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"L'acqua fa male e il vino fa cantare." (Water causes pain and wine makes one sing.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Marinated Radicchio
  -Sausage and Broccoli Rabe with Cranberry Beans
  -Easter Artichoke Pies

"Buona sera, cari lettori!" How have you've been these past few months? Everyone here at our little bakery (Francesca, Mario, Dario, Calogero, Anna and, yours truly, Adriana) is thankful for the experience you're giving us with helping out in your kitchen. We'll always be on that journey to find you more and more great traditional and modern Italian and Sicilian recipes. Please share this newsletter if you feel like it. Until the next time!

Arrivederci and grazie again!

Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       


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 Recipe: Marinated Radicchio

Marinated Radicchio
Radicchio Marinato

Ingredients:

6 heads treviso radicchio
Finely grated hard-cooked egg
1 cup white wine vinegar
5 black peppercorns
1/2 tsp salt
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Remove and discard any imperfect outer leaves from the radicchio.

Quarter the heads lengthwise and set aside.

Combine the vinegar, 3 cups water, peppercorns, salt, and bay leaf in a large pot and bring to a boil.

Blanch the radicchio wedges, a few at a time, for 1?2 minutes.

Blot dry with a towel, squeezing gently to remove as much moisture as possible.

Arrange wedges in layers in a glass or ceramic dish.

Cover with olive oil.

Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.

Bring radicchio back to room temperature.

Season with salt and pepper, and slice.

Serve garnished with finely grated hard-cooked egg. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sausage and Broccoli Rabe with Cranberry Beans

Sausage and Broccoli Rabe with Cranberry Beans
Salsiccie e Broccoli Rabe con Fagioli Borlotti

Ingredients:

3/4 lb sweet Italian sausage
1 lb broccoli rabe, trimmed, stems peeled, cut into 2-inch lengths
2 cups dried cranberry beans or white beans, soaked overnight
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped
2 small carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 sprigs fresh oregano
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add sausage, and cook, browning on all sides, for about 13-15 minutes.

Remove sausage from pan.

Cut into large pieces, and set aside.

Reduce heat to medium-low, add onions, and cook until soft, about 18-20 minutes.

Add carrots, celery, and parsley and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.

Add garlic and oregano and cook for another 2 minutes.

Return sausage to skillet.

Add beans and about 3 cups of water to cover.

Bring to a boil over high heat.

Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until beans are just tender, about 35-40 minutes.

Uncover, increase heat to medium-high, and reduce liquid by half, about 10-12 minutes.

Add broccoli rabe, mix well, cover, and cook until rabe is tender, 6-8 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer to a large bowl and serve. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Easter Artichoke Pies

Easter Artichoke Pies
Torte di Carciofo per Pasqua

Ingredients:

For the Dough:
3 and 1/3 cups sifted flour
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 egg
1/4 tsp salt

For the Filling:
8 fresh medium artichoke hearts, diced
1 small yellow onion, peeled and minced
1 and 1/2 cups well-drained ricotta cheese
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Prepare the Dough:
Mix together flour, olive oil, egg, salt, and 3/4 cup cold water in a large bowl until dough just holds together (it should be fairly dry).

Divide dough into 2 balls, using two-thirds of dough for bottom crusts and one-third for top crusts.

Roll out dough for bottom crusts on a floured surface until very thin and almost transparent.

Cut out eight 6 and 1/2-inch circles.

Wrap bottom crusts in plastic and set aside.

Roll out dough for top crusts on floured surface and cut out eight 5-inch circles.

Wrap top crusts in plastic and set aside.

Prepare the Filling:
Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan over medium heat.

Add onions and cook until slightly golden, about 6?8 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Mix together ricotta cheese, parsley, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and sauteed onions in a large bowl.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 375?F.

Assemble pies:
Place bottom crusts on a lightly oiled and floured baking sheet.

Spoon 1 and 1/2 tbsp filling on each bottom crust and spread evenly, leaving 1 and 1/2-inch of crust exposed around edge.

Divide artichokes between pies, arranging on top of filling, then spoon another 1 and 1/2 tbsp filling on top of each and add top crusts.

To form pies, fold edges of bottom crusts over edges of top crusts.

Pinch to seal, and then fold over again to create a slightly thicker edge.

Brush tops with a little olive oil.

Slit top of each pie 4 times in a crisscross pattern to allow steam to vent during baking.

Bake until slightly golden, about 25-30 minutes. 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:

How the Albanian 'Speedy Gonzalez' killed the lazy Italian Kenny

Rome - January 20, 2015 - A video of a street worker in Italy, dressed in orange overalls, using a machine to paint crisp white traffic stripes at full speed has gone viral online, attracting over 1 million views.

In just 4 minutes he managed to cover nearly a kilometer of road and friends are now calling him "Speedy Gonzalez".

Indrit Mema, an Albanian immigrant who came to Italy on a refugee boat nearly 20 years ago, insists he was just doing his job and is amazed at all the attention he had received.

"It's just my job," he said. "The success that the video has had on the web has surprised me. I like working with commitment and dedication."

But his attention to detail have been celebrated by Italians, in a country where towns and cities are often overtaken by potholes, uncollected garbage and graffiti, and where scandals involving corrupt Italian politicians, the Mafia and fraud in infrastructure projects emerge on a daily basis.

The popularity of the video was because "in Italy a man who does his job properly has become a rarity," said one of the stunned witnesses.

He insisted that he was not the only person with a strong work ethic in Cosio Valtellino, a town about 50 miles north-east of Milan.

"The people here are fantastic for their dedication to work. Whatever I know, it was taught to me by the Italians."

WARNING: The following video may be graphic for Italian politicians, parliamentarians, civil servants. The rhythm, energy and dynamism of the work activity represented could cause headaches, neuralgia and vomiting. Consult with your trade unions before viewing.

How pleasant it is to see a civil servant in Italy work honestly. It threw us off schedule! In fact, it's so rare that Speedy made the front pages of all our Italian newspapers and news sites. If the video was in black and white it would have made a perfect Twilight Zone episode.

Before we hear another incredibly efficient public employee go on an insult tirade against the Albanian Speedy (like when they try to rewrite WWII), here are some characteristics between him and the lazy Italian Kenny:

- You'll get more info and things accomplished with Speedy ON the street painting machine, on the way to an Italian public office...than at the office itself with Kenny.

- Speedy will pop in, stripe an entire street in seconds and pop out. Kenny will pop in and out of the office real fast and give barely useful information...you know, like a bird from a cuckoo clock.

- But is Kenny busy? Well, let's take a look at his desk. Of course...absolutely nothing on it! Speedy could drive on it and give it a nice white stripe.

- Speedy's actions speak louder than his words, and the only pauses he takes is to occasionally throw down a traffic cone. Kenny will kindly ask you to use smaller words, speak slower and throw in a few pauses so that he can try to grasp what you're asking.

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