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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 14, 2013 ACCEPTING Advertisements f Barrorl' I Wiped outt Venezuelans are in the midst of an "urgent crisis," said Ollie John in The country is facing a severe toi- let paper shortage, forcing the government "to order 50 million rolls to appease desper- ate shoppers." Economists blame price con- trois, introduced by the late President Hugo Chavez to make goods affordable to the poor, for frequent shortages of some staple items. But one 70-year-old shopper said, "Even at my age, I've never seen this." Venezuelan leaders have blamed the shortage of bath- room tissue on "anti-government forces" while the country's commerce minister pointed the finger at the media, which he accused of "purposely creating excessive demand' for toilet paper in order to disrupt the country." Pigging out! A Washington farmer who fed her pigs lots of marijuana leaves and stems found that they gained an extra 20 to 30 pounds. "They were eating more, as you can imagine," said Susannah Gross. Yes! The pigs were stoned out of their minds! Shamet Shame! An Episcopal priest in Massachusetts was dismissed for plagiariz- ing dozens of sermons verbatim from a book called Dynamic Sermons. When we wrote about New Jersey Gover- nor Chris Christie going through a gastric- band surgery to lose weight, we forgot to men- tion he was Gaelic and Garlic. His dad is Irish and his morn is Sicilian. Citrulo! A Georgia college student faked his own kidnapping to avoid telling his parents he was flunking English. After receiving the F grade, Aftab Aslam, 19, texted his parents on behalf of a group of make-believe abduc- tors, warning them not to call police or he would be killed. He camped out for eight days but came home when the weather turned cold and rainy and was arrested for making false statements. Incredible the number of people living in poverty in the suburbs has risen by 64 per- cent in the last 10 years or twice the rate of urban poverty growth. An estimated 16.4 million Americans under the poverty line ($23,021 for a family of four) now live in sub- urbs, 3 million more than in cities. Children who are reared in homes of pov- erty have only two mealtime choices take it or leave it. Carlo Scostumato, says, "Poverty is what you experience the day after you pay your income tax." Gallup poll resultsT Standards of sexual morality are rapidly changing. 60% of Ameri- cans say it is morally acceptable to have a baby outside of marriage, up from 45% in 2001. 63% believe it is morally acceptable for unmarried people to have sex, up from 53% in 2001. 59% say gay relationships are morally acceptable, up from 40% in 2001. Salty news! Experts have long blamed ex- cessive salt in the American diet for rising rates of heart disease, high blood pressure and kidney disorders. But too little salt can be a bad thing, too. says a new Institute of Medicine report. "Lowering sodium intake too much may actually increase a person's risk of some health problems," study author Brian Strom tells Americans consume an average of 3,400 milligrams of salt per day. most of it in processed foods. The American Heart Association recom- mends 1,500 milligrams or less, but the new report found that reducing sodium intake below 2.300 milligrams a day may backfire. Like we have said more than once, America has been Italianized. Well, most American housewives and restaurants serve pasta, macaroni, ravioli and lasagna. They use parmesan cheese. Romano, gorgonzola, ricotta, mozzarella, provolone, bel paese and salami. The popularity of dinner wine is a direct Italian-American influence. And nowa- days who doesn't like those "All-American" dishes spaghetti and pizza? Great discovery! David Gonzalez was gut- ting a fixer-upper in the town of Elbow Lake. Minn.. when he spotted an old comic book tucked in with the newspapers used to in- sulate the wall. He figured the colorful dis- covery might be worth a little money, but was amazed to discover it was actually one of the rarest comic books of all time -- the 1938 Action Comics #1 that intro- I 0 0 0 COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Nonna Lucy's Stuffed Cornish Hens 2 Cornish hens cut in half 1 large beaten egg (4 pieces) 1 egg white slightly beaten duced the world to Superman. Gonzalez is likely to reap a six-figure sum from the book's auction, which is not bad considering he bought the dilapidated house for around $10,000. Morons! A Pennsylvania couple faces as- sault charges after the two allegedly got in a drunken fight over who would win American Idol. Karen Elaine Harrelson and Gregory Stambaugh were watching the show's finale when they got into an alcohol-fueled argu- ment that ended when they allegedly took turns stabbing each other with a kitchen knife. Harrelson and Stambaugh both told police that the other started the fight. Citrulo! A St. Louis man trying to escape pursuing police officers ran straight into po- lice headquarters. Suspect Joseph Meacham was pulled over for an alleged traffic viola- tion in his car by the cops, but fled on foot. At full sprint, Meacham ducked into a building, not noticing the sign saying "Police Head- quarters," and was apprehended by two cops. "He should have cut out