06/03/14 Cherry and Almond Panna Cotta

"Life is too short, and I'm Italian. I'd much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0." Sophia Bush Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Sweet and Sour Baby Onions
  -Fresh Fettuccine with Sausage, Favas and Tomatoes
  -Cherry and Almond Panna Cotta

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 Recipe: Sweet and Sour Baby Onions

Sweet and Sour Baby Onions
Cipolline in Agrodolce


1 and 1/2 lbs cipolline or pearl onions, peeled
1/2 cup raisins
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 and 1/2 tbsp sugar
Kosher salt, to taste


Place raisins into a small bowl.

Cover with hot water and let soften for 30 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.

Add onions and cook until golden brown, 8-10 minutes.

Pour off olive oil.

Drain raisins.

Add raisins, vinegar, and sugar and season with salt.

Cook, stirring, until sauce thickens, 2-3 minutes. Serves 4-6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Fresh Fettuccine with Sausage, Favas and Tomatoes

Fresh Fettuccine with Sausage, Favas and Tomatoes
Fettuccine con Salsiccia, Fave e Pomodori


1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1/8 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/2 pound Italian sausages, casings removed
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 and 3/4 cups chopped plum tomatoes
1 cup shelled fresh fava beans (about 1 pound), blanched 3 minutes then peeled, or double-peeled frozen, thawed
3/4 pound fresh pasta sheets, cut as desired, or dried egg fettuccine pasta
2 tablespoons finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese plus additional for serving


Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Add the onion, garlic cloves and crushed red pepper.

Saute until onion is translucent, about 5-6 minutes.

Add the sausages.

Break them up with a fork.

Saute until brown, about 2-3 minutes.

Add wine.

Simmer 1 minute, scraping up the browned bits.

Add the tomatoes and fava beans.

Saute until tomatoes soften, about 5 minutes.

Season sauce with salt and pepper.

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente'.

Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking liquid.

Return the pasta to the same pot.

Add the sauce to the pasta.

Toss over medium heat until the sauce coats the pasta, adding reserved cooking liquid as needed if dry, about 2 minutes.

Mix in 2 tablespoons of cheese.

Transfer the pasta to a bowl.

Serve, passing additional cheese. Serves 3-4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Cherry and Almond Panna Cotta

Cherry and Almond Panna Cotta
Panna Cotta con Ciliegi e Mandorle


1 cup whole milk, divided
2 and 1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (from about 2 envelopes)
3 cups heavy whipping cream
10 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 pound fresh cherries, pitted, halved
1 tablespoon almond liqueur (optional)


Pour 1/4 cup milk into small microwave-safe bowl.

Sprinkle gelatin over.

Stir to blend.

Let stand 5 minutes to soften gelatin.

Heat cream, 5 tablespoons sugar, and remaining 3/4 cup milk in small saucepan over medium heat just until bubbles begin to form around edge of pan, stirring to dissolve sugar.

Stir in almond extract and vanilla extract.

Heat gelatin mixture in microwave on low power until gelatin dissolves, stirring every 15 seconds for about 45 seconds.

Stir gelatin mixture into warm milk mixture.

Let stand 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.

Divide mixture among eight 3/4-cup glasses or compote dishes.

Cover each with plastic.

Chill until set, about 4 hours.

Stir almonds and 1 tablespoon sugar in small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until nuts are toasted and sugar melts and coats nuts, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes.

Transfer candied almonds to plate to cool, stirring occasionally.

Place cherries, almond liqueur (if using), and remaining 4 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl.

Toss to coat.

Let stand until sugar dissolves and juices form, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.

Divide cherries with juices among glasses.

Sprinkle candied almonds over and serve. Serves 6-8.

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:

Italian With ZERO Income Found Driving A Ferrari

Vercelli - October 4, 2013 - Italian police stopped a distinguished and educated businessman from Liguria who had not declared his income for years at the wheel of a Ferrari.

The man had not signed any car rental documents for the Ferrari F430 Scuderia super car, worth more than 120,000 Euros ($160,000 USD), police said.

Police also discovered that the owner of the car rental company was also completely unknown to Italian tax authorities.

In Italy this is who we call a discreet "testa di minchia". One who reminds us of Liberace saying, "I don't want anyone noticing my clothes".

Italy's tax evasion fun facts:

- An estimated 285 billion Euros ($385 billion USD) remained unpaid in 2012. That's 18% of GDP. Death may be certain in Italy...but taxes are another "minestrone".

- According to gov't stats, 1.6 million Italians work in bars, hotels and restaurants; one million are on the books while the other 600,000 are hidden. But no one knows where they're hiding; in tents in the restaurant parking lots, under the bar counter...

- 1 out of every four helicopters are owned by Italians who declare less than 20,000 Euros ($27,000 USD) a year.
These are the "figli di puttane" you'll often see landing on the rooftops of soup kitchens.

- The percentage of medical doctors in the province of Caserta that do not issue invoices or receipts is...100%.
They're unable to type them out...because they have no keyboards. That's why we call them "Doctors Without Keyboards". It's a well known humanitarian organization "del cazzo".

A category of professionals that deserve a standing ovation. Thank you, doctors.
And the kick in the "coglioni" is idiot candy stripers declare more in their taxes.

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