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"Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare la donna mia..." (So kind and so honest my lady appears to be...) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Walnut Gnocchi
  -Roast Pork with Lemon
  -Praline

Hope your summer plans are coming along fine. Enjoy this week's recipes!

Arrivederci e a presto!

Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       


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 Recipe: Walnut Gnocchi

Walnut Gnocchi
Gnocchi alle Noci

Ingredients:

1 and 3/4 lbs (800 grams) potatoes
12 shelled walnuts, finely chopped
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon semolina
4 oz (120 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter, melted
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Steam the potatoes for about 20-25 minutes until tender.

Mash with a potato masher while still hot and knead with 3 oz (80 grams) of Parmigiano cheese, walnuts and eggs.

Season with salt to taste, then add the semolina. Gnocchi dough should be well mixed and the right consistency. Add more semolina, if necessary.

Shape into long rolls, cut into shorter lengths and press them gently against the underside of a grater.

Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to a boil.

Add the gnocchi, a few at a time, and remove with a slotted spoon as they rise to the surface.

Place on a warm serving dish and pour the melted butter over them.

Sprinkle with the remaining Parmigiano cheese and season with pepper. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Roast Pork with Lemon

Roast Pork with Lemon
Arrosto con Limone Caramellato

Ingredients:

2 and 1/4-lb (1-kg) loin of pork, boned
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary needles, chopped
6 fl oz (175 ml) dry white wine
2 oz (50 grams) sugar
5 tablespoons lemon juice, strained
1 tablespoon brandy
1 lemon, sliced
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Make a few incisions in the meat, along the grain, using a small knife.

Insert a pinch of rosemary needles in each incision until half have been used.

Place the pork in a deep bowl, pour in the wine and sprinkle with the remaining rosemary.

Leave to marinate in a cool place, turning occasionally, for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 230C (450F) Gas Mark 8.

Drain the pork, reserving the marinade, and tie neatly with kitchen string.

Put the meat in a roasting tin and roast for 15 minutes, then lower the temperature to 180C (350F) Gas Mark 4 and roast for a further 30 minutes.

Pour the reserved marinade over the pork, season with salt and pepper, return to the oven and roast for about 1 hour more.

Meanwhile, dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice and brandy in a bowl.

Remove the roasting tin from the oven and skim off the fat with a table spoon.

Pour the lemon mixture over the pork, return to the oven and roast, basting every 10 minutes, until the sauce thickened and the meat is dark and shiny.

Remove the pork and leave to stand for a few minutes, then untie and carve it into slices.

Place on a warm serving dish, surround with the lemon slice and spoon the cooking juices over the meat, Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Praline

Praline
Croccantini

Ingredients:

Extra virgin olive oil, for brushing
4 and 1/2 oz (130 grams) caster (or superfine) sugar
5 oz (150 grams) blanched almonds, chopped
1/2 oz (15 grams) unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Fresh bay leaves, to serve

Directions:

Brush a marble slab or a baking sheet with olive oil.

Melt the sugar with 1 and 1/2 teaspoons water in a heavy-based saucepan over a medium-low heat.

Stir in the almonds, then add the butter and lemon juice.

Lower the heat and cook until the mixture is golden brown.

Remove the pan from the heat and pour the mixture on to the oiled surface and spread out to 1/2 inch (1 cm) thick.

Cut into diamond shapes with a knife and leave to cool and set.

Break up the praline into diamonds and place each piece on a bay leaf. Serves 6.

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:

Gov't Adopts Rescue Plan...For Cars and Home Appliances

Rome - February 6, 2009 - The Italian government on Friday adopted an emergency plan to help the automobile sector which has been hit hard by the global economic crisis. The package also included measures to boost the sales of motorbikes, home appliances and furniture, for which demand has plunged in recent months.

Industry Minster Claudio Scajola explained that it was imperative to adopt the decree "because the automobile market is at a standstill".

Premier Silvio Berlusconi said that measures contained in the package "could boost consumer spending by between 0.5% and, optimistically, 1%. In turn this could significantly improve prospects for GDP this year, which is currently expected to shrink by 2%".

Without these measures to boost the automobile and durable goods sectors, the premier observed, "the state would have lost 700 euros in VAT revenue, taken in 1.2 billion euros less in tax revenue and seen additional welfare costs in the neighborhood of 500 million euros".

The premier added that in return for these incentives the government expected automakers to "keep their plants in Italy, invest in new products and pay in full their component suppliers who are suffering dearly from the crisis".

The government's action received a cool response from the automobile sector and consumers, both of which saw the measures as insufficient.

"We are not totally satisfied with the incentive plan and, frankly, expected more," the Italian Automobile Club (ACI) said in a statement.

Consumer groups Federconsumatori and Adusbef branded the government's package as "totally insufficient".

"We would have liked to have seen greater and more selective attention paid to Italian industry as a whole, the way other European countries are going," they said. The head of Italy's industrial employers association Confindustria, Emma Marcegaglia, agreed and said the package "is a step forward but much more needs to be done" to help industry.

"Minchia!" And to think I was considering for a while of getting a new dishwasher and motorbike. That was until my herd of sheep stampeded some sense into me.

The only progress the government ministers made from adopting this incredibly brilliant emergency plan was they figured out which hand to put the pen in.

"The premier added that in return for these incentives the government expected automakers to "keep their plants in Italy, invest in new products and pay in full their component suppliers who are suffering dearly from the crisis"." Hard to believe Italy's version of a shoeshine boy kept a straight face when he stated this.

"Consumer groups Federconsumatori and Adusbef branded the government's package as "totally insufficient"." The understatement of the year. You know, at least Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned.

"Figlio di puttana", they don't get it. We can only hope legislatures, senators, and their assistants will stop humping each other long enough to learn English and subscribe to London's Financial Times.

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