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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Crostini con Pancetta
  -Rigatoni alla Toranese
  -Panna Cotta

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 Recipe: Crostini con Pancetta

Crostini con Pancetta


2 tbsp deep frozen spinach
2 tbsp Fontina Valdostana cheese diced
2 slices rindless bacon (pancetta affumicata)
1 tbsp butter
1 slice square loaf bread
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 garlic clove
1 leaf sage
Salt and pepper


Heat the oven to 320° F - 180° C - G3. Chop the pancetta and clean the garlic.

Defreeze the spinach (microwave) and sauté in a pan with butter and garlic.

Brown the pancetta in a pan; toast the bread slightly and cut into triangles or squares.

Place the spinach on the bread, then the diced cheese, then the bacon.

Grill for a few minutes in the oven.

That's it!

 Recipe: Rigatoni alla Toranese

Rigatoni alla Toranese


2 medium onions
150 grams fresh lard
4 tbsp freshly grated Pecorino cheese
500 grams short pasta
Salt and pepper


Put the water to boil in a large sauce pan. Dice the lard and put it in a frying pan with the finely sliced onion and let it simmer.

When the water boils cook the rigatoni, or other macaroni, and when they are ready strain them.

Mix in the onion sauce and 4 tbsp of freshly grated Pecorino cheese.

That's it!

 Recipe: Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta


750 grams cream
120 grams icing sugar
8 leaves of gelatine
2 tbsp. rum


Bring the cream to the boil with the confectioner's sugar (icing sugar).

Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water to soften them.

When the cream comes to the boil remove it from the heat source.

Squeeze out the gelatine leaves and stir them into the cream. Add the rum, stir and pour into a rectangular mould and cool. Refrigerate for 3 hours.

When you are ready to serve wrap the mould in a dish cloth dipped in hot water and overturn onto a serving dish.

Note If you have a pastry blowtorch you can sprinkle the surface with sugar and caramel an outer coating.

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:

Italy Plans Law to Allow Property Owners to Shoot Intruders.

The Guardian - Rome - April 19 - Silvio Berlusconi's right wing government in Italy is to change the law to allow people to kill intruders without fear of imprisonment.

The justice minister, Roberto Castelli, appeared to suggest at the weekend that in addition the benefit of the doubt should be given to shopkeepers who shot robbers in the back as they left their premises.

One of the changes would include "the principle that anyone who is at home should be considered a priori under attack [from a burglar] and may legitimately regard himself to be in danger of his life." In these instances, "any action must be considered legitimate defense".

Mr Castelli also intended to change the law so that it took account of the "state of mind of the victim" of a robbery. He gave as an example a shopkeeper who had just been robbed and did not have the clarity of mind to work out if the thief was leaving his shop or had other intentions.

"The legitimate use of firearms will be better disciplined without turning the country into the Wild West and without turning members of the public into sheriffs," Mr Castelli said.

The reform would "nevertheless allow people to defend themselves in cases of unjust aggression, if necessary with gunfire".

His bill would allow householders to "use any means to defend themselves or their families". However, if the risk were merely to property, the victims of the robbery would only be within their rights "to brandish weapons without an intention to kill".

At present, the law on self defense in Italy is similar to that in Britain. The penal code says that a killing is not an offence if the killer has been "obliged by necessity" to put an end to the life of another person.

However, the use of force must be proportionate to the threat. The victim may only do what is indispensable for their protection.

"Porca Miseria, Finalmente!" It's back to the old days!

Imagine all the Sicilians returning to wearing those suspicious looking caps that almost cover their eyes, the dark funeral vests and carrying shot guns;

"One shot in the air for the warning, second shot in the seat of your trousers if you don't move along quickly and quietly."

However; the Sicilian crime rate could shoot up or even down by 75-85%. It all depends on who's doing the shooting and why.

Well, the one group of people who will benefit from this are the suspicious fathers of beautiful Sicilian daughters. You screw up once at the dinner table and they'll shoot you for trespassing.

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