05/25/10 Halibut With Herbs and Butter

"L'occhio del padrone ingrassa il cavallo." (A business thrives under the eye of its owner.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Chicken Salad
  -Halibut With Herbs and Butter
  -Chocolate Souffle Cake

"L'appetito vien mangiando!" (The appetite comes while you're eating!) Enjoy this week's recipes!

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 Recipe: Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad
Insalata di Pollo


For the Chicken:
3 medium (or 2 large) bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
Extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onions (about a quarter of a medium onion)
1/2 cup chopped celery (2 medium stalks)
1/2 cup thinly sliced roasted red peppers
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
Handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley
12 slices pancetta (or bacon), cooked
Salt and pepper

For the Vinaigrette Dressing:
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


Prepare the Chicken:
Preheat oven to 425F.

Rub some olive oil over chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper.

Roast for 25-30 minutes, depending on how thick chicken breasts are.

Let cool slightly, then peel away the skin and shred meat (you should have about 3 and 1/2 to 4 cups).

Drizzle chicken with a bit of the juices from pan, just to keep it moist.

Prepare the Vinaigrette Dressing:
Whisk together the vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, and sugar.

Stream in the olive oil, whisking vigorously, until combined.

Combine the onion, celery, red pepper, almonds, parsley, and shredded chicken in a large bowl.

Pour in the vinaigrette and toss to coat.

Serve with 10-12 slices hearty Italian bread. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Halibut With Herbs and Butter

Halibut With Herbs and Butter
Halibut con Erbe Aromatiche e Burro


8 Halibut fillets or steaks (about 1 inch thick)
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
1 tsp minced fresh chives
1 tsp minced fresh flat leaf parsley
1 tsp minced fresh chervil


Prepare the Herb Butter:
Cut the butter into small slices and place into a bowl.

Add the chopped herbs and combine together.

Mash everything together until it is evenly blended.

Cover with plastic and refrigerate for a few hours.

Prepare the Halibut:
Add a touch of olive oil to the bottom of a grill pan and bring to medium high heat.

Rub each piece of halibut with olive oil and salt and pepper.

Place the Halibut onto the grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side.

Flip and cook the other side until the fish becomes flaky and is cooked through (they should be golden brown on each side).

Transfer to serving dish and top each fillet with a small tab of herb butter. Serves 8.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chocolate Souffle Cake

Chocolate Souffle Cake
Torta al Cioccolato Souffle


12 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1/4 cup dark-brewed coffee
2 tablespoons dark rum
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
5 large eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar


Butter a 9-inch springform pan.

Preheat the oven to 325F and adjust the oven rack to the lower third of the oven.

Coarsely chop chocolate, and melt it with coffee, rum and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream in a large, heatproof bowl set over a pan of hot water.

Remove from heat and set aside.

Whip the cream until it forms soft, creamy peaks. It should not be too stiff.

Beat eggs and sugar with electric mixer until it forms a ribbon when you lift the beater, about 4 minutes.

Fold 1/3 of whipped eggs into the chocolate, then fold in the remaining eggs.

Fold in the whipped cream.

Scrape the batter into springform pan and set springform pan into a larger pan.

Pour in warm water until it reaches halfway up the side of the cake pan.

Bake the cake for 45 minutes (it should feel soft in the center, but will firm as it cools).

Remove from water bath and cool on rack for 1 hour. Serves 10-12.

That's it!

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Italy Places Low In Technology Rankings

Rome - March 25, 2010 - Italy fell by two places in the World Economic Forum's annual information technology report released Thursday making it the second lowest ranked country in the European Union.

Italy came in 48th out of 133 in the report, which ranks countries according to their ability to use technology to streamline government, drive the economy and empower society. It ranked second to last in the EU ahead of Greece in 56th place.

EU candidate Montenegro as well as a number of emerging economies such as Malaysia, Jordan, Tunisia and Thailand also placed ahead of Italy in the rankings.

According to the World Economic Forum, the Swiss non-profit known best for its annual meeting in Davos, Italy continues to struggle with bureaucratic and educational obstacles in becoming a more technologically advanced society. This contrasts with positive signs from the private sector in Italy ranking 25th for preparedness to invest in and make use of new technologies.

Sweden topped the rankings overall, for its techno-savvy government, first-rate broadband network and entrepreneurial readiness to cash in on the digital revolution.

On a rare serious note, Italy is known to be a country which has produced heavenly wines, interesting operas, and gorgeous people. What is less commonly known is that the Italians have also been great inventors. Okay, so today you will probably find the Italian Steve Jobs hiding in Sardegna somewhere, reinventing the abacus but quite a few of the essential items used around the world today in science, music, and in every day life were discovered and invented in Italy:

Bank: The name bank derives from the Italian word banco "desk/bench", used during the Renaissance by troublesome Jewish bankers in Florence. Centuries later, this incredible invention would uncontrollably evolve and bring about subsequent inventions like the "liquidity shortfall" and "bail out".

Cologne: It was a spirit-citrus perfume launched in Cologne in 1709 by Giovanni Maria Farina (1685-1766), an Italian perfume maker from Santa Maria Maggiore Valle Vigezzo, Italy. Later on, an annoying yenta named Coco Chanel would slap her imbecilic name on a bottle of 'toilet water' and force women to pay an exorbitant amount of money otherwise, as she would say, "a woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future."

Eyeglasses: Around 1284 in Italy, Salvino D'Armate is credited with inventing the first wearable eye glasses. The invention did bring needed vision correction but had a terrible side effect. The men with improved vision would take a good look at their wives and dump them immediately. They couldn't believe what they were married to...

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