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- Page'12 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 10, 2011 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Rare news! North Carolina restaurants are no longer allowed to serve medium-rare hamburgers Under a new state ordinance, all ground-beef products must be cooked to an internal temperature of 155 degrees Fahrenheit, or medium," to kill off bacte- ria. Rare-burger fan Steven Elliott says some restaurants will still take his order, but "they'll ask if you are a cop or a food inspector first." Speaking of burgers, Don Gorske of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, ate his 25,000 TM McDonald's Big Mac. "I plan on eating Big Macs until I die," said Gorske who eats two for lunch every single day. His cholesterol was recently tested at a very low 156. Wow! Residents of Newport Beach, Cali- fornia, are up in arms over the news that many lifeguards make more than $100,000 a year, with two making .$200,000. Life- guard union president Brent Jacobson says the salaries reflect the extra challenges of patrolling a surfing mecca. "Lifeguarding here is different than any other place in the entire world," said Jacobson. Speaking Of beaches, we would enjoy see- ing wearing a bikini such illustrious women as, Jo DelVento, Nancy Caruso, Diane Modica, Lucille Monuteaux, Rosalie Cunio, Paula Lombardo-Colia, Elaine Mastracola, Laura Raposa, Rosemarie Sansone, Marjorie Clapprood, Susan Wornick, Yolanda Cellucci, Marjorie Cahn, Hilda Morrill, Beatrice Angelo, Eva Petralia, Mary Ann DiRuzza, Bridget Manganelli, Annie Mascari- Rooney, Peggy Barile, Sheila Hambleton, Linda Spinucci-Peterson, Barbara Lombard-.. Anguilo,. Beverly Barisano, Christina Quinlan, Barbara D'Amico, Ann LeBlanc, Anna Manzano, Dorothy Vitale, Marie Muzzioli, Donna Zullo-Marquardo and of course, Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill. Carlo Scostumato, says, "A bikini is a bathihg suit with h lot of nothing 'usually worn by a girl with a lot of something." A bikini is like a barbed wire fence: it protects the property without obstructing the view. And remember, another thing that gets right down to the bare essentials is a bikini. Any woman can lure a man with. a bikini; the ,trick is to be able to attract a man with your clbthes on. John Roch of the East Boston Social Cen- ters. quotes Bernard Shaw who once said: . "We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that hon- esty is the best policy. Bottoms up! British plastic surgeons have seen a 60 percent boom in requests for "bottom-enhancement" procedures from women seeking a tush like Pippa Middleton's, says the London Daily Star. Middleton, 27, became an Internet sen- sation for her "perfect posterior" after her sister Kate's wedding to Prince William. "A few years back everyone wanted the Jennifer Lopez look," says Dr. Lesley Khan of London. "But now everyone asks for a bottom like Pippa's -- curvy but not.too peachy.." Hula hula! Hawaii pays the richest unemployment benefits in the U.S., with an average .weekly stipend of $416, or 54 percent of the average weekly wage. Despite concerns that generous benefits discourage job-hunting; the state's unem- ployment rate is only 6.3 percent. Chinese consumers have been fright- ened this spring by new revelations of tainted food. China Daily reported that de- spite the government push for food safety in the wake of the 2008 tainted-milk scan- dal, this year alone inspectors have found "salted duck eggs containing cancer-caus- ing .dyes, artificial honey, fake wine, don- key-hide gelatin, waste oil, sulfur-steamed ginseng, plaster tofu, dyed bread," and other tainted products. Some reporters have dis- covered soy sauce laced with arsenic and mushrooms treated with bleach. "Basically, people now feel nothing is safe to eat," said Sang Liwet of the Global Food Safety Forum. "They are really feeling very helpless." BabiesT Babies! Babies! At the current birthrate, the world's population, now 7 billion, will reach i0 bil- lion before the end of the century, the U.N. es- timates. But 0 0 .0 if the global birthrate increases even slightly, the global popula- tion could soar to 15.8 billion by the year 2100. For many people, life begins almost the same way it ends: creation and cremation. This just in! People who try to slim down through liposuction, a new study has found, face a cruel aftereffect: Fat deposits re- appear -- elsewhere in the body. Research- ers from the University of Colorado used full-body scans to chart the distribution of fat in a group of women who underwent liposuction on their lower abdomen and thighs. After surgery, those areas remained slimmer, but the same amount of fat" quickly showed up in their upper 'abdomen, shoulders, and triceps. "The brain senses a loss of fat and restores it,." study author Robert Eckel tells The New York Times. Since liposuction destroys the structures that house fat ceils under the skin, the fat cells grow in new areas,sometimes lodging them- selves deeper in the torso, where deposits can cause heart disease. The 200,000 people who choose liposuction every year, unfortunately, are so desperate to erase their fat thighs and saddlebags that the study may not discourage them. When researchers explained the study's results to a second group of women, half opted to have the procedure anyway. Other than Hawaii, no state has fewer pizza outlets per capita than Mississippi. But changing times mean you