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"Chi p, non v; chi v, non p; chi s, non f; chi f, non s; e cos, male il mondo v." (Who can do, don't want to; Who wants to, can't do; Who knows how to do, won't do it; Who does it, doesn't know how to; and, so, badly goes the world.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Salsa di Pomodoro d'Inverno
  -Gnocchi con Sugo di Pomodoro e Porcini
  -Panna Cotta con Salsa di Lampone Schiacciato

Enjoy the recipes and the complimentary news article report from "Only In".


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 Recipe: Salsa di Pomodoro d'Inverno

Salsa di Pomodoro d'Inverno
Winter Tomato Sauce


1 and 1/2 ounces (1/2 cup packed) dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
1 cup boiling hot water
1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
A 28 to 32-ounce can whole tomatoes with juice


In a small bowl soak dried tomatoes in boiling water 30 minutes and drain in a sieve over a bowl.

Chop soaked tomatoes coarse.

While dried tomatoes are soaking, in a saucepan cook onion and garlic in butter over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened.

Add canned tomatoes with juice, stirring to break up tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste and simmer sauce, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.

Puree sauce through the fine disk of a food mill or force it through a coarse sieve set over a bowl. Sauce may be made 1 week ahead and chilled, covered. Makes about 3 and 1/2 cups.

That's it!

 Recipe: Gnocchi con Sugo di Pomodoro e Porcini

Gnocchi con Sugo di Pomodoro e Porcini
Gnocchi with Creamy Tomato-Porcini Sauce


3/4 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
1/3 cup whipping cream
1 and 1/4 cups purchased marinara sauce
1 lb purchased potato gnocchi or 8 ounces dried gnocchi pasta
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese


Place porcini mushrooms in a medium bowl. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over them. Let stand until the porcini are soft, about 30 minutes.

Remove porcini from the water, reserving the soaking liquid. Finely chop the porcini.

Melt butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat.

Add the porcini and saute for 3 minutes. Add the cream and 3/4 cup of the soaking liquid, leaving any sediment behind in the bowl.

Simmer until the liquid is reduced to 3/4 cup, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes.

Stir in the marinara sauce; bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill. Bring to a simmer before using.)

Cook gnocchi in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain.

Add gnocchi to the sauce and toss to coat.

Divide among 4 plates. Serve, passing Parmigiano cheese separately. Serves 4.

That's it!

 Recipe: Panna Cotta con Salsa di Lampone Schiacciato

Panna Cotta con Salsa di Lampone Schiacciato
Panna Cotta with Crushed Raspberry Sauce


One 12-ounce package frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed, drained
3 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup sugar

Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 tablespoon plus 1/3 cup milk (do not use low-fat or nonfat)
1 and 1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

1 and 3/4 cups whipping cream
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
2 tablespoons Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur; optional)


Place raspberries in small bowl. Crush lightly with back of spoon.

Stir in 3 tablespoons sugar. Set sauce aside.

Spray four 3/4-cup custard cups with vegetable oil spray.

Pour 1 tablespoon milk into small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over and let stand until softened, about 10 minutes.

Combine cream, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/3 cup milk in heavy medium saucepan.

Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add bean. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring often. Remove from heat.

Add gelatin mixture and stir until melted.

Strain mixture into large glass measuring cup. Stir in Frangelico liqueur, if desired.

Chill until cold, about 2 hours. Pour into custard cups, cover and chill overnight.

Run small sharp knife around sides of cups to loosen custards.

Invert custards onto plates. Serve with sauce. Serves 4.

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:

Italian Robin Hood Arrested

Rimini - February 26, 2008 - Italian police have arrested a man they described as a "modern Robin Hood", who carried out a series of crimes to give money to the poor.

Pasquale D'Angelo, 37, used a toy gun to hold up a branch of the Banca Nazionale di Lavoro in Rimini on Thursday morning. He made off with 3,500 Euro ($5425), which he took to a nearby bar and started distributing among the poorer customers.

Then he visited a butcher's shop, a fruit stand and a hairdresser's, giving the money away.

Finally, he hailed a taxi to take him to a church, but was apprehended.

Nine days earlier, D'Angelo relieved the Cassa di Risparmio di Forli bank of around 2400 Euro ($3800) and gave the money to tramps.

He is in prison in Rimini, after choosing to remain silent before a judge. Luca Greco, his lawyer, has requested a psychiatric assessment of his client.

For the past two years D'Angelo has worked as a volunteer at a religious organization in Rimini. Members of the charity told local newspapers that he was a "very good and altruistic man". However, they noted that his behavior had become erratic following the death of his mother in January.

"Soldi, per favore. Sono Robin Hood, cacchio!"

You have to admire how Pasquale the swashbuckler blended in his daily routine with the heist:

1.) Hold up local bank with "toy gun". (Don't bother with the "get-away car" because it has no gas.)

2.) Stop off at bar and grab an espresso and "cornetto". Give away money to who can't afford a "cornetto" and who remain at the bar for more than 4 minutes.

3.) Stop by butcher shop and order a kilo of sausage. (Make sure the fat bastardo mixes in more pork than fat.) Give away money to who spends the entire morning talking with the butcher and staring at the veal shanks.

4.) Stop by fruit stand for fresh fruit. Ask vendor why one would have to rob a bank to afford his apricots and plums. Give away money to vendor so he can change his dirty socks.

5.) Stop by hairdresser for a shave. Give away money to barber so he can change the dirty blue water and old magazines.

6.) Hail taxi to church to ask for forgiveness. Ask driver if the meter charge is for a kilometer or to go to France. Leave very cheap tip. Give away rest of money to Maid Marian, Maid Maria and the rest of the tramps.

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