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"Menare il can per l'aia." (To beat around the bush.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Roasted Potatoes with Lemon Vinaigrette
  -Grilled Lamb with Lemon and Garlic
  -Baked Stuffed Shrimp

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 Recipe: Roasted Potatoes with Lemon Vinaigrette

Roasted Potatoes with Lemon Vinaigrette
Patate al Forno con Salsa di Limone

Ingredients:

24 oz baby potatoes
3 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and fresh black pepper
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp fresh thyme or lemon thyme leaves
2 tbsp roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425F.

Cut the potatoes in half or in quarters, to make bite-size pieces.

On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the potatoes and garlic cloves with 2 tsp of olive oil.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked through.

Combine 3/4 cup olive oil, lemon zest and juice, thyme and parsley in a large mixing bowl.

Whisk to combine.

When the potatoes are cooked, add them to the dressing and toss frequently for 10 minutes, until the potatoes have cooled.

Serve warm or cold. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Grilled Lamb with Lemon and Garlic

Grilled Lamb with Lemon and Garlic
Agnello alla Griglia con Limone e Aglio

Ingredients:

2 and a 1/2 lb boneless butterflied leg of lamb
1/2 cup plain yogurt
Zest of 1 lemon
4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
1/4 tsp chopped fresh rosemary or oregano
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

Dry lamb with a paper towel and set aside while the marinade is prepared.

In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Add the lamb to the bowl, and massage to coat it completely with the marinade.

Transfer the meat and all of the marinade to a large Ziploc plastic bag.

Squeeze the air out of the bag, seal, and flatten the lamb so the marinade coats the entire piece of meat.

Refrigerate for at least 12 hours, or up to 2 days.

Heat a grill to 500F.

Take the lamb out of the refrigerator and let the temperature rise to room temperature.

Wipe off all of the marinade, and discard.

When the grill is hot, cook the lamb for 5 minutes on the first side.

Turn, and cook for 10 minutes on the second side.

Then, remove the lamb from the grill and take its temperature with an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part; if the temperature registers 125F (for rare lamb), remove the meat from the grill, and if not, put the meat back on the grill for another minute or two.

Remove from the heat and let the lamb sit for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Serves 8.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Baked Stuffed Shrimp

Baked Stuffed Shrimp
Gambero Ripieno Al Forno

Ingredients:

20 jumbo shrimp
1 medium bag seasoned breadcrumbs
1 stalk celery, diced
1-2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp butter

1 stick (8 tbsp) butter, melted
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
2-3 tbsp white wine
Lots of black pepper, to taste
Paprika, for garnish

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375F.

In a small frying pan, heat 1 tbsp of butter.

Saute the celery and garlic for 3-4 minutes on low heat, until softened but not browned.

Add to a large mixing bowl.

Add the breadcrumbs to the bowl with the celery.

Stir in the melted butter, lemon juice, parsley, white wine and pepper. The mixture should be fairly dry but should just hold together.

Taste and add, as needed, more lemon juice, more pepper, or more wine.

Remove the shells from the shrimp, leaving the tail section on.

Turn the shrimp with the inside of the curve facing up.

Butterfly the shrimp by running a sharp paring knife along the length of the inside, cutting down but not all the way through (you should be able to flatten the shrimp, except for the tail section, and scrape out the black vein).

Set one shrimp on a plate, cut side facing up (the tail should be standing up, too).

Mound one tablespoon of the breadcrumb filling on the shrimp, and smooth into a large mound.

Place the shrimp on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray.

Repeat until all of the shrimp are stuffed.

Sprinkle each shrimp with a tiny bit of paprika.

Bake at 375F for 20 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked and the stuffing on top is browned. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates & 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:

Convicted Sicilian Mobster Freed Thanks To His Allergies To Vegetables

Rome - March 23, 2012 - A convicted Mafia mobster has been freed early from his 15 year jail term thanks to his allergies to the vegetables on the prison menu.

Millionaire Michele Aiello, 56, told the judge at a special appeal hearing he was intolerant to beans, peas, spinach and all other types of greens offered to inmates serving time in prison.

Lawyers acting for the businessman provided medical certificates as evidence in their argument for Aiello to be released after serving little more than a year of his original sentence.

He was arrested in Palermo in Sicily in 2010 and charged with being the financial genius behind a Mafia money laundering operation.

It saw him lending his name and that of relatives to dozens of companies and properties so cash from criminal activity could be recycled and laundered.

Police said Aiello laundered more than 800 million Euros (+1 billion USD) for jailed Mafia Godfather Bernardo Provenzano, who was caught in 2006 after almost 40 years on the run. The two were said to be 'close associates' with the mobster investing personally in the businessman's numerous activities.

Aiello had been serving his sentence in a maximum security jail at Sulmona in central Italy where a spokesman admitted the menu was 'mainly vegetable based'. Dishes included 'pasta with beans, rice with peas, cuttlefish with peas and minestrone soup.'

His lawyer Sergio Monaco said: 'The menu that was being offered to my client was completely incompatible with his medical condition. There were far too many vegetables being served and he is intolerant to them and it affects his health.'

In her ruling judge Laura Longo said: 'The prison food offered does not permit a diet adequate for the inmate and according to article nine of the Italian penal code prison food must be adequate, healthy, sufficient for the age, gender, state of health, work season and climate.

'In this case continuing with the prison diet raised the possibility of the inmate have a hemolytic reaction and that is absolutely not permissible.

'There is a serious and concrete risk to his health if he remains in prison and eats the menu offered and he therefore cannot remain inside.'

She then ruled that he should be given house arrest in his home town of Palermo.

Today there was amazement in Italian newspapers and in TV and radio reports carrying the story calling judge Longo's decision 'astonishing' and 'incredible'.

One outraged reader posted on a popular news website: 'I'd be very happy to have that menu every day! Can't they just take the vegetables out and serve him plain pasta and rice?

'There are thousands of people who would love to eat as well as this convicted Mafia mobster does.'

Last year it emerged that one Godfather was able to enjoy champagne and lobster dinners while serving his time in a Palermo jail.

"Porca di quella"...hold on folks (news staff looking out the window, sheep looking back at staff).

We had to go look outside the window for a moment.
We were almost sure Italy was crumbling around us!

"'Fanculo", come on, it's 2012! We can't afford to have these heinous and shameless incidents continuing!

Look, we're not safe anywhere, Judge Laura! On any given day you bend over to help someone, somebody else stabs you, steals your groceries, violates your wife and steps on your hat! Have a good day!

We need metal detectors at the entrance of the Leaning Tower of Pisa!
We need cops waiting in the monumental fountains with skin diving outfits!
We need snipers ready to take out 90% of the vendors at the open Napolitani markets.

We could go out in the main piazzas and try to get some solidarity and empathy from our wise elders...but we wouldn't want to ruin the concentration of their blank stares.

We could go down to the schools to let our future generations know there is no future in organized crime...but they'll get a hold of this story and insist again that vegetables are bad for you.

"There is a serious and concrete risk to his health if he remains in prison and eats the menu offered and he therefore cannot remain inside." "Minchia", so true. We should apologize for being so inhuman. Why don't we get braces for his fellow jail mates with crooked teeth? Let’s improve their smiles.

"Vaffanculo", throw Michele in the electric chair, put a lasagne in his lap and cook it up while he’s frying so the electricity doesn't go to waste.
Make it a vegetable lasagne to make it even more disrespectful.

And Judge Laura should quit and hand over her robes to Zorro. Have a good day.

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