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"Dio ci salvi dal povero arricchito e dal ricco impoverito." (God save us from the enriched poor and from the impoverished rich.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Patate Ripieni con Pancetta
  -Fettuccine con Pesto e Gamberi
  -Crostata di Peperoni, Ricotta e Basilico

Enjoy the recipes, the rest of your summer and the complimentary news article report from "Only In".

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Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Patate Ripieni con Pancetta

Patate Ripieni con Pancetta
Pancetta Stuffed Potatoes


6 gold potatoes, scrubbed
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped oregano (or substitute 1 teaspoon dried)
6 short rosemary sprigs
12 thin slices pancetta
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Place the potatoes in a large pot, and add enough cold water to cover.

Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer until fork-tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Drain and set aside to cool.

In a bowl, combine the garlic, parsley, oregano and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper, and mix well.

Cut the potatoes lengthwise without cutting all the way through. Place them in an oiled baking dish.

Stuff the herb mixture and 2 slices of pancetta into each of the cut potatoes.

Secure them with toothpicks, drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until done. Serves 6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Fettuccine con Pesto e Gamberi

Fettuccine con Pesto e Gamberi
Fettuccine with Pesto and Shrimp


For the pesto sauce:
4 cups packed basil leaves, washed
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted briefly in the oven
2 cloves garlic, peeled
Sea salt to taste
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

For the shrimp:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 lbs shrimp, shelled and de-veined, tails on
1 lb fettuccine pasta


To make the pesto sauce:
Place basil, pine nuts, garlic and salt in a food processor. Puree until mixed but still slightly coarse. Gradually add the olive oil and blend until fully mixed.

Pour the paste into a bowl; stir in cheese with a wooden spoon. Continue mixing until combined.

To make the shrimp:
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and shrimp; saute, stirring frequently, until the shrimp turn pink.

Boil the pasta in lightly salted water until 'al dente'.

Toss pasta with pesto and top with shrimp. Serves 4.

That's it!

 Recipe: Crostata di Peperoni, Ricotta e Basilico

Crostata di Peperoni, Ricotta e Basilico
Sweet Peppers, Ricotta and Basil Pie


For the crust:
1/2 lb butter, cold and diced
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons cold water

For the filling:
3 roasted red bell peppers, skin and seeds removed
1 cup ricotta cheese
10 leaves fresh basil
3 eggs
1/2 cup cream
4 tablespoons grated Grana Padano cheese
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Make the crust:
Place the butter, flour and water in a food processor. Pulse until it starts coming together. Remove, gather in a ball, flatten, wrap in plastic film and let rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Make the filling:
Place the peppers, ricotta, basil, eggs, cream and Grana Padano cheese in the food processor; puree. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Remove dough from refrigerator and roll out with a rolling pin to about 1/2 inch thickness. Place in a fluted quiche pan (like a tart pan, only higher).

With a fork, poke holes on the bottom, then place in the middle of the oven, preheated to 350 F; bake for about 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool. Pour the filling inside the baked crust and return to the oven. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, until the batter is set and slightly golden on top.

Let cool and serve at room temperature. Serves 6 to 8.

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:

$260,000 Cost of Impotency

An Italian man has been fined $260,000 for marrying his girlfriend without telling her he was impotent.

A court in southern town of Palermo found Luca Prodi, 26, guilty of fraud because he deceived his wife.

Prodi claimed he wanted to wait until they were married before having sex, and it was only after the wedding the woman found out the truth.

But the court ruled that she had a right to know about his impotency before entering into the marriage contract.

Prodi also has to pay $38,500 in court costs. His wife has since divorced him.

"Oh, Porca Puttana!" Heaven must be missing an angel...and she crash landed in southern Palermo.

Here's a woman whose life ambition is very specific and firmly believes in the Sicilian proverb: "Lu maritu senza affetu comu la casa senza tettu." A husband who lacks affection is like a house that lacks a roof.

No roof in Palermo is worth 260 grand!

What a poor Sicilian sap! We swear we've seen more compassion from a drive-up clown at McDonald's. Mussolini had a happier look on his last day than loser Luca at his sentence hearing.

By the way, is it really necessary to procreate and multiply south Palermo? Of course! We need another young Palermitano committing road rage on a scooter while eating a "vastedda" or "panelle" sandwich with fries.

"Vastedda": stewed-spleen sandwich. If you've never had it and you're dying to try one, cow spleen has a relatively inoffensive, meaty flavor. The real beauty in this sandwich is the topping of milky ricotta and grated parmesan cheese.

"Panelle": chickpea fritter sandwich dressed with the same cheeses.

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