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"Un grande saluto con questo bel caldo che fa!" Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Cozze alla Marinara
  -Cannelloni con Carne
  -Torta di Ricotta e Frutta

We hope you enjoy the recipes in this week's issue and the complimentary news article report from "Only In" .

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 Recipe: Cozze alla Marinara

Cozze alla Marinara
Mussela Marinara

Did you know mussels that are whitish in color are the males, whereas the females have the strong orange color?


1.5 kg mussels
12 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/2 red pepper
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 1/2 glass of dry white wine


Clean the mussels with the help of a wire brush, removing all the growths by holding the mussel firmly between index and thumb and pulling towards the large side. Wash them thoroughly under running water.

In a very large saucepan, pour the oil, sauté the garlic, and before it browns add the red pepper, salt, wine and mussels. Stir them well and let them cook till the shells open.

Discard the mussels that have not opened, sprinkle with parsley and serve hot.

That's it!

 Recipe: Cannelloni con Carne

Cannelloni con Carne
Meat Cannelloni


Ingredients for Filling:
250 grams ricotta
1/2 lb minced meat
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
125 grams bread crumbs
125 grams grated cheese
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 ounce olive oil

Ingredients for Pasta:
10 fresh pre-cut pasta squares (13 cm x 11 cm)
3 liters water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 ounce table salt


Preparation of Cannelloni Filling:

Fry minced meat until light brown. Add salt and pepper.

Drain oil from minced meat using spatula and set aside in a bowl or a plate.

In a large bowl, mix ricotta, minced meat, eggs, bread crumbs, grated cheese, and chopped parsley with hands until well combined. Add salt and black pepper as desired. Set aside until the pasta is prepared.

Preparation of Pasta:

In a large sauce pan, bring water to a boil. Add olive oil and salt.

Place all ten pasta squares in boiling water. Boil at high temperature for approximately 1 minute.

Using a spatula, scoop one pasta square at a time from boiling water and set in a bowl of cold water for approximately 5 seconds.

After cooling, lay pasta squares flat to dry on tablecloth.


Divide filling equally onto pasta squares.

Roll pasta squares into tubes and set aside.

Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the bottom of glass flameproof dish.

Arrange the cannelloni over the sauce.

Spread a further layer of tomato sauce evenly over cannelloni.

Sprinkle cannelloni with grated cheese. Seves 4-6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Torta di Ricotta e Frutta

Torta di Ricotta e Frutta
Ricotta Cheese and Fruit Cake


2 gelatine envelopes
2 egg yolks
70 grams sugar
250 grams whipped cream
2 whisked egg whites
600 grams Ricotta cheese
600 grams ladyfingers
150 grams apricot jam
4 tbsp warm water
200 grams raspberries
lemon juice
24 cm - 9 1/2 in. cake pan with removable ring


Dissolve the gelatine with a little water following the instructions on the envelope and keep aside.

Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together till frothy, whip the cream and whisk the egg whites till firm.

Mix the ingredients gently together adding the ricotta cheese and the gelatine.

Place the ladyfingers regularly on the bottom of the cake pan and line the edges. Dilute the apricot jam in the warm water and pour a layer onto the ladyfingers. Add a layer of the cheese mixture, then, alternate jam and cheese mixture until they are finished.

Wash and dry the raspberries and squirt the lemon juice over them.

Decorate the top of the cake with the raspberries and place the cake in the fridge for 5 hours.

Remove the ring and slide onto a serving dish with the help of a large spatula. Serve chilled.

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:

Italians May Make 'Small Doses' of Torture Legal. - April 24 - Torture may be acceptable provided it is administered in small doses, says a bill under discussion in the Italian parliament that has outraged human rights organizations.

The Chamber of Deputies yesterday passed an amendment, tabled by the far-right Northern League, to the bill which opposition MPs denounced as a green light to "limited" torture but which government supporters said was essential for police.

The amendment says violence and threats must be used repeatedly to qualify as torture. The League said the previous wording had been influenced by police violence at the G8 summit in Genoa three years ago.

"We ... have to make it clear that we don't support those who want to criminalize the police, making their job practically impossible," said Carolina Lussana, the League MP who drafted the amendment.

Marco Bertotto, the chairman of Amnesty International in Italy, said the law did not respect the terms of a United Nations convention on torture which was ratified by Italy in 1988.

Hmmm... Italian police do need a little freedom to smack around these fiends. After all, what's good in being an Italian cop if you can't abuse your power every once in a while?

And why not?

Take tourists, for example:

Tourists come over to Italy and complain about how dirty and smelly the train stations are. That’s because tourists, homeless people and drunk teens use them as bathrooms. People actually think Italian cops are thrilled to have to carry toilet paper in their holsters so they can help these people go to the bathroom.

They have completely emasculated our police departments!

The truth is Italian cops have been beating people all through history. It started back in the old days of Emperor Nero. There’s nothing really wrong with it and it's not a question of racism. There’s not a billy club in Italy that doesn't have chunks of skin and hair on it from all creeds, colors, religions and races.

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