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 07/27/10 Osso Buco with Peas

"Matrimoni e viscuvati, di lu celu su mannati." Sicilian proverb (Weddings and spiritual matters are heaven sent.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Risotto with Sausages
  -Osso Buco with Peas
  -Caramel Ice Cream

Enjoy this week's recipes and the rest of your summer season!

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 Recipe: Risotto with Sausages

Risotto with Sausages
Risotto Con Salsiccia

Ingredients:

For the Meat Stock:
1 and 3/4 lb (800 grams) beef (no fat), cut into cubes
1 lb 5 oz (600 grams) veal, cut into cubes
1 onion, coarsely chopped
2 oz (50 grams) coarsely chopped carrots
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) leeks, trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 celery stick, coarsely chopped
Salt

For the Risotto:
9 oz (250 grams) Italian sausages, skinned and crumbled
12 oz (350 grams) risotto rice
1 onion, chopped
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter
6 fl oz (175 ml) red wine
4 tablespoons Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated

Directions:

Prepare the Meat Stock:
Place the meat in a large saucepan, add cold water to cover and bring to a boil. Cooking and gentle simmering are essential for a great meat stock.

Skim off any residue that rises to the surface and add the carrots, leeks, onion, and celery and season with salt.

Lower the heat and simmer for about 3 and 1/2 hours to 4 hours.

Remove from the heat, strain into a bowl and leave to cool.

Then chill in the refrigerator.

When the fat has solidified on the surface carefully remove and throw away.

Prepare the Risotto:
Bring the stock to a boil.

Meanwhile, melt 1 oz (25 grams) of the butter in another saucepan.

Add the onion and crumbled sausages and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.

Stir in the rice and cook, stirring, until the grains are coated in butter.

Pour in the wine and cook until it has evaporated.

Add a ladleful of the hot stock and cook, stirring, until it has been absorbed.

Continue adding the stock, a ladleful at a time, and stirring until each addition has been absorbed. This will take about 18-20 minutes.

When the rice is tender, remove the pan from the heat.

Stir in the Parmigiano cheese and remaining butter, transfer to a warm serving dish and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Osso Buco with Peas

Osso Buco with Peas
Osso Buco Con Piselli

Ingredients:

4 osso buco (2-inch or 5-cm thick rounds of veal knuckle)
Plain flour, for dusting
3 oz (80 grams) butter /
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
6 fl oz (175 ml) dry white wine
5 oz (150 grams) canned tomatoes
1 lb and 2 oz (500 grams) fresh peas, shelled
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Lightly dust the veal with flour.

Melt the butter in a frying pan, add the onion, carrot and veal and cook over a high heat, stirring and turning frequently, until the veal is browned all over.

Pour in the wine and cook until it has evaporated.

Put the tomatoes in a food processor, process to a puree and add to the pan with the peas and 1/4 pint (150 ml) water.

Season with salt and pepper, lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 1 hour. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Caramel Ice Cream

Caramel Ice Cream
Gelato Al Caramello

Ingredients:

3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) caster or superfine sugar
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
12 fl oz (350 ml) double cream

Directions:

Put the sugar in a pan with 1 tablespoon cold water and set over a low heat until it has melted.

Increase the heat to medium, skim and, when it goes golden red in color, pour in 5 tablespoons hot water and remove from the heat.

Cover the pan and return to a very low heat for about 20 minutes until a thick caramel has formed.

Gradually whisk the caramel into the egg yolks in a bowl and continue whisking until the mixture is light, frothy and cool.

Place the bowl in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Stiffly whip the cream and fold it into the mixture.

Pour into an ice-cream maker and freeze for about 20 minutes or according to the manufacturer's instructions. Serves 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:

Befuddled Nuns Unaware Convent Was Used For Drug Trafficking

Milan - May 12, 2010 - A Milan convent was used by Italian and South American drug traffickers, investigators said Wednesday.

The janitor at the convent, an unidentified South American with alleged links to the Colombian cartels and the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta mafia which dominates the European cocaine trade, is the suspected linchpin of the organization.

The man organized religious trips from South America to Italy in which couriers posing as pilgrims stashed cocaine in their prayer books and other hand baggage, police said. The drugs were then allegedly refined and cut in a house near Bergamo before being distributed in major northern cities.

The janitor was arrested along with 32 other people across northern Italy Wednesday.

The nuns, who were "completely unaware of what he was up to," were reportedly "amazed" when their employee was taken into custody. Other arrests were made in Milan, Bergamo, Brescia, Varese, Lecco, Lodi, all in the province of Lombardy; as well as Piacenza and Parma in Emilia Romagna; and La Spezia on the Ligurian Riviera.

Police said Wednesday's operation, codenamed Hannibal, had been three years in the making. As well as the 33 arrests, 80 people were placed under investigation and 30 kg of cocaine were seized.

Police said the drug runners also had a warehouse in Ghana which was allegedly set up using funds from the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization earmarked to boost African fisheries.

Holy "coglioni", Catholic nuns can usually sense the faintest smell of childhood joy from quite a distance but none of them noticed pilgrims nose-deep in their prayer books. How about the peculiar individuals who would show up at the convent at the wee hours of the morning to buy so-called "raffle tickets for fundraising events" from the janitor?

But this was all acceptable...just as long as they weren't Protestants.

So, how could this be possible? We have a theory (as if we wouldn't have one):

Several of us on the news staff are victims of physical and mental Catholic school nun abuse therefore, we honestly think the Mother Superior accused the convent janitor of apparently not paying enough attention to the importance of cleanliness and received a volley of abuse, perhaps calling him a lazy wetback and saying his mother had been a whore.

After suffering all the emotional distress he could take, he eventually turned to drugs.

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