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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Torta Fregoletta
  -Pastiera Napoletana
  -Biscotti Ripieni al Cioccolato con Ciliegia

Enjoy the recipes, your summer and the complimentary news article report from "Only In Italy.com".

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 Recipe: Torta Fregoletta

Torta Fregoletta

Ingredients:

1.2 cups (300 grams) of almonds
1.2 cups (300 grams) of white flour
1.2 cups (300 grams) of sugar
2 eggs
Some butter
Some liquid whipping cream
Salt

Directions:

Boil the almonds, peel than and grind them with a mortar and pestle, adding the sugar bit by bit.

Add the flour, a pinch of salt and the two egg yolks, blend them well, adding a dash of whipping cream.

Spread in a well-buttered baking pan (preferably round). Place in the oven heated to 375 F (190 C) until it turns to a golden color. Serves 4.


 Recipe: Pastiera Napoletana

Pastiera Napoletana
Neapolitan Ricotta Tart

This recipe comes from the Cappuccino Convent at Amalfi.

Ingredients:

For the Pastry:
8 oz (225 grams) unsalted butter
6 oz (175 grams) caster sugar
4 egg yolks
1 lb (450 grams) plain white or Italian type 00 flour

For the Filling:
1 lb (450 grams) ricotta cheese
4 oz (100 grams) caster sugar
1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground cinnamon
Grated zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon
4 tbs (60 ml) orange flower water
4 oz (100 grams) candied orange or mixed peel
1 large egg, separated
1 pint (550 ml) milk
4 oz (100 grams) vermicelli pasta
Large pinch of salt
Icing sugar, for dusting

Directions:

To make the pastry:
Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and cream together. Add the egg yolks and then gradually add the flour, mixing well to make a soft dough. Wrap in greaseproof paper and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

To make the filling:
Put the ricotta cheese, the sugar, reserving just 2 tbs (30 ml), the cinnamon, half the lemon zest, the lemon juice, orange flower water, candied peel, and the egg yolk in a bowl and beat together.

In a small saucepan, bring the milk to a boil, add the vermicelli pasta, the remaining 2 tbs (30 ml) sugar, the remaining lemon zest and the salt and simmer gently until the vermicelli has absorbed all the milk. Whilst still warm, blend the pasta carefully into the ricotta mixture.

Whisk the egg white until it just holds its shape, then fold into the mixture.

Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C).

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry and use two-thirds to line an 11 inch (28 cm) loose-bottomed flan tin.

Add the ricotta filling. Cut the remaining pastry into strips and arrange in a lattice pattern on top of the tart.

Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes until golden. Dust with sifted icing sugar before serving warm or cold. Serves 10.

That's it!


 Recipe: Biscotti Ripieni al Cioccolato con Ciliegia

Biscotti Ripieni al Cioccolato con Ciliegia
Chocolate Cherry Biscuits

Ingredients:

12 oz (350 grams) plain white or Italian type 00 flour
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) baking powder
4 oz (125 grams) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 oz (75 grams) sugar
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) blanched almonds
2-3 tbs (30 - 45 ml) cherry conserve
4 oz (125 grams) dark chocolate

Directions:

In a large bowl, sift the flour and baking powder. Add the butter and, using your hands, work the butter into the flour until the mixture is coarse. Add the eggs and sugar and mix with your hands until a ball of dough is formed. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth. Wrap in greaseproof paper and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Lightly grease several baking trays.

Finely chop the nuts.

Put the dough on a floured surface and, using a rolling pin, flatten the dough. Sprinkle the nuts over the surface and knead them into the dough with your hands.

Divide the dough in half. Roll out one half into a 12 inch (30 cm) square. Trim the edges so that they are straight. With a fluted pastry wheel, cut the dough width ways into 8 rows and length ways into 6 rows. The biscuits should be 1 and 1/2 by 2 inch (4 by 5 cm).

Repeat with the remaining dough. Place the biscuits well apart on the baking trays.

Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.

When cold, spread the jam on half the biscuits and sandwich them together in pairs.

Melt the chocolate and, using a small spoon, spread a little of the chocolate evenly over the top of each biscuit. Place on a wire rack and leave to dry completely before serving.

