05/01/12 Roasted Fennel and Carrots with Pecorino Cheese

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Buttered Polenta
  -Asparagus with Prosciutto and Truffle Butter
  -Roasted Fennel and Carrots with Pecorino Cheese

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 Recipe: Buttered Polenta

Buttered Polenta
Polenta Con Burro


5 cups water
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 and 1/4 teaspoons coarse gray sea salt
1 cup polenta (5 ounces)
1 and 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter


Bring water, olive oil, and sea salt to a boil in a 4-quart heavy pot.

Add polenta in a slow stream, whisking.

Cook over moderate heat, whisking, 2 minutes.

Reduce heat to low and cook at a bare simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently with a long-handled spoon, 45 minutes.

Remove from heat, then add butter and stir until incorporated. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Asparagus with Prosciutto and Truffle Butter

Asparagus with Prosciutto and Truffle Butter
Asparagi con Prosciutto e Burro al Tartufo


1 lb medium asparagus (18 to 20)
1/2 teaspoon white-truffle oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
9 or 10 large thin slices prosciutto (1/3 lb)


Prepare a large bowl of ice and cold water.

Trim asparagus to 5 inches long, then steam in a steamer over boiling water until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.

Transfer to cold water to stop cooking.

Drain and pat dry.

Season with salt.

Stir oil into butter until incorporated.

Cut prosciutto slices into roughly 3 by 3-inch pieces, then thinly coat with truffle butter and place an asparagus stalk at one edge.

Roll up, leaving tip and end visible.

Repeat with remaining asparagus and prosciutto. Makes 18 to 20 antipasto.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Roasted Fennel and Carrots with Pecorino Cheese

Roasted Fennel and Carrots with Pecorino Cheese
Finocchi e Carote Al Forno con Formaggio Pecorino


4 fennel bulbs (about 3 and 1/2 pounds) plus 2 teaspoons chopped fronds
2 large carrots, peeled, cut diagonally into 1/3-inch thick slices
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1/2 cup grated Pecorino cheese
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil


Preheat oven to 375F.

Cut fennel bulbs horizontally into 1/3-inch thick slices,

Lightly oil 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish.

Layer sliced fennel and carrots in dish, sprinkling layers with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle with thyme, then cheese.

Drizzle with olive oil.

Bake until vegetables are tender and top is golden brown, about 1 and 1/4 hours.

Sprinkle with fronds. Makes 8 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:

No Casualties and Rioting Despite USA Soccer Win Over Italy

Rome - February 29, 2012 - The USA soccer team shocked Italy on Wednesday as Clint Dempsey's second-half goal gave the Americans their first ever victory over Italy's Azzurri in 11 meetings.

Dempsey became only the fourth American to score against Italy when he fired past Gianluigi Buffon in the 55th minute, and the US clung on for a memorable win in the friendly international.

It is Jurgen Klinsmann's fifth victory in 10 games as US coach and will also serve as personal revenge for the former Germany great after losing the 2006 World Cup semi-final to eventual champions Italy when in charge of the German national team.

Italy almost snatched a draw in stoppage-time when Riccardo Montolivo's effort flashed past the right upright. It is the Azzurri's first defeat in Genoa since 1924.

On behalf of Italy and the Italians we would like to sincerely thank the Americans for behaving in a refined and gentlemanlike manner over this historic win, even though you had much of a chance of winning as Elvis did.

"Si", soccer is a popular activity...but this does not mean it has any value. As far as we're concerned, this activity doesn't affect us one iota! It doesn't interfere with our lives in the least.

And its fans are the most irrational people in the universe. A stupid goal is scored and the first instinct that comes to the minds of jackass fans? Let's trample each other! "Vaffanculo!"

Much to our surprise, Italy had woken up the morning after the loss to find a peaceful and bloodless atmosphere. No livestock stampeding down the highways and the Tower of Pisa was not turned upside-down and stuck into the ground.

Personally, we think the USA win took our fans by surprise and they were too shell-shocked to violently react. Regardless, for those of you who did not understand the shenanigans that were going on at the game in Genoa let us enlighten you:

When Italian fans has NO purpose. They successfully pushed the USA team's offense to call timeouts, use up the play clock, screw up audibles and cause penalties. They sang incoherent songs (which all sound the same) regardless of the outcome. Their cheering did not celebrate performance. It did not serve to intimidate. It has NO purpose.

Soccer has NO purpose.

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