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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Pasta di Olive
  -Insalata di Finocchi, Rucola e Prosciutto di Parma
  -Pollo e Prosciutto di Parma

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 Recipe: Pasta di Olive

Pasta di Olive
Olive Pate'

This is served as an antipasto, spread on toast and brushed with olive oil. It can also be used as a sauce for pasta. Olive paté will keep in the refrigerator for about a month.

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. black olives
1 tbs. breadcrumbs
1/2 a lemon
4-5 tbs. olive oil
4 tbs. Butter
Salt
Pepper

Directions:

Pit the olives and chop them very fine so as to make a homogeneous mixture.

Add the drained juice and grated peel of half a lemon, the breadcrumbs and 4-5 tbs. oil. Add salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.

Put the mixture into a jar, cover completely with oil and seal. It can be used immediately.

That's it!


 Recipe: Insalata di Finocchi, Rucola e Prosciutto di Parma

Insalata di Finocchi, Rucola e Prosciutto di Parma
Prosciutto di Parma Fennel and Arugola Salad

Ingredients:

2 medium sized fennel bulbs
2 bunches arugola
8 slices Prosciutto di Parma
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4-8 large green olives preserved in brine

Directions:

Clean the fennel, removing the tough bottom part and the first outer layer. Use a mandolin or truffle slicer to cut the fennel into very thin slices.

Soak the fennel slices in a bowl of cold water for 1/2 hour.

Clean and wash the arugola.

Arrange two slices of Prosciutto di Parma on each plate, covering half the dish.

Distribute the arugola on the other half of the plate.

Drain and pat dry the fennel and make a small mound of it on each plate over the arugola.

Mix the olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the salad as a dressing.

Garnish with one or two large green olives. Serves 4.

That's it!


 Recipe: Pollo e Prosciutto di Parma

Pollo e Prosciutto di Parma
Chicken with Prosciutto di Parma

Ingredients:

1 chicken, about 2 lbs
3 tablespoons sweet butter
5 large sage leaves, fresh or preserved in salt
1 teaspoon rosemary leaves, fresh, preserved in salt or dried and blanched
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 slices Prosciutto di Parma

Directions:

Cut the chicken into eight pieces.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a pot of boiling water.

Finely chop the sage, rosemary and marjoram together on a board. Put the chopped ingredients into a small bowl, then add the melted butter, salt and pepper to the chopped ingredients. Mix very well.

Next, lay a large sheet of aluminum foil on the table and brush the shiny side with oil. Using a pastry brush, coat each piece of chicken with the herb-butter mixture.

Wrap each piece in a slice of Prosciutto di Parma, then place the chicken pieces on the foil close together and wrap completely with foil.

Place the package in a terra cotta or ceramic casserole and cover. Place the casserole in a cold oven and turn the oven temperature to 450 degrees.

Bake for one hour and 45 minutes without removing the cover.

Remove from oven and let stand for five minutes. Use scissors to cut from the center of the foil outward in four directions, making a cross. Cut each quarter in half and fold back each of the foil pieces from the center, forming petals over each side of the casserole. Serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates and reports on funny but true news items from legitimate Italian news resources in Italy. Each story is slapped with our wild, often ironic, and sometimes rather opinionated comments. And now, for your reading pleasure:

"Too Many Medicines" Premier Writes to Italians.

Pole satisfied. Democrats of the Left (DS) say they will return leaflet. Spending on medicines increased by 9.8% in the first nine months of 2004.

ROME - Corriere della Sera (ANSA) - January 30, 2005 - "Dear Italians, taking too many medicines is bad for your health and bad for public spending. Let's avoid waste and health risks". Worried because people take too many medicines, and about the cost to the public purse, Silvio Berlusconi has put pen to paper to write to Italians again, after his letter on the euro. He will send it to 16 million households, together with a leaflet issued by the Ministry of Health and illustrated by cartoonist Giorgio Forattini.

Yesterday, the newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore announced the premier's initiative, an anti-waste campaign that began with television ads and will end with the distribution over the next few days of the letter, which contains 40 close-packed lines of paternal admonitions. The announcement was made on the day when Italy's pharmaceutical expenditure figures were published, showing an increase in 2004 over 2003 of 9.8%. The breakdown shows 48.1% of the total was spent on medicines to treat cardiovascular diseases, 35% sustained by the Italian health service.

LETTER AND TV ADS - The leaflet offers practical advice and information. Pills and syrups should be used with caution. Care should be taken over where and how medicines are kept. You shouldn't stockpile and you should keep an eye on the use-by date.

TOO MANY HOARDS - Comments and replies started to arrive at once in the shape of protests, declarations of support, smiles and flurries of anger. The Federfarma association expressed approval, as did Farmindustria. Federfarma president Giorgio Siri went so far as to put Italy's 16,000 pharmacies at the disposal of the campaign, which could mean displaying posters in pharmacy windows. Approving comments arrived from the House of Freedoms, particularly the Northern League and Forza Italia. Surprisingly, Mr. Berlusconi's letter was greeted favorably by Antonio Di Pietro. The president of Italy of Values acknowledged the "more or less electoral" aims behind the initiative, but said he shared them. "It's true that in Italy we misuse drugs, and there is a bad habit of filling homes with medicines when there is no real need. This is due to the fact that many medicines are free, and people tend to hoard needlessly".

RETURN TO SENDER - But center-left politicians voiced strong dissent. The DS announced that its members will send the letter back. "Sick people take medicines to get better. Waste and hoarding has nothing to do with ordinary people. A mistaken health policy is to blame", said Livia Turci (DS), who wanted to know how much of the money used to send the letters will be diverted from other purposes that are more useful to citizens.

GENERIC MEDICINES - It is not just opposition politicians who criticize Mr. Berlusconi's initiative. Mario Falconi, president of the FIMMG family doctors' association, responds, "It is simply not true that medicines are misused. On the contrary, I would congratulate Italians on consumption levels, which are among the lowest in Europe". The Observatory for the Third Age asks that the introduction of mini-packs should be followed up by genuine efforts to reduce waste, and hospital internists are talking about simplistic generalization. President Ido Iori stated, "I said to myself that the premier is using his role to make considerations that are typical of the uninformed". Mariolina Iossa

"Too Many Medicines!", Premier Writes.
"Too Much Free Time!", Italians Respond.

It's no surprise that the Italian public health care system doesn't work.

Italians abuse the system: Some Italians own medicine cabinets that are as large as walk-in closets. And tourists who visit Italy have no need to worry if they can't locate an open pharmacy. Knock on the door of any senior citizen's home and you'll find them popping and pushing pills like "Tic Tacs".

Doctors abuse the system. They are always paid in cash and, if you're lucky to get an appointment, they'll examine you from the balcony of their villa.

However, we will certainly be doing our part to satisfy the overly-concerned prime minister. One of our staff writers who goes to monthly electroshock therapy has decided to interrupt his sessions for the benefit of the nation.

As a matter of fact, he sounds a little bit down today. Maybe he'll go suck on a battery.

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