06/15/10 Leek and Garlic Risotto

"L'uomo propone ma Dio dispone." (Man proposes but God disposes.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Cucumber and Shrimp Salad
  -Leek and Garlic Risotto
  -Tagliatelle with Prosciutto, Peas and Cream

"L'appetito vien mangiando!" (Appetite comes while you're eating!) Enjoy this week's recipes!

Arrivederci e a presto!

Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Cucumber and Shrimp Salad

Cucumber and Shrimp Salad
Insalata di Gamberi e Cetrioli


4 cucumbers, peeled and cut into thick sticks
14 oz (400 grams) shrimp, cooked, peeled, and deveined
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) double cream
Juice of 1 lemon, strained
1 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped


Put the cucumbers and shrimp in a salad bowl.

Mix together the cream and lemon juice in a bowl, stir in the paprika and season with salt.

Pour the dressing over the salad, sprinkle with parsley and toss well. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Leek and Garlic Risotto

Leek and Garlic Risotto
Porro e Aglio Risotto


1 cup Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 and 1/3 cups chicken stock
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup Mascarpone cheese
3 tbs Parmigiano cheese
1 leek, ends trimmed and chopped
3 stalks garlic, ends trimmed and chopped
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil


In a large pan heat 1 tbs of olive oil over medium high heat.

Add the rice and let it toast for about 90 seconds.

Add the white wine to the pan and stir.

Once the white wine has been evaporated, add the chicken stock 1/2 cup at a time, letting the liquid soak up before adding the next round.

Repeat this step until the stock is used up and the rice is tender.

Add the mascarpone cheese and Parmigiano cheese.

Season with salt and pepper as needed.

In another skillet heat the last tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat.

Add the chopped and cleaned leeks and green garlic to the pan and saute for 5 minutes until soft.

Combine the sauteed vegetables with the rice portion.

Sprinkle with Parmigiano cheese and serve. Serves 2.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Tagliatelle with Prosciutto, Peas and Cream

Tagliatelle with Prosciutto, Peas and Cream
Tagliatelle Con Prosciutto, Piselli, e Crema


2 cooked ham or Prosciutto slices, diced
7 oz (200 grams) shelled peas
1 onion, sliced very thinly
1 oz (25 grams) butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) double cream
10 oz (275 grams) fresh Tagliatelle pasta
2 oz (50 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated


Heat the butter and olive oil in a saucepan.

Add the onion and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes until softened.

Add the peas and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 20 minutes.

Stir in the cream.

Cook for 5 minutes, then add the ham or prosciutto.

Cook the Tagliatelle pasta in a large pan of salted, boiling water until 'al dente', then drain and toss with the Parmigiano cheese and hot sauce.

Transfer to a warm serving dish. Serves 4.

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:

Italy Risks Millions In Fines For Inadequate Emergency Number

Brussels - May 5, 2010 - Italy is set to pay at least $24 million in fines for offering an inadequate service for the European Union-wide 112 emergency number, the European Commission said Wednesday.

The commission, which as the EU's executive is responsible for policing its laws, has for a long time complained that people calling 112 from a mobile phone in Italy could not be automatically located. The EU digital development commissioner, Neelie Kroes, said this was 'a serious breach of EU law that endangers citizens' lives and well-being,' as being able to find quickly people in danger 'is often a case of life and death.'

The EU's court of justice in January 2009 condemned Italy's failure, but the despite the ruling the country has not yet complied with the commission's demands. The EU executive has therefore turned again to the EU's judges, asking them to fine Italy 39,680 euros ($51,000) for every day that has passed since they ruled on the case.

To date, the bill amounts to $24,225,000. But in case Italy had not yet put its house in order by the time the EU court returns on the case, the commission has asked for a heftier, 178,560-euro ($231,000) daily fine to be imposed, to run until the Italian 112 service is upgraded accordingly.

Kroes's spokesman, Jonathan Todd, said the commission's objective was not to raise revenue, but to introduce sufficient financial incentives for Italy to comply with EU rules.

Hello? Pronto? Bonjour? Vaffanculo? Anyone there?

Si! It’s the sad truth that Italy has a really hard time complying to just about any of the European Commission's demands. But you see, that's the beauty of Italy. We splendidly go against the tide. We're a nation filled with stylish and gorgeous anti-conformists.

"Cazzarola", how trivial these Europeans are?"
"Our emergency number is not up to par."
"We could be endangering citizens' lives and well being."
"'Fanculo, how boring! How absurd!

Why don't we all just go to a whore in a handbasket?"

When you remind these Italian politicians that we've been fined $51,000 a day since January 2009, that the bill has already amounted to over $24 million, and that the fine will soon go up to $231,000 a day, the typical response you'll get is:

"Minchia, che bella giornata! I'm in the mood for a chocolate and pistachio gelato."

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