04/19/11 Pasta Shells with Escarole, Sausage, and Cheese

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Asparagus with Gremolata Butter
  -Artichoke, Fresh Mozzarella, and Salami Sandwiches
  -Pasta Shells with Escarole, Sausage, and Cheese

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 Recipe: Asparagus with Gremolata Butter

Asparagus with Gremolata Butter
Asparagi con Burro Gremolata


2 lbs asparagus, trimmed
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley


Cook asparagus in large pot of boiling salted water until just crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.

Drain; rinse with cold water to cool quickly, and drain again.

Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add lemon peel and garlic and stir 30 seconds.

Add asparagus and toss to coat.

Sprinkle lemon juice over.

Saute until asparagus is heated through and coated with butter sauce, about 3 minutes.

Season asparagus with salt and pepper.

Transfer to platter.

Sprinkle with parsley and serve. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Artichoke, Fresh Mozzarella, and Salami Sandwiches

Artichoke, Fresh Mozzarella, and Salami Sandwiches
Panini di Carciofi, Mozzarella Fresca e Salame


Two 6-ounce jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained, chopped
1/2 cup chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Four 5-inch diameter or 6-inch long Italian rolls, split in half lengthwise
12 ounces fresh water-packed mozzarella, drained, sliced
6 ounces salami, thinly sliced
8 tablespoons green Olivada


Mix first 5 ingredients in medium bowl to blend.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Divide artichoke mixture among bottom halves of rolls.

Top with cheese, then salami.

Spread top half of each roll with 2 tablespoons olivada.

Place atop salami.

Press sandwiches lightly to compact and wrap each tightly in plastic wrap.

Refrigerate sandwiches at least 4 hours and up to 1 day. Makes 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Pasta Shells with Escarole, Sausage, and Cheese

Pasta Shells with Escarole, Sausage, and Cheese
Conchiglie con Scarola, Salsiccia e Formaggio


One 14-15-ounce head of escarole, cut into crosswise into 1-inch wide ribbons (about 10 cups)
8 ounces medium pasta shells (about 3 and 1/2 cups)

4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
10 ounces sweet turkey sausage (about 3 links), casings removed
1 large red onion, cut through root end into thin wedges
3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
3 tablespoons thinly sliced drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
3 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese


Cook escarole ribbons in large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 5 minutes.

Using slotted spoon, transfer escarole to strainer and drain, keeping water boiling.

Add pasta shells to boiling water; cook pasta shells until 'al dente', stirring occasionally.

Ladle out 1/2 cup cooking water; reserve.

Drain pasta shells; return to pot.

Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Add sausage; saute until cooked through, breaking up with fork, about 5 minutes.

Add remaining olive oil, onion, and fennel seeds; saute until onion is almost tender, about 6 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes, escarole, and reserved 1/2 cup cooking water; simmer until heated through, about 3 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper.

Add sausage mixture to pasta; toss.

Transfer to bowl.

Sprinkle with cheese. Serves 4.

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 Supreme Court: "Workers Have Right To 'Overalls Time'"

Rome - September 15, 2010 - Italy's workers have the right to be paid for the time it takes them to change into and out of their overalls at the workplace, the nation's supreme Court of Cassation said on Wednesday.

The court set the precedent by ruling against Unilever after a group of the multinational's Italian employees sued it for failing to pay them for getting changed.

The giant producer of foods, cleaning and personal care goods said it was not liable to pay 'overalls time' because it did not require "assiduous application". But Italy's top judges disagreed on the grounds that Unilever requires its workers to get changed at the workplace following set rules.

"If the worker can choose when and where to put on the overall (perhaps at home before setting off for work), this activity is an act of preparation for work and should not be paid," the supreme court said.

"If the operation is managed by the employer, who regulates the time and place it should be performed, it is part of the actual job and therefore the time should be paid".

The Cassation sentence upholds previous rulings that established the workers should be paid 10 minutes 'overalls time' a day.

"Mamma mia", at this very moment there are hundreds of thousands of happy Italian employees at work getting dressed and undressed, taking their sweet time just like Sophia Loren did in the flick "Ieri, Oggi, Domani"...while their employers are banging their heads on desks.

Question: If an Italian employee is fired unfairly what is the financial range of compensation that can be made to employees?

If a firing is judged as unlawful an employer (with more than 15 employees) must reinstate an employee within 3 days. Alternatively, the employee can choose compensation equal to the wages of 15 months. If the employer has less than 16 employees, reinstatement or compensation of between 2.5 to 6 month's wages is possible.

Unfortunately, the following reasons for firing an Italian employee are considered unlawful:

- Employee is too sun-tanned.
- Employee paces herself like a slug.
- Employee suspected of being a pimp.
- Employee is trying to poison supervisor.
- Employee is personally responsible for a federally-mandated tax increase.
- Employee was annoyed the company didn't provide a place for naps during break time.
- Employee only wears slippers or socks at work.
- Employee smells like fresh asphalt.
- Employee finds 14 reasons to do anything except original task.
- Employee wants to check a co-worker for ticks.
- Employee thinks 7:30 a.m. is too early to get up for work.
- Employee wore pajamas to work.
- Employee's looks resembles Mussolini too much.

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