05/15/12 Capellini with Shrimp Scampi

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Tortellini in Broth with Parmigiano
  -Linguine with Zucchini and Mint
  -Capellini with Shrimp Scampi

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 Recipe: Tortellini in Broth with Parmigiano

Tortellini in Broth with Parmigiano
Tortellini in Brodo con Parmigiano


6 cups chicken stock
4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 sprigs fresh parsley, tied together
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup tortellini (24 to 36)
4 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves (3 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch wide strips
1 (1/3 pound) piece Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese with (roughly 3 by 3-inch) rind


Cut rind off cheese.

Combine rind, stock, garlic, parsley, and olive oil in a 3-quart pot, then simmer gently, partially covered, 30 minutes.

Discard parsley and rind and season broth with salt.

Add tortellini and simmer, partially covered, until 'al dente', about 10 minutes.

Add spinach and simmer, uncovered, 1 minute.

Divide among 4 soup plates, then shave cheese over soup to taste. Makes 4 first-course servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Linguine with Zucchini and Mint

Linguine with Zucchini and Mint
Linguine Con Zucchine e Menta


2 lb zucchini (3 large)
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 lb dried linguine
3/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Slice zucchini very thinly with an adjustable blade slicer.

Heat olive oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot.

Fry zucchini in 3 batches, stirring occasionally, until softened and very pale golden, 3 to 4 minutes per batch.

Transfer as fried with a slotted spoon to a baking pan lined with paper towels to drain.

Keep zucchini warm, covered with foil.

Add garlic to olive oil in skillet and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until very pale golden, about 30 seconds.

Remove skillet from heat.

Cook pasta in a 6 to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, until 'al dente'.

Reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water.

Drain pasta in a colander and transfer to a large shallow bowl.

Toss pasta with garlic oil, zucchini, mint, zest, salt, and pepper.

Add some of reserved cooking water to moisten if necessary. Makes 4 main-course servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Capellini with Shrimp Scampi

Capellini with Shrimp Scampi
Capellini con Scampi


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 lb peeled and deveined large shrimp (raw; 20 to 25 per lb)
4 large garlic cloves, left unpeeled and forced through a garlic press
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 lb Capellini (angel-hair pasta)
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


Bring a 6 to 8-quart pot of salted water to a boil.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot.

Saute shrimp, turning over once, until just cooked through, about 2 minutes, and transfer with a slotted spoon to a large bowl.

Add garlic to olive oil remaining in skillet along with red pepper flakes, wine, salt, and pepper and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, 1 minute.

Add butter to skillet, stirring until melted, and stir in shrimp.

Remove skillet from heat.

Cook pasta in boiling water until just tender, about 3 minutes.

Reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water, then drain pasta in a colander.

Toss pasta well with shrimp mixture and parsley in large bowl, adding some of reserved cooking water if necessary to keep moist. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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Daddy To Continue Paying Allowances To Unenergetic 41-Year-Old Child

Venice - March 23, 2012 - Italy's top appeals court has ordered a separated husband to keep paying towards the upkeep of his unemployed 41-year-old daughter.

The Cassation Court, whose rulings set precedents, reversed a 2006 lower appeals court sentence that the man could stop the payments, saying "separated parents' obligation (to pay) persists until they can prove children are economically independent".

All of us on the news staff are in our late 30's and 40's and we're proud to state none of us have the "coglioni" to demand allowances from our parents. Why risk a slap hard enough to straighten out our crooked teeth?

We have no idea who she is, but do you have an image of her burning in your mind as we do (or the slap for the crooked teeth)?

Are you picturing a woman who:

1) set back the Women’s Movement 47 years?
2) sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them?
3) basically paces herself like a slug?
4) gets sore from making an espresso and says, "Mamma mia, I have to go lie down"?

And could you believe this middle-aged Italian child could ever be economically independent? Oh, she would be an extraordinary asset at your company. However, we hardly think being able to dial a phone upside down should be considered a job qualification.

You know, we still can't understand how that Cassation Court reasons. The irony is that Italy, with our 150-200,000 laws, is as a result almost LAWLESS! If you live in a country with so many laws like ours, they can do anything for you. You can twirl them, mix them and rewrite them. Italian laws are like stupid playing cards. You simply have to shuffle them and lay them out to satisfy yourself.

Oh, but the poor "figlio di puttana". You have to feel for the father.
This is a man who was dealt the two of spades, 3 jokers and a losing lottery card. The "povero disgraziato"...

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