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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Sausage and Chicken Stuffed Potatoes
  -Radicchio Risotto
  -Coffee and Cocoa Sorbet

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Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Sausage and Chicken Stuffed Potatoes

Sausage and Chicken Stuffed Potatoes
Patate Ripiene Alla Salsiccia e Pollo


8 small potatoes, peeled
2 oz (50 grams) butter, plus extra for greasing
1 bay leaf
1 Italian sausage, skinned and crumbled
2 fl oz (50 ml) dry white wine
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) cooked chicken, coarsely chopped
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
3 tablespoons Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper


Cook the potatoes in salted water for about 30 minutes until just tender, then drain.

Halve lengthways and scoop out the flesh to make barquettes.

Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) Gas Mark 4.

Grease an ovenproof dish with butter.

Heat halt the butter in a pan with the bay leaf, add the sausage and cook, stirring frequently, until evenly browned.

Add the wine and cook until it has evaporated, then season with salt and pepper.

Remove and discard the bay leaf and pass the sausage, cooking juices and cooked chicken through a mincer into a bowl.

Stir in the parsley and Parmigiano cheese.

Melt the remaining butter and remove from the heat.

Fill the potato barquettes with the meat mixture, place in the prepared dish, sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and melted butter and bake for about 45 minutes. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Radicchio Risotto

Radicchio Risotto
Risotto al Radicchio


For the Vegetable Stock:
3 cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 turnips, coarsely chopped
2 leeks, trimmed and coarsely chopped
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
2 potatoes, coarsely chopped
2 onions, coarsely chopped
1 celery stick, coarsely chopped

For the Risotto:
12 oz (350 grams) risotto rice
7 oz (200 grams) radicchio, cut into strips
1 onion, chopped
3 oz (80 grams) butter
5 tablespoons white wine
2 tablespoons Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated


Prepare the Vegetable Stock:
Place all the vegetables in a large saucepan, pour in 1.5 liters (2 and 1/2 pints) of water, add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.

Lower the heat and simmer gently for about 20-25 minutes.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly, then strain into a bowl pressing down well on the vegetables with a wooden spoon.

Prepare the Risotto:
Bring the stock to a boil.

Meanwhile, melt half the butter in another saucepan.

Add the onion and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.

Stir in the radicchio, then stir in the rice and cook, stirring, until the rice grains are coated in butter.

Pour in the wine and cook until it has evaporated.

Add a ladleful of the hot stock and cook, stirring, until it has been absorbed.

Continue adding the stock, a ladleful at a time, and stirring until each addition has been absorbed. This will take about 20 minutes.

When the rice is tender, season with salt to taste, stir in the remaining butter and the Parmigiano cheese and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Coffee and Cocoa Sorbet

Coffee and Cocoa Sorbet
Sorbetto Caffe e Cacao


4 and 1/2 fl oz (135 ml) still mineral water
6 oz (175 grams) caster or superfine sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
8 fl oz (250 ml) freshly brewed extra-strong coffee


Pour the mineral water into a small saucepan, add the sugar and bring to the boil, stirring constantly, then stir in the cocoa powder.

Mix well and pour in the coffee.

Strain the mixture into a bowl and leave to cool, then pour into an ice-cream maker and freeze for about 20 minutes or according to the manufacturer's instructions. Makes l lb 2 oz (500 grams) sorbet.

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:

Italy: No One Beats Our Broccoli

Rome - February 11, 2009 - "Eat your whites!" a newspaper stated, noting that a "bristly upstart" from Italy was threatening to replace the more traditional cauliflower on dinner plates across Britain.

Yesterday Italy hit back, delivering a blow in the broccoli wars that was sure to turn British growers green with envy.

Politicians lined up to extol the virtues of the Italian greens with extravagant claims that broccoli could help you to lose weight and improve your life. Its very existence, they claimed, was proof that Italy was the world's undisputed culinary superpower.

Broccoli "was inflicting a heavy defeat on British cauliflower" for the simple reason that it tasted better, claimed one. "I invite British people to taste our broccoli and test its flavor and quality for themselves," said Luca Zaia, the Italian Minister of Agriculture.

He decried a campaign by the Brassica Growers' Association to help to save the cauliflower, as reported in a newspaper on Monday, as crude "protectionism".

"We know from experience that the British cauliflower can be good," he conceded, but was quick to add: "If you eat broccoli, extra virgin olive oil and pasta you will be fit, lose weight and live better."

Cauliflower production has fallen by 35 per cent in Britain in the past decade as tastes change but the growers' association insists that the quintessentially British vegetable must be saved.

Not so, say the Italians. "It would be too easy for us to retaliate by asking Italians not to buy Aquascutum or Burberry. But we would then fall into a protectionist trap rather than relying on quality and competitiveness," said Paolo Russo, head of the Parliamentary Agriculture Commission.

He added that Italian broccoli was "inflicting a heavy defeat on British cauliflower simply because it tastes better". Mr Russo advised British people also to eat mozzarella and Parmigiano cheeses and Italian hams. "Italian food products are appreciated around the world because they are of high quality and their origin is guaranteed. All the rest is protectionism and an offence to consumers."

Giuseppe Politi, head of the Italian Farmers' Confederation, suggested that British farmers should go over to broccoli production rather than trying to keep the vegetable out, "which certainly will not solve the problem".

Agriculture experts said that exports of Italian wine to Britain increased by 10 per cent last year. Coldiretti, another Italian farmers' organization, told an Italian news agency: "If, according the British paper, broccoli is substituting for cauliflower in British kitchens and restaurants then perhaps wine will eventually replace beer in pubs."

"Maria, mio amore, look at all this wonderful broccoli I brought home!"
"Francesco, che bello! Where did you get it?"
"Ah, Maria, would you believe this cute politician around the corner was selling them at 10 kgs a vote?"

Fun facts about broccoli:

1) The word broccoli comes from the Latin word "brachium" and the Italian word "braccio", which means "arm".
-> The word, "politico" comes from the Greek word "polis" and the Italian word "coglione", which means...coglione.

2) Broccoli is a part of the cabbage family.
-> Politicians have no family. They are spawned by Italy. It created them! Now it's too late. We can't abandon these lonely children who are telling Italian farming associations, "Just grow the vegetables, shut up, and leave the promoting to us."

3) Eating broccoli reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and death in postmenopausal women.
-> Politicians increase the risk of just about every disease and are only interested in premenopausal women.

4) Broccoli is a cool-weather crop and grows poorly in the summer.
-> Politicians are weeds which grow savagely and always in the wrong place. Sometimes they can take over and are difficult to remove. Ornamental or introduced public representatives can become 'politicians' when they spread rapidly from their original planting spot by seeding freely or by rooting, and can overpower their better-behaved voters.

5) Broccoli comes in a variety of colors, ranging from deep sage all the way to dark green and purplish-green.
-> Politicians come from a variety of Italian regions, ranging from the polenta-sucking racists from Padania to the corrupt cannoli-chomping Mafia from Sicily.

6) A long time ago, broccoli was considered "exotic" in someone's personal garden.
-> A long time ago, politicians were able to balance the budget and pick their nose at the same time.

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