02/18/14 Baked Potatoes with Fontina

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Porcini Mushroom Caps Stuffed with Cheese and Prosciutto
  -Curried Mushroom Omelette
  -Baked Potatoes with Fontina

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 Recipe: Porcini Mushroom Caps Stuffed with Cheese and Prosciutto

Porcini Mushroom Caps Stuffed with Cheese and Prosciutto
Funghi Porcini Ripieni di Formaggio e Prosciutto


8 large Porcini mushrooms, wiped clean
4 oz finely chopped cooked prosciutto
4 oz Taleggio cheese, rind removed, finely chopped
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
12 leaves fresh basil, minced
4 tsp grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
Freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 375?F.

Separate mushroom caps from stems.

Finely chop stems.

Steam caps for about 3 minutes in a steamer basket set over boiling water over medium heat.

Transfer caps to a baking pan.

Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat.

Add mushroom stems, garlic, parsley, and ham.

Season to taste with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and add Taleggio and basil to mixture.

Mix well.

Fill mushroom caps with cheese mixture and sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Bake until cheese melts and mushrooms soften, about 15 minutes.

Garnish with chopped basil. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Curried Mushroom Omelette

Curried Mushroom Omelette
Omelette Con Funghi Al Curry


6 eggs
5 oz (150 grams) button mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 oz (50 grams) butter
Pinch of plain flour
Pinch of curry powder
3 and 1/2 oz (100 ml) double cream
Salt and pepper


Melt half the butter in a frying pan.

Add the onion and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.

Add the mushrooms and cook for a few more minutes,

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add the flour, curry powder and cream.

Mix well and cook over a medium heat for about 30 minutes.

Lightly beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon water, a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper.

Melt the remaining butter in a frying pan.

Pour in the eggs and cook until set on the underside and soft on top.

Sprinkle the mushrooms on one half of the omelette.

Fold over and slide on to a warm serving dish. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Baked Potatoes with Fontina

Baked Potatoes with Fontina
Patate Al Forno Alla Fontina


3 and 1/4 lbs (1.5 kg) potatoes
7 oz (200 grams) Fontina cheese, cubed
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) Gruyere cheese, cubed
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) cooked ham, cut into strips
8 fl oz (250 ml) double cream
1 garlic clove
Butter, for greasing
Salt and pepper


Parboil the unpeeled potatoes in plenty of water for about 20 minutes.

Drain, peel and slice the potatoes thinly.

Preheat the oven to 200?C (400?F) Gas Mark 6.

Rub the garlic around the inside of an ovenproof dish several times.

Grease well with butter.

Make a layer of potato slices in the prepared dish, then a layer of the cheeses, followed by a layer of ham.

Continue making layers until all the ingredients are used, ending with a layer of potato slices.

Pour the cream over the potato slices.

Season with salt and pepper and bake for 30 minutes.

Leave to stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serves 6-8.

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:

Silvio Could Be Rediscovering His Soul...Scrubbing Bathrooms

Rome - October 6, 2013 - Silvio Berlusconi, one of Europe's richest men, may soon be scrubbing bathrooms, working with drug addicts or helping the homeless as the former prime minister has opted to serve his tax fraud sentence performing community service.

Lawyer Franco Coppi said on Saturday Berlusconi would choose community service, rather than serve house arrest after Italy's High Court upheld the billionaire tycoon's one-year sentence in August.

The political veteran has dominated Italian politics since he was first elected prime minister in 1994.

The three-time prime minister has been besieged by requests from social welfare services including City Angels and Exodus, which support the homeless and drug addicts.

He has also received invitations from animal rights groups, hospitals, a genetic rights' foundation and a home for the elderly which are all clamoring for the 77-year-old's time.

"I would like him to do humble and silent manual labour, beginning with cleaning the bathroom. Like he did when he was 15 and didn't have the power to which he is accustomed now," said Antonio Mazzi, the 84-year-old priest who founded Exodus which works to rehabilitate drug addicts at 40 centres across the country.

Father Mazzi also stressed the need for personal reflection and rejected suggestions he should work with the elderly or prostitutes saying he needed to "rediscover his soul".

"Berlusconi is an idol who attracts the crowds and he would be capable of becoming a hero if he was put in the middle of prostitutes."

Earlier this year he received a seven-year sentence after being found guilty of paying for sex with an under age prostitute known as Ruby the Heart Stealer and lying to cover it up. He is appealing that sentence and a one year sentence he received for leaking judicial evidence.'s coming down to perhaps just some community service for the big wiseass packed in a little body. "Minchia," thank you very much.

By the way, Father Mazzi, please understand that in order for someone to "rediscover their soul", that someone has to actually use the toilet brush and be placed under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap. Regardless, don't get your hopes up and expect him to be doing any kind of community service soon. His law team is buying more time by asking for an acknowledgement from Kissinger.

To "rediscover your soul" you should find yourself, let go and breathe. You are on the right path whether you know it or not. You have within you everything you need to succeed...just like Silvio:

"Someone like me with a wealth of 20 trillion lire ($100+ billion USD) has to waste time with you?! It means that when I'm gone, seeing that I'm such a nice person, I'll write you some postcards from the Bahamas." (Silvio, outburst with out-of-line political allies, July 17, 2005).

"Yesterday I went to my dentist and I found out he pays 63% of taxes...and then you don't want those who are subjected to such thievery to use their ingenuity (to evade)? It's self-defense!" (Silvio, La Repubblica, October 15, 2000)

"Italians identify with me. I'm one of them. I'm one who has been poor, who has built himself up, has interests in soccer, loves life, loves to have fun, knows how to smile, loves others...and especially loves beautiful women, like all Italians who respect themselves." (Silvio, youngsters of his PDL party, Ansa, September 9, 2009)

"I'll make it to 120 years, but I'll always be a mortal." (Silvio, PDL party convention, April 16, 2011)

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