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PAGE 12 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 4, 2015 WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM 11 Ray Barron' I Ah, Christmas is coming! Reminder! Always How touch- mail your Christmas gift's early. It will give the i n g ! R i g h t receiver time to reciprocate, a f t e r g e t - O O O There have always been some Christmas stock- ting crowned ings that provide Santa with a few problems, but homecoming one wonders about his reaction to panty hose! Queen, Jodie At Christmas, most parents spend more money Farnetti, 17, celebrated by kicking an extra point. on their children than they did on the honeymoon The Alabama teen's father had coached her high that started it all. school's football team since before she was born, The astute Kyle Waters of Boston College and as a kid Jodie often practiced kicking with reminds us, it was only after 440 C.E. that her Dad. The two had a running joke that some- December 25th was celebrated as the birth date day she might kick at one of his games. Since the of Jesus Christ. Kyle added, the practice of ex- homecoming game was Coach Farnetti's very last changing presents at Christmas originated with before retirement, his players agreed to let Jodie the Romans. kick an extra point in the final quarter, "It was just Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill says, "When we so special to me," said the proud coach. throw out the Christmas tree we should be es- So, who's in front of the TV most? At last count, pecially careful not to throw out the Christmas women 55 and older, spending 44hrs 1 lminutes; spirit with it." next, men 55 and older, spending 38 hrs, 28 Enough about Christmas! So what's happening minutes. And who owns the most TVs? China, around the world? with 227,500,000 homes with TVs, followed by Ready for this? A wannabe thief chose thethe U.S. with 94,200,000 homes with TVs. Rus- wrong victim when he snatched Serena Williams's sia and Japan are also fans of TV. Italy ranks 10th phone from a San Francisco restaurant -- only on the list of countries with the most homes with to be chased down by the tennis superstar in television sets, at last count 20,812,000 homes. the street. In a surveillance video, Williams, 34, Are you still awake? Well, let's talk about bank is seen racing down the street to catch the thief, robberies. In brief, Fridays are the most popular "He began to run but I was too fast," recounted day for robbing a bank, followed by Mondays. Most Williams on Facebook. Having caught up with robberies occur are between 9-1 lam and 1-3pm. the man, Williams asked in "the most menacing And now, let us mention the states with yet calm no-nonsense voice" whether he had "ac- residents that have the most income. Leading is cidentall3P' taken the wrong phone. "Gosh, you Connecticut, then New Jersey, and third is Mas- know what, I did!" Williams said he replied. On sachusetts. This was based on a survey in 1995. her return to the restaurant, she got a standing So where do most of the wealthy in Massachusetts ovation, live? Brookline, Newton, Chestnut Hill, Marble- A poll disclosed that 45% of lesbian, gay, bi- head, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Wellesley, and sexual, and transgender Americans living with Boston. Gee, in my town, Nahant, we have many, a same-sex partner are now married, up from many wealthy individuals, including a billionaire 38% who reported being married in June. That who summers here. The retired John Volpe also means that approximately 972,000 Americans lived here. It has been reported that Nahant is are currently in same-sex marriages. Massachusetts' best kept secret. We are strictly Health scare! Soft d~nks and other sugary bev- residential! Ocean views and trees, trees, trees! erages have been shown to increase the odds of Yes, we like our privacy and no neighbors next suffering from high blood pressure, liver disease, door! Enough said. It has been said I live in the stroke, diabetes, and obesity. Now, a Swedish best location in Nahant. Must stop bragging. Ha! study reveals that people with a daily soda habit The man is still boss in the American home may also be at a higher risk for heart failure. -- as long as he allows his wife to make all the Prescription drug use is way up/Most Ameri- decisions. And my beautiful wife, Marilyn, made cans are now regularly taking prescription drugs, all the decisions about our life together. new research has found. Almost 60% of adults The first woman ever elected governor in her take some type of medication and, since 2000, own right was an Italian-American, EllaT. Grasso the number of adults taking five or more prescrip- of Connecticut. Born in 1919, Ella Grasso was tion drugs has nearly doubled to 15%, raising elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in serious concerns about the potential for adverse 1970. According to the Library of Congress, Mrs. interactions. An aging U.S. population, expanded Grasso was the first Italian-American woman Medicare coverage, and aggressive T.V. market- elected to Congress. She served until 1975, when ing all play a role, but national surveys of nearly she was elected Governor of Connecticut. She 40,000 people suggest the obesity epidemic is the brought the state out of debt, personally organized primary culprit fueling this upward trend. Eight a massive relief effort during the 1978 blizzard, of the ten most commonly prescribed drugs in and created an "open government," which gave the United States are to treat high cholesterol, ordinary citizens access to public records. Ella type 2 diabetes, and other preventable conditions Grasso died of cancer in 1982 at age 62. associated with obesity. In fact the most popular On Veterans Day, we made mention to friends medication in the U.S. is Zocor, which is in a that during World War II, an estimated 1.2 mil- class of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, lion Americans of Italian decent served in the U.S. I believe it was