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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 10,2014 1 I EnjovingOctoberDi by Ally Censo Symynkywicz / Who knew that sim- I and abundant har- " ply turning vest, turning it into by Sal Giarratani ..........  A a page on t - _   one of the most be- a desk calendar could muster so much ex- ",r loved months of the Do l Really Whine Too Much? citement? That is pre- Italian calendar. cisely what I felt when October eternally "Many Americans live on the outskirts of hope." I flipped the page on reminds me of dark -- President Lyndon B. Johnson October 1 st last week. October conjures a bounty of memories and images for me, of bright falling leaves and per- fectly orange pumpkins. This is the month when I begin to crave hot chocolate to warm through the chilly eve- nings. It is the month when I devour stories of ghosts and other mystical creatures in preparation for the spine- tingling delights of Hallow- een. October is also when my kitchen smells like pumpkin, as I try to inte- grate this creamy seasonal ingredient into as many des- serts as possible -- pumpkin cake, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin everythingl Yes, October means lovely autumn weather and scrumptious food to me, and the antici- pation I felt on the first day continues to carry me through the whole month. In Italy, October brims with its own proverbs, foods and traditions, making it one of the most exciting months to visit the country. The name October -- or ottobre in Italian -- stems from the Latin root octo, meaning "eight." Before January and February were added to the calendar, Octo- ber was the eighth month of the year in ancient Rome. In Italy, October is associated with cool and pleasant weather and golden sun- shine, making it a popular month for tourists. October furthermore entails the harvest of late-autumn crops for Italians, such as mushrooms and apples. The Italian proverbs dealing with October epitomize the month's agricultural and meteorological importance in the culture. One such proverb reads: "Ottobre @ bello, ma tieni pronto l'ombretlo." This proverb states that while October is beautiful, one should have an umbrella ready at a moment's notice, as there is also the tendency to rain throughout the month; In- deed, last week the stretch of October rains turned the world a dark shade of gray, making the Halloween deco- rations on my street appear extra ominous. However, an- other Italian proverb pro- claims that this rain is ac- tually good for the harvest, as "Ottobre piovoso, campo prosperoso'-- "rainy Octo- ber, prosperous country- side." 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This affinity for fall staples is felt in Italy as well, which hosts a smattering of food festivals throughout the month. Sev- eral cities in the regions of Tuscany, Piedmont, Le Marche, Umbria and Emilia Romagna hosts truffle fairs. The truffle, or tartufo, has become a symbol of autum- nal delicacy in Italy. This mushroom is often extracted from the ground with the help of specially trained pigs or dogs. It emerges from the ground looking like a mis- shapen lump of coal, but its unorthodox appearance belies the creamy, nutty deliciousness within. Cer- tain varieties of truffles are extremely rare and worth thousands of dollars, but more common types of truffles are found in every- day dishes all over Italy -- drizgled over salads, stuffed into pasta, infused in oil. I still dream about a truffle ravioli dish I had in Italy way back in 2005, for it was that good. Elsewhere, several Italian cities host sagre della castagna, or feasts of the chestnut. The chestnut is another quintessential au- tumn food in Italy, foraged in the woods and roasted over fires for a succulent and smoky texture. Chestnuts remind me of my father, be- cause his bringing home a large bag of jewel-like chest- nuts was one of the first har- (Continued on Page 18) Jtappy Columbus ay Broadway Brake Corp. HEAVY DUTY TRUCK & BUS PARTS & SERVICE Philip D'Angelo, President 45 Broadway 1093 N. Mostello St. Somerville, MA Brockton, MA 617-666-1000 S08-580-2213 Happy Columbus Day ffollon SDeclol[les ExOen: Catenrg SAUGUS Store and Comorate Oce 190 Man Street Saugus MA 781-23 -9599 " Fax 781-23 -9699 BOSTON /WEST END 75 Blossorr Zourt 3oston MA 617 227-6  Fax 617-227-620 SOUTH BOSTON Park Lane Bostor SeaDorL DlstnctL 4 857 366-4640 Fax 857-366-4648 Recently, a regular reader of this newspaper told me I was whining too much lately and was becoming a bit too negative on what is happen- ing in America. However, look around at our leaders. We have a president who is clearly out of his league. He came up to the majors too quickly. Needed more time in Triple A Chicago and as things keep going wrong, he appears too arrogant to change course. When he says the economy is boom- ing and most of us are ap- parently (I guess) too dumb to see it. Then, he calls ISIS neither Islamic nor a State and he expects us to jump in behind him saying the same thing. We are in the inidst of an election Cycle, you would think from listening to the campaigns that the Repub- lic hangs in the balance. Both sides are resorting to negative campaigning that most of us fend so unappeal- ing. We have a president that Democrats are running from, putting as much dis- tance as .possible between the Great Obama and them. And I'm talking DEMO- CRATS here. Recently, Martha Coakley sounded like a crybaby say- ing Charlie Baker was say- ing mean things about her. It is difficult not to be dis- gusted with them all. When it comes to the bal- lot question, the wrong sides on both Questions 1 and 3 are simply just whining. On Question 1 you must vote YES to say NO to an auto- matic tax hike. The NO side calls themselves the Com- mittee to save our crumbling bridges and roads. I don't want any crumbling either, but our legislators should have to vote new taxes up or down because that's the job they are paid to do. As far as Question 3 on ca- sinos. Once again, if you want no casinos, you must vote YES on 3. The other side calls themselves the Com- mittee to save Mass jobs. I want to save jobs too. If you oppose automatic tax hikes, remember VOTE YES ON 1. Oppose casinos, VOTE YES on 3. Meanwhile, be happy knowing we are down to the final two years of Obama m the White House. Also be happy that Joe Biden will dis- appear from public life after 2016. No Oval Office for him. My new motto is DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY, BUT PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT WASHINGTON IS DOING: Vote on November 4 th and let some fresh air move into your life. LAW OFFICE OF DIANE J. MODICA Diane j. Modica Michele M. Modica Attorney Attorney Email: Email: 101 Tremont Street, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02108 Tel: 617.292.3329 Fax: 617.292.4855 Happy Columbus Day from the J'Drioitera j%"amily