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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Bruschette con Arugula, Mozzarella Affumicata, e Pomodori
  -Spaghetti with Alfredo Pesto Sauce
  -Tiramisu alla Fragole

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 Recipe: Bruschette con Arugula, Mozzarella Affumicata, e Pomodori

Bruschette con Arugula, Mozzarella Affumicata, e Pomodori
Bruschette with Arugula, Smoked Mozzarella, and Tomatoes

Ingredients:

1 large bunch of arugula (about 1/4 lb), coarse stems discarded and the leaves washed well and spun dry
1/2 lb smoked mozzarella, chopped fine
2 tomatoes (1/2 lb total), seeded and chopped fine
12 diagonally cut 1/2-inch-thick slices of Italian bread (about 1 and 1/2 loaves)
2 garlic cloves, halved
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

Chop the arugula fine and in a bowl stir it together with the mozzarella, the tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste.

Grill the bread on a rack set 4 inches over glowing coals, turning it once, until it is golden. (Alternatively, the bread may be toasted on a rack in a preheated broiler about 4 inches from the heat, turning it once.)

Rub the toasts with the garlic on one side and brush the same side with half the olive oil.

Spoon the arugula mixture onto the oiled sides of the toasts and drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over it. Serves 6.

That's it!


 Recipe: Spaghetti with Alfredo Pesto Sauce

Spaghetti with Alfredo Pesto Sauce

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts
2 garlic cloves
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup grated Parmigiano cheese
1 cup whipping cream
1 lb spaghetti, freshly cooked

Directions:

Finely chop basil, pine nuts and garlic in processor.

With machine running, gradually add olive oil through feed tube and process until smooth.

Mix in 1/2 Parmigiano cheese.

Transfer pesto to small jar. (Can be prepared 4 days ahead. Pour enough olive oil over sauce to cover. Cover and refrigerate.)

Bring cream to boil in heavy medium saucepan. Whisk in pesto.

Toss to coat pasta evenly and serve. Serves 4 to 6.

That's it!


 Recipe: Tiramisu alla Fragole

Tiramisu alla Fragole
Strawberry Tiramisu

Ingredients:

1 and 1/4 cups strawberry preserves
1/3 cup plus 4 tablespoons Cointreau or other orange liqueur
1/3 cup orange juice
1 lb mascarpone cheese, room temperature
1 and 1/3 cups chilled whipping cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

52 (about) crisp ladyfingers (boudoirs or Savoiardi)
1 and 1/2 lbs strawberries, divided

Directions:

Whisk preserves, 1/3 cup Cointreau, and orange juice in 2-cup measuring cup.

Place mascarpone cheese and 2 tablespoons Cointreau in large bowl; fold just to blend.

Using electric mixer, beat cream, sugar, vanilla, and remaining 2 tablespoons Cointreau in another large bowl to soft peaks.

Stir 1/4 of whipped cream mixture into mascarpone mixture to lighten. Fold in remaining whipped cream.

Hull and slice half of strawberries.

Spread 1/2 cup preserve mixture over bottom of 3-quart oblong serving dish or a 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish.

Arrange enough ladyfingers over strawberry mixture to cover bottom of dish.

Spoon 3/4 cup preserve mixture over ladyfingers, then spread 2 and 1/2 cups mascarpone mixture over.

Arrange 2 cups sliced strawberries over mascarpone mixture.

Repeat layering with remaining lady fingers, preserve mixture, and mascarpone mixture.

Cover with plastic and chill at least 8 hours or overnight.

Slice remaining strawberries. Arrange over tiramisu and serve. Serves 8.

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:

Weird Parties Try to Dazzle Voters with Election Symbols

Rome - March 3, 2008 - From the "No Garbage" party, to the "Don't row against the tide" party, to "Dr. Cirillo's party of existentialist impotents", there will be something for everyone in Italy's general election in April.

177 symbols of political parties, movements, lists, sub-lists, sub-parties and a myriad of other groupings were presented to the Interior Ministry by Sunday's deadline.

Amid the usual forest of symbols with shields and crosses, flags, hammers and sickles, doves, suns, trees and seas, there are some symbols that raise eyebrows more than normal.

The symbol of the "No Monnezza" list takes its name from the Neapolitan slang for "no garbage," and is a sub list of an "animal rights" party of the southern Campania region. The region has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. Its governor will stand trial in May in connection with the garbage crisis around the city of Naples, where tens of thousands of tonnes of rubbish have piled up in the streets.

There is the "Holy Roman Empire" list, which describes itself as "Liberal-Catholic". The symbol sports the picture of its founder, Mirella Cece, who started the group 21 years ago.

The symbol for "Dr. Cirillo's party of existentialist impotents" (black lettering on a plain white background) gives no hint of whether the good doctor is referring to political or sexual impotence. It is symbol number 132. Dr. Cirillo appears to be a budding political mover and shaker in constant evolution. In past elections, he led the "Good Manners Party" and the "Free Condoms Party".

The hammer and sickle may be disappearing in Russia but no fewer than eight symbols sport it. The one with the longest name is "The Italian Communist Marxist Leninist Party".

Nearly 25 parties made it into the outgoing parliament, where small splinter groupings can often have a disproportionate influence on Italy's coalition politics.

Three parties descended from the now defunct Christian Democrats have symbols with a shield and cross, five far-right parties have a tri-colored flame that was once the symbol of neo-fascists.

There is a florist's shop of roses, carnations, and ivy decorating various symbols.

Those who feel that Italy is in dire economic straits and mired in social stagnation may be drawn to the "S.O.S. Italy Party," which has aligned itself with the center right headed by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The name of Beppe Grillo, a popular comic crusader who has urged Italians to say "F... off" to traditional politics, appears on six symbols, including one saying he should be prime minister and not front runners Berlusconi and Walter Veltroni.

Amid all the noise and haste of large parties, tiny parties, Sicilian and Sardinian separatists, rightists, leftists, and middle-of-the-roaders, perhaps one party will sound seductive to many.

Its symbol merely says: "I don't vote".

"Holy Roman Empire": One photo of Mirella Cece's mesmerizing and incredibly attractive face was obviously not enough so, she added an additional two...of the same photo! She should be thrown to the lions.

 

 

"Bread Peace Work": How far are you going to trust a political party that promises a weird combination of three necessities on a crappy makeshift raft? The rough seas should blow that raft and its politicians to Tom Hank's miserable island without bread, peace, or work.

 

 

"Consumers List": There are symbols of roses, carnations, trees and seas. Then you have a fat frog that gives the "malocchio" (evil eye) with a stupid smirk on his face.

 

 

"100%": If elected we promise you 100% that we will do all we can to make 100% sure that 100% of our friends and families will be given well-paid government jobs at 100% of the taxpayers' expense.

 

 

"Existentialist Impotents": Ladies, make sure to stop by the campaign headquarters and rallies of this dysfunctional political party if you want to meet some healthy, fun loving, exciting Italian men.

 

 

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