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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL24, 2015 \\; Woman prepare homemade fruit pizzas on the Food Net- work, an ad came on for a new show entitled Spring Baking. The commercial began with a voiceover nar- ration asking: "So, what exactly is spring baking?", followed by images of people decorating cupcakes to resemble flowers. The ques- tion struck a chord with me because, while I am an avid baker who makes treats all year long. I particularly associate baking with the season of autumn. The cool weather and dusky nights .seem appropriate for an evening spent in the hon- eyed glow of a kitchen, feel- ing the warmth radiating from the oven. Moreover, fall offers a bounty of ingredients suitable for baking, from tart apples to juicy pears to sharp, spicy ginger. How- ever, autumn is far from my thoughts as I enjoy the beau- tiful springtime. Everything gets me excited, from the days when the thermometer reaches upwards of seventy degrees to the buds growing bigger and greener on the tips of tree branches. I am also getting excited for the new baking opportunities spring offers. Fresh, sea- sonal ingredients and inspi- ration from Italy make for a valuable and fun baking ex- perience during the spring. 1) Citrus: Spring is a wonderful time to use up the last of the citrus fruits left over from winter. More- over, citrus is a staple in Italian cooking, due to the abundant lemon and orange groves that dot the landscape of southern Italy and the islands. The zest of lem- ons (limone) and oranges (arancia) flavored the many Italian desserts lining the tables of bridal showers and weddings I remember all my life. From soft-baked, glazed cookies, to the waffle-like biscuits known as pizzeUe. I love to use citrus in recipes like creamy lemon bars and orange-scented cakes. For Easter, I made a classic Ital- ian ricotta pie accentuated by both lemon and orange peels. In short, citrus des- serts are a great way to bid goodbye to the cold weather and welcome in spring! 2) Tropical: As the days get warmer and the summer is so near I can practically smell sunscreen and sand, my mind wanders to the fla- vors of the tropics. I happen to love banana bread, a trait I inherited from my father. Moist, spongy banana breads by Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz -- The other day, as I was would like to try, ranging from  ..... _ watching the Pioneer strawberry-rhubarb pies to by Sal Giarratani rhubarb chutneys served are an easy recipe to make and offer a quick, healthy breakfast or snack option. One of my other favorite des- serts has to be pineapple- upside down cake. An im- pressive finale to any spring meal, these cakes blend the delectable taste of pineapple along with a sweet caramel- ized topping. Of course, on days when you feel that only an all-inclusive plethora of tropical fruits will satiate your desire for summer, try baking up a Hummingbird Cake. This recipe incorpo- rates bananas, pineapples and coconut, finished off with a velvety cream cheese frostingl You could also take a cue from the Italians and snack on kiwifruit whenever you want a taste of the trop- ics. A perennially popular fruit there, Italy produces more kiwis than any other countryl 3} Strawberries: Straw- berries are a harbinger of spring. Whenever I see these ruby-red gems lining the produce shelves of supermarkets, I know that spring has arrived. I love baking with strawberries because of their versatility. My mother once made a strawberry and white choco- late tiramisu for my father's birthday, a summery twist on a classic Italian dessert. Strawberries are also delec- table on cakes, pies, cheese- cakes and quick-breads. When I went to Italy, I re- mained impressed at all the innovative uses for straw- berries (fragole) in Italian desserts. Italians often drizzled strawberry sauces over custards known as panna cotta, or else served the strawberries in tall, elegant glasses marinated with balsamic vinegar for a savory-sweet contrast. As an essential crop of spring, do not be afraid to experiment with strawberries, as they nearly always guarantee a foolproof dessert! 4) Rhubarb: Rhubarb is my new favorite spring ingredi- ent with which to bake. An odd, red celery-looking stalk, cooked rhubarb tastes like a cross between a strawberry and an apple. Its tartness perfectly blends with sweet desserts. I have found so many rhubarb recipes that I over lemon-ricotta pancakes -- my mother and I once made this latter recipe, and we could not get enough! My favorite rhubarb recipe, how- ever, is one for a moist rhu- barb cake with a cinnamon- crumb topping that my father-in-law gave me. I pre- pare this cake for my May Day celebrations now. Baking in the springtime is a wonderful experience. Using seasonal ingredients connects us to Mother Earth, which is now blossoming with new life. Sweet desserts made with citrus, tropical fruits, strawberries and rhu- barb can serve as lovely Fin- ishes to picnics and open-air dinners spent luxuriating in the beautiful spring weather and in the company of na- ture. Moreover, spring bak- ing offers us the opportunity to engage in the recipes of our Italian ancestors, hon- oring the food of our heritage and applying our own inno- vation and creativity to it. So this spring, head to the mar- ket and pick up the freshest ingredients available.., and from there, happy bakingl Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz is a Graduate Student in History at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She appreciates any comments and suggestions about Italian holidays and folklore at I DIAMONDS 1 ROLX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 LEGAL NOTICE Terror Camp at Our Border? Mexican authorities say "no way" Jose and U.S. Home- land Security reportedly says these reports of an ISIS train- ing camp are "unsubstantiated." Judicial Watch reports that two Mexican officials have anonymously told them that there is an ISIS training camp outside Juarez, a region just eight miles from the U.S. bor- der of El Paso, Texas, in an area called Anapra. All this underlines that our border is still unguarded. No one yet has produced photos of the alleged camps, but there have been reports in the media concerning Mexican authorities recovering "plans" for Fort Bliss suggesting vul- nerability for this military base. Liberals and moon-bat types think the Judicial Watch folks are playing politics for reporting the camp. However, which side is politicized, the ones that pretend there is nothing to see or Judicial Watch which has been investi- gating this issue further? Judicial Watch reminds me of the sheriff in "Jaws" bat- tling town politicians. He wanted the beach shutdown, town pols wanted to keep it open for the tourism industry. They didn't want to believe the truth. In the end, that sheriff was right when Jaws started taking chunks of tourists with him into the deep water. Our borders remain quite open and porous to fllegals try- ing to sneak in. You can practically just walk in unnoticed thanks to the mentality of the Obama crowd in charge of things today. Welcome to the New America. Our border security has been gutted, our southern border is unsecured and all it needs is a large WELCOME sign and directions to the local welfare office. Good country America, if you don't come from here. If ISIS terrorists are as close as a few miles from El Paso, Texas and surely plotting bad things, we need to know, don't we? 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To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on May 8, 2015. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance objection if you object to this procl- incj. If you fail to file a timely written appear- and oltiou followed by an Affidavit of Oqectious within thirty 00) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be tiled with the Court, but recipi- ents are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Represen- taUve and can petYdon the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. EDWARD F. DONNELLY, JR., Rrst Justice of this Court. 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