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"Tira piu una donna in salita che dieci paia di boui in discesa." (A woman can pull more weight uphill than ten pairs of bulls downhill..) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Pappardelle with Rabbit and Shiitake Mushroom Sauce
  -Grilled Veal Chops with Rosemary
  -Lemon Shortbread

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 Recipe: Pappardelle with Rabbit and Shiitake Mushroom Sauce

Pappardelle with Rabbit and Shiitake Mushroom Sauce
Pappardelle con Coniglio e Salsa di Funghi Shiitake


For the Sauce:
3/4 lb fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded
One 2 lb rabbit, thawed if frozen, cut into serving pieces and liver chopped and reserved if desired
All-purpose flour for dredging
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
5 ounces pancetta, chopped coarse
1 large onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, chopped, plus 1 small head garlic, left unpeeled and whole
1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cups beef broth
1 cup water
2 tablespoons finely chopped mixed fresh herbs such as sage, rosemary, and thyme leaves

3/4 lb fresh pappardelle
Finely chopped fresh parsley leaves


Prepare the sauce:
Preheat oven to 325 F.

Cut mushrooms into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

Pat rabbit and reserved liver dry.

Season rabbit with salt and pepper and dredge in flour, shaking off excess.

In a large heavy ovenproof skillet heat olive oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and brown rabbit on all sides.

Transfer rabbit to a plate and in the skillet saute pancetta, stirring, until golden.

Add onion and chopped garlic and saute stirring, until onion is golden.

Add vinegar and wine and deglaze skillet, scraping up brown bits.

Simmer onion mixture until liquid is evaporated, about 5 minutes.

Cut off and discard top 1/4 inch of head of garlic, exposing cloves, and add head to onion mixture with broth, water, and herbs.

Bring mixture to a simmer and season with salt and pepper.

Stir in mushrooms and rabbit and braise, covered, in middle of oven 1 hour, or until meat is tender.

Transfer rabbit to a plate and cool slightly.

Remove garlic head and squeeze softened cloves into sauce, discarding skins.

Mash garlic with fork and stir sauce well.

Using 2 forks shred meat, discarding bones, and stir into sauce with reserved liver if using.

Simmer sauce over moderate heat 10 minutes and season with salt and pepper.

Sauce may be made 1 day ahead and cooled, uncovered, and before being chilled, covered.

In an 8-quart kettle bring 7 quarts of salted water to a boil.

Cook pasta until 'al dente' (about 2 minutes for fresh, longer for dried) and drain in a colander.

In a heated bowl immediately toss pasta with sauce and garnish with parsley. Serves 4 to 6 as a main course.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Grilled Veal Chops with Rosemary

Grilled Veal Chops with Rosemary
Braciole Di Vitello al Rosmarino


Six 8-ounce veal rib chops (3/4 to 1 inch thick)
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup dry red wine
1 and 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried
2 large garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Fresh rosemary sprigs


Whisk olive oil, wine, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper to blend in 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish.

Add veal chops to dish and turn to coat with marinade.

Let stand at room temperature 1 hour or refrigerate up to 4 hours, turning veal occasionally.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat) or preheat broiler.

Remove veal from marinade, shaking off excess.

Season veal with salt and pepper.

Lightly oil grill.

Grill or broil veal to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare.

Transfer to platter. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and serve. Makes 8 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Lemon Shortbread

Lemon Shortbread
Dolci al Limone


Pinch of salt
1/2 lb (225 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 and 1/2 ounces (75 grams) superfine or caster sugar
10 ounces (275 grams) plain flour, plus extra for rolling
2 and 1/2 ounces (75 grams) fine semolina
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
Extra sugar, for dusting


Preheat the oven to 320F (160C) Gas 4.

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and caster sugar until it is light in color and consistency. This can be done with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer.

Beat in the flour, salt, semolina and lemon zest, then finish with your hands to form a soft pliable dough.

Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Dust your worktop with a little flour and roll out the shortbread dough to about 1 cm thick.

Using a small biscuit cutter (about 4 cm in diameter), cut out as many biscuits as you can, re-rolling and re-cutting any trimmings as you go.

Place on a couple of greased baking trays and bake in the oven for about 35-40 minutes until they turn lightly golden.

As soon as they come out of the oven, sprinkle with a little caster sugar.

Once they are cool, enjoy straight away or store in an airtight container. Makes about 40.

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:

Yes, Italy Did Warn Libya of 1986 U.S. Attack

Rome - October 30, 2008 - Italy warned Libya about the United States' plan to bomb Tripoli a day before the attack in 1986, Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdel-Rahman Shalgam said at a Rome press conference Thursday.

The warning by then Italian premier Bettino Craxi may have helped save the life of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and most of his family, whose house in Tripoli was hit during the bombings, Shalgam added.

"Premier Craxi sent an Italian friend we had in common to tell me, watch out, on April 14 or 15 there will be an American raid against Libya," said the minister, who at the time was the Libyan ambassador in Rome. The then Italian foreign minister, Giulio Andreotti, confirmed Shalgam's story, adding that the U.S. bombing of Tripoli and Bengasi on April 14 had been "a totally improper initiative, an international error".

U.S. president Ronald Reagan ordered the bombing in retaliation for a terrorist attack attributed to Libyan agents on a Berlin disco, La Belle, which was full of U.S. soldiers. Three people died and over 200 were injured when a bomb hidden under a table exploded on April 5.

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was the only European premier who gave permission for U.S. forces to use airbases for the retaliatory attack, which lasted 12 minutes and hit military bases and barracks in the two cities as well as Gaddafi's residence and some civilian buildings.

Over 20 people were killed in the bombings, including Gaddafi's 15-month-old adopted daughter, although the rest of the Libyan leader's family was able to flee moments before.

"It was difficult to know the exact time and place of the attack," Shalgam explained.

The Maltese press has claimed in the past that then premier Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici called to warn Gaddafi when U.S. planes were spotted in Maltese airspace. Libya reacted to the bombings by launching missiles against U.S. coastguard stations on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa "and certainly not against Italy", Shalgam said.

The U.S. bombing was one of a series of events that led up to the 1988 hijacking and bombing of a Pan Am passenger plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, in which 270 people died. Libya assumed responsibility for the Lockerbie incident in 2003.

Shalgam was in Rome for a press conference on a friendship and cooperation accord which aims to resolve issues related to Italy's colonial occupation of Libya. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini repeated an invitation for Gaddafi to visit Italy, where he said he would be welcomed "as a friend".

[Press Conference]
"Oh, figlio di this on?"
"Eh, buon giorno to all..."
"Eh, we were supposed to keep quiet about that, correct?"

History 101 alla Italiana:

In 1970 Libyan leader Gaddafi expelled Italians living in Libya and confiscated their property.
In 1985 Italian Prime Minister Craxi refused the request by U.S. President Ronald Reagan to extradite the hijackers of the cruise ship
Achille Lauro and for the murder of American citizen, Leon Klinghoffer

- Lybia kills innocents in an act of terrorism. ("Bastardi!")

- U.S. plans to retaliate and asks for help from a NATO ally. ("Huh? Che cosa? Si si, okay.")

- NATO ally spies on the U.S. and informs Libya to save its dictator's skin. ("Pronto, Gaddafi? Buon Giorno! How are you? Listen carefully...")

- U.S. launches the aerial bombing attack the same, but the dictator survives. ("Oh, porca miseria! Just missed.")

- Libya thanks the two-faced NATO ally by firing a couple of missiles at the Italian island of Lampedusa. ("Ahh! Che minchia fate?!")

- Double-dealing NATO ally gets upset for having been stabbed in the back by dictator whose record is not exactly the most reliable. ("Tu grandissimo figlio di una mignotta!")

- Double-crossing NATO ally Prime minister has a wild fantasy of landing on the shores of Benghazi, Libya. ("Vaffanculo! I'll show you!")

- President convinces greasy Prime minister to be consistent with the previous cowardly decision and do nothing. ("Ma, che cazzo vuoi fare? Shut-up and stay still, cornuto!")

- Libyans' act of aggression is sold to historians as a thank you note and a sign that all is well in bilateral relations. ("Huh? Che cazzate! Si si, you're welcome!")

Prime minister considered the symbol of political corruption. Understands the risk of being jailed was growing imminent, escapes to Tunisia with loot in 1994 and remains there under protection. Repeatedly declares himself innocent. ("Grandissimo cornuto, if you come back we'll hang you!")

Ex Prime minister dies in 2000, at the age of 65, from complications of diabetes. ("Ciao!")

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