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Page 1"2 POST:GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 -liP" W Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW,=3 Huh? Doris Day going broke! Beloved Doris Day may be having financial problems -- and that's why the legendary entertainer is releasing a new album at age 87, claim insiders. Paying for the keep up of her California property and looking after all her animals is a never-ending drain. Sadly, Day is no stranger to money worries. When her third husband, Marty Melcher, died in 1968, she discovered he and his business part- ner, Jerome Rosenthal, had squandered her millions and left her deep in debt. She sued and eventually settled with Rosenthal's insurers for $6 million paid in 23 annual installments. "Doris may be one of those seniors whose money is not lasting as long as they are," says Hollywood financial expert, Eric Steinwald. Wow[ Hard times have hit Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds, who is in danger of losing his longtime home in Hobe Sound, Florida. Merrill Lynch Credit Corp. has filed for foreclosure on his four-acre, waterfront estate, claiming the 75-year-old has not made a mortgage payment since Septem- ber 1, 2010 and owes almost $1.2 million. "He runs up bills and ignores them," says a source. "He owes millions of dollars to people. It's a sad state of affairs." According to the suit, the property, with a 12,500-square-foot, Mediterranean-style mansion, pool, boat dock, private beach, movie theater and even a hair salon, is valued at $2.4 million. It has been said, lots of women are obsessed with shoes, but Leonardo DiCaprie can't get enough sunglasses! We hear the star spends between $8,000 and $15,000 a month on shades and gets many more for free. "Leo's friends have nicknamed him "the lens man" because he never leaves home without them, even at night," says an insider. "He's really shy and hates it when anyone recognizes him." We usually see things, not as they are, but as we are. A breakthrough new gel is set to revolu- tionize the treatment of damaged vocal cords and restore speech quality to millions of people -- thanks to superstar Julie Andrewsl It was invented by a team of specialists led by Dr. Steven Zeitels, a professor of laryn- geal surgery at Harvard Medical School. He was inspired to follow this research after trying to surgically treat The Sound of Music star who tragically lost her voice 13 years ago. Zeitels' efforts have been supported by Andrews, 75, who is honorary chairwoman of the Institute of Laryngology and Voice Restoration, the foundation that's funding the research. Dr. Zeitels operated on Julie Andrews four times but was unable to restore her singing voice. It's no secret, we are a loving fan of Julie Andrews! Perhaps we can have Julie appear at my home where you will have the oppor- tunity to meet her and enjoy having a spot- of-tea with her. Suggested donation? Only $10,000I Stay tuned. Some healthy news! Known for improving eyesight, carrots can help protect you from heart disease, according to a new study. Researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands say Bugs Bunny's favor- ite food is packed with high levels of micro- nutrients and chemicals that halt fatty buildups in the arteries. Scientists say that by adding just one ounce of carrots to your daily diet can slash the risk of coro- nary and heart disease by as much as 32 percent. Interesting useless information: Adolf Hitler was Time's Man of the Year in 1938. Hitler and Napoleon both had one testicle. Catherine de Medici was the first woman in Europe to use tobacco. She took it in a mixture of snuff. Alexander Graham Bell made a talking doll that said "Mama" when he was a young boy in Scotland. He never telephoned his wife or mother. They were both deaf. Thomas Edison had a collection of more than five thousand birds. Louise May Alcott, author of the classic Little Women, hated children. She only wrote the book because her publisher asked her to. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law saying that you cannot beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb. , The average I 0 0 0 woman consumes six pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. The word samba means to rub navels together. And the personable Donna Zullo Marquardo, owner of the popular Donna's Restaurant in Orient Heights, East Boston, says the most widely eaten fruit in America is the banana. "AI Pacino actually scares the hell out of us!" Cast and crew of "The Phil Spector Project" say the 71-year-old star's acting is so creepy it makes your skin crawl, says My Spy Witness -- constantly staying in character as the loony-weird gun-waving murderer on and off-camera! "He really scares everybody -- literally," said the source. "He sits by himself in a