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"Del male non fare e paura non avere." (Do no evil and have no fear.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Insalata Toscana di Riso
  -Risotto con Gamberi e Arugula
  -Torte di Tiramisu

Enjoy the recipes and the complimentary news article report from "Only In".


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 Recipe: Insalata Toscana di Riso

Insalata Toscana di Riso
Tuscan Rice Salad


1 cup Arborio rice or medium-grain white rice
3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 large egg
1 tablespoon grated Parmigiano cheese
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 cup finely diced cooked pork
1 cup frozen petite peas, thawed
1/3 cup chopped red onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
6 large lettuce leaves
1 medium tomato, cut into thin wedges


Bring large saucepan of water to boil.

Stir in rice and salt. Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered until rice is tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

Drain rice well.

Whisk vinegar and olive oil in large bowl.

Add warm rice and toss to coat.

Whisk egg and Parmigiano cheese in small bowl to blend.

Spray medium nonstick skillet with vegetable oil spray and heat over medium-high heat.

Add egg mixture and stir constantly until scrambled and curds are set, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool.

Cut egg into small pieces. Season to taste with pepper.

Stir egg pieces, pork, peas, red onion and parsley into rice. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper.

Line shallow bowl with lettuce leaves.

Spoon rice salad onto leaves. Surround with tomato wedges. Serve at room temperature. Serves 4.

That's it!

 Recipe: Risotto con Gamberi e Arugula

Risotto con Gamberi e Arugula
Risotto with Arugula and Shrimp


2 cups (packed) whole Arugula leaves plus 1/2 cup sliced (about 3 large bunches total)
1/2 cup (packed) fresh parsley leaves
4 garlic cloves, peeled
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
3 cups chicken broth
3 cups clam juice
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 cups Arborio rice or medium-grain white rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 and 1/2 lbs uncooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined


Combine 2 cups whole arugula leaves, parsley and garlic in processor. Blend until coarsely chopped.

With machine running, add 4 tablespoons olive oil; process until finely chopped.

Mix in lemon peel. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Bring broth and clam juice to simmer in large saucepan. Cover and keep warm over low heat.

Melt butter with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.

Add rice and stir 2 minutes. Add wine and stir until absorbed, about 1 minute.

Stir in 1 cup warm broth and simmer until absorbed, stirring frequently.

Cook until rice is almost tender, adding broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring often and allowing each addition to be absorbed before adding next, about 20 minutes.

Mix in arugula mixture and shrimp.

Continue cooking, adding more broth 1/4 cup at a time, until rice is creamy and tender and shrimp are cooked through, about 10 minutes longer.

Season risotto with salt and pepper.

Transfer to bowl. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup sliced arugula and serve. Serves 6 as an appetizer 4 as main course.

That's it!

 Recipe: Torte di Tiramisu

Torte di Tiramisu
Tiramisu Torte


8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups chilled whipping cream
2/3 cup powdered sugar
6 tablespoons amaretto
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder or coffee powder
One 9 to 10-inch angel food cake
3 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, coarsely grated
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted chocolate shavings (optional)


Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese in large bowl until smooth.

Add 1 cup whipping cream, 2/3 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons amaretto, cocoa and espresso powder. Beat until fluffy and smooth.

Using same beaters, beat remaining 1 cup cream in medium bowl until firm peaks form.

Fold whipped cream into cheese mixture for frosting.

Cut cake horizontally into 3 equal layers.

Place bottom cake layer on platter.

Sprinkle with 4 teaspoons amaretto.

Spread with 1 cup frosting.

Sprinkle with half of grated chocolate.

Repeat layering with cake, amaretto, frosting and grated chocolate.

Top with third cake layer.

Sprinkle with 4 teaspoons amaretto.

Spread remaining frosting over cake.

Press almonds onto sides of cake.

Top with chocolate shavings, if desired. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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:

Naples Running Out of Cemetery Graves

Naples - February 29, 2008 - Coffins and hearses ringed Naples town hall on Friday in a protest against problems at the southern city's cemeteries. Center-right opposition politicians, who led the protest, claimed that the city's graveyards had all but ground to a halt.

"Soon there won't be any graves left to put the bodies," said Andrea Santoro of Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PDL) party.

Santoro said long delays meant that people were being put into "improvised" graves.

"Before long it will be completely impossible to bury the 60 or so bodies which are the city's daily average," he claimed.

Naples council is meeting to address the cemeteries problem, which comes on top of a severe trash crisis in the city and the surrounding Campania region. The PDL has proposed opening a commission of inquiry into the graveyard woes and setting up a 'guarantor of rights for the deceased'.

"Cacchio!""Porca di quella vacca! Non finisce mai..." It never ends...

Poor Naples. It's not even a part of Italy anymore.
Greenland is more a part of Italy then Naples is.

How angry would you be if you were from Naples?
You finally die, you go to heaven and you find out you have to pass eternity listening to stupid jokes from other Napolitanos about your body left in limbo.

And what the hell is an "improvised" grave?
- Placing a coffin on the roof of a mausoleum?
- Opening a family mausoleum, placing a coffin in an available space and naming it the "Unknown Relative"?

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