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"Buon Estate!" Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery.

This week's edition features Italian cookie recipes:
  -Zuppa di Salsiccia e Lenticche
  -Vermicelli alla Siracusana
  -Involtini di Tonno Fresco

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We hope you enjoy the recipes in this week's issue and the complimentary news article report from "Only In" .

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Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Zuppa di Salsiccia e Lenticche

Zuppa di Salsiccia e Lenticche
Sausage and Lentil Stew


1 1/2 cups lentils
1 1/4 lbs thick or thin sweet (mild) Italian sausages without fennel seeds
3 ribs celery plus their leaves
1 medium-sized yellow onion
5 1/2 cups spring water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Black pepper


Rinse the lentils and cull them for small stones and debris. Put them in a heavy 4-quart pot with a tight-fitting lid.

Cut thick sausages into 1-inch lengths or thin ones into 2-inch lengths, and put them in the pot.

Clean and thinly slice the celery, chop the leaves, peel and finely chop the onion, and add it all to the pot.

Pour in the water, and add the salt and a few grindings of black pepper. Stir all the ingredients together, cover, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Reduce the heat and cook at a lively simmer for about 1 hour, stirring from time to time to prevent the lentils from burning. When the sausages and lentils are cooked and the liquid has thickened, serve piping hot in bowls. Serves 4.

That's it!

 Recipe: Vermicelli alla Siracusana

Vermicelli alla Siracusana


1 small eggplant (3/4 lb), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 yellow peppers, halved, stemmed, and seeded
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 salted anchovies, rinsed, boned, gutted, and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon salted capers, rinsed and coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 lb plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and cut into long, thin strips
12 basil leaves, torn
12 black olives, pitted and chopped
1 lb vermicelli
1/4 lb coarsely grated Caciocavallo or Pecorino Romano cheese


Toss the eggplant with 1 tablespoon of the salt in a colander set over a bowl. Set aside to purge its bitter juices for 30 minutes, then rinse and blot dry with paper towels.

Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Place the pepper halves, cut side down, on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Broil until blackened, about 20 minutes. Wrap in the foil; cool 15 minutes, unwrap, peel, and cut into strips.

Heat the olive oil in a 14-inch skillet over a medium-high flame. Add the purged eggplant and fry until softened and silky, about 10 minutes, stirring often. Fold in the anchovies, capers, and garlic and cook 3 minutes, still stirring. Stir in the tomatoes, basil, olives, roasted pepper strips, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and cover. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes and adding a little water if the sauce dries out too much.

When you are ready to serve, bring 5 quarts of water to a boil. Drop in the vermicelli and the remaining 2 tablespoons of salt and cook until the vermicelli are al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.

Toss the vermicelli with the hot eggplant sauce in a large serving bowl, dilute with as much of the reserved pasta cooking water as needed, sprinkle with the Caciocavallo, and serve immediately. Serves 4.

That's it!

 Recipe: Involtini di Tonno Fresco

Involtini di Tonno Fresco
If fresh tuna is not available sword fish is equally good.


1/2 cup bread crumb
2 tbsp milk
1 garlic clove crushed
2 tbsp chopped parsley
2 eggs, hard boiled
1 1/2 tbsp grated Pecorino
1 egg
1 small onion
4 fresh tomatoes or 1 cup tomato sauce
1 thick slice fresh tuna fish
12 very fine slices fresh tuna fish


Soak the bread crumb in milk. Chop the parsley with the garlic. Hard boil two eggs and chop. Squeze out the excess milk from the bread crumb, put it in a bowl and mix in the chopped parsley and hard boiled eggs, the raw egg, the grated Pecorino and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Chop the onion and fry it in a little olive oil with the squashed tomatoes (preferably without skin) or tomato sauce. Cook for about ten minutes. Mince the thick slice of tuna and add to the pan and cook stirring for two minutes.

Remove just the cooked tuna drained of the sauce and add it to the mixture and amalgamate. Place a little of the mixture on each slice of fresh tuna keeping well inside the edges and roll the fish slice closed.

Seal the rolls with toothpicks or string and fry for a few minutes in hot oil to sear the flesh then add the tomato sauce and cook on gentle heat for 5 minutes.

Remove the toothpicks or string and place on a serving dish and bring to table very hot.

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:

Doctors Fail To Notice Plastic and Glass In the Face.

(AGI) - Frosinone, 28 May - A twenty year old living in Frosinone, involved in a car accident three months ago, was accompanied to the casualty ward in the local hospital where the doctors there put ten stitches in a wound close to his left eye.

Despite strictly following his prescription, the young man continued to suffer extreme pain in his forehead and yesterday was transferred urgently to the S. Andrea Hospital in Rome.

Here, after intensive examination, with great astonishment doctors discovered that dozens of tiny fragments of glass and a splinter from the dashboard of his car one centimeter long and half a centimeter wide were still stuck in his face. They operated on him immediately and his family are planning to sue the doctors in Frosinone.


Our sincerest compliments to Dr. Franco N. Beans.

You can't really blame Italian doctors. These things can happen especially when the doctors examine you through a web cam and operate in the ambulance garage of the hospital.

Unfortunately, medical science attempted to take a rational road here, but with Italian doctors, the bridge was out!

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