, and the couple matched per- fecfly. "It was clear early on that this was it," McIntyre recalled of meeting Robinson. Five months after the lifesaving transplant, Robinson asked Mclntyre to marry him. "I never in a million years imagined this would happen," said Mclntyre, who is expecting the couple's First child in June. "Its crazy how it all worked out" The VP treatment, after Vice President Joe Biden put his nose in the neck and hair of Stephanie Carter, touched her shoulders and whispered intimately into her ear as her hus- band, Ashton, was sworn in as Secretary of Defense. One Twitter wag called Biden America's "creepy uncle." The National Enquirer reports an Avocado a day can reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke and coronary artery diseases. People who eat avocados are more likely to have a lower body weight, and have an advantage in dietary strategy for cancer prevention. The amaz- ing avocado even packs in plenty of fiber and vital vitamins! It is now public, almost 4,000 blacks were lynched in the American South between the end of the Civil War and World War II accord- ing to a new report by the Equal Justice Ini- tiative -- more than 20 percent higher than previously reported. Deadly news! One out of every five suicides in the world can be linked to unemployment, according to a new study in The Lancer Psy- chiatry. Joblessness was responsible for about 45,000 suicides each year from 2000 to 2011, with a noticeable uptick following the 2008 global financial crisis. Huh? A rise in late payments on two fast- growing types of debt suggest some Ameri- can consumers are "getting in over their heads," said Nell Shah hi The Wall Street Jour- nal U.S. household debt tied to credit cards, mortgages, student loans, and car loans rose $117 billion, to $I 1.8 trillion, in the final quarter of 2014. There's evidence that some consumers are being more careful to pay their bills on time though, as student debt and car loans proved to be the exceptions. In both sectors, the share of debt that was over- due jumped slightly. No longer citizensl A record 3,415 people renounced their U.S. citizenship or long- term residency in 2014, a 14 percent increase from last year's own record-break- ing total of 2,999 individuals. Many are believed to have given up their ties in order to avoid U.S. taxation. We wonder how the sitcom star Valerie Bertinelli has being doing with her weight. Last year she said she gained back weight she lost after she went on her diet. At one time she was down to 123 pounds and last year she weighed 173 pounds. Wow. Why the rich and poor cheat. Not all cheat- ers are created equal, said Matthew Hutson in NYMag.com. Repeated studies have indi- cated that the rich "are often more likely" to behave unethically than poor people. But new research finds that "in certain circum- stances, it's the poor who are more likely to cheat." The difference? "The rich do wrong to help themselves, while the poor do wrong to help others." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill says, "Poverty is contagious. You can get it from your wife." Giuseppina, cosce storte, says, "Being poor is no sin, but what good is it?" Belated birthday greetings! The wonderful, attractive, brilliant Barbara D'Amico who celebrated her 0 0 0 twenty- first birthday on March 4th. Seriously, Bar- bara is an ageless wonder who still looks like she's still sweet sixteen. Last week, same-sex couples wed in early- morning ceremonies across Florida, ex- changing vows minutes after midnight fol- lowing the end of a statewide ban on gay marriage. The future belongs to the English language, said John McWhorter. English is rapidly be- coming what the creators of Esperanto had envisioned: a language spoken on every con- tinent, and the primary medium for commu- nication among different nations. Today almost 2 billion people speak English in some degree, and soon one out of three people on Earth will be able to converse in it. Yes, English has taken over the world. Interesting to note, the new Congress is 80 percent white, 80 percent male, and 92 percent Christian. That makes it one of the most diverse in history. Although 20 percent of the public has no religious affiliation, only 0.2 percent of Congress claims to be in that category. This year's flu virus may be especially severe, warns the Center for Disease Con- trol and Prevention, as health officials are reporting high levels of infections across 43 states. At least 21 children, 18 and under, have died from the flu as of the latest report- ing period -- more than five times the fatalities reported at this time in 2013. Minimum wage workers across the coun- try got a raise on January ist, said Alison Vekshin in Bloomberg.com. After a White House effort to raise the federal minimum from $7.25 to $10.10 failed to gain traction in Congress, legislators in 20 states from Hawaii to Massachusetts, raised the mini- mum hourly pay for their workers, effective this year. Washington now leads the nation with a minimum wage of $9.47. Overall, the 2015 increases mean that 60 percent of D.S. workers are covered by minimum wage laws that exceed the federal level. Rest in peace Edward Brooke Ill. In brief, the voters of Massachusetts elected him the first black state Attorney General in 1962. Four years later, the same voters made