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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 28, 2015 Ray 15arron's Ready for this? When Seattle police officer Anthony Reynolds pulled over a speeding car that was running red lights in the early hours of the morning, he didn't expect the routine traffic stop would turn into a road- side baby delivery. But Reynolds was forced to play the role of emergency midwife when the car's driver leaped out and announced that his wife was in labor. Reynolds jumped in and helped the expectant morn give birth. =You have helped deliver a precious gift," the new parents wrote in a thank you note af- ter they finally made it to the hospital. "We are so grateful." For four years, Josh Cyganik worked oppo- site Leonard Bullock's rundown home in Pendleton, Oregon, but never exchanged more than a wave with the 75-year-old. Yet when Cyganik recently overheard two teen- agers saying within Bullock's earshot that his decrepit house should be burned down, Cyganik decided to take action. He tapped his friends in construction for materials, and asked on Facebook for volunteers to make the repairs. More than 100 people came to help, bringing food, drink, and paint- brushes. =The house is real nice now," said Bullock. "It makes me feel good to look at itf To have an open mind doesn't mean you must always have an open mouth. Donald Trump moved to solidify his lead in the Re- publican presidential race by unveiling an immigration plan that calls for all 11.5 mil- lion undocumented immigrants in the U.S to be deported and an end to automatic citi- zenship for U.S. born children of illegal im- migrants. Trump would also erect a wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border, and vowed to "make Mexico pay for it." Wow! Two robbers demanded money from a Pittsburgh store owner at knifepoint, only to flee when he whipped out a massive scimitar from under the counter. "I use this one," Jewad Hayitt said of his sword, =to make him afraid." Bad week! A New York City woman hid $5,600 in a toaster oven, and her husband returned the oven to the store. Store em- ployees then told her someone else came in to claim the cash. A Denver-area baker cannot refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on the basis of his religious beliefs, a Colorado appeals court ruled. Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips told Charlie Craig and David Mullins in 2012 that he couldn't bake them a wedding cake because their upcom- ing same-sex union went against his Chris- tian beliefs -- though he told the couple he would happily sell them any other baked good. The couple fried an anti-discrimination com- plaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Com- mission, which ruled in their favor, prompt- ing Phillips to take his case to the appellate court. In a 66-page ruling, the three-judge panel said Phillips was prohibited =from pick- ing and choosing customers based on their sexual orientation." Phillips is considering whether to appeal the decision. News from Fort Benning, Georgia. Two fe- male soldiers made history when they be- came the first women to graduate from the Army's Elite Ranger School -- one of the most grueling combat training courses in the world. First Lieutenant Shaye Haver, 25, and Captain Kristen Griest, 26, had to com- plete a series of exhausting military exer- cises and fitness tests during the 62=day course, including completing a 12-mile march with full combat load in three hours and a 5-mile run in 40 minutes. After their graduation, the women will sport black and gold Ranger tabs on their uniforms but, un- like the school's male graduates, won't be eligible to join the 75m Ranger Regiment or perform several crucial frontline combat roles, A decision by the Pentagon on female combat roles is expected in January, and the U.S. Navy has hinted it could allow women into its elite SEAL teams. News from Paraguay. An ll-year-old Para- guayan girl who was raped, allegedly by her stepfather, gave birth to a 7.pound, 13-ounce baby by C-section after the courts denied her an abortion. "It was like any other cae- sarean," said the director of the Reina Sofia Hospi- tal, "but with the age dif- 0 0 0 ferencef The girl's mother, who has been charged with negligence, sought a termi- nation for her daughter. But abortion is le- gal in Paraguay only if the mother's life is at stake, and doctors determined that the then 10-year-old was healthy. The case has prompted some discussion of abortion in the deeply Catholic country, but much more about ways to prevent child abuse. The step- father is awaiting trial; the girl's mother and grandmother have requested custody of the baby. News from England. The British royal fam- ily has attacked members of the paparazzi for going to "extreme lengths" to capture pic- tures of young Prince George, claiming the photographers' tactics were becoming =in- creasingly dangerous" for the 2-year-old. In a strongly worded letter to newspapers and the foreign media, Kensington Palace claimed photographers had hidden in sand dunes and car trunks and used other young children as bait to try to capture photos of the toddler, who is the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. =A line has been crossed" the royals chided, warning that un- authorized people getting too close to the prince pose "a very real security risk." Time for some Italian-American stuj~. Accord- ing to Medford's unofficial mayor Tom Analetto, Dan Marino, who played for the Mi- ami Dolphins, was the highest rated quar- terback in the NFL in 1984. He passed for an amazing 47 touchdowns in his first 20 games, a record it took Joe Namath three seasons to match. Analetto also reminds us that Roy Campanella, a catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, played in five World Se- ries. He was named Most Valuable Player in 1951, 1953 