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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Basilico e Arugula Pesto
  -Tonno Arrosto con Pomodoro, Erbe e Spezie
  -Anice e Mandorla Biscotti

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 Recipe: Basilico e Arugula Pesto

Basilico e Arugula Pesto
Basil and Arugula Pesto Sauce


3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 cups fresh basil leaves
1 cup fresh arugula
1/2 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese
1/3 cup pine nuts
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons lukewarm water


Place 1/2 cup oil and next 6 ingredients in processor. Process to thick paste.

With motor running, add remaining 1/4 cup oil and 2 tablespoons water to processor. Blend until smooth.

Season pesto to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Pour thin layer of oil over pesto; cover and chill.)

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Note: Toss this delicious pesto with 1 1/2 lbs of your favorite pasta, or spread it on slices of Italian bread.

That's it!

 Recipe: Tonno Arrosto con Pomodoro, Erbe e Spezie

Tonno Arrosto con Pomodoro, Erbe e Spezie
Roast Tuna with Tomatoes, Herbs and Spices


One 2 and 1/4 lb tuna fillet
9 whole *cloves
9 whole coriander seeds
3 large garlic cloves, cut into slivers
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 lbs plum tomatoes, halved, seeded, chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/3 cup white wine vinegar


Preheat oven to 200°F. Using knife, make 9 slits in sides of tuna. Fill each with 1 clove, 1 coriander seed, and 1 garlic sliver; sprinkle tuna with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in ovenproof pot over medium heat. Add onion and sauté 8 minutes; push to side of pot. Add tuna and sauté until brown on all sides, about 12 minutes. Scatter tomatoes, oregano, and remaining garlic slivers around tuna. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour vinegar over fish.

Bake tuna uncovered until thermometer inserted into center registers 145°F for medium-rare, about 12 minutes. Transfer tuna to platter. Spoon tomato sauce over.

Cool to room temperature. Slice tuna thinly and serve. Serves 6.

Note: *Considered one of the world's most important spices, cloves are the dried, unopened flower bud of the tropical evergreen clove tree. Reddish brown and nail-shaped, their name comes from clavus, the Latin word for nail. Cloves are sold whole or ground and can be used to flavor a multitude of dishes ranging from sweet to savory.

That's it!

 Recipe: Anice e Mandorla Biscotti

Anice e Mandorla Biscotti
Aniseed and Almond Biscotti


3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons aniseed, ground
1 cup whole almonds, toasted, coarsely chopped
1 large egg white


Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl. Mix sugar, melted butter, 3 eggs, vanilla extract and ground aniseed in large bowl. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and stir with wooden spoon until well blended. Mix in almonds.

Divide dough in half. Using floured hands, shape each dough half into 13 1/2-inch-long, 2 1/2-inch-wide log. Transfer both logs to prepared baking sheet, spacing apart. Whisk egg white in small bowl until foamy; brush over top and sides of each dough log.

Bake logs until golden brown (logs will spread), about 30 minutes. Cool logs completely on sheet on rack, about 25 minutes. Maintain oven temperature.

Transfer logs to work surface; discard parchment paper. Using serrated knife, cut logs on diagonal into 1/2-inch-wide slices. Arrange slices, cut side down, on same baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes.

Turn biscotti over; bake until just beginning to color, about 8 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool. (Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.) Makes about 3 Dozen.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

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Hospital Full, Sign at the Entrance: "Bring box springs from home."

Il Giornale di Sicilia - Palermo - February 24 - All hospital divisions completely full, 13 children recovered in the hallways.

"Bring box springs (brandine) from home." This is the sign that was posted at the entrance of the Hospital for Babies of Palermo, Sicily; the biggest in the Sicilian capital. A nurse went as far as to be attacked by a desperate parent while other relatives had filed charges of the situation at the General Attorney's office of Palermo.

The health director, Antonio Nasce, also borough council clerk for health, had arranged an emergency meeting with the managers and hoped to announce a technical solution as soon as possible.

"Per l'amore di Dio!" Realize what the public health care system of Southern Italy has been reduced to!

When a children's hospital asks you to bring your own *brandine, your children are in a load of Italian trouble even before they set foot in the hospital!

*(brandine is Italian for an old fashioned box spring that was once used to support single mattresses. Today, they are mostly found in old farm houses.)

Yes, it is true that the Italian public health care is practically free for Italian citizens BUT you get what you pay for...

Need a doctor's examination? You have to insist that you want to be examined in person and not over the phone!

Need medicine? It's discounted 80% by the government but the racketeer pharmacists charge an additional 50%.

Need a second opinion? Call another doctor in another country!

Need surgery? If you're lucky, you won't get operated in a hallway or in the ambulance garage.

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