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Page12 . " POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 30, 2011 Ray Barron's I 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Wowt Tomorrow we grieve! It's the .last day British royal of the year! Ah, New Year's Evel Many Ameri- family's gov- cans no longer celebrate the arrival of the ernment sti- New Year they celebrate the survival of pend, limit- O O O the old year. ing Queen ~ Many people look forward to the New Year Elizabeth and for a new start on old habits, the royals to $50 million a year. Peter Beatrice of Swampscott. says, "A New Tubas are in demand! High schools across Year's resolution is something that goes in southeast Los Angeles are reporting a string one year and out the other." of unsolved tuba thefts. Teachers believe the Lovely Bridget Manganelli of East Boston, area's banda music craze dance music says. "A New Year's resolution is a promise with brass and woodwinds and anchored by to stop doing everything you enjoy most." the tuba-may be behind the disappearances. Good catch! Police officers John McKenna Tubas can fetch as much as 82.000 apiece and Paul Sandoval pulled over a stolen ve- on the black market. hicle in Chicago last week. only to discover Butter shortage: A crippling shortage of a brand-new wedding dress in the trunk, butter in Norway has sent the price soaring When they tracked down the car's owners, during the Christmas season. Online retail- they found that it had been stolen from a ers charged desperate cooks more than 8400 couple preparing to tie the knot the follow- a pound. Authorities blame the shortage on ing day. The officers volunteered to drive the poor grazing conditions for cows. as well as car and the dress to the distraught on the current low-carb, high-fat diet fad couple in time for the wedding. "There was sweeping the nation. other stuff missing from the vehicle," said How sadl Katie Couric and her younger Sandoval. "But as soon as the bride saw the boyfriend are splitting, said wedding dress she was ecstatic." The former CBS Evening News anchor. 54, Proprio Stronzo, says. "The most difficult and Brooks Perlin, a former hedge fund man- years of marriage are those following the ager 17 years her junior, said they are sepa- wedding." rating after five years.. "Katie is incredibly Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill. claims, the best versatile and in high demand, and he just and surest way to save a marriage from di- couldn't keep up." said a source. "Brooks is a vorce is not to show up for the wedding, nice guy, but their age difference made it a Huh? Time changes things. Nowadays the challenge, too." couple has the honeymoon first, and if it's a.. Salma Hayek was fiat-chested until she success, they have the engagement, and 4f prayed for bigger breasts. The famously that works out all right, they may have a wed- -b~xom Mexican actress, 45. says that she ding. was, a much-teased "skinny tomboy" as an The unofficial mayor of Medford, Thomas adolescent and was "really scared" that her Analetto. says, "People cry at weddings be- breasts would never develop. So she sought cause they have been ~through it and know divine intervention. "I went to a church that it's no laughing matter." had :a saint that was supposed to do a lot of The astute and charming Lisa,Cap.puccio miracles, "she says. "I put my hands in the of picturesque East Boston. says~ "The, man", hoty~water and went 'Please Jesus,~ give me leads the woman to the altar at a wedding some boobs.'" There was no overnight ceremony after which his leadership miracle; but within a couple of years, her ends." prayers were answered. Some interesting useless information: Achtung! Forget gold. said Stefen Ulrich, Where is the Blarney Stone? Ireland. In the German newspaper columnist. Today's Blarney Castle in the village of Blarney. Why sophisticated thieves are trafficking in rhi- do people kiss it? So they can acquire a gift noceros horns, which can fetch up to for blarney or the knack of smooth, persua- 8300,000 each. The horns are grinded down sive talk. What is the correct way to kiss and sold to the Asian market, where rhino- the Blarney Stone? You lean backwards horn powder is believed to cure everything until your lips touch the Blarney Stone from migraines to cancer, but most often which is located between the castle wall and marketed to treat male impotence. This year the parapet. It's probably a good idea to grab alone, robbers have stolen rhinoceros horns on to the iron bars provided or have some- from museums, antiques stores, and even one hold you by the ankles while you attempt private collections in at least eight European this very acrobatic maneuver. If not, the countries. Blarney Stone might be the last thing you For know-it-allsI Did you know in 1621 a kiss. We did visit the site of the Blarney Pilgrim band began playing because they Stone and my dear wife-Marilyn managed to wanted to see Plymouth Rockl Did you know kiss it! GUM was first sold on a CHEW-CHEW Train! Some fascinating facts! In ancient Rome Did you know Venetian blinds are made by it was considered a sign of leadership to be shady characters! When the first miniskirt born with a hooked nose. Until the time of became popular, worried husbands said the Caesars, all Romans were vegetarians. An- THIGH was the limit. Did you~ hear about the cient Romans always entered the home of a two kangaroos that lived HOPPILY ever af- friend on their right foot -- the left side of ter? And there's a woman in the North End the body was thought to indicate