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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Pasta with Arugula and Plum Tomatoes
  -Spumone al Caffè

Enjoy the recipes and the complimentary news article report from "Only In".


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Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Ribollita

"Twice-Boiled" Vegetable Soup with White Beans


2/3 cup dried Great Northern beans
10 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 large russet potato, peeled, sliced
2 large carrots, peeled, sliced
2 zucchini, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
1 bunch kale or Swiss chard, stems and ribs removed, leaves sliced
4 ounces savoy cabbage, thinly sliced
4 ounces green beans, chopped
1 celery stalk, thinly sliced
1 4-ounce slice pancetta
10 cups (or more) chicken broth


Place Great Northern beans in large saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover beans by 3 inches; let soak overnight.

Drain. Return to saucepan.

Add enough fresh cold water to cover beans by 3 inches.

Simmer until beans are tender, about 1 hour.

Drain. Puree 1 cup beans in processor.

Set aside pureed beans and whole beans.

Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large pot over medium heat.

Add chopped onion and parsley; saute 3 minutes.

Stir in tomato paste.

Add remaining vegetables and pancetta; saute 3 minutes.

Add 10 cups chicken broth, pureed beans and whole beans. Cover; simmer until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally, about 1 and 1/2 hours.

Season with salt and pepper.

Cool slightly. Chill uncovered until cold. Cover; chill overnight.

Bring soup to simmer.

Remove pancetta. Ladle soup into bowls. Drizzle remaining olive oil over soup and serve. Makes 10 servings.

That's it!

 Recipe: Pasta con Pomodori e Arugula

Pasta con Pomodori e Arugula
Pasta with Arugula and Plum Tomatoes


3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup half and half
3/4 cup chicken broth
3 large bunches Arugula, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 and 1/2 lbs plum tomatoes, chopped (about 3 1/2 cups)
1 lb Penne or Fusilli pasta, freshly cooked
1 cup grated Parmigiano cheese


Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat.

Add garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add half and half and broth and boil until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

Add arugula and crushed red pepper flakes and simmer until arugula wilts, about 1 minute.

Add tomatoes; cook until tomatoes soften, about 2 minutes.

Add pasta and 1/2 cup Parmigiano cheese; toss until sauce coats pasta, about 2 minutes.

Season mixture with salt and pepper.

Transfer pasta to large bowl. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

That's it!

 Recipe: Spumone al Caffè

Spumone al Caffè
Coffee and Cinnamon Ice Cream


4 large egg yolks
4 oz (100 grams) superfine sugar
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) freshly ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons coarsely ground continental coffee
1 and 1/4 pints double (or heavy) cream


Put the egg yolks, sugar, cinnamon and coffee in a heatproof bowl and beat well together.

Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and, using an electric whisk, whisk the mixture until it has doubled in volume.

Remove the bowl from the heat and continue whisking until cool.

Whip the cream until it just holds its shape, then fold into the egg mixture.

Pour the mixture into an ice cream machine and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Alternatively, pour the mixture into a shallow freezer container and freeze uncovered, for about 1 hour until mushy. Turn the mixture into a chilled bowl and whisk until smooth. Return to the container, freeze again until mushy then whisk again.

Return to the freezer to become firm. Cover the container with a lid for storing. 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:

Slooooooooooow Italian Judge Dismissed

Rome - June 16, 2008 - A judge whose failure to write up a sentence over an eight-year period left Mafia bosses roaming the streets of Sicily was sacked from the judiciary on Monday.

The action was taken by the Italian judiciary's self-governing body, the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM), but it will not take effect for 30 days and the judge will have another 90 days to present an appeal before the supreme Court of Cassation.

The case of Judge Edi Pinatto sparked outrage throughout the country and spurred Italian President Giorgio Napolitano to state that there could be no recurrences of "delays which undermine the prestige of the magistracy and the trust citizens have in it".

Pinatto may also face criminal charges in the Sicilian city of Catania for failing to carry out his public duties.

The judge convicted a Mafia family in 2000 of helping its notorious boss Giuseppe Madonia continue to run things from a jail where he was serving several life sentences for murder. Pinatto, then head of the court in another Sicilian city, Gela, sentenced two of Madonia's lower bosses to 24 years each and Madonia's wife to ten. Four other family members got shorter terms.

But they all walked free because Pinatto had not gotten around to writing his statutory "motivation" for the sentence within the allotted term.

Pinatto leaped to public attention in March when Gela Mayor Rosario Crocetta appealed to the justice ministry, saying "it is unthinkable that in a democratic country a judge has still not filed a sentence in eight years, letting an entire Mafia clan walk around free in my city".

Interviewed at the time by reporters, Pinatto was asked if he knew the two bosses and Madonia's wife had been free for six years. Pinatto - who had since become a public prosecutor in Milan - was quoted as saying: "Yes of course I know. But it isn't the first time that things like this have happened and I'm not the only one who takes so much time. I'll write to you in a few months after I've worked my way through the cases you can see piled up on my desk".

Pinatto failed to put pen to paper despite receiving two formal reprimands from the CSM. He reportedly defended himself by saying: "Yes, of course, it is a scandalous case, but there are others just like it".

The Pinatto affair came just ten days after another case of what Italians call 'slow justice' - again involving Mafiosi.

Ministers voiced indignation after the son of Mafia superboss Toto' 'The Beast' Riina walked free halfway through an eight-year racketeering sentence because judges had failed to lodge an appeal at the Court of Cassation within the statutory term.

After the statute of limitations kicked in, Riina Jr was sprung to walk the streets of Corleone.

"Vaffanculo Edi!"

Time wasting and confusion: the greatest skills of a politicized civil servant jackass. That's how Italy's mystical power and secrecy works.

The Italian population in general does not hold much faith in the futile judicial system. For its comatose state and contrary decisions, the Italian judiciary has been blacklisted by Amnesty International and the country remains at the top of the list for condemnations from the European Court of Human Rights.

The irony is that this lovely country, so painfully legalistic, is as a result almost lawless. We have so many laws, they can do anything for us. You can twist them, rearrange them, rewrite them. Laws are like playing a game of "Briscola", you simply have to shuffle the playing cards and fan them out to suit yourself.

The problem was Judge Edi supposedly hadn't taken out the deck of cards in eight years.

"Grazie, Giudice!" We wish you the best in your stupendous legal career along with eight years of constipation.

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