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"Tanto va la gatta al lardo che ci lascia lo zampino." (So often goes the cat to the fat that she loses her paw. Curiosity killed the cat.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Linguine Primavera
  -Coffee Granita
  -Biscotti di Mandorle e Ciliege

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


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Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Linguine Primavera

Linguine Primavera


1 cup chicken broth
16 sun-dried tomato halves (not packed in oil)
1 lb linguine
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 garlic cloves, minced
8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, sliced
1 medium zucchini, chopped
12 broccoli rabe florets (from about
8 ounces), or 12 small broccoli florets
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese


Bring broth to simmer in small saucepan. Remove from heat.

Add tomatoes; let stand until soft, about 20 minutes.

Drain, reserving broth. Thinly slice tomatoes.

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

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in heavy large skillet over high heat.

Add minced garlic; saute until golden, about 1 minute.

Add reserved broth, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli rabe florets and basil.

Simmer until vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes.

Drain linguine; return to pot.

Add vegetables and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer mixture to bowl; sprinkle with cheese. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

That's it!

 Recipe: Coffee Granita

Coffee Granita


4 cups freshly brewed strong coffee (made from 6 cups water and 2 and 1/2 cups ground French roast coffee)
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon Sambuca or other anise-flavored liqueur


Stir first 4 ingredients in bowl until sugar dissolves.

Pour into 13 x 9 x 2-inch metal pan.

Chill 2 hours; mix in Sambuca.

Freeze coffee mixture until icy at edge of pan, about 45 minutes.

Whisk to distribute frozen portions evenly.

Freeze again until icy at edge of pan and overall texture is slushy, about 45 minutes.

Whisk to distribute frozen portions evenly. Then freeze until solid, about 3 hours.

Using fork, scrape granita down length of pan, forming icy flakes.

Freeze at least 1 hour. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; keep frozen.)

Serve with White Chocolate Sambuca Cream.

For the presentation:
Orange peel strips or chocolate-covered coffee beans

Working quickly, scoop granita into glasses, filling halfway.

Fill to top with cream.

Garnish with peel or coffee beans. Makes 8 servings.

That's it!

 Recipe: Biscotti di Mandorle e Ciliege

Biscotti di Mandorle e Ciliege
Almond and Cherry Cookies


4 oz (100 grams) unsalted butter
2 oz (50 grams) superfine sugar
A few drops of vanilla extract
6 oz (150 grams) self-raising flour
15 whole blanched almonds
15 candied cherries


Preheat the oven to 350° F. (180° C.).

Grease several baking trays.

Melt the butter.

Add the sugar, vanilla extract and then the flour and mix to form a firm dough.

Shape the mixture into 15 balls and top each with an almond and a cherry.

Arrange on the baking tray, leaving plenty of room between each, as they will spread.

Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until golden.

Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool. Makes 15 cookies.

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:

Meet A Real Fat Bastard Cat

GarfieldRome - April 11, 2008 - A 16 kg (35 lbs) cat has been hailed a real life Garfield in Italy.

Orazio looks like not only the cat that got the cream but who ate the whole cow too.

Just like lasagne loving Garfield, this fat cat grew to such a gargantuan size by guzzling all the food treats that his native Italy can provide.

The three-year-old tabby is such a food fanatic that owner Laura Santarelli finds it impossible to get him to slim down.

The flabby feline is now so large that it's a struggle for Laura just to pick him up.

And, should any of Laura's other five cats get in his way at dinner time at his home in Eupilio, the results can be catastrophic.

"Sta pippa, che bestia!"

I'm telling you the comedy doesn't stop coming from this woman. We're sure Laura, the carnival barker, has a good heart in that feeble head. She should make her show complete by calling in clowns, selling cotton candy and popcorn.

Such audacity from people who try to claim fame by exploiting their ignorant pet habits.

How would she like it if her face was stuffed with a few rolls of "braciole" and polenta with ten cheeses on a daily basis?

Then we can lay her out on the front lawn with the caption, "A Mediterranean diet would have kept you slim and healthy."

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