evil. who has taken up bird watching. She watches We should have mentioned in our last'6ol- ~ her husband like a hawkt umn the idea of Christmas tree ornaments Some show biz reminiscing with the stately originated back to the time of the Romans. musicologist Albert Natale. Singer Don During the Saturnalia. which coincides Cornell, while popular with the Sammy Kaye roughly with our Christmas holiday, the Ro- Band in the early and mid 1940s, had sev- mans hung little masks of Bacchus on pin~ --'eral hits on his own, beginning with "It Isn't trees. Vergil refers to these dangling orna- Fair" in 1950. Noel Coward was not only a ments as oscilla and describes how during successful playwright, he was an actor and the December season evergreens were laden a songwriter as well. Although he could with them . . only play the piano in three keys, he still Be aware, the greatpioneer of frozen foods poured out the songs, including "Someday I'll Jeno Paulucci has passed away. The son of Find You" and "Mad About The Boy." Mnsi- Italian immigrants, Paulucci grew up in dire clan Eddie Condon. best remembered for his poverty. His Chun King label has become a Dixieland style, when asked his feelings national brand. In brief, Paulucci remained on "bop" style music, was quoted as saying, fiercely to his roots, funding half a dozen "We don't flatten our fifths, we drink 'em." civic organizations in Minnesota and co- The song "You're Sensational." contained in founding the National Italian American the 1956 film "High Society," and sung by Foundation. At a ceremonial dinner in 1976, Frank Sinatra, was one of the last ballads President Gerald Ford hailed Paulucci's rise written by composer Cole Porter. And as a symbol of the "magic of America." What JaCqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis' high could be more American. the president school yearbook lists her favorite song as asked. "than a business built on a good Ital- "Lime House Blues." Her ambition was "not Jan recipe for chop suey?" to be a housewife." Poor people! It was announced that new austerity measures would freeze the AMERICA IS /I BEAIJTIFITL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED CAPONATA 1 medium eggplant diced 6 or 7 tablespoons olive oil 1 sliced onion 3 tablespoons prepared tomato sauce 2 stalks celery diced 2 tablespoon wine vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon Capers 4 green pimento olives 1/4 teaspoon salt I/8 tablespoon ground pepper A sprinkle of Cayenne pepper (optional) Wash eggplant whole. (without removing outer skin), and dice. Heat five tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet and add diced eggplant to simmer until it softens. Add sliced onion to skillet and one or two teaspoons of additional olive oil and fry until onion is lightly browned. Add tomato sauce and diced celery. Simmer mixture until celery is tender. If needed, add a tablespoon of water before adding capers and chopped green pimento olives. Stir frequently to prevent sticking. Slightly heat wine vinegar separately. Add sugar and stir. Then pour vinegar gently over eggplant mixture in skillet. Simmer for ten to fifteen .minutes. (Optional) Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper). Salt to taste. Serve this hot or cooled as a side dish with broiled lamb chops, breaded fried cutlets or roast beef. It is also delicious on crackers or toasted _bread to serve as hors d'oeuvres. Caponata can be refrigerated for future servings. It can also be frozen and reheated. NOTE: My husband and I met Louis and Rose "Dolly" Sorrentino on Cape Cod in the 1980"s. They were former North End neighbors of ours for many years. We renewed our friendships. While having lunch at their Cape Cod home one day, Dolly served us some homemade Caponata. I mentioned how much I had enjoyed it when my mother served it. But my mother prepared Caponata only during the summer when eggplants were available. Like so many of her friends, Mama never had a written recipe. I was delighted that Dolly offered me a copy of her recipe. Because eggplants are now available year round. we can enjoy homemade Caponata throughout the year. New Year's Eve Live (Continued from Page l) Ma{t Noyes, Danielle Nites and Ally Donnelly from The Boston Common Frog Pond, site of a Skating Club of Boston exhibition and two other locations downtown. New Year's Eve Live will also feature a performance of "So Good (The Boston Song)" by Boston area vocal- ist Dis Vincent. "So Good" has become an unofficial anthem of sorts for the City of Boston and the area. thanks in part to its catchy beat and lyrics that spot- light all that's greatabout Boston. "The Boston Family Fire- works are a wonderful way for Boston families to cel- ebrate the New Year. It's a special event for the city and a great way for everyone to ring in 20t2." said Mayor Meffiribl The Boston Family Fire- works ring in the New Year at an earlier hour (approxi- mately 6:46 p.m.) so children can attend before midnight. Atlas PyroVision Productions of Oaffrey, NH will produce the fireworks display, which will include 3,800 pyrotech- nic effects all choreographed to-a vibrant musical score. "Mayor Menino and The Mugar Foundation have cre- ated this great annual tra- dition. Last year's special was a tremendous success and we are happy to once again bring the event to all of New England," said Bill Bridgen, NECN executive vice president and general manager. l .,,, , ....... M' 3akery ~Pcrch ~;:lT.e~ OtlLANDO 51NOPOi.t 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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