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Page 12 "PO ST'-G.A.ZE-'ICr'E. bC"l"013 F: "18.201 -.I,,., f- W Barrorl' Something real fishy! A Swedish fish fac- tory worker who discovered a salmon with a perfectly shaped crucifix on its belly is plan- ning to take the fish on a national tour. Lars Ludwigson spotted the fish, which has black scales resembling a cross, on a food process- ing line. Ludwigson said he originally in- tended to eat the salmon in a "blessed din- ner," but a flurry of interest persuaded him to put it on public display. "But I must con- serve it in some way," he said. "Putting it in alcohol might upset some Christians, so the most biblical method must be to salt it." There he goes again! O.J. Simpson was caught red-handed trying to steal more than a dozen cookies from a Nevada prison cafeteria, says the National Enquirer. The former gridiron great, who is serving 33 years for armed robbery, was walking to his cell after lunch when a guard noticed a bulge in his jumpsuit." Everyone thought he had smuggled in a cellphone," said a source, "so when the guard started pulling oatmeal cook- ies out of O.J.'s shirt, the other inmates started laughing so hard they nearly fell over." Simpson, who has swelled to more than 300 pounds in jail, received a warning. Bravo! A fencing coach foiled a robbery in Nashville by using 'epee with brilliant effect. Franco Scaramuzza was returning home from fencing practice when he saw two men pepper-spray a couple and steal a purse. He grabbed his sword and charged, yelling at the top of his lungs. "They completely panicked," he said, "dropped everything they stole and really took off." Police later arrested two sus- pects. Scaramuzza said his fencing training had prepared him for action. "You have to overcome your own fears," he said. How touching! A pair of siblings have been reunited after 30 years apart, having discov- ered that they both serve in the U.S. Navy in the same state. Cindy Murray, a Navy com- mander stationed in San Diego, lost touch with her brother Robert Williamson in the 1970s after her parents divorced and she moved in with her mother. Unable to find Williamson on the Internet, she finally tracked down her father, who told her his son also served in the Navy. Murray quickly traced her brother to a base in Lemoore, CA. "One little phone call ended 30 years of no contact," said Williamson. "Amazing." A group of veterans broke through barri- cades to enter Washington's World War II memorial, which had been closed by the gov- ernment shutdown. "We took on the Ger- mans and the Japs and we whipped them," said Tom Lucas, 87, "and then we have to take this sort of thing?" Locking up! San Diego Judge Patricia Cookson officiated a marriage between con- victed killer Danne Desbrow and his fian- cee, right after sentencing the groom to 53 years in prison for murder. What a CitruloI A fugitive attempted to escape Michigan police by frantically pedal- ing a paddleboat across a lake. When the boat capsized and sank, Mark Rood swam back to shore and was arrested. Here comes the bride all dressed in gold. Britain's Prince Andrew and ex-wife Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson might remarry, 17 years after they divorced. Rumors have swirled for months that the couple may reconcile and when asked directly last week whether it was true, Fergie added fuel to the fire. "He's still my handsome prince," said Fergie. "He'll always be my handsome prince. The couple divorced after she was caught in an affair, with published photos of her paramour suck- ing her toes on a beach. But as the parents of two (now grown) daughters, they have remained close and still living in the same house, despite the disapproval of the queen and her husband Prince Philip. "Mark my words, they will remarry," said a source. "It is only a matter of time." Remember, rice is thrown at weddings as a symbol of fertility! The astute Peter Beatrice of Swampscott reminds us that a rumor is like a check -- never endorse it till you're sure it's genuine. Ah, Peter Beatrice! It,s time for him to author a book about his interesting role in the world of politics! Wiping away! Vene- zuela's left- ist govern- I O O O ment seized control of a toilet paper factory in an effort to end the nation's ongoing TP shortage. Toilet paper, the government said, is an "essential commodity." Carlo Scostumato recalls how when he was a little boy they use to use orange wrappers as toilet paper. Not following instructions, after 66-year-old Gentil Ramirez of Colombia gobbled so much Viagra in an effort to impress his wife that he remained tumescent for several days and had to have surgery to relieve the swelling. Doctors said Ramirez is "recovering well." No word on his wife. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill said she heard of a man in Brookline who swallowed a Viagra that got stuck in his neck. "He now has a stiff neckF Gee, President Obama was caught on a live microphone at the United Nations General Assembly saying that he quit smoking ciga- rettes six years ago "because I'm scared of my wife." Joke's on Jane! Jane Fonda can't take a joke! The 75-year-old Oscar winner was in- terested in purchasing a 19m century desk from an antique dealer in L.A. who was ask- ing $3,500. Jane apparently thought that was too steep and asked "But what's my price?" The seller tried to have fun and shot back, "How about $5,000?" Jane wasn't amused at all, even after being told the woman was "just kidding around." She looked at several other pieces of furniture but left without buying anything. Want Jane's address? Last heard, she lives at 1050 Techwood Drive, N.