the middle man and gone straight to jail," said one of the arrest- ing cops. It's about time! The great Barbara Waiters announced that she'd retire in 2014 after a historic, 53-year career on television. The noted journalist, 83, tearfully told viewers on ABC's The View that she'd step down from broadcasting next May. Barbara Waiters is the daughter of Lou Waiters who owned a nightclub in Boston. Giulio Andreotti, who recently passed away, was the perennial prime minister who mastered Italian politics. Andreotti was a quiet, private man with a fervent Catholic faith and a reputation for ascetism, but he could be witty. When asked by a journalist if he would ever grow weary of power, Andreotti's response became a famous apho- rism of Italian politics: "Power," he said, "tires only those who don't have it." A high school prom canceled in World War II finally took place. Around 70 members of Hillhouse High School class of 1943 gathered in New Haven, Conn., to dance and catch up, 70 years after their celebration was called off. Former class president Anthony Pegnataro. 87. recalled enlisting after the war cut the school year short. A prom was the last thing on his mind, he said. "They were dire days, but Americans roughed it out." The war had a bright side for Pegnataro while serving he met his wife. who attended the prom as his date. Betcha you did not know Ed McBain is an Italian-American. The author of The Black Board Jungle. has written 94 novels. He was born Salvatore Albert Lombino and grew up in New York's East Harlem and North Bronx. In brief, publishers warned him that "Lombino" was too hard to pronounce and might hurt the sales of his books. He u~es several pen names, the most familiar being "McBain" for his detective stories and Evan Hunter" for his more literary works. Show business reminiscing with the age- less stately musicologist and philanthropist Albert Natale. Before Dean Martin made a # 1 song of "Everybody Loves Somebody." it had also been recorded, unsuccessfully, by Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee. For the record. Dean's true name is Dino Paul Crocetti. Artie Shaw's last name was originally Arshawsky. Leave it to Rudy Vallee who went public with, "Rudolph Valentino was no Italian stallion, at least where the ladies were concerned. He had two wives (both reportedly lesbian), but .neither marriage took off. Apparently Rudy thought "consummate" meant to make soup. According to Sal Mineo. Boris Karloff was a good actor because he was a kindly man in no way scary. Bela Lugosi was not a good actor because he was not a pleasant man and he was scary, as is! And the great Liberace once said Katherine Hepburn sounds more and more like Donald Duck. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME 1 cup instant rice 1 medium onion chopped 2 celery sticks chopped 2 cups cubed (day-old) bread 1/4 cup pignoli (pine nuts) 2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning 3 tablespoons white wine 1 can chicken broth 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 large garlic clove (optional) 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 cup water Cook one cup of instant rice in a saucepan as directed on the package. Cover and set aside. Place oil, and butter or margarine in a skillet to heat. Slowly add chopped onion and celery. Stir and cook until onion is opaque. Add chicken broth and cubed bread. Stir until all bread is thoroughly softened. Remove from burner. Pour contents into a large bowl. Add cooked instant rice, pignoli, grated cheese, parsley, poultry seasoning and salt to taste. Mix thoroughly. Then add wine and stir. Refrigerate. Wash Cornish hen halves and wipe with paper towel. Cut garlic clove in half. Rub garlic over skin of Cornish hens. Then, rub a little margarine or butter over the skin. Spray roasting pan with vegetable oil. Place Cornish hen halves skin side down in roasting pan. Remove stuffing from refrigerator. Add beaten egg and mix thoroughly. Cradle two to three tablespoons of stuffing on top of each Cornish hen half. Beat egg white lightly. With pastry brush, gently brush the egg white over the stuff- ing. This helps keep the stuffing in place. Cover and bake in 350F preheated oven. Mix lemon juice into water and set aside. After baking forty-five minutes, remove roasting pan from oven. Add lemon juice mixture to pan drippings and baste the Cornish hens. Continue baking and basting for approximately forty- five minutes or until Cornish hens are fork tender and stuffing has browned. NOTE: At times, Mama surprised us with stuffed Cornish hens on New Year's Day as an alternate to roasted chicken or turkey. She often used a variation of her turkey stuffing to stuff them. My children and I continue to prepare this very popular meal. EAST BOSTON SATELLITE OFFICE NOW OPEN MARIE MATARESE 35 Bennington Street, East Boston 617.227.8929 TUES. 10:00 A.M. - 3.00 P.M. THURS. 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. General Advertisements Sales and Rentals Memorials Legals ADVERTISING WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE M 3al,-,ery Perch \ 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a chiM growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. 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