08/03/10 Sausage and Pepper Stir Fry

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Prosciutto and Melon with Arugula
  -Sausage and Pepper Stir Fry
  -Watermelon Granita

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 Recipe: Prosciutto and Melon with Arugula

Prosciutto and Melon with Arugula
Prosciutto e Melone con Rucola


1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest (yellow part only)
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 ounces arugula leaves (about 6 cups, loosely packed)
6 cups cubed cantaloupe and/or honeydew melon
8 thin slices Prosciutto (about 4 ounces)


In a medium-sized bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, lemon peel and salt.

Add arugula leaves; toss to coat.

Arrange greens on 4 dinner plates, dividing evenly.

Mound melon chunks on top.

Drape Prosciutto around melon. If desired, garnish plates with melon wedges and sprinkle with coarsely ground pepper or additional lemon peel. Serves 4.

Note: Melon cubes can be sweetened by tossing with up to 1 tablespoon sugar.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sausage and Pepper Stir Fry

Sausage and Pepper Stir Fry
Salsiccia e Pepperoni Al Tegame


1/2 lb Italian Sausage (sweet or hot)
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1/2 of 1 large red onion cut in 1/2-inch slices
2 cloves garlic, minced
Extra virgin oil, for stir frying
Salt and pepper


Heat approximately 1 tbs olive oil in a large skillet or stir-fry pan over medium-high heat.

When the olive oil shimmers, crumble sausage into pan, shaking to distribute.

Cook until sausage moves freely when pan is shaken.

Stir and break into bite-sized pieces with a wooden spatula.

Continue cooking until sausage is browned on all sides and no longer pink in the center.

Drain sausage and return to pan.

Add 1 tbs. olive oil and return to heat.

Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients, and cook, stirring constantly, until peppers are just softened, but still crunchy, about 2 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper and serve, either as a side dish or entree. Serves 1-2.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Watermelon Granita

Watermelon Granita
