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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBEIF127, 2013 6 9P" Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW,00 Are you awake? Well, it has been said that men are three times more likely to die from drowning than women. The National Insti- tute of Health says that men are more likely to drink alcohol while engaging in water sports and also more likely to falsely assume they are capable swimmers. Interesting to note: even though the U.S. has been involved in more than a dozen mili- tary conflicts over the past 70 years, Con- gress has not formally declared war on any country since June 5 th 1942, when it signed off on military action against Nazi Germany's allies Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. Wow[ Squirrels have caused more than 50 power outages this summer in 24 states, affecting tens of thousands of utility custom- ers. Squirrels cause the blackouts by chew- ing through wires or connecting an energized component with a grounded one -- connect- ing a circuit and causing a small explosion. Sweet talk! More than 200 of Detroit's teachers are moonlighting as "sugar babies" to offset wage cuts and job losses, according to a website that pairs up young women with "sugar daddies." The site said the 200 teachers who've signed up are asking for an average of $3,000 a month in return for giv- ing "companionship" to an older man. Although the gap is slowly closing, the average American woman's retirement account is worth 38.25 percent less than the average man. Tough times! The number of households with at least one unemployed parent increased by a third between 2005 and 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Nevada experienced the biggest jump in families hit by unemployment (148 percent), followed by Hawaii with (95 percent) and Florida at (93 percent). Get to work! An estimated 39 percent of employers kept their doors open on Labor Day and required employees to show up for work. Huh? The less sleep you get, the more likely you are to be overweight. Now, The New York Times reports, scientists have discovered one reason why: Sleep loss causes changes in the brain that make you crave high-calorie foods and weakens your willpower to resist them. More healthy advice[ High blood sugar doesn't just increase your risk of developing diabetes it also increases your risk of devel- oping dementia. To reduce the risk of diabe- tes and dementia, researchers said, people should eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and maintain a normal weight. Some useless information! The idea of bak- ing cookies with chocolate chips in them is such a natural you may think the ubiqui- tous "Toll House Cookie" had no single origi- nator, If so, you are wrong. Massachusetts Innkeeper and "Master Baker" Ruth Wake- field invented them in 1933 -- more or less by accident. Working with a cookie recipe that called for melted chocolate, she decided to save time by stirring in broken bits of the candy. Alas, the Old New England Toll House, the famed inn run for many years by Kenneth and Ruth Wakefield, burned down in 1984. But the cookies that made the "Toll House" a household word throughout America con- tinue to be just about everybody's favorite temptation. Folded to make them softer, moister and easier to pull apart, Parker House rolls are an institution in New England and through- out much of the rest of the country as well. First baked during the 1850s at -- an easy one -- The Parker House in Boston, remains to this day, a mainstay in the dining rooms of this elegant old hotel (it's now known as the Omni Parker House). It is said that Oliver Wendell Holmes adored the rolls at the Parker, as did Ralph Waldo Emerson. And people still love them, the hotel's kitchens bake up to fifteen thousand of them every week. Among the famous names associated with Parker House rolls is that of Ho Chi Minh. As a young student in Boston, long before he became leader of Communist Vietnam. Ho earned pocket money by work- ing in the Parker House kitchen where, among other things, he turned out count- less thousands of rolls. Remember Moxie? Moxie was once the soft drink of choice for mil- lions of Amer- I o o o icans and for a while it even outsold Coca- Cola. Moxie was the brainchild of one Dr. Augustin Thompson, a Massachusetts Physician. Thompson combined sassafras with a little gentian root and a variety of herbs and gave the mixture a name: "Moxie Nerve Food." That's rightI It was supposed to be good for the nerves -- nourishing even -- and who's to say it wasn't? The good doctor prescribed his concoction for a long list of ailments. Practically everything, really. For instance, he said it would help relieve paralysis, insanity, softening of the brain and even "loss of manhood." Who wouldn't take it? By early 1920s, up to twenty-five million cases of Moxie were being sold each year and for a time it reigned as the nation's number one soft drink. Its ascendancy was short- lived, however. After the stock market crash in 1929, Americans became more interested in their stomachs than their nerves. Sweeter, milder soft drinks -- along with a considerable variety of harder beverages -- took Moxie's place in the market. Last heard, Moxie is bottled and distributed by the Coca- Cola Company. So what is that symbol for Americans? The White House! The Capitol Dome! Pikes Peak! I n] Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT,. