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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Broccoli Rabe and Provolone Cheese Sandwiches
  -Brussels Sprout Salad with Red Onion and Pecorino Cheese
  -Capellini with Ricotta Cheese

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 Recipe: Broccoli Rabe and Provolone Cheese Sandwiches

Broccoli Rabe and Provolone Cheese Sandwiches
Panini al Cime di Rape e Al Formaggio Provolone

Ingredients:

1/2 lb broccoli rabe, tough ends discarded
2 flat anchovies, rinsed, patted dry, and chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
One (8 to 9-inch) sliced (1/4-inch thick) fine-quality round Italian loaf
1/3 lb sliced provolone cheese

Directions:

Cook broccoli rabe in a 4-quart pot of boiling salted water , uncovered, until tender, about 3-4 minutes.

Drain well in a colander, then chop.

Cook anchovies and garlic in 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until garlic just begins to turn golden, about 1 minute.

Add broccoli rabe and cook, stirring, 1 minute.

Heat a well-seasoned ridged grill pan over moderate heat.

Brush 4 center slices of bread on 1 side with remaining 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil. (Reserve remainder of loaf for another use.)

Put slices, oiled sides down, on a work surface, then divide half of cheese between 2 slices.

Top with all of broccoli rabe mixture, remaining cheese, and remaining 2 bread slices, oiled sides up.

Put sandwiches on press, then pull down top onto sandwiches and cook until sandwiches are browned and crisp, 4 to 8 minutes. (If using grill pan, put a heavy pan on top of sandwiches and cook, turning sandwiches over once.) Makes 2 sandwiches.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Brussels Sprout Salad with Red Onion and Pecorino Cheese

Brussels Sprout Salad with Red Onion and Pecorino Cheese
Cavoletti con Cipolla Rossa e Formaggio Pecorino

Ingredients:

3 cups Brussels sprouts (use larger sprouts if possible)
1/2 small red onion
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Soak the onion slices in a small bowl of cold water for 15 to 20 minutes while the rest of the ingredients are being prepared.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, honey, mustard and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Whisk in the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified.

Set aside.

Trim all of the Brussels sprouts, cutting off any bruised outer leaves and slicing off a good portion of the hard root end.

Using a mandoline, shave the sprouts one at a time.

When you're done, use your fingers to gently separate the leaves so that the shredded sprouts resemble a very fine slaw.

Put the sprouts in a serving bowl and toss gently with the drained onions and the dressing.

Fold in the Pecorino cheese, taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Serve immediately, before salad starts to wilt. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Capellini with Ricotta Cheese

Capellini with Ricotta Cheese
Capellini con Ricotta

Ingredients:

8 ounces Capellini or angel hair pasta
26 ounces (about 2 cups) tomato sauce
1/4 cup extra virgin quality olive oil, plus more for thinning the ricotta and drizzling
1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
Chopped parsley
Grated Parmigiano cheese for garnishing
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salty water to a boil.

Add the pasta and cook until 'al dente'.

In the meantime, combine the tomato sauce and olive oil in a saucepan to warm.

In a bowl, mix the ricotta with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and enough olive oil to loosen it up.

Spoon the warm tomato sauce into bowls.

Use tongs to lift the pasta straight from the pot and into the waiting bowls.

Twist it into high mounds, then top with the ricotta mixture and drizzle with olive oil.

Top with fresh pepper, parsley, and Parmigiano cheese as desired. Serves 3-4.

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:

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Rome - July 3, 2011 - Police have broken up a banquet of bear meat hosted by Berlusconi's powerful coalition partner in northern Italy after government ministers and animal rights groups described the event as scandalous.

The order came as about 200 people lined up to devour grilled and stewed bear at a rally in Imer in the Italian Dolomites organized by the Northern League.

Organizers said they had bought the meat legally in Slovenia to get round a ban on bear hunting in Italy, but food safety officers from Italy's paramilitary Carabinieri police objected to the lack of import documentation for the 50kg of meat.

Foreign minister Franco Frattini and tourism minister Michela Vittoria Brambilla had condemned the bear feast as "a scandalous initiative", while environment minister Stefania Prestigiacomo described the get-together as "barbarous".

In his blog, Frattini said the banquet was particularly offensive since Italian bears were "almost extinct and we are trying with great effort to bring them back to the mountains that have hosted them for centuries".

The brown bear population has risen to about 35 in and around the Dolomites after 10 were reintroduced there a decade ago. But instead of celebrating their return, some locals have complained that the bears are attacking chickens and sheep. Claims made for lost livestock rose to 100,000 Euros ($143,000 USD) last year, and farmers were fed up, said Maurizio Fugatti, an MP for the anti-immigrant Northern League.

Hence the banquet, which, said Fugatti, had been planned to "send a clear signal to citizens who have the right to reconquer their territory and freely circulate".

To protect locals from marauding bears, he added, "we prefer to eat them like this."

Fugatti said half of the bear meat had been cooked for the canceled banquet but the remainder was frozen and ready for a new dinner date should the paperwork be put in order.

"The idea was to attract attention to a bear repopulation plan which has got out of hand, resulting in locals being followed by bears through woods normally frequented by families. Even if the banquet doesn't happen, we have made our point," he went on.

The Northern League has long specialized in controversial statements and stunts. In 2007 Senator Roberto Calderoli proposed dissuading Muslims from building a mosque in Bologna by parading a pig across the chosen site, defiling it.

Yogi Bear: "Mamma mia, Boo-Boo, these animals are out of their mind."

Have you ever wondered how some mental Italian politicians who give a personal name to each one of their kitchen knives are able to win glory, wealth, fame, and an enduring place in Italy's sagas while others have to settle for plundering a few small towns in Calabria and Sicily?

Welcome to the world of the "Lega Nord".

It’s easy to see how simple and foul-mouthed the tone of their language is. It is the same linguistic style used by Lega representatives, a trick they have used to reach a wider public (a stupid and illiterate public, mind you, who is usually full of crap and immobile from eating too much polenta, slurping grappa, and belching) in the past elections and "conquer" a new electorate with so-called hot issues such as national security, immigration...and bear invasions.

So, what principles separate these Northern Italian Vikings from ordinary political ravagers? Well, the Lega Nord embraces the plunder approach which states that all the resources and success of a country should be held by the territory responsible for it...their territory.

1. Be arrogant and destructive
Accept responsibility for your actions in order to take control of the situation (a bear barbecue). You can be either reactive or destructive. When you are reactive, you blame other Italians for your problems. When you are destructive, other Italians blame you for their problems.

2. Principles of personal victory
Set long term goals based on the total victory principle. Visualization is an important tool. Visualize overwhelming the Southern Italian warriors with soap and jobs, plundering their little towns, and carrying off their women and cattle (leader of the Lega Nord, Bossi, is married to a Sicilian). Unless your longship has limited cargo space, in which case you might want to visualize leaving some of the ugly and fat women behind.

3) Go nuts
Going nuts is a very effective way to overwhelm an Italian government. Avoid decision making. Apply destructive problem solving. Employ brute force to promote successful confrontation. Embrace and leverage annihilation (Bossi once referred to immigrants as "bingo bongos" and has suggested that immigrant boats off Italy's shores be fired upon with cannons).

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