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30318. It has been reported that Matt Lauer and Katie Couric often fought like cats and dogs during their 10 years hosting the Today Show together -- but the truth is Matt was secretly lusting after her! Appearing on Howard Stem's June 19th radio show, Lauer confessed he thinks Couric is a real hottie, with a per- sonality to match! To think, when Matt Lauer was working at WNAC-TV, Channel 77, he interviewed me about my new book 'The 40s, When We Were Dreamers of Dreams." It was a boring ses- sion! What? You heven't read my book? The famous body builder Angelo Siciliano migrated to Brooklyn in 1904 from a farm in Acri, Italy. Angelo was hailed in a national contest as the "World's Most Perfectly Devel- oped Man." When Someone remarked how much he looked like a statue of Atlas that stood at a local bank, Angelo was flattered. The young Coney Islander changed his name to Charles Atlas. ghoul on TVs "The Munsters," was once touted as "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World." In their youth, both Milton Berle and Bob Hope won prizes in Charlie Chaplin imi- tation contests. Bette Davis says Susan Hay- ward was very unkind to me on the set of Where Love Has Gone. Ava Gardner says she doesn't see Lana Turner anymore. "Lana's become a recluse. No one sees her. She thinks absence will make the public's heart grow fonder. All absence does is make people think you're dead." "Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons. They were,bitches!" So exclaimed Elizabeth Taylor. Singer Ray Charles became blind from an accident at age six. He taught himself to arrange and compose by braille. Herschel Bernardi, who spent three years as Lieutenant Jacobi on TVs "Peter Gunn," was the voice of the Jolly Green Giant and of Charlie Tuna com- mercials. And actor/comedian/singer Jim Nabors raises macadamia nuts in Hawaii, where he enjoys living. And singer Eydie Gorme worked as a Spanish interpreter af- ter high school, before turning to music. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL -ITAL~'NAME ~ I He reel I I by Vita Orlando Sinopoli r, :,ii! i:il COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED VEAL PARMIQIAI'tA TOMATO SAUCE 1 twenty-eight-ounce can of crushed tomatoes 1 eight-ounce can of tomato paste 1 medium onion chopped 1 garlic clove chopped (optional) 1/3 cup vegetable, canola or olive oil I teaspoon dried basil, or 3 fresh basil leaves 1 pound mozzarella cheese (whole piece or shredded) Grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese Salt Add chopped onion, garlic (optional), and basil to heated oil in saucepan. Simmer until onion is opaque. Garlic should not brown. Add crushed tomatoes and a half-cup of water. Stir thoroughly. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about fifteen or twenty minutes. Stir occasion- ally to prevent sticking to the bottom of saucepan. Add tomato paste and stir thoroughly. Fill empty tomato paste can with water. Add water to sauce and stir. Salt to taste. Cover pot. Simmer slowly over low heat for another thirty minutes. If desired, additional water can be added to thin sauce. VEAL CUTLETS 2 pounds thinly sliced veal 1 or 2 beaten eggs (approx. 1/4-inch thick 1/2 cup of olive, canola or slices) vegetable oil 2 cups flavored bread 3 paper plates or some white crumbs paper towels Place prepared bread crumbs in a bowl. Beat eggs in a separate bowl. With a fork, dip a slice of veal into the beaten eggs. Place veal into bread crumbs to cover both sides of meat with the crumbs. Set aside in a separate plate. Continue in this fashion with each veal slice. TO FRY: Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a skillet. Place breaded veal slices in heated oil and brown on both sides. Remove from skillet and place on a paper plate, which will absorb excess oil. Then place cutlets on a serving platter. Continue frying in this fashion. Add more oil to skillet if needed. TO BAKE PARMIGIANA: Spread some tomato sauce over bottom of 8" x 10" baking dish. Add one layer of cooked veal cutlets to the baking dish. Cut up mozzarella cheese into I/4 slices and place over each cutlet. If using shredded mozzarella cheese, sprinkle over each cutlet: With ladle, spread tomato sauce over mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle grated cheese of choice over tomato sauce. Cover and bake in preheated 350F oven until the cheese melts (about eight to fifteen minutes). Use a spatula to serve the Veal Parmigiana. Top each serving with tomato sauce. OPTIONAL: Include pasta of choice topped with tomato sauce to each serving. A vegetable salad and garlic bread go well with this. Remaining sauce freezes well. NOTE: Mama prepared Veal Parmigiana often when she expected visitors after dinner at our cottage in Wilmington. We ate dinner between twelve and one o'clock in the afternoon. On many occasions the afternoon visitors remained until suppertime. Mama felt comfortable having something extra prepared to serve for supper. She warmed up leftovers for those who desired them along with her Veal Parmigiana. Papa went into the garden and picked some flesh lettuce while Mama selected a few ripened tomatoes and cucumbers to be added to the salad she served to everyone. Perch VrrA 0tILANDO StNOPOLI 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. 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 ISBN