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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 25, 2011 Barrorl' 11 0 )CK On March 3, 1931, more than 100 years and bread! after Francis Scott Key wrote the words, And when she Congress voted to make "The Star-Spangled r e m a r r i e d, Banner" the national anthem of the United once again, O O States. Key's poem memorializing the flag we were flown during the 1814 battle of Fort McHenry served not and set to the tune of "To Anacreon in only a variety of pasta but lots of meatballs, Heaven," had been the anthem of the mill- calzone, caponata, risotto, pasticcio, etc. tary for decades when some five million Every generation finds out from the next signers petitioned Congress to make it the generation that the way it brought up its nation's as well. Despite arguments that the children was altogether wrong. song is virtually unsingable, President Scornata! A Georgia woman was arrested Hoover signed the act that day. To think, it at the Canadian-U.S. border when her was only 80 years ago, when we accepted "pregnant" stomach turned out to be a pouch "The Star-Spangled Banner" as our national containing 33 plastic bags crammed with anthem. 34,000 Ecstasy pills, weighing 21 pounds and Wow! 59% of American high school stu- valued at $3 million. dents say they cheated on a test during the Holy newsy The U.S. Conference of Catho- past year. 21% say they stole from a parent lic Bishops has changed the word "booty" to or other relative, and 80% say they lied "spoils" in a new translation of the Bible. about "something significant" to a parent. "Booty," to younger generations, connotes a Still, 92% say they're satisfied with their portion of the body often shaken in time to own personal ethics and character. So music, rather than the spoils of war. "We reported the Josephson Institute of Ethics. needed a new translation becauseEnglish Carlo Scostumato claims many a parent is a living language," said Bishop Richard has a son at college who does well in every- Sklba. thing, except his studies. The billionaire who thinks he can outlive Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "It's fool- you! David Murdock is certain he can live to ish to study, because the more we study, 125, said Frank Brun in The New York Times the more we discover our ignorance." Magazine. The 87-year-old billionaire, is Despite its claims of having 8 million spending a fortune in hopes of extending the members, only about 25,000 Americans say human life span -- his own in particular. they belong to the Church of Scientology. He's already in perfect health. "I never have The FBI is now investigating claims that anything go wrong," says Murdock. "Never some members of the church's elite Sea Org had a backache. Never had a headache. group are held against their will and forced Never had anything else." Thus far, he's to work for little or no pay. So reported The spent $500 million'building a massive re- New Yorker. search campus in North Carolina to explore Up-in-the-air! The number of consumer his conviction that the key to longer life is complaints filed against airlines rose 25 a low-fat diet rich in vegetables, fruit, and percent in 2010, to 10,985 from 8,821 in antioxidants. Three times a day, he drinks 2009, the Transportation Department said smoothies consisting of ground up orange last week. Consumer activists attribute the rinds and banana peels to ensure a steady increase to frustration over proliferating supply of fiber, and his meals mainly con- airline fees. sist of seafood, egg whites, and nuts; When The grounded and astute Rosalie Cunio he sees butter at a restaurant, he kindly of Waltham, says, "Nowadays the airlines instructs the serve/- to "take the death off have so many types of planes that a person the table." His quest was inspired by the can ride on everything but schedule, death of his third wife, Gabriele, ~vhom he The brainy and attractive Mona-Lisa lost to ovarian cancer after 18 years of mar- Cappuccio of East Boston claims with riage, in 1985. He believes her diet and other modern jets you can have breakfast in Los lifestyle habits caused her illness. "If I had Angeles, lunch in New York, dinner in known what I know today, I could have saved London, and baggage in Rome. my wife's life." Though quick to proselytize The observant Tom Analetto of Medford, about the benefits of eating well, he doesn't says, "The only way to pass motorists at a mind if you don't listen. "That's okay," he safe distance is to travel by air." says. "You'll go before me." The astute, attractive, business execu- Late CBS newsman Walter Cronkite's six- tive, Barbra D'Amico of Russo Imports, bedroom Dutch Colonial home on Martha's thinks another good way to insure yourself