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:

Italian Mafia Murders Are Down By Over 30%, Prosecutor Says

Jan. 16 - Mob-related murders in Italy fell by a third in 2005 as the Sicilian Mafia moved to lower its profile in an attempt to ease business and political relations, the country's anti-Mafia prosecutor said today.

Mafia homicides fell to 143 in 2005 from 212 a year earlier, representing a quarter of all murders in Italy, according to a study by Ansa news agency and Eures research institute published today.

"The decline of homicides by Cosa Nostra was part of a precise strategy," anti-Mafia prosecutor Pietro Grasso said in Rome, commenting on the data. "Fewer homicides don't mean that the mob is weaker. It means that there are fewer internal disputes."

Crime syndicates drained $45 billion from Italy's economy in 2005, and that excludes income from drug and arms trafficking, according to SOS Impresa, a Rome-based group that fights corruption. Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi promised before last year's election to make the fight against the Mafia an "absolute priority" in order to cultivate growth in southern Italy, known as the Mezzogiorno.

Mob-related murders continued to decline in 2006, Grasso said, without giving the exact number. The data exclude what are called "bloodless" murders, where mobsters disappear and are never heard from again. The number of those each year is unknown, Grasso said.

Camorra, Cosa Nostra

Half of all mob murders in 2005 were committed by the Camorra, or the Mafia located in and around Naples, which is driven by rivalries between more than 40 different clans. Cosa Nostra, which has a unified, vertical command structure, was responsible for only 12 percent of the murders in 2005.

Sicilian mob boss Bernardo Provenzano was still a fugitive in 2005 and was the undisputed leader of Cosa Nostra, Europe's most powerful crime syndicate. He was captured in April of 2006.

Almost 92 percent of mob-related homicides go unsolved during the year that they are committed, according to the report. Ninety five percent of Mafia murders are executed with a firearm. The homicides are committed mostly in the evening between 6 p.m. and midnight, with the victims gunned down either as they walk in a populated city center, or as they drive their cars.

The report also indicated that the murder rate in the U.S. is five times higher than Italy's. Murders as a result of domestic disputes, totaling 174, outpaced mob-related homicides in 2005, the report said.

"Meno Male!" It's comforting to know there are now fewer "internal disputes". Italians were starting to get worried.
There's lots of Mafia in Italy. You know how the Americans have iPods? We have Mafia.

"Crime syndicates drained $45 billion from Italy's economy in 2005, and that excludes income from drug and arms trafficking." And that income happens to be a modest $55 billion.
$45 billion + $55 billion = A lot of money with fewer internal disputes

"Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi promised before last year's election to make the fight against the Mafia an "absolute priority" in order to cultivate growth in southern Italy, known as the Mezzogiorno." Our beloved and befuddled Prime Minister is not in touch with Italian reality. You can't believe what he says because he's lying. Instead of his nose growing, though, his stomach grew. It's like Pinocchio gone haywire.

"Mob-related murders continued to decline in 2006, Grasso said, without giving the exact number. The data exclude what are called "bloodless" murders, where mobsters disappear and are never heard from again." There's no such thing as a "bloodless" murder. Have you ever heard of a painless headache? There's a lot blood. It just happens to be somewhere else where you won't see it.

"Almost 92 percent of mob-related homicides go unsolved during the year that they are committed." Hmmm... Who would commit mob-related homicides? It can't be the mobsters themselves thanks to the fewer internal disputes. The 8 percent that are solved are from prosecutors or cops who accidentally bump into them around street corners or bars.

"Ninety five percent of Mafia murders are executed with a firearm." They did a study for $3 million that showed that 98% of the victims were mad at their killers at the time of the murders.

"The homicides are committed mostly in the evening between 6 p.m. and midnight..." Of course. The day is meant for espresso, reading the newspapers, collecting "insurance" payments, picking up the little mobsters from school, 2 hour lunch break and the hour nap.

"Murders as a result of domestic disputes, totaling 174, outpaced mob-related homicides in 2005." They forgot to calculate in the homicides due to mob-related domestic disputes.

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