04/03/12 Tagliolini with Scallops, Cream and Saffron

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Rolled Baked Asparagus with Prosciutto
  -Green Onion Risotto
  -Tagliolini with Scallops, Cream and Saffron

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 Recipe: Rolled Baked Asparagus with Prosciutto

Rolled Baked Asparagus with Prosciutto
Involtini di Asparagi con Prosciutto Cotto


1 and 1/2 pounds asparagus
8 slices cooked prosciutto
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
2 tablespoons butter


Preheat oven to 350F (175C).

Butter an 11 by 7-inch baking dish.

Cut off tough asparagus ends.

Using a sharp knife or potato peeler, peel outer skin from asparagus.

Tie asparagus together in 1 or 2 bunches with string or rubber bands.

Pour cold salted water 2 to 3 inches deep in an asparagus cooker, tall stockpot or old coffeepot.

Place asparagus upright in water.

Bring water to a boil.

Cover and cook over high heat 6 to 8 minutes, depending on size.

Drain on paper towels; remove string or rubber bands.

Divide asparagus into 4 bundles.

Wrap 2 slices ham around each bundle.

Arrange wrapped asparagus bundles in buttered baking dish in a single layer.

Sprinkle with Parmigiano cheese and dot with butter.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Green Onion Risotto

Green Onion Risotto
Risotto Cipolla Verde


4 cups (or more) chicken broth
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
1 bunch green onions, white parts finely chopped, green parts thinly sliced
1 cup arborio or medium-grain rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
2 tablespoons Mascarpone cheese or whipping cream
1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel


Bring broth to simmer in medium saucepan over medium heat.

Reduce heat to low and keep warm.

Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.

Add chopped green onions and cook until soft, stirring often, about 6 minutes.

Stir in rice.

Add wine; cook until almost all liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes.

Add 4 cups broth, 1 cup at a time, cooking until almost all broth is absorbed before adding more, stirring frequently, until rice is tender but still firm, about 20 minutes.

Stir in sliced green onions, Parmigiano cheese, mascarpone, and orange peel.

Add more broth by 1/4 cupfuls as needed if dry.

Season with salt and pepper. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Tagliolini with Scallops, Cream and Saffron

Tagliolini with Scallops, Cream and Saffron
Tagliolini con Cape Sante, Crema allo Zafferano


2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 pound scallops (smallest you can find)
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 cup dry white wine
2 cups whipping cream
Pinch of powdered saffron
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 pound Tagliolini pasta


Melt butter with the olive oil in a large skillet.

When butter foams, add scallops.

Saute over medium heat until scallops are lightly golden, about 1 minute.

With a slotted spoon transfer scallops to a plate.

Add garlic to the skillet and stir once or twice.

Add wine and cook until the wine is almost all reduced.

Add cream and saffron.

Cook, over medium heat, 4 to 5 minutes.

Season lightly with salt.

Return scallops to the skillet and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer.

Stir in parsley.

Meanwhile fill a large saucepan two-thirds full with salted water.

Bring water to a boil and add the pasta.

Bring water back to a boil and cook pasta uncovered until 'al dente', 4 to 6 minutes.

Drain pasta and place in skillet with the sauce.

Toss pasta with the sauce over medium heat and serve at once. Makes 4 servings.

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:

Italy Tries To Slow Down Ryanair By Overcharging Aviation Fuel

Rome - February 28, 2012 - Budget airline Ryanair is suing Exxon Mobil, the world's second largest company, as part of a multimillion pound lawsuit alleging the oil group overcharged it for aviation fuel.

The London-listed carrier is claiming at least 9M Euros (12M USD) in compensation, plus an unspecified amount for lost profit, after the oil company allegedly hiked prices over a seven-year period, documents filed with London's high court reveal.

The claim, which equates to at least 2% of the airline's 2011 pre-tax profit, follows an Italian competition authority decision in 2006 ruling that Exxon and other aviation fuel suppliers in Italy had breached European competition rules.

The court documents add that the oil companies entered into "a unique and complex agreement, the purpose and effect of which was to share the market for the supply of jet fuel and to prevent the entry of new operators".

Ryanair alleges that the competition ruling means that airlines buying fuel from Exxon in Italy, via its subsidiary Esso Italiana, had "paid higher prices than at comparable airports located outside Italy".

The claim adds: "Ryanair has further suffered loss of profit and interest". Industry experts said that airlines could have used lower fuel prices to cut ticket prices, meaning that the likes of Ryanair might have sold more seats and related services to extra passengers.

An Exxon spokeswoman said: "Esso Italiana can confirm that Ryanair initiated proceedings against it in 2011 regarding historic jet fuel sales in Italy. We do not wish to comment further." Ryanair, which is claiming damages for fuel supplies made between 1999 and 2006, declined to comment.

In 2006 Italian regulators fined six oil companies, including subsidiaries of Exxon and Shell, a total of 315.4M Euros for constructing an arrangement to supply jet fuel to airports. The Italian competition authority found that the companies engaged in an "intense and continuous exchange of information" and coordinated strategies for setting up refueling contracts and keeping the status quo in place in the jet fuel market.

"The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly." (Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)
"The higher you soar, the higher the chance of having one of your wings clipped." (Capitalism alla Italiana)

"Porco diesel", it's sickening. We know you'll agree when we scream that people running oil companies are not real humans. No-no, don't dare count them as human beings. They're 1/3 human and 2/3rds foul-smelling ugly Taleggio.

"...oil companies entered into "a unique and complex agreement, the purpose and effect of which was to share the market for the supply of jet fuel and to prevent the entry of new operators". "Cazzo", of course it took 8 years for Ryanair to figure out they were being bamboozled! With the language acrobatics the Italian companies perform, you would think they owned a circus in Palermo!

And don't kid yourselves, folks! These "figli di puttane" at Esso Italiana must be in cahoots with the other "figli di puttane" who are losing your airport luggage. We know what's going on here!

What does Esso Italiana want? Hmmm? To bring Italy to a further standstill?
They want Ryanair to turn off engines and glide into Italian airports to save cash on fuel?

Why don't we stop going to work and growing food?
We'll be like wild Africa. We'll wait for care packages to drop out of helicopters.

Exxon spokeswoman: "Esso Italiana can confirm that Ryanair initiated proceedings against it... We do not wish to comment further." That sounds just as comforting as:

Nonna (at the family table for Easter lunch): On behalf of this family, I can confirm that my grandson initiated proceedings against us when he presented that future so-called wife. I do not wish to comment further."

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