can find a great pizza in the Magnolia State if you know where to look, said Rachel Heise Bolten in Serious Eats. Well, she listed three places, TriBecca Allie Cafe Sardis outside of Oxford, Sal and Mookie's New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint in Jackson, and Tony's Brick Oven Pizzeria in Gulfport. For the record, there are only 40,401 Italian Ameri- cans in Mississippi. Money creates arguments! About 61 per- cent of couples surveyed by American Express say their discussions about money often turn into arguments. That is a sharp increase over the 45 pei'cent who admitted to quarrels about spending a year earlier. Frankly speaking, in my forty-nine years of marriage, my beloved wife Marilyn handled "the money." She was in charge! And so we never argued about money! I had few rules with her, thou shall never get up to make me bremkfast, and thou shall never ask me what I want for dinner and thou shall be in charge of money. Should I come home finding you wearing a full-length mink coat, I will drop on my knees and thank God we can afford it yes, she did own a full-length mink coat, beautiful jewelry, gorgeous cock- tail dresses, etc. Yes, she handled every- thing! Bless her! Time to hear from the stately musi- cologist, Albert Natale. Bandleader Will Bradley's real name was Wilbur Schwichtenberg. He changed if simply be- cause it would not fit on the marquee. One more time! Singer Tony Bennett is said to have actually been "discovered" in 1950 by Pearl Bailey and Bob Hope working under the name Joe Bar:. Gene Autry must have liked his hit song "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" a lot. In a 12-pai-t sc.i-fi serial, "Phantom Empire," Gene sang it in eight episodes. Songwriter Herb Brown started out in the tailoring business. He's responsible for such compositions as "Singing in the Rain," "You Are My Lucky Star," "You Stepped Out of a Dream," "You Were Meant For Me," and "All I Do is Dream of You." And Dean Martin fought as a welterweight in his youth and won twenty four of his thirty bouts. And whenever Liza Minelli, Judy Garland's daughter, is asked to sing "Over the Rainbow," her usual reply is "It's already been sung." AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED MUSTARD GREENS FRITTATA (Omelet) 20 ounces frozen chopped mustard greens* 1 cup flavored bread crumbs 3 tablespoons grated Romano or preferred cheese Defrost chopped mustard 2 medium minced garlic cloves. 1/2 cfip canola, vegetable or olive oil 2 beaten eggs Salt greens in the microwave according to directions on the package or in a saucepan on your stove. Drain liquid and place mustard greens in a bowl. Add bread crumbs, chee'se, minced garlic and two slightly beaten eggs. Salt to taste and mix thoroughly.' Add oil to a skillet and heat. Test a teaspoon of mixture in heated oil. When mixture sizzles, place the remaining mixture into the skillet. Oil should remain hot so that the mixture will brown but not burn. Add more oil as needed. W.ith a spatula or fork, turn. small portions at a time, care: ful not to burn. Continue frying and turning until the con- tents have mostly browned, about fifteen minutes. Then carefully slide contents onto a platter. Return the mixture face down into the skillet. Lower heat slightly and allow mixture to brown on that side. Then slide the contents back onto a serving platter. To remove excess oil, slide frittata carefully from platter onto two paper dishes..Repeat for the other side. Wipe oil from platter before returning frittata to a serving platter. *FOR FRESH MUSTARD GREEN: Clean, cut, and steam them. What is not used that day can be frozen in a con- tainer for the next frittata. OPTIONAL: Because of the tartness of the mustard greens try substituting ten ounces of chopped spinach for ten ounces of mustard greens, equaling the twenty ounces needed for this recipe. Try it both ways. My love for this vegetable frittata began when my parents grew mustard greens in their Wilmington, MA vegetable garden. Each summer, as Mama harvested them, she prepared this frittata for our lunch. I enjoyed my portion between two slices of Papa's scala bread. i . Stirpe Nostra (Continued baths which were supplied with water, via aqueduct, from sulphur springs about twelve miles away, and spe- cial baths which were sup- plied with sea water from the Mediterranean. There was also a temple built of a rare translucent stone and a lake for mock naval battles. The foundation walls and other sub-structures are all that remain of Nero's Palace, but it is certain that it contained every adorn- ment and decoration that this abundant and artistic civilization could furnish. The name Golden House was used because of the gold .plated tiles on the roofs. Much gold was also from Page 2) used in cornices, moldings, column bases and caps. There were ivory wall pan- els, easel paintings, statues, countless vases of every size and form, and a display of wealth and comfort almost beyond description. After the dedication his only remark was that at last he was being housed like a human being. Here again we learn of another of the great ironies in history; one of the most brutal men the world has ever known, was permitted to occupy one of the most luxurious living places which the same world has ever produced. NEXT ISSUE: Dishonor Thy Mother 1st Generation. Italian-American Vim 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 Jbr Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN