06/18/13 Spaghetti with Crab and Lemon Sauce

"Chi va a letto senza cena tutta la notte si dimena." (He who goes to bed without eating, will regret it throughout the night.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Caprese Salad
  -Spaghetti with Crab and Lemon Sauce
  -Lime Panna Cotta with Raspberries

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 Recipe: Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad
Insalata Caprese


2 heirloom beefsteak tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
1 pint multi-colored cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
8 oz buffalo mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
15 small basil leaves
Sea salt
Coarsely cracked black pepper, to taste


Arrange sliced tomatoes on a large serving platter, and scatter with smaller tomatoes.

Cut mozzarella cheese and place over tomatoes.

Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Sprinkle with basil, salt and pepper, and serve immediately. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Spaghetti with Crab and Lemon Sauce

Spaghetti with Crab and Lemon Sauce
Spaghetti con Granchio e Salsa di Limone


8 ounces lump crabmeat
3 ounces prosciutto, sliced crosswise
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus extra for drizzling
1 large garlic clove, pressed
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 and 1/2 teaspoons anchovy paste
1 teaspoon lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 and 1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh parsley plus whole sprigs for garnish
3/4 pound spaghetti


Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente', stirring occasionally.

Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil and garlic in large skillet over medium heat.

Mix in lemon juice, lemon peel, anchovy paste and crushed red pepper.

Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.

Add pasta, 1/4 cup cooking liquid, chopped parsley, and crabmeat to skillet.

Toss over medium heat until sauce coats pasta, adding more cooking liquid by the tablespoonfuls to moisten if necessary, about 4 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer to large platter.

Top with prosciutto.

Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with parsley sprigs. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Lime Panna Cotta with Raspberries

Lime Panna Cotta with Raspberries
Panna Cotta alla Limetta con Lamponi


6 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
1 and 1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 and 1/4 cups whipping cream, divided

1/2 cup mascarpone cheese or cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar, divided

1 tablespoon butter
1 and 1/2 6-ounce containers raspberries (about 2 cups)
1 lime


Combine 1/4 cup juice and peel in small saucepan.

Sprinkle gelatin over.

Let stand 5 minutes.

Add 1/4 cup cream to gelatin mixture.

Stir over low heat just until gelatin dissolves.

Remove from heat.

Whisk mascarpone and 1/2 cup sugar in medium bowl.

Gradually whisk in remaining 1 cup cream until smooth.

Whisk gelatin mixture into cream mixture.

Pour into 6 wide mouthed glasses or small wine glasses.

Chill until set, at least 4 hours or overnight.

Stir remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1/4 cup sugar, and butter in large skillet over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes.

Cool 2 minutes.

Fold in berries.

Spoon over desserts.

Grate peel from 1 lime directly over desserts. Serves 4-6.

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:

Embryos Lost At Fertility Clinic Thanks To Incompetence

Rome - April 02, 2012 - A blackout last week at the Rome hospital San Filippo Neri caused 94 embryos, 130 eggs and five sperm samples to be lost due to a refrigeration failure in the facility's fertility clinic.

Investigators examining the incident Monday said that criminal charges, including neglect, incompetence, as well as involuntary manslaughter in the case of the destroyed embryos, are being discussed.

Temperatures in the refrigeration unit shot up from -196 degrees centigrade to +20 degrees on the morning of March 27, said investigators.

On a serious note, this is such a shame because Italy is not the kindest place in Europe for people who need help having a child.

For example, we forbid single women and lesbian couples, whether they are attractive or not, from using artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization, or IVF, to conceive. And Italy also bans all egg and sperm donations for IVF.

Italians also have a strong historic tie to that Vatican, which forbids IVF, primarily because the procedure may involve the destruction of embryos. And, Holy Maria, we've been trying to cut that umbilical cord for decades but to no avail.

We're not done...

They are also against artificial insemination because it believes procreation should only be by a husband and wife through the natural act of sex. It's at this point that everything flies out the window.

- Should the natural act of sex between husband and wife include pointing at each other and laughing?
- What should a wife do if her husband is a very quiet guy, doesn't utter a sound and "almost" changes the expression on his face during that natural act?

And then there's the dreadful low sperm count...which has to be indirectly caused by lack of sex, ugly Italian women and cold water. Our Uncle Alfredo went to a fertility clinic for a consultation and to deposit samples after he noticed he was making less of a mess during that natural act. Just to be on the safe side.

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