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"Chi nasce asino non puņ morire cavallo." (Who's born a donkey can't die a horse.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Farfalle with Anchovies and Tomatoes
  -Penne in Cream Sauce with Sausage
  -Mascarpone Cheesecake with Strawberries and Balsamic

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 Recipe: Farfalle with Anchovies and Tomatoes

Farfalle with Anchovies and Tomatoes
Farfalle con Acciughe e Pomodori


1 lb bowtie-shaped pasta (Farfalle)
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
One 2-ounce can flat anchovy fillets, drained and minced
One 28 to 32-ounce can tomatoes, drained, reserving juice, and chopped
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons drained capers, chopped
2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil or parsley leaves (wash and dry before chopping), or to taste

Freshly grated Parmigiano cheese


In a 6-quart kettle bring 5 quarts salted water to a boil for pasta.

In a large skillet cook onion and garlic in olive oil over moderately low heat, stirring, until onion is softened.

Add anchovies and cook, stirring, 1 minute.

Add tomatoes with reserved juice, vinegar, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.

Add capers, prosciutto, basil or parsley, and salt and pepper to taste and keep warm.

Cook pasta in boiling water until 'al dente' and drain in a colander.

In a large bowl toss pasta with sauce and serve with Parmigiano cheese. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Penne in Cream Sauce with Sausage

Penne in Cream Sauce with Sausage
Penne in Salsa di Crema con Salsiccia


1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
2/3 cup dry white wine
One 14 and 1/2-ounce can diced peeled tomatoes with juices
1 cup whipping cream
6 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley

1 lb Penne pasta
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese


Melt butter with olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add onion and garlic and saute until golden brown and tender, about 7 minutes.

Add sausage and saute until golden brown and cooked through, breaking up with back of spoon, about 7 minutes.

Drain any excess drippings from skillet.

Add wine to skillet and boil until almost all liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes.

Add tomatoes with juices and simmer 3 minutes.

Add cream and simmer until sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.

Stir in 4 tablespoons parsley.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. (Sauce can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente'.

Drain pasta; transfer to large bowl.

Bring sauce to simmer. Pour sauce over pasta.

Add 3/4 cup cheese and toss to coat.

Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and 2 tablespoons parsley. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Mascarpone Cheesecake with Strawberries and Balsamic

Mascarpone Cheesecake with Strawberries and Balsamic
Torta al Formaggio con Fragole e Aceto Balsamico


1 and 1/2 cups ground crumbs from purchased almond biscotti (about 6 ounces)
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted

2 lbs cream cheese, room temperature
8 ounces mascarpone cheese
1 and 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs

3 cups quartered hulled strawberries (about 1 and 1/2 12-ounce baskets)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup whipping cream
2 and 1/2 tablespoons sour cream.


Tightly wrap outside of 9-inch-diameter springform pan with two 3/4-inch-high sides with 2 layers of heavy-duty foil.

Mix biscotti crumbs and butter in bowl.

Press mixture evenly onto bottom (not sides) of prepared pan. Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese, mascarpone and 1 and 1/4 cups sugar in large bowl until smooth.

Add eggs 1 at a time; beat just until blended.

Spread cheese mixture evenly over crust in pan.

Place springform pan in large roasting pan.

Pour enough hot water into roasting pan to come halfway up sides of springform pan.

Bake until cheesecake is golden and center of cake moves only slightly when pan is shaken, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Transfer cake to rack; cool 1 hour. Chill overnight. (Cake can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and keep chilled. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.)

Mix strawberries, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar and vinegar in large bowl.

Let stand at room temperature until juices form, about 30 minutes.

Cut cake into wedges.

Spoon strawberries alongside and serve. Serves 8 to 10.

That's it!

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"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:

Photographer Offers Divorce Albums

Valeggio sul Mincio - October 31, 2008 - Divorcing couples in Italy are flocking to a photographer who's offering to shoot a wedding-style album of their split.

Gianni Fasolini, from Valeggio sul Mincio, had the brainwave after reading that the divorce rate was going through the roof.

"People celebrate a marriage as a milestone in their lives, but a divorce is an important event too," he explained.

The 45-year-old added: "I have been doing photos of weddings and marriage ceremonies for years, day in and day out, and people told me they like having a photo marking important events in their lives.

"Then I got to thinking that maybe there would be some demand for people marking their divorces and so I started to offer photo sessions for freshly divorced couples them smiling or shaking hands or in some cases even kissing.

"I advertised the offer and as soon as people found out about it they were lining up at my shop for sessions."

"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's..."
"Hey Gianni, make sure you get a real good shot of my foot kicking his ass out the door."

The "Two People with Nothing Fight Over Nothing" Photo Album

His Photos:

Photo 1: Francesca showing how difficult it is to keep a pair of matching socks together,
Photo 2: Showing off her ninth month of pregnancy (too bad she wasn't pregnant),
Photo 3: Francesca's walk-in closet (she lived better than Cleopatra),
Photo 4: Once upon a time, my wife decided to stop waxing (look at the cute pork chop sideburns),
Photo 5: Francesca in her bleached-blonde days (three colors going on in that head, "Bozo" has more color continuity).

Her Photos:

Photo 1: Mario's fashion statement (wearing sandals with socks),
Photo 2: Don't stare at his toupee (it will only hypnotize you),
Photo 3: Mario shows how you can get a haircut and be in another room at the same time.
Photo 4: Running around with his shirt half-buttoned (that's instant birth control),
Photo 5: Mario shouldn't be outdoors. The bright daylight is not kind to that face.

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