05/08/12 Roast Rabbit

"Lupo non mangia lupo." (Wolves don't eat wolves.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Roasted Red Bell Pepper Salad
  -Roast Rabbit
  -Fish In Foil

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 Recipe: Roasted Red Bell Pepper Salad

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Salad
Insalata Di Peperoni Rossi Arrosti


6 assorted bell peppers (red, orange, and yellow)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/4 cup drained capers
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper


Char peppers over open flame or in broiler until blackened on all sides.

Transfer to large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and cool.

Peel and seed peppers.

Cut into 1/2-inch wide strips.

Place peppers in medium bowl.

Add all remaining ingredients and toss to coat.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Return to room temperature before serving. Makes 8 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Roast Rabbit

Roast Rabbit
Coniglio Arrosto


1 (2 and 1/2 to 3-pound) rabbit
Leaves from 1 sprig fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
4 fresh sage leaves or 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
2 garlic cloves
10 juniper berries
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
4 to 5 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


Cut rabbit into serving pieces or kindly ask the butcher to do so.

Wash and dry thoroughly.

Coarsely chop rosemary, sage and garlic together.

Crush juniper berries; add to rosemary mixture.

Rub rabbit pieces with rosemary-juniper mixture.

Season with salt and pepper.

Put rabbit pieces into a large bowl.

Add vinegar and olive oil.

Let marinate in the refrigerator 3 to 4 hours, turning meat a few times.

Place rabbit and marinade in a large, heavy casserole.

Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and cover casserole.

Simmer 40 to 50 minutes, stirring a few times during cooking.

Increase heat to medium-high.

Cook uncovered until rabbit is tender, 10 to 15 minutes and only a few tablespoons of sauce remain.

Place rabbit on a warm platter.

Taste and adjust sauce for seasoning, then spoon over rabbit.

Serve immediately. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Fish In Foil

Fish In Foil
Pesce al Cartoccio


One (3 to 3 and 1/2 pound) sea bass, striped bass or red snapper, cleaned
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Leaves from 2 sprigs fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Lemon wedges


Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C).

Wash fish thoroughly under cold running water.

Dry with paper towels.

In a small bowl, combine garlic, rosemary, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Cut a large piece of aluminum foil or parchment paper to twice the size of fish.

Lay fish on foil or paper.

Fill fish with half the garlic-rosemary mixture.

Spread remaining mixture over top of fish.

Fold foil or paper over fish.

Pleat edges to seal tightly.

Place in a baking dish.

Bake 10 minutes per pound, 30 to 35 minutes.

Place fish on a board and open foil or paper.

Gently remove skin from fish.

Cut top half of fish lengthwise into 2 servings and place on plates.

Lift off backbone and any loose bones from fish.

Divide remaining fish into 2 servings and place on plates.

Spoon fish juices over each serving.

Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Serve with lemon wedges. 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:

Italians Bid Their Luxury Cars A Tearful Goodbye

Rome - February 29, 2012 - Wealthy but worried Italians are selling off their Porsches, Ferraris and other luxury cars at a record rate to avoid the scrutiny of tax inspectors.

Many of the supercars are being exported through dealers to France, Germany and Austria, while others are ending up in South America and Eastern Europe.

Second-hand vehicles are being snapped up for re-sale by entrepreneurs from Poland, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Moldova.

Owning a high-powered BMW or Mercedes has become an unwelcome sign of noticeable wealth ever since a much-publicized crackdown by Italy's tax police, the Guardia di Finanza, on the exclusive ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo at Christmas.

Tax inspectors traced the owners of 133 Lamborghinis, Ferraris, SUVs and other top-end cars that they found parked in the streets of the resort, a playground for the wealthy in the Dolomites.

They found that 42 of the owners (nearly a third) had declared incomes of less than 22,000 Euros ($29,000 USD) a year. A further 16 claimed to be earning less than 50,000 Euros ($65,500 USD) a year.

Police in Milan, Rome and other cities have carried out similar checks, taking down drivers' licenses and number plates and passing them onto tax authorities, who check whether the owners' declared incomes are sufficient to support their extravagant lifestyles.

In Florence, tax police stopped a brand new Mercedes and found that it was driven by a builder who declared no tax returns at all and whose wife was on welfare payments.

Last year, around 60 used Porsches were exported from Italy each week. That figure has now jumped to around 200.

Some owners are so scared of running into spot checks by the tax police that they are asking dealers to come and collect their cars at home.

"One client was scared of driving 10 kilometers from his house to here," Lorenzo Schiatti, who owns a Jaguar and Land Rover dealership in Reggio Emilia, northern Italy, told a national newspaper. "He was afraid that he'd be stopped by a Guardia di Finanza checkpoint."

"We don't have definitive numbers because it is difficult to quantify but it looks like thousands of cars are leaving Italy each month," said Sirio Tardella, the director of Unrae, an association of foreign car manufacturers.

Filippo Pavan Bernacchi, the president of Federauto, an association representing dealerships, said owning a luxury car had become "almost a crime" in Italy these days.

"Super" Mario Monti, Italy’s prime minister, has made a priority of clamping down on tax evasion since he replaced Silvio Berlusconi in November. He needs to whittle away at Italy’s 1.9 trillion Euro public debt, amid concerns that it could go the way of Greece.

But the challenge is enormous. A recent government study estimated that Italy’s black economy, which includes evasion of income tax and VAT, amounts to 275 billion Euros a year, or 17.5% of GDP.

"Porca puttana", after reading this story, did you also get the incredible urge of putting on a hula-hoop and swinging it around for 30 minutes?

"In Florence, tax police stopped a brand new Mercedes and found that it was driven by a builder who declared no tax returns at all and whose wife was on welfare payments." Nice job of being discreet, "faccia di culo?" He was just like Liberace saying, "I don't want anyone noticing my clothes."

In the 2008 fiscal year:

- Restaurant owners declared an average net income of 13,800 Euros ($18,000 USD). That's an average of 38 Euros ($50 USD) a day. That means when the restaurants are full, two customers pay and the rest make a run for it out the back door.

- 1 out 4 helicopter owners declared an average net income of 20,000 Euros ($26,000 USD). Obviously, the "testa di cazzo" can afford a helicopter seeing that he's not paying restaurant bills.

- Yacht owners declared an average net income of 1,500 Euros ($2000 USD) a month...which happens to be the average monthly rent for yacht space down at the port. That means that the owners are not eating for all their money goes towards rent. You'll sometimes see these "figli di puttane" pull up and drop anchor in front of soup kitchens.

- Night club owners declared a lost average of "negative 6000 Euros" (-$7,800 USD). That means when kids order a rum and coke or a mohito, the bartender also gives them 20 Euros.

Ah, for the love of Dio, Italian Heaven has got to be a place where these people don't exist!

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