07/29/14 Farfalle with Chicken, Goat Cheese, Tomatoes and Onions

"L'appetito vien mangiando." (Appetite comes with eating.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Pizza with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
  -Tagliatelle with Prosciutto and Orange
  -Farfalle with Chicken, Goat Cheese, Tomatoes and Onions

"Buon estate!" Hope your summer season has been filled with happy times and plenty of sunshine so far. We can't stop the autumn season from coming but we can make the best of these last few weeks. Enjoy them, you've certainly deserve to!

Arrivederci and grazie again!

Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Pizza with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Pizza with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Pizza con Pomodorini Arrostiti


2 and 1/4 cups (or more) all-purpose flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 and 1/2 pounds cherry or grape tomatoes
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese, divided
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese (about 8 ounces), or 6 ounces buffalo mozzarella, thinly sliced, divided
Chopped fresh basil
7 and 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
Freshly ground black pepper
Semolina (for dusting)


Combine 3/4 cup warm water (105?-115?F), sugar, and yeast in a large bowl.

Let sit until spongy, 4-6 minutes.

Mix in 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon salt.

Stir in 2 and 1/4 cups flour.

Turn out onto a work surface.

Knead until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if sticking, about 5-6 minutes.

Grease a large bowl with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Add dough, cover bowl with plastic.

Let rise until doubled, about 1 and 1/2 hours.

Position one rack in top third of oven and another in bottom third.

Place a pizza stone on top rack and preheat oven to 500?F.

Scatter tomatoes on a large rimmed baking sheet.

Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, toss, and season with salt and pepper.

Place on lower rack.

Roast until skins split, 10-12 minutes.

Let cool on rack.

Continue heating pizza stone for 45 more minutes.

Sprinkle a pizza peel or rimless baking sheet with semolina.

Divide dough in half.

Roll or stretch each into a 13 by 9-inch rectangle.

Cover with kitchen towels.

Let stand for 15 minutes.

Transfer 1 rectangle to prepared pizza peel.

Brush with 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Sprinkle with half of the Parmigiano cheese, then mozzarella cheese.

Top with half of the tomatoes.

Season with salt and pepper.

Set front of peel at far edge of stone.

Gently jiggle peel side to side, sliding pizza onto stone as you remove peel.

Bake until crust is browned and crisp, 9-10 minutes.

Using peel, transfer pizza to work surface.

Garnish with basil.

Slice and serve.

Repeat to make second pizza. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Tagliatelle with Prosciutto and Orange

Tagliatelle with Prosciutto and Orange
Tagliatelle con Prosciutto e Arancia


12 ounces egg Tagliatelle (preferably fresh)
2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano cheese
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
Zest and juice of 1 orange
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Freshly ground black pepper


Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Season with salt.

Add pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until 1 minute before 'al dente', about 2 minutes for fresh pasta, longer for dried pasta.

Drain, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water.

Melt butter in a large heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Add prosciutto.

Saute until browned, about 3-4 minutes.

Add reserved pasta water, orange juice, half of zest, and cream.

Bring to a boil.

Add pasta.

Cook, stirring, until sauce coats pasta and pasta is 'al dente', about 1 minute.

Season with salt and pepper.

Stir in cheese and divide among warm bowls. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Cherry and Almond Panna Cotta

Farfalle with Chicken, Goat Cheese, Tomatoes and Onions
Farfalle con Pollo, Formaggio di Capra, Pomodori e Cipolle


2 cups shredded cooked chicken (from 1/2 chicken)
3 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled
3 cups baby spinach
6 heirloom tomatoes, cored, chopped (about 5 cups)
2 large red onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons Sherry wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup thinly sliced basil leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh marjoram
8 ounces farfalle pasta


Heat olive oil in a heavy large skillet over medium high heat.

Add onions.

Sprinkle with salt and cook until they begin to brown, stirring often, about 8-9 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium-low.

Stir in vinegar and sugar.

Cook until onions are browned, stirring often, about 12-15 minutes.

Transfer caramelized onions to a bowl.

Reserve skillet.

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


Add wine to the reserved skillet.

Boil until it is reduced to 1/2 cup, 3-4 minutes.

Add the pasta, onions, broth, tomatoes, chicken, basil leaves and fresh marjoram.

Season with salt and pepper.

Stir over medium heat to warm through, about 3-5 minutes.

Divide spinach among the plates.

Spoon the pasta over the spinach.

Top with the crumbled goat cheese. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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:

Pope to Priests: "Those Lectures Are Putting Everyone To Sleep"

Assisi - October 4, 2013 - Too many priests deliver homilies that are boring, interminable and incomprehensible, Pope Francis said. In improvised remarks during a visit to Assisi, the pope warned his clergy to think carefully about the content of their sermons. "Enough of these kinds of homilies - endless, tedious, in which you do not understand anything," Francis said at a meeting with clergy in Assisi's Cathedral of San Rufino.

(We're not looking forward to the repeat holy criticism we're going to get after this one...and the next article)

"Grazie, Papa Francesco." It's about time...

The Pope knows. It's no surprise Catholicism has been on a downward trend for years. We're having a problem...and some of us in this room and the characters in the piazza right outside the office are trying to be constructive about it for the good of the Church.

Why can't they put more effort into the speeches and edicts? "Maria Santa," they might as well give it in Latin! Don't they realize no one knows what's going on anymore? And we have old family members and relatives battling the rain and snow to get to the sermons.

We would love to grab our local priests and take them on a faith-based trip to some of these Protestant services where they're doing healings, and people are running up and down the aisles and passing out. See? You don't see these people pacing themselves like slugs on Sunday mornings. Lord have mercy, it's supposed to be a celebration!

It all comes down to content, fellow faithful ones. Content! For example, did you know you could fast from a variety of options other than food? (I don't see why we can't discuss this next Sunday, "Padre Nino".):


1) Escapist fantasies: any material activity you rely on in order to escape from reality, like TV, movies and video games.
(As many of you living in Italian households are aware, there is a constant need to escape from the reality that is your family and intruding relatives. You could give up the TV and movies...and escape to your friend's house for a few days of fasting and bonding. Two birds, one stone...or as we say, two pigeons, one fava bean.)

2) Vices and sins: alcohol abuse, smoking, sexual activity outside of marriage, etc. Other vices include less obvious behaviors like gossiping, swearing, impatience, laziness or stubbornness. (Hold on, you can't technically consider drinking your home made wine as alcohol abuse. After all, an old family recipe created with love and by your own hands is not a sin. But you can avoid all of your swearing and simply ignoring your family's gossiping and stubbornness. Again, escaping to that friend's house can help.)

3) Leisure Time: spiritually beneficial activities to your schedule. Commit yourself to spending more time with your family or to performing new acts of kindness for your friends. Any activity you add to your day should be selfless and should replace time you might otherwise waste. (You could stop wasting time at home (God knows you've done enough of that) and perform an act of kindness at that friend's house. You can't be more selfless than baking a 6 layer sausage lasagne for him and the other friends who'll escape and come over later on in the evening for dinner and a card game of "scopa". Ah, don't forget the home made wine.)

See you at Sunday Mass.

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