Vineyard in Massachusetts sold for $11.3 against auto accidents is to take the plane, million, more than 60 times the $175,000 Enjoy farming? Well, farming is more he paid for it in 1974. dangerous than fighting fires, judging from One wonders how much we can fetch for recently published Labor Department sta- our home here in Nahant. In brief, our home tistics. Of every 100,000 farm and ranch is in a picturesque setting with no close-by workers, 38.5 suffer fatal work injuries neighbors. Yes, we also have a view of the annually, compared with 4.4 fatalities per ocean. Living here on a dead end road of- 100,000 firefighters, fers us privacy and serenityI Enough said. Baby-talk! Before they've even left the Time to hear from the stately, musicolo- cradle, some children are set on a course gist Albert Natale, who at times is called the toward a life of obesity, a new study has Lawrence Welk of New England. John found. Researchers at the Children's Hos- Williams, who succeeded Arthur Fiedler as pital in Boston and Harvard Medical School conductor of the Boston Pops, is, not sur- say that the combination of bottle-feeding prisingly, from a musical family. His father, and adding solid food to an infant's diet Johnny Williams, played drums with strongly predisposes them to grow up over- Raymond Scott in the 1930s. John is best weight. In a study of more than 800 babies, known as composer of soundtrack music for the researchers found that formula-fed films such as "Jaws" (1975), "Star Wars" and babies who began eating ~ solid foods before "Close Encounters of The Third Kind" (1977) four months of age were six times more and "Superman" (1979). Singer Andy Will- likely to be obese at age three than those Jams began in a church choir with his three weaned later. Breast-fed babies had no brothers. One of the all-time film myster- increase in obesity incidence. Researchers ies is the persisting story that Andy dubbed said the study showed the first months of Lauren Bacall's voice in "To Have And life to be "a critical window." Too often, par- Have Not" when he was 15 back in 1945. ents add cereal to their baby formula in a And despite his importance to the Glenn misguided effort to make their babies Miller band, Tex Beneke did not appear in healthier, Dr. David McCormick, of the the 1954 film biography "The Glenn Miller University of Texas Medical" Branch in Story." Not only was Tex a vital part of the Galveston, tells Reuters, "That's exactly how band, he headed up the ghost band for awhile adults get overweight," says McCormick. after World War II. One more time! The great "They eat a little more than they should singer Caterina Valente was born in Paris every day." of Italian parents. Her version of "The Gee, we came close to a life of obesity! Breeze And I" catapulted her to stardom in My beloved morn, who became a widow with 1955. four children to raise, fed us tons of pasta AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL IT/k]LIAN NAME COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SCIUSCEDU (Shoo-shay-doo) Chicken Soup with Meatballs and Ricotta Cheese 1 three-pound cut-up Chicken 1 medium fresh tomato (optional) 1 tablespoon.parsley (optional) 1 medium onion 3 carrots cut up 2 stalks celery cut up Salt Acine di Pepe soup pasta 1 pound container ricotta cheese For Meatballs: pound ground beef cup seasoned bread crumbs ' 1 slightly beaten egg Boil cut-up chicken in a pot with sufficient water to cover the chicken. After water boils, skim residue off top of water before adding celery, medium onion, tomato (optional), some parsley and salt to taste. Bring to a boil and simmer slowly. In a bowl, mix bread crumbs, one egg and ground beef thoroughly. Roll mixture into one-inch round meatballs. After chicken in broth has boiled about a half-hour, drop small meatballs, one by one, into simmering pot. Stir and cover. Cook slowly until chicken, vegetables and meatballs are tender. About twenty minutes before serving, remove chicken from pot and set aside covered in a serving platter. With tablespoon, drop ricotta cheese gently onto top of broth, trying not to have ricotta cheese break apart. If pot boils too fast, the ricotta cheese may disappear into the broth. Sim- mer slowly only until ricotta cheese is heated (about five minutes). Meanwhile, cook pasta as directed on the package. Serve with ladle into individual bowls. Add some soup, ricotta cheese, meatballs and vegetables to each bowl of pasta. Serve chicken separately. OPTIONAL: Serve pasta with soup, meatballs and ricotta cheese. Serve the vegetables with the chicken. Serves four to six. NOTE: I learned about this recipe from my mother-in-law, Mary Sinopoli who cooked it for our family. 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