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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Wild Fennel and Calamari Salad
  -Insalata di Pasta alla Siciliana
  -Eggplant Rolatini

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 Recipe: Wild Fennel and Calamari Salad

Wild Fennel and Calamari Salad


1 bunch wild fennel, washed and thinly sliced
1 lb cooked calamari, cut in slices
2 and 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tablespoon minced parsley
Pinch of salt


Arrange the wild fennel on a serving platter. Cover with the calamari. Season with the olive oil, lemon juice, parsley and salt. Toss well. Serves 6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Insalata di Pasta alla Siciliana

Insalata di Pasta alla Siciliana
Sicilian Pasta Salad


1/2 lb Penne or Farfalle pasta
1/2 cup spicy green olives
1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
1/2 jar seasoned peppers in oil, diced (reserve some oil for dressing)
1 jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained coarsely chopped
1/2 jar marinated eggplant, drained
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon of dried basil, oregano or other favorite herbs
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste


Cook pasta for 2 minutes less than directed on the package so that it will not get too soft as it sits in the dressing; rinse immediately under cold running water. Add the remaining ingredients, plus salt and pepper to taste; mix well. Chill until served. Stir again before serving.

Note: Other possible additions: chunky tuna, grated Parmigiano or Romano cheese, crumbled feta cheese, cooked shrimp, slivered sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli florets or other vegetable favorites, slivered prosciutto, or roasted red peppers. Serves 4.

That's it!

 Recipe: Eggplant Rolatini

Eggplant Rolatini


1 large eggplant
8 oz mozzarella cheese
1 jar sun dried tomato pate
1 bunch basil
Balsamic vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil


Slice the eggplant lengthwise and brush with olive oil. Lightly grill using an indoor grill or grill pan. Set aside and let cool.

Cut the mozzarella into thick strips. To assemble lay one piece of eggplant out on the counter. At one end place a piece of cheese, a basil leaf and 1 tablespoon of tomato pate and roll up the eggplant and set aside. Repeat till all pieces are done.

Place on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 F for 3 to 5 minutes or until the cheese starts melting. Place on a platter and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates and 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:

A Law Dogs Would Love to Write

Rome - April 24 - Dog owners in Torino will be fined up to $650 if they don't walk their pets at least three times a day, under a new law from the city's council.

People will also be banned from dyeing their pets' fur or "any form of animal mutilation" for merely aesthetic motives such as docking dogs' tails, under the law about to be passed in the northern Italian city.

"In Torino it will be illegal to turn one's dog into a ridiculous fluffy toy," the city reported.

Italians can already be fined up to 10,000 euros and spend a year in prison if found guilty of torturing or abandoning their pets, but Torino's new rules go into much greater detail.

Dogs may be led for walks by people on bicycles, the rules say, "but not in a way that would tire the animal too much."

Italy considers itself an animal-loving nation and in many cities stray cats are protected by law. Still some 150,000 pet dogs and 200,000 cats are abandoned in Italy every year, according to animal rights groups.

To enforce the law, Torino police would rely largely on the help of tipsters spotting cruel treatment by their neighbors.

It said the 20-page rule book gives Torino the most stringent animal protection rules in the country. It even bans fairgrounds from giving away goldfish in plastic bags.

"Ma...per favore!"

I can't believe the audacity of Torino's city council along with all the free time they obviously have!

As if our daily lives aren't difficult enough, now we have to worry about pets ratting us out to the Italian polizia.

How do you enforce these incredibly brilliant laws?
How do you check that dogs have been walked three times?
How about braces for dogs with crooked teeth?
Should we compliment dogs when they wipe their mouths on our expensive Italian designer sofas?
Should dogs start to express concern if you don't shave your legs?

And as far as cats are concerned, we wouldn't exactly say 200,000 cats are mistreated and abandoned every year.

They abandon the Italians!

Have you ever visited the Roman Ruins?
They are invaded by cats.
They live in priceless real estate where humans cannot reach them and they're fed incredibly well.

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