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 07/28/09 Tagliatelle with Zucchini and Shrimp

"Il pessimo vicini - e il parente piu stretto." (The worst neighbor - is the closest relation.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Pesto Pasta Salad
  -Creamy Polenta with Gorgonzola and Spinach
  -Tagliatelle with Zucchini and Shrimp

Hope your summer plans are coming along fine. Enjoy this week's recipes!

Arrivederci e a presto!

Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       


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 Recipe: Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad
Insalata di Pasta e Pesto

Ingredients:

For the Salad:
1 lb Farfalle pasta
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and sliced
1 cup Kalamata olives, sliced
One 8 oz. ball of fresh mozzarella, diced

For the Pesto:
1 cup fresh basil leaves, tightly packed
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup parsley
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup pignoli nuts
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

Prepare the Pesto:
Place all ingredients in a blender and whirl until a thick uniform paste is formed, add more olive oil if paste is too thick. This amount is enough for 1 lb pasta. Pesto may be stored in refrigerator for several weeks or in the freezer for several months.

Place in a jar or container and coat with a thin layer of olive oil, cover tightly.

Prepare the Salad:
Cook pasta in boiled salted water and drain.

Toss with some oil from the sun dried tomatoes. (You can stop here and do this the day before or a few hours before and let cool.)

Toss pasta with pesto, sun dried tomatoes, olives and mozzarella. Refrigerate and serve cold.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Creamy Polenta with Gorgonzola and Spinach

Creamy Polenta with Gorgonzola and Spinach
Polenta Cremosa con Gorgonzola e Spinaci

Ingredients:

4 cups low-salt chicken broth
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 and 1/2 cups polenta (coarse cornmeal)
1 cup (packed) chopped fresh spinach
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

Bring first 3 ingredients to boil in large saucepan.

Gradually whisk in polenta.

Reduce heat and simmer until mixture thickens, stirring often, about 10 minutes.

Add spinach and stir until wilted, about 2 minutes.

Add cream and simmer until almost absorbed and polenta thickens, about 5 minutes.

Add cheese and parsley; stir until cheese melts.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer to bowl and serve. Makes 4 to 6 side-dish servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Tagliatelle with Zucchini and Shrimp

Tagliatelle with Zucchini and Shrimp
Tagliatelle con Zucchine e Gamberetti

Ingredients:

10 large shrimp in shell, peeled and deveined
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 and 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 lb zucchini (1 medium), cut lengthwise into 2 by 1/4-inch sticks
4 teaspoons minced garlic
5 ounces dried egg Tagliatelle or egg fettuccine
1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil

Directions:

Pat shrimp dry and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then saute shrimp, stirring frequently, until lightly browned and just cooked through, about 2 minutes.

Transfer to a bowl.

Heat remaining 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then saute zucchini, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add garlic and saute, stirring, until zucchini is just tender, 2 to 3 minutes.

Season with pepper and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente'.

Drain well in a colander and add to zucchini along with shrimp, zest, and basil.

Cook over moderately high heat, tossing, until shrimp are heated through, about 1 minute. Makes 2 main-course servings.

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:

4 Google Execs On Trial in Italy

Rome - February 4, 2009 - Four executives of Google begin trial Tuesday in Milan on criminal charges of defamation and privacy violation in regard to a video posted on Google's Italian site.

The case involves a three-minute cell phone video, posted in 2006 to Google Video, in which four youths in Turin tease a boy with Down syndrome. After an Italian advocacy group complained that the video was objectionable, Google quickly removed it from the site. Prosecutors argue that the video should not have been published at all.

The four executives charged were not involved directly in handling video from Italy. They include David Drummond, Google's senior vice president and chief legal officer; George Reyes, its former chief financial officer; and Peter Fleischer, Google’s global privacy counsel, according to a Google spokesman. The fourth executive worked at Google Video in London, the spokesman said, declining to identify him.

It is rare for Internet company executives to face personal criminal charges and possibly jail time for the actions of their companies.

"To our knowledge, this is the first time an individual has been criminally charged for violation of data protection laws that occurred by the company he or she works for," said Trevor Hughes, the executive director of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, which wrote about the case in its newsletter Monday. "This suggests that privacy is going to be more of a battleground."

If the court holds that Google should have prevented the publication of the video simply because the subject didn't authorize it, it could have very broad implications. In Europe, the subject of a photograph or video typically has the right to say how the image is used. But so far, charges haven't been brought against user-generated content sites for hosting pictures posted without permission of the subjects.

In a statement, Google said the prosecution is misdirected:

As we have repeatedly made clear, our hearts go out to the victim and his family. We are pleased that as a result of our cooperation the bullies in the video have been identified and punished. We feel that bringing this case to court is totally wrong. It’s akin to prosecuting mail service employees for hate speech letters sent in the post. What's more, seeking to hold neutral platforms liable for content posted on them is a direct attack on a free, open Internet. We will continue to vigorously defend our employees in this prosecution.

"Scassacazzo", the sympathy letters from China are pouring in!

This sort of cockiness is yet more evidence of the daily acts of lunacy of the Italian state. One would think the justice system would be hard at work on finding the responsible for leaving 1 million tons of garbage in the streets of Naples and its province. By the way, did you know if you Google 'garbage in Italy' you'll get about 2.4 million search results? But that's neither here nor there.

However, the government comedy team should be impartial. Seeing that the video was shown on a Windows machine, Bill Gates should also be brought up on charges. What about the Intel processors used? Drag the Intel executives into court! (Need to find the Chinese monitor and speaker manufacturers as well.)

How silly. How stupid.

"Porca puttana", if someone spray paints, "I love you Mussolini" on your building, is the building owner liable?

If one of our goats is having a bad day and produces runny milk, who do we get satisfaction from?

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