the brilliant, highly observant military, constituting one of the largest segments Linda Peterson of Nahant who reminded me that of the US combat forces of about 12 million. How- women blink almost twice as often as men do. ever, elderly Italian mothers and fathers were not Gee, American homes are 31% more energy-ef- allowed to visit sons in the U.S. armed forces who ficient today than they were in 1970. But because were assigned to military installations. Shortly newly built houses are 60% larger than homes after the United States declared war on Italy in built four decades ago, there's been roughly no 1941, the federal government classified more than change in overall energy use per house, canceling 600,000 Italians living in the United States as out any savings. "internal enemies." When I was drafted, we were Mother Superior Frances Fitzgerald wants you asked, if we were shipped to fight in Italy, would to know that during an average lifetime of 70 we be loyal to our nations? Of course, that an- years, you will breath 600 million times, feel 125 noyed us! Of course, we would be loyal soldiers! million heart beats, and blink 350 million times. Our great show biz and musicologist specialist We recently learned that the Germans un- A1Natale,joined with me to report some Hollywood masked several American spies during the Sec- stuff. Louise Brooks had this to say about Marlene ond World War by studying how they ate. The Dietrich. "I came across this old photo of Dietrich, Americans cut their steaks in smaller pieces dressed in manly attire. She was standing in her before they ate them. glory, with Gary Cooper and Maurice Chevalier s Stay awake! It was pasta that brought forth her bookends. She preferred Chevalier to Cooper. the invention of the dinner fork. For hundreds of But Cooper was the lady-killer, he supposedly had years, people in Naples ate there macaroni with the longest handle in Hollywood. Our Marlene may their fingers. However, it was considered bad have been promiscuous as all get out, but she manners for royalty to eat this way while wearing wasn't fond of being penetrated. For one thing, golden knit silk dresses in the royal court. King she liked to be in control." Ferdinand of Spain welcomed the invention of the fork, as it supported his fondness for macaroni. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME! Parla Come Mangi! Benvenuti! Did you know that chocolate "speaks" Italian? Every year, from October 17th to the 25th, the piazzas and the streets of Umbria's capital city Perugia "taste," "smell" and "speak" of chocolate on the occasion of Eurochocolate, the biggest chocolate festival in Europe. This sweet event, entirely dedicated to the "food of the Gods, " is the yearly appointment for chocolate connoisseurs and amateurs from all over Europe and beyond. Dark, milk, white, bitter, hot, you name it, the varieties of chocolate and chocolate art displayed and enjoyed at Eurochocolate are quite amazing. Chocoholics, certainly don't miss the chance to book a room at the Perugia' Etruscan Chocolate Hotel where everything revolves around the theme of chocolate and the rooms are furnished with "cioccoscrivanie" -- small desks with glass tops beneath which are displayed antique hot chocolate cups. A local non-profit organiza- tion called "Compagnia del Cioccolato" (Chocolate Company) whose mission is to ensure that chocolate products are manufactured ac- cording to the highest Italian standards of quality, offers seminars, lectures, confectionery courses and other events around this food theme. Perugia is, for obvious reasons, very proud to be home to the prestigious chocolate factory "Perugina," where the famous "bad" (kisses) were born in 1922. This week's recipe, panpepato, is chocolate-peppered sweet bread prepared in Umbria during the holiday season. Dating back to medieval times, this Middle East- inspired recipe consisting of a combination of nuts, fruit, spices and honey is given a new "dimension" through the use of chocolate. Don't hesitate to indulge in this sweet temptation, pleasure for the palate and happiness to the heart. Panpepato 3/4 cup walnut (chopped) 1/2 cup candied orange peel 3/4 cup hazelnut (chopped) (chopped) 3/4 cup almonds (chopped) 1 tsp black pepper 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1 1/2 cup honey 1 1/2 cupflour 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate, Powdered sugar for dusting finely chopped Preparation: In a large bowl combine walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds and chocolate. Add the candied orange peel, raisins, nutmeg, black pepper and combine well. In a small pot heat up the honey and add it to the other ingredients. Combine well. Gradually add the flour and stir everything to combine. Line a baking sheet with some parchment paper. Divide the mix into 3 or 4 equal round, slightly fiat loaves and place on the lined baking sheet, wetting your hands if the mix is too sticky. Cook at 350F for 15-20 minutes. Let cool and then dust with powdered sugar. Serve sliced. Buon appetito! Panpepato 150 g di noci (sminuzzate) 150 g di cioccolato fondente in 150 g di nocciole (sminuzzate) scaglie 150 g di mandorle (sminuzzate) 100 g di canditi (sminuzzati) 100 g di uvetta 1 cucchiaino di pepe nero 350 g di miele 1/2 cucchiaino di noce moscata 350 g di farina P~paraJgione: In una ciotola combina le noci, nocciole, man- dorle ed il cioccolato. Aggiungi i canditi, l'uvetta, la noce moscata, il pepe e combina bene il tutto. In un pentolino riscalda il miele ed uniscilo al mix neUa ciotola incorporando bene. Gradualmente unisci la farina mescolando bene il tutto. Rivesti una teglia da forno con della carta forno. Ricava dal composto preparato 3 o 4 panetti di forma rotonda leggermente schiaceiata in superficie ed adagiali sulla teglia inumidendo le mani qualora il composto dovesse ri- sultare troppo appiccicoso. Cuoci a 170C per 15-20 minuti. Fai raffreddare e spolvera con dello zucchero a velo. Buon appetito! 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