04/27/10 Linguini With Turkey Bolognese

"Chi va piano, va sano e va lontano." (He who goes slowly goes safely and goes far.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Linguine With Turkey Bolognese
  -Fettuccine With Porcini Mushrooms
  -Chicken and Artichokes in Wine Sauce

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 Recipe: Linguine With Turkey Bolognese

Linguine With Turkey Bolognese
Linguini Alla Bolognese di Tacchino


5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 lbs coarse ground turkey (preferred dark meat mixture)
1 medium onion, small dice
2 medium carrots, peeled and small dice
1 medium celery stalk, small dice
5 cloves fresh garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 and 1/2 cups dry white wine
2 and 1/2 lbs fresh tomatoes (if not in season, sub high quality canned tomato)
3 cups turkey or chicken stock
1 ounce chopped fresh oregano
1 ounce fresh thyme
2 ounces chopped fresh basil
1 small pinch red pepper flakes
1 lb cooked linguine
Fresh grated Parmigiano cheese
Fresh basil, chiffonade


Saute ground turkey in hot olive oil, season with salt and pepper and cook through.

Remove from pan.

In the same pan, saute onion, carrots and celery for 6 to 8 minutes.

Add garlic and saute until fragrant.

Stir in tomato paste and deglaze with wine.

Cook until wine is evaporated.

Add tomatoes and stock and cook for 30 minutes.

Stir in chopped herbs and crushed red pepper flakes. Adjust seasonings as necessary.

Serve over linguine.

Sprinkle with Parmigiano cheese and garnish with additional basil. Serves 4-5.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Fettuccine With Porcini Mushrooms

Fettuccine With Porcini Mushrooms
Fettuccine Ai Funghi Porcini


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2-3 fresh porcini mushrooms, chopped (1-2 cups)
Fine grain sea salt
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lb fresh egg fettuccine noodles
Scant 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1/4 cup Pecorino cheese, grated
Zest of one lemon


Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

In the meantime, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in large skillet over high heat.

Add the mushrooms and a big pinch of salt.

Saute the mushrooms until they release their liquid and begin to brown.

Stir in the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or so.

Remove from heat and set the skillet aside.

Salt the pot of water generously and cook the fettuccine noodles according to package instructions (this is usually just a minute, or less). Drain.

Transfer the noodles to the skillet with mushrooms, and stir in the black pepper, cheese, lemon zest, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

A splash of cream tossed in here would really take things over the top (optional).

Serve on a platter with as many of the left over mushrooms on top as possible. Serves 4 to 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chicken and Artichokes in Wine Sauce

Chicken and Artichokes in Wine Sauce
Pollo e Carciofi In Salsa Di Vino


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in bite-sized chunks
1 and 1/2 cups flour
Salt and pepper to taste
1 package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
2 tbs butter
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
About 2 cups of dry white wine
1/2 a lemon
Pignoli nuts


Melt 1 tbs of the butter and 1 tbs of the olive oil in a skillet and add the artichokes.

Cook until lightly browned.

While cooking, dredge the chicken in the flour and sprinkle with salt.

Remove the artichokes from the skillet and transfer to a plate.

Set aside.

Melt the remaining butter in the skillet along with the remaining olive oil.

Saute the chicken pieces in this mixture until golden brown on both sides.

Add the artichokes back to the pan, add pignoli nuts and season to taste with salt & pepper.

Deglaze the pan with the white wine and let it bubble for a few minutes until nice and thick.

Stir well to coat everything with the wine sauce.

Transfer to a plate and squeeze with fresh lemon juice.

That's it!

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"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:

Italian Police Reopen Murder Case...450 Years Later

Palermo - February 12, 2010 - For centuries it had been thought that Baroness Laura Lanza was murdered by her father, Cesare, in an "honor killing" for which he was later pardoned. But the hilltop town of Carini in Sicily believes that Cesare Lanza may have acted in league with the baroness's husband, Don Vincenzo La Grua, who wanted to remarry. Her husband also feared that her lover might have tried to claim a part of his estate had she had children from her illicit affair.

The baroness was killed in 1563 in Carini's 11th century castle when she and her lover, Ludovico Vernagallo, were caught in bed together.

"Justice wasn't done back then," said Gaetano La Fata, the mayor of the town 20 miles from Palermo, who has decided to reopen the case and exhume the remains of the lovers.

They are believed to have been buried in a common grave under the crypt of the town's church, the Chiesa Madre.

"We hope that DNA tests and criminal profiling will help us discover the motive behind the crime and establish whether there was more than one assassin."

Sicilian police have called in an international team of forensic scientists and criminologists to help solve the case, 447 years after it shocked the island's inhabitants. Local police will work together with American experts and Marco Strano, a psychologist and criminologist, in a collaboration which is due to start next month.

"The idea for the investigation began as a joke," said Mr Strano. "I visited Carini in June and when I met the mayor I teased him for not having resolved the murder yet, so he challenged me to solve it.

"There was a trial held at the time, but though both father and son-in-law had their properties temporarily confiscated, they were soon declared innocent, probably thanks to their noble status and the legal right for fathers and husbands of adulterous women to commit honor killings," said Mr Strano.

"If we are lucky enough to find and identify their bones, it might be possible to verify the cause of death, whether they were run through with a sword or stabbed with a dagger. If there was more than one weapon used, it's likely there was more than one murderer."

The bedroom where the couple was murdered has recently been restored. A red handprint has been painted on the wall to mark the spot where, according to local legend, the struggling baroness left a bloody imprint.

"Porca Vacca!" The cheeks of my ass are quivering with anticipation!

Has sanity left us? Is anybody reading this stupid newsletter?
Why aren't Sicilians running out into the streets rioting over this?

Could the ending of this Sicilian soap opera be of any interest today? How silly. How stupid.
You see, this is what happens when the lawmakers in Palermo drink, eat too many "milza" (cow spleen) sandwiches and date farm animals.

"Sicilian police have called in an international team of forensic scientists and criminologists to help solve the case..." Hmmm...there's an entire island infested with organized crime families infiltrating every aspect of Sicilian society (including when the sun should shine or not) and our main concern is to find out if a baroness whore was run through with a sword or dagger.

Look, at any given point of the day there's Mafia action...and plenty of it. Even chickens can't lay their eggs in peace without being shaken down for a percentage."Cacchio", there's lots of Mafia in Italy. You know how Vermont has maple syrup? We have Mafia.

We sincerely hope the crime is solved as soon as possible so that Sicilians can move on to the next mystery which is, why is it difficult to keep a pair of socks together?

Why do we always lose one?

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