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED STUFFED CABANELLE PEPPERS Elongated Green Peppers 4 Cabanelle peppers (long 2 teaspoons capers in light green peppers) vinegarwater 1/3 cup.flavored bread Vegetable oil spray crumbs With a paring knife, cut around the edge of the pepper stem to remove the stem and seed pod from each pepper. Wash peppers, dry outside of each and set aside. In a bowl, mix bread crumbs, capers and a little of the liquid from the bottle. With a paper towel, rub a little oil over skin of pep- pers. Place three teaspoons of breadcrumb mixture in each pepper. Peppers will not be completely filled. Spray a broil- ing tray with oil. Place peppers in center of tray. Turn your oven on to broil and place tray with peppers on the correct shelf for broiling. Peppers should be about two inches from heat. The outer skin of the pepper sears but should not burn, though a portion may blacken. Keep checking and turning until all sides have been seared. This only takes about fifteen to twenty minutes to complete. Remove from broiler oven, cover and set aside. It is best to broil these peppers just before serving. If broiled in advance, they can be warmed up in the microwave oven. These can be fried in a skillet with a little olive oil, but the flavor may be different. NOTE: MaryAnn (Summa) Trodella, a childhood friend, treated my husband and me to these delicious peppers many years ago. She learned to prepare these from her mother-in-law who had immigrated to this country from Italy with her husband during the early nineteen hundreds. The American Bald Eagle! No way! For us it : : : is a lighthouse, The Statue of Liberty has 8*VO$Bg 5t,R&t been holding her torch high in the air for more than 110 years. Yes, she is a lighthouse and from the beginning was intended to serve as one; to this day ships follow her beacon into the port of New York. Her lamp is meant as an invitation and a proclamation that this nation is different from any other on the planet -- precisely because we so openly welcome others. Weirdol A zoo in central China has been shut down by authorities after it was caught trying to pass off a shaggy dog as a lion. One angry visitor, surnamed Liu, told the local media that she uncovered the fraud when she approached a cage marked "African lion" and heard the beast emit a bark. It was a Tibetan mastiff, a large, hairy breed of dog. "I paid good money to see the lion and all I got to see was a dog," said Liu. The zoo's staff explained that it couldn't afford a real lion. Penny Marshall (nee Carole Penny Masciarelli): Has made a remarkable tran- sition from star of the hit TV Series Laverne & Shirley to one of the few women directors in Hollywood. Her second film "Big" in 1988 made her the first woman director in Ameri- can history to direct a film that earned $100 million dollars. Her other films include "Jumping Jack Flash," "Awakenings" and "A League of Their Own." Yes, she is a great PaesanoT Show business reminiscing with the ageless, handsome musicologist and philan- thropist Albert Natale. The King of Swing Benny Goodman introduced the world to the one-of-a-kind voice of his clarinet. Born in 1909, Me was only 13 years old when he first appeared on stage with the Benny Meroff Orchestra in Chicago. One of 12 children of a Russian immigrant tailor, Goodman grew up in a shabby Chicago ghetto. His escape from the poverty he saw all around him was music. He received his first musical train- ing at a local synagogue and then studied under Franz Schoeppe, a Chicago Music Professor. Jazz was his first love. The rest is music history! Goodman helped to launch the so-called "Big Band Era." Goodman died in 1986 at the age of 75 of a heart attack in Manhattan. By then the onetime boy won- der from the Chicago ghettoes, the young man who had sent so many teenage feet flying, had long been recognized as an elder statesman of American music. Some of his band's personnel included jazz greats such as Gene Krupa, Harry James, Lionel Hampton and Ziggy Elman. The great Benny Goodman is interned at Long Ridge Cemetery, Stamford, CT. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Columbus Day {Continued from Page I) to say thank you for his years of service!" The Bi-Annual Columbus Day Parade will take place on Sunday, October 13, begin- ning at City Hall Plaza at 1:00 pm. The parade will make its way through down- town Boston and the water- front, the Christopher Columbus Park and into the North End. The parade will include, Boston Police and Fire honor guard, military personnel and vehicles, marching bands, drum & bugle corps, antique cars, Neighborhood groups, color guard, floats and thousands of other participants. Best viewing is on Hanover and Endicott Streets in the North End. "The parade is a great opportunity to cheer on the members of our armed forces and the brave men and women who serve and protect us here at home," said Pa- rade Coordinator Matthew Bamonte, "It is a wonderful day of neighborhood celebra- tion, heritage and fun for the whole family." 00akery Perch 1st Generation Italian-American Vita 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. 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