and 1955. He caught 1,215 games in his 10 seasons and had a lifetime batting average of .276. His career ended tragically when he was left paralyzed from a car crash. We asked the noted musicologist and show biz great, Al Natale, some stuff about Holly- wood people. "On Little Women, when Direc- tor George Cukor was ready for us -- Kate Hepburn, Jean Parker, Frances Dee, and myself- he'd always say, with a great sense of humor. "Come on, you four little bitches, the set is readyl" So reported Joan Bennett. Worth repeating! Harry Warren was born Salvatore Anthony Guaragna, son of Italian immigrants, in Brooklyn. The 500 songs he created include, "I Only Have Eyes for You," "I had the Craziest Dream," "Jeepers Creep- ers." He also created a song that made Glenn Miller famous, "Chattanooga Choo Choo." The arrangement of the song was by Eastie's Generosa Graziano, better known as Jerry Gray. Harry Warren had more songs featured on Your Hit Parade radio show than Irving Berlin. Harry Warren/Salvatore Anthony Guaragna won three Academy Awards for Best Song. One of the songs was "Lullaby of Broadway." RemindeH In 1870, A.P. Giannini was born in San Jose, California, where his parents ran a small hotel. In 1904 Giannini opened his one-room Bank of Italy with three full- time employees and served as an unpaid director. When Giannini died in 1949, his Bank of America was the largest privately- owned bank in the world. So who founded the FBI? An Italian-Ameri- can! It was in 1908, Charles Bonaparte, At- torney General under President Teddy Roosevelt, founded the Federal Bureau of In- vestigation. The brainy Barbara D'Amico reminds us that Harvard is the oldest university in America. The astute Christina "Chris" Quinlan re- ports, the main library at Indiana Univer- sity sinks more than an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building. AMERICA I8 A B~IITII~I, IT,aJ~ll NAME Pada Come Mangi! You Eat!) Benvenuti! This week's recipe, a sweet conclusion to our jour- ney through Puglia's cuisine, brings us to the Salento peninsula and in particular to its most representative city: Lecce. Founded by the Greeks, the city has strong connections to its ancient cul- ture. Its surrounding towns forming the Grecia Salentina prov- ince have preserved to this very day a spoken language called Griko, a sort of Modern Greek. Lecce saw its first expansion under the Roman emperor Hadrian who gave the city an amphi- theater and connected it to the Hadrian port. Named the =Flo- rence of the South," Lecce is a stunning showcase of Baroque architecture and its white limestone buildings offer an excep- tional contrast with the blue of the Mare Adriatico (Adriatic Sea}. Lecce's inhabitants, called Leccesi, are very proud of their pasticciotto, a cream-filled baked tart that originated in the city of Galatina, where a local pastry chef used the leftovers from a double, crust cream pie to invent this single serve delicacy. In the summer, pasticciotto is traditionally enjoyed a colazione (for breakfast} along with a glass of iced coffee sweetened with a shot of local latte di mandorla (almond milk}. Pasticciotto Leccese Pastry Dough 1 cup flour I tsp baking flour 1 stick unsalted butter (soften} Pinch of salt cap sugar 10 little oval or brioche molds 2 egg yolks Pastry Cream 2 cups whole milk 4 Tbsps. flour 1 cup sugar vanilla stick and grated zest 4 egg yolks of lemon l~r~para~Ion: into a food processor place flour, salt, baking powder, sugar and butter. Pulse a couple of times then add the egg yolks. Mix well and form it into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least hour. In a pot, using a whisk, mix sugar and egg yolks until foamy, then add the flour and mix well. Over medium-low heat, add the milk gradually then add the lemon zest and the vanilla. Stir and simmer on low heat until the cream thickens. Let it cool. Roll the dough to 1/8 inch thick, cut to shape and place into each greased, floured mold to cover the top of the sides. Pierce the bottom with a fork. Fill with the cream and cover with top crust pinching the edges together. Brush the top with beaten egg yolk and cook at 390F for about hour. Serve the pasticciotti warm. Buon appetito! Pasticciotto Leccese Per La Pasta FroUa 250 g di farina 125 g di burro 125 g di zucchero 2 tuorli 1 cucchiaino di lievito per dolci Un pizzico di sale 10 formine ovali a barchetta o da brioche Per La Crema Pasticcera l di latte intero 125 g di zuchero 4 tuorli 50 g di farina stecca di vaniglia e la buccia grattugiata di mezzo limone Pre~arazione: in un mixer da cacina metti la farina, il sale, il lievito, lo zucchero ed il burro. Impasta aggiungendo gradualmente i tuorli. Ineorpora tutti gli ingredienti quindi forma una palla che rivestirai con della pellicola per alimenti e farai riposare in frigo per almeno ora. In una casseruola, usando una frusta, mescola lo zucchero ed i tuorli fino a farli diventare spumosi quindi aggiungi la farina e mescola bene. Porta la pentola sul fornello. A fiamma medio bassa inizia ad aggiungere il latte gradulamente, quindi aggiungi la buccia del limone grattugiata e la vaniglia. Mescola continuamente facendo sobollire flno ad ottenere una consistenza densa. Fai raffreddare. Aiutandoti con un mattarello, tira la pasta flno a raggiungere uno spessore d~ circa 4 ram. Imburra ed infarina gli stampini, rivestili con la pasta fino a coprirne i bordi, punzecchiane il fondo con una forchetta e riempili di crema. Copri con uno strato di pasta sigiUando bene i bordi. Spennella la superficie con del tuorlo d'uovo sbattuto ed inforna a 200 per circa mezz'ora. Servi i pasticciotti caldi. Buon appetito! If you would like to cook with me go to w ww. speakasgoueat, com. 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 mangi!~ (speak as you eat/) cooking classes, where the pttssion for the Italian language meets the love for the Italian food.