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J Page12 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 27, 2014 Ray Barron's Wow! A Massachusetts woman gave birth to healthy twins -- three weeks apart. Linda DaS'llva's first son was born prematurely, and doctors stopped her contractions. Her second twin arrived this week. "I didn't know that was possible," DaSilva said. Randy the guinea pig, escaped from his cage at a British animal park and snuck into the female enclosure where he impregnated 100 females. "He has now rejoined his male friends," said the park'~ manager. "Clearly he's got a lot of bragging to do." Moron! The mayor of San Marino, Calif., was caught on camera tossing a bag of dog poop on the walkway of a neighbor who has opposed his policies. "I made a mistake," admitted Mayor Dennis Kneler. Unbelievable! A black man was wrongfully accused of being an illegal taxi driver after he was spotted dropping-his light-skinned, biracial wife off at work. Car salesman Dan Keys, Jr. 66, says Taxi and Limousine Commission agents seized his car for eight days, insisting that his "white female" pas- senger must have been a paying costumer. Keys is now suing. "Hillary Clinton is running for President," said Chris Cillizza in Of that there can no longer be any doubt, after the release of Hard Choices -- ostensibly Clinton's memoir of her years as secretary of state, but very obviously a "campaign book" marking the unofficial start of her run. Clinton is still saying she won't make an an- nouncement until 2015, but Hard Choice leaves no doubt about her intentions, end- ing on the words "Time for another hard choice will come soon enough." Get it? Poli- tics is full of surprises, said Brad Bannon in, but there is simply no Demo- crat on the horizon who could raise enough money or build a campaign organization to challenge Clinton. And with polls showing her with double-digit leads over every conceiv- able Republican challenger, the 2016 presi- dential campaign is "Hillary Clinton's race to lose." The astute Barbra D'Amico says, "A typi- cal politician is usually shortsighted and long-winded." The brilliant Christina "Chris" Quinlan says, "We like to see politicians pray with uplifted hands. It keeps their hands where third (1.357), and Den- mark fourth (1.237). The U.S. comes in 16th, with 0 0 0 a per capita average of just under a cup a day (0.931). According to Joe Albano of Revere, the only break some people get these days is a coffee break. The astute Paul Waters of Swampscott says, "If coffee breaks get much longer, employees will be late for quitting time." In 2012, 16 percent of the parents who stayed home to care for kids were dads, up from just 10 percent in 1989. But more than half of those stay-at-home dads say they made that choice because of disability or inability to find a job. Good move! 62 percent of Americans sup- port granting citizenship to illegal immi- grants if they meet certain requirements, while 17 percent would grant legal status, but not citizenship. 19 percent just want to deport them. Read carefully! Cruise ships are notorious incubators of norovirus, the highly conta- gious bug that causes vomiting and diarrhea. But new research from the Centers for Dis- ease Control and Prevention concluded that just 1 Percent of 20 million annual U.S cases occur at sea. More commonly, people get sick from food that's been contaminated by han- dlers. In fact, about 70 percent of outbreaks occur when waiters or cooks touch "ready to eat" foods, like sandwiches or fruit, with bare hands. The virus is hearty: It stays on countertops, utensils, and other kitchen surfaces for up to two weeks. What's in a name? When it comes to hurri- canes, quite a lot. New research reported by The Washington Post shows that Americans are less frightened of storms bearing female names, leading to less preparedness and subsequently more fatalities. The first part of the study looked at the number of deaths caused by hurricanes between 1950 and 2012, revealing that storms with female names caused an average of 45 deaths, com- pared with 23 deaths from male-named storms. No wonder we're fat! During your lifetime, we can see them." Political conventions remind us that the White House is a little like heaven -- not everybody who talks about it is going there. Sorry to hear about it. Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas are divorcing after 18 years of marriage. The couple drifted apart years ago, said the New York Post, but agreed to stay together both for the sake of their 17-year-old daughter, Stella, and because of Bandera's Catholic faith. The two actors said in a statement that they had "thoughtfully and consensually" agreed to split, and that the divorce would be carried out in "a loving and friendly manner." Real dummy! A Florida man who was allegedly posing as a police officer made the mistake of pulling over a real cop. Detective Justin Anderson was on patrol in an un- marked car when a Ford driving behind him flashed its red and blue lights. He pulled over, and was shocked to see an unknown face behind the wheel. "We are a rather large de- partment," said Anderson, "but I still know a majority of our law-enforcement officers." He arrested the driver, Matthew McMahon, 20, on charges of impersonating a police officer. Weirdo! An Indian man has been walking backwards in the hope that his bizarre behavior will bring about world peace. Mani M'anithan started walking in reverse in 1989 following an outbreak of ethnic violence in India. "To condemn such incidents I have been walking backwards for 25 years," he explained. Manithan says his unusual method of locomotion is now more natural to him than walking normally. "My mind has forgotten how to do it," he said. "I have become very comfortable walking like this." Time for a coffee break. The Dutch are the world's biggest coffee drinkers, with each person knocking back an average of 2.414 cups a day. Finland is second (1.848), Sweden "you will eat sixty thousand pounds of food -- the weight of six elephants. Some Hollywood stuff by the stately musi- cologist Albert Natale. Fred McMurray said, "These fellows like Kirk Douglas and Chuck Heston who've played so many historical heroes, they can get pretty high and mighty. If you don't treat them like royalty, they get hurt or angry. They're happiest when you treat them like a king and act like a humble serf." And Humphrey Bogart said, "I don't like the Hollywood definition of an actor. I like people who can act. The so-called Rock Hudsons and Tab Hunters are a dull bunch of cruds ... Too many actors in Hollywood only think about their next part and about what Louella Parsons will say about them." And Veronica Lake went public stating: "If I had stayed in Hollywood, I would have ended up like Alan Ladd (a suicide) and Gaff Russell (who died from alcoholism), dead and buried. That rat race killed them, and I knew it even- tually would kill me ... I left to save my life." For the record, Veronica Lake passed away in 1973 at the age of 51, from acute hepati- tis in Burlington, Vermont. Veronica was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea in the Virgin Islands. Few people are aware that more than half a million Italians living in the United States during World War I! suffered serious viola- tions of their civil rights. During World War II, an estimated 1.5 million Americans of Italian descent served in the U.S military, constituting one of the largest segments of the U.S. combat forces of about 12 million. However, elderly Italian mothers and fathers were not allowed to visit sons in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Immigration and Natu- ralization Service held nearly 3,300 Italians in internment camps for varying lengths of time during the war. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Parla Come Mangi! (Speakas You Eat!) by Al~sandra, Samblase Let's continue our journey through the Lazio region, in cen- tral Italy with a classic dish of the Roman cuisine: "Saltimbocca alla Romana." Roman cuisine uses very basic ingredients and what's today considered a delicacy was once peasant's food. Romans traditionally cook with fresh herbs: it's customary to be provided with a bunch of fresh herbs free of charge while shopping at the many outdoor farmer's markets. Romans love their "salvia" (sage), "menta" (mint), "rosmarino" (rosemary), "basilico" (basil), timo (thyme). 'Trastevere" (beyond the Tiber), a Roman neighborhood along the west bank of "Fiume Tevere" (Tiber river) is the heart of roman cuisine, language and tradi- tions and a destination place for many Romans that, after their afternoon "Passeggiata in centro" (downtown stroll), enjoy eat- ing at the local "Osteria" or "Trattoria" where traditional dishes are proudly served along with a glass of "Vino della casa" (house wine). "Saltimbocca alla Romana" is among the Eter- nal City's most beloved dishes: traditionally prepared with veal, prosciutto and fresh sage, "saltimbocca" means ~]ump in the mouth, ~ a very tasty culinary experience, very easy to prepare. Chicken is a popular alternative to veal. Saltimbocca aUa Romana (serves four) 8 veal scallops, I/4 inch thick 2 tbsp. unsalted butter 8 thin slices of prosciutto di Freshly ground black pepper Parma. Dry white wine 8 fresh sage leaves Salt to season 1/2 cup all purpose flour 8 toothpicks Preparation: Lay a slice of prosciutto on top of the veal scallop, then center a sage leaf on the prosciutto and secure all layers together with a toothpick. Repeat the operation with the other scallops. Spread the flour in a shallow dish. In a large skillet, over medium heat, melt the butter. Dust the veal bundles very lightly and evenly with the flour, shak- ing off the excess. Working in batches, place the saltimbocca, prosciutto side down in the hot butter and gen- tly brown for I minute. Season very lightly with salt and pepper (the prosciutto contains already a good amount of salt). Turn the saltimbocca and brown the other side for another minute, seasoning very lightly with salt and pep- per. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Transfer the veal to a serving platter and keep warm. Deglaze the pan with a splash of white wine and serve the wine sauce on top of the saltimbocca. Serve hot. Buon appetito! Saltimbocca aUa Romana (serve quattro) 8 scaloppine di vitello, sottili 30 g burro 8 fette sottili di prosciutto di Pepe nero macinato Parma Vino bianco secco 8 foglie di salvia Sale fino 100 g di fal-ina 8 stuzzicadenti Preparazione: posiziona la fetta di prosciutto su una scaloppina di vitello, al centro della fetta di prosciutto posiziona una foglia di salvia e assicura gli strati con uno stuzzicadenti. Ripeti l'operazione con le altre fette. Distribuisci la farina in un piatto piano. In una padella grande, sciogli il burro a fiamma media. Passa le scalop- pine nella farina, ricoprile leggermente ed in maniera uniforme scuotendo l'eventuale eccesso di farina. Transferisci i saltimbocca nel burro caldo cominciando dalla parte del prosciutto e fai dorare per 1 minuto, salando e pepando leggermente (il prosciutto ha gia' una sua sapidita'). Gira i saltimbocca dall'altro lato e fai dorare per 1 minuto, salando e pepando leggermente. Abbassa la fiamma a calore medio-basso e cuoci per altri 4-5 minuti.Trasferisci le scaloppine su un piatto da portata e copri, mantenendole in caldo. Versa il vino nella padella e mescolando fai evaporare.Ricopri i saltimbocca con la salsina preparata e servili caldi. Buon appetitoI Alessandra Sambiase is an elementary and middle school Italian language teacher in the Catholic school system and in the North End. She is also a cooking instructor and founder of "Parla come mangiI" (speak as you eat!) cooking classes, where the passion for the Italian language meets the love for the Italian food. JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 J USTtNEYAN DLE@Gh'LAIL'COM WWW.JUSTIN EYANDLEPH OTOGRAPHY.C OM