secluded corner of the set, twirling a revolver around and making these weird, nervous laughing sounds. He'll suddenly yell out swear words -- and won't allow anyone to approach him. And when he does interact with anyone on the set, he's shamefully disrespectful -- acting like they're beneath him. So what? Heartbroken John Travolta -- grief stricken over the tragic death of his son Jett -- secretly separated from wife Kelly Preston and sailed off on a Caribbean cruise determined to end their marriage. But the adventure ended with the Hollywood star rushing back to Kelly, bursting with hope that a new baby could save the marriage, say sources. The couple had been in intense counseling after their 16-year-old autistic son died of a seizure in January 2009, but it didn't seem to help, said the source. Despite their efforts, there are likely to always be cracks in their 20-year marriage. Huh? Outraged over the way Jennifer Hudson sang "Happy Birthday" to President Obama, first lady Michelle bawled out her husband and has vowed to "ban" the sexy singer from the White House, say sources. Michelle, 47, did a slow burn as she watched the size zero 29-year-old beauty serenade the president at his 50th birthday bash, as he held her hand and practically had to wipe the drool from his mouth. "Michelle was horrified," revealed an insider. "She couldn't help but think of Marilyn Monroe singing 'Happy Birthday' to President Kennedy who was her secret lover, at Madison Square Garden. And she could tell Barack was enjoying Jennifer's performance a little too much!" Interesting show biz stuff by the noted handsome, stately Albert Natale. Several years after his death in 1951, "The Eddy Duchin Story" was produced in Hollywood (1956). Tyrone Power played the part of Duchin while the piano playing was dubbed in by Carmen Cavallaro. In the 1948 Presi- dential Election, Arthur Godfrey received four write-in votes from the state of Alabama. In his youth, James Stewart recorded one side of a record titled "Love Comes But Once," backed by the college band of Jose Ferrer (called the Pied Pipers). The flip side was of Ferrer singing "Sweet Georgia Brown." The song "Over The Rainbow" was almost eliminated from "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) because it was thought that it slowed down the movie. Cher's first solo recording was "I Love You, Ringo" (1964). She recorded it under the name Bonnie Jo Mason. It was said that when Walter Winchell's Sunday night 15-minute radio broadcast was on, you could walk down the street of any American city on a Summer evening and never miss a word of the broadcast coming from open windows. George Raft once won first place in a tango contest and was billed as "The fastest dancer in the world." Comedian Groucho Marx who never broke 90 in a game of golf, once shot a hole-in-one at Boston's Braeburn Country Club. And one more time[ Actor Alan Ladd, only 5' 4" tall, stood on a box in many love scenes in order to be taller than his leading lady. WWW. BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.CO M AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED MUSTARD 20 ounces frozen chopped mustard greens* I cup flavored bread crumbs 3 tablespoons grated Romano or preferred cheese GREENS FRITTATA (Omelet) 2 medium minced garlic cloves cup canola, vegetable or olive oil 2 beaten eggs Salt Defrost chopped mustard 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, cheese, 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. With 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 20 ounces needed for this recipe. Try it both ways. NOTE: 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. can at The Tomato (Continued from Page 7) eration apparently dulls the flavor. It is best to store them at room temperature, 67-78 degrees, until they are ready to be used for cooking or eating. Tomatoes are very acidic which makes them a good product for canning. As the 20th century rolled around, it was canned more than any other fruits or veg- etables. Many of us have had Campbell's tomato soup. I like it with oyster crackers. It was Joseph Campbell who in 1897 developed and produced this condensed tomato soup in a can that became very popular, and his company went on to become very prosperous. Many Italian families, and others, grow tomatoes in a garden and can them (actually placed in glass con- tainers) for the making of Italian sauce; gravy to many of us. I can still recall the smell of my mother's sauce (gravy) as I dip a slice of Italian scali bread into the pan of sauce my wife, Jean, is preparing and ... mmmmm her sauce is so gooood. MyBakery Pcrch Vvr, OH,AtO SI'oPoN 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighul 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 for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 1SBN