Brooke the first African-American to ever win a U.S. Senate seat in a popular election. TV news woman Barbara Walters admitted she had an affair with the married senator -- al- legations of financial improprieties wrecked Brookes. Jerre Mangione (1909-1998) was one of the most celebrated early Italian American writ- ers. His 1978 book, An Ethnic At Large, explored the evolution of Mangione's iden- tity from child of Sicilian immigrants to an American. His last book, La Storia, which he co-authored with Ben Morreale, is a menu- mental five-century social history of the Ital- ians in America. Our stately musicologist and show biz wiz reports what Stephen Boyd had to say about Clifton Webb. "Clifton Webb was fascinating to watch and listen to, a born wit He was his own greatest creation, his roles were all molded in his own personality. He never married, but nobody would think of bringing up that topic. However, I heard that a direc- tor once asked him, face-to-face, "Are you a homosexual?" and Webb replied, "DevoutF And Bette Davis had this to say about Faye Dunaway. "Before I ever worked with Faye Dunaway, I admired her cheek-bones. After all she was a fashion model, wasn't she? Now I can only admire her cheek. And she acts like a fusion model." For you East Bostonians, Louis Prima's dynamic drummer was Jimmy Vincent. His true name is Jimmy Faraci. And one more time! The great music man- ger and composer Jerry Gray's true name is Jerry Graziano. Once again! The music scale: do, re, me, fa, so, la, ti, do, was cre- ated by an Italian. The first piano was cre- ated in 1700 by Bartolomeo Cristofori who called it piano e forte. Parla Come Mangi! (Speak as You Eat!) by Atessandra Sambiase Benvenuti! This month we will visit Piemonte which trans- lates literally as the "land at the foot of the mountains". This second to the biggest Italian region borders France to the north. Its alpine high peaked mountains, beautiful valleys and gla- cial lakes along with natural mineral springs give this region its uniquely beautiful mountainous charm. White truffles from Alba, chestnuts, cardoons, wild game, cheese like Castelmagno and Gorgonzola, rice like Arborio, Carnaroli and Vialone grow- ing in the Po valley are signature food products of this region. Piemonte is home for excellence in chocolate and confectionary: among many are the rich and velvety gianduiotti chocolate, still hand made in local artisan chocolate stores. Cuneo, city in Piemonte, is home to the Ferrero factory, producer of brands like Nutella. To this very day, pane e Nutella (bread and Nutella) is the number one snack for Italian children. Barolo, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco and Dolcetto, regional wines of certified origin and outstanding quality as well as the herb-flavored Vermouth produced in Torino, are widely appreciated in the U.S. This week's recipe is a great example of Piedmontese influence on French cooking and illustrates the exchange of gastronomic ideas between France and Italy that dates back to the time when Piemonte was part of the Savoy kingdom (in- cluding France, Switzerland and Italy) and the Savoy dialect, a variety of French, was spoken. Bagna ca6da (hot bath) is a vegetable fondue or dipping sauce. Vegetables are quickly dipped in a hot sauce of garlic and mashed anchovies and eaten along with toasted bread. Very traditional and popular throughout Piemonte. Bagna Cabda (serves six) 4 Tbsp butter 5 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced and without the hearts 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/4 lb anchovy fillets Assorted flesh vegetables like celery, carrots, fennel, cauli- flower, bell pepper, cardoons Slices of toasted Italian bread Preparation: wash and cut the vegetables in bite-size pieces and arrange into a serving platter. Melt the butter in a pan and saut6 the garlic. Gradually add the olive oil and stir in the anchovies to obtain a creamy consistency. Simmer for about 30 minutes and transfer into an (elec- tric or a traditional) fondue pot. Bring to the table and keep the temperature on simmer. Dip the vegetables in the bagna cabda and enjoy them along with some toasted bread. If you don't have a fondue pot, use a pre-heated terra cotta bowl in order to keep the bagna cabda at a constant hot tem- perature. Buon appetito! Bagna Cabda (Serve Sei) 50 g di burro 5 spicchi d'aglio privati dell'anima e sminuzzati 250 ml di olio extra vergine di oliva 100 grammi di filetti di acciughe sott' olio Verdure fresche assortite come sedano, carote, finocchio, cavoifiore, peperone, cardi crude o scottate Fette di pane tostato Preparazione: taglia le verdure a strisce o a pezzi monoporzione. Adagiale su un piatto da portata. Sciogli il burro in un tegamino e aggiungi l'aglio. Gradatamente aggiungi l'olio e le acciughe, mescolando in modo da ottenere una consistenza cremosa. Fai sobollire per circa 30 minuti e trasferisci in una pentola per founduta (elettrica o tradizionale). Porta in tavola mantenedo la temperatura costante e ,molto calda. Intingi le verdure nella bagna cabda e accompagnale col pane tostato. Se non hal una pentola per founduta, usa un pentolino di terracotta precedentemente scaldato in modo da mantenere la bagna cabda a temperatura costante a tavola. Buon appetito! 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