01/25/11 Milk Pot Roast

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Spaghetti alla Carbonara with Zucchini
  -Milk Pot Roast
  -Rum Cake

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 Recipe: Spaghetti alla Carbonara with Zucchini

Spaghetti alla Carbonara with Zucchini
Spaghetti alla Carbonara di Zucchine


5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 lb medium zucchini, trimmed, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds (about 3 and 1/2 cups)

2 large eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese (about 2 and 1/2 ounces)
12 ounces spaghetti

6 large fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces, divided


Heat olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat.

Add garlic and saute until pale golden, about 1 minute.

Add zucchini and saute until beginning to color, about 15 minutes.

Remove from heat; discard garlic.

Meanwhile, whisk eggs and Parmigiano cheese in large bowl to blend.

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

Drain pasta; add to egg mixture and toss to coat (heat from pasta will cook eggs).

Add zucchini mixture and half of basil to pasta; stir gently to blend.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle with remaining basil and serve. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Milk Pot Roast

Milk Pot Roast
Arrosto Al Latte


1 and 3/4 lb (800 grams) boneless breast of veal
Plain flour, for dusting
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter
About 1 and 3/4 pints (1 liter) milk
Salt and pepper


Tie the veal neatly with kitchen string and dust lightly with flour.

Heat the olive oil and butter in an oval saucepan, add the meat and cook, turning frequently, until browned all over.

Meanwhile, heat 6 fl oz (175 ml) of the milk until it is lukewarm.

Season the veal with salt and pepper, pour in the warm milk, bring to just below simmering point and add as much of the remaining milk as required to cover the meat completely.

Simmer over a medium heat for about 1 hour.

Remove the veal from the pan, leave to stand for 10 minutes, then untie and slice.

Place on a warm serving dish and spoon the cooking juices over the meat. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Rum Cake

Rum Cake
Torta al Rhum


For the Cake:
7 oz (200 grams) unsalted butter
6 free range eggs
7 oz (200 grams) caster sugar
8 oz (225 grams) plain white or Italian type '00' flour
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
4 tablespoons (60 ml) dark rum

For the Frosting:
4 oz (100 grams) unsalted butter, softened
8 oz (225 grams) icing sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
2 tablespoons (30 ml) dark rum


Prepare the Cake:
Pre-heat the oven to 180C (350F) Gas Mark 4.

Grease and flour a deep, 9 inch (23 cm) round cake tin.

Melt the butter and set aside to cool.

Put the eggs and sugar in a heatproof bowl, standing over a saucepan of gently simmering water.

Whisk until the mixture is thick, pale and tripled in volume.

Remove from heat and gradually fold in the flour.

Slowly trickle the melted butter around the edge of the bowl, then fold in the vanilla extract.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch.

Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool.

When cool, cut the cake in half sprinkle each layer with rum.

Prepare the Frosting:
Cream the butter until it is soft and fluffy.

Gradually beat in some of the sugar.

Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and rum.

Gradually beat in the remaining sugar.

When the cake has cooled completely, spread the frosting over one layer and put the second layer on top.

Spread the frosting over the second layer, then over the side of the cake.

Chill the cake in the fridge to harden the frosting and make it easier for slicing. Serves 12.

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:

Italy School Plastered With Official Northern League Symbols

Rome - September 14, 2010 - A Northern League mayor's decision to plaster a school near Brescia with his regionalist party's symbol has raised a political storm in Italy.

Oscar Lancini, the mayor of Adro near Brescia, justified putting the party's green Sole delle Alpi (Sun of the Alps) on the town school's windows, desks, wastepaper baskets and doormats by saying the symbol is also linked to the area's Celtic heritage. But the move has been criticized by parents' groups, opposition parties and the local branch of the CGIL trade union is planning legal action to remove the symbols of a party that frequently takes extreme positions on immigration issues.

"Branding a public school with an image loaded with such significance risks depriving it of its value as part of the nation," CGIL, Italy's biggest union, said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Italian Parent's Movement (Moige) expressed "dismay" and even members of Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, which is allied with the League in the central government, said Lancini had gone too far.

"The mayor of Adro would be wise to have all the symbols of his party removed from the public school at the town's expense, not the central government's," said PdL MP Osvaldo Napoli.

Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini has also come under fire for not being more forthright in condemning Lancini's actions.

She said she was "always of the idea that political polemics should be kept outside school" but described the move as "folkloristic" and called on the mayor's critics to be equally vocal when left-wing symbols enter the classroom.

"The mayor of Adro's act has the complicity of minister Gelmini and therefore of the whole government," said Giampiero De Toni, a Senator with the center-left Italy of Values (IDV) opposition party.

"This is dangerous because it throws the independence of the school into doubt.

"Party symbols should stay outside schools. It's a clear attempt to identify the state with a political party, what's more a xenophobic, separatist one. We thought such attempts had been buried with the end of Fascism".

A member of the opposition Radical party said Gelmini should send ministry inspectors to the school.

It's Mr. Oscar Lancini’s Neighborhood: "It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Everybody’s from the north! There are no Sicilians, Calabrese or Napolitani."

First lesson of the school year: "Students, remember one thing; just because someone is different than you is no reason to be nice to them. Can you say, outcasts? Si, you can."

We could just imagine the difference between this pristine school and one of our typical Sicilian public schools: Large multimedia screens, free WiFi, iPads for the students, and pretty teachers compared to Pentium 1 computers riddled with viruses, color printers that print only in black, 56K dial-up with no internet connection, our cousin, Ignazio, teaching Greek Latin...and no running water.

"Minchia", what fun could it possibly be to attend this school? And why do I have to be badgered into signing up for the "Northern League" political party before I can sign up for the archery team? What could the punishment be? Staying after school to clean up the cafeteria?

Fascism, xenophobia, immigrant issues..."porca vacca", who cares? I can't spell xenophobia let alone know what it is! I'm dealing with zits, out-of-control hormones, peer pressure, and trying to get laid!

"Vaffanculo", who needs the aggravation. I want to go home, smoke pot, and daydream.

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