02/12/13 Vanilla Panna Cotta with Chocolate

"Semper il mal non vien per nuocere." (Misfortune does not always come to injure.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Mushroom and Spinach Salad
  -Perciatelli with Cuttlefish
  -Vanilla Panna Cotta with Chocolate

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 Recipe: Mushroom and Spinach Salad

Mushroom and Spinach Salad
Insalata di Funghi e Spinaci


5 oz (150 grams) mushrooms, thinly sliced
Juice of 1 lemon strained
11 oz (300 grams) spinach, coarse stalks removed
1 oz (25 grams) pine nuts
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper


Sprinkle the mushrooms with a little of the lemon juice and place in a salad bowl.

Add the spinach and pine nuts.

Whisk together the olive oil and remaining lemon juice in a bowl.

Season with salt and pepper.

Pour the dressing over the salad, toss and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Perciatelli with Cuttlefish

Perciatelli with Cuttlefish
Perciatelli Con Le Seppioline


1 lb and 5 oz (600 grams) cleaned cuttlefish
9 oz (250 grams) canned chopped tomatoes
7 oz (200 grams) shelled petits pois (very small green peas)
2 garlic cloves
1 onion, finely chopped
1 large potato, sliced
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
12 oz (350 grams) perciatelli pasta
Salt and pepper


Place the cuttlefish, tomatoes with the canned juices, onion, garlic, potato, petits pois, parsley and olive oil in a large saucepan and cook over a medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes.

Lower the heat, cover and cook for a another 30 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the pasta in a large pan of salted, boiling water until 'al dente'.

Drain and tip into the sauce.

Mix well, transfer to a serving dish and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Vanilla Panna Cotta with Chocolate

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Chocolate
Panna Cotta alla Vaniglia e Cioccolato


3 sheets of gelatin
1/2 cup (120 ml) milk
2 cups (500 ml) heavy cream
1/2 cup (60 grams) sugar
1 vanilla bean, slit lengthwise

4 oz (100 grams) dark chocolate
3/4 cup (200 ml) heavy cream (for the dark chocolate)


Fill a bowl with water and add the gelatin.

Let is soak.

Pour the milk into a pan and bring to just below simmering.

Remove the pan from the heat (Do not let it boil).

Drain and squeeze out the gelatin and add it to the milk.

Pour the cream into another pan.

Add the sugar and vanilla bean and bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly.

Remove the pan from the heat.

Remove the vanilla bean and stir in the milk mixture.

Pour the mixture into any kind of ramekin, mold, cup, you prefer.

Rinse your glass in ice-cold water, shaking out any excess water and fill with the milk mixture.

Chill in the refrigerator for several hours until it sets (at least 3-4 hours).

In a double boiler melt the dark chocolate.

Once the chocolate is completely melted, slowly whisk in the cream until the desired consistency is reached.

Turn out the panna cotta onto a serving dish and drizzle the chocolate sauce over the top. Serves 8.

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:

Phony Doctors Buy Autos with Phony Checks

Milan - April 2, 2012 - Milan police have arrested six people for fraud after investigators discovered a criminal ring posing as doctors and purchasing autos with false checks.

The scam artists allegedly bought the vehicles through the Internet and then met to close the deals dressed as physicians.

Immediately after sealing the purchase, the suspects transported the autos out of the country, say investigators.

"Puttana della miseria", wow! Many of you just like us must have no compassion for car dealers so, seeing them suffer rectal indignities while keeping a straight face is entertaining. The "minchioni" deserve to be bilked. Maybe they'll be less stupid.

We say the charlatans who perpetrated this scam deserve a medal not jail time. They deserve it for locating stupid Italians.
They're doing us a favor. Now, we can identify all of them, flush them out and make sure they don't breed again.

We apologize to our readers that we were not able to find the addresses of the swindled car dealers. We're sure we would have gotten this >close< to driving off the lot with a new set of wheels.

Ignazio the dealer: "Dottore Frank N. Beans, the paperwork for the Audi just came in. Here are the keys."
Dottore Beans (specializing in electroshock therapy): "Fantastico! Let me get a crayon here and fill out the check..."
Ignazio: "Dottore, I've been suffering from a lack of mental energy for several weeks now. Would you consider me a candidate for your therapy?"
Dottore Beans: Well, you do sound a bit down today. Maybe you should go suck on a AA battery.

Giovanni the dealer: "Two Mercedes, same model? Of course I have them available. Well, I see colonoscopies keep you quite busy, don't they dottore?
Dottore Culone: "Oh, si si..."
Giovanni: "Dottore, if you don't mind, what is the best way to prevent colon cancer?"
Dottore Culone: "Stop smoking cigarettes down there. May I have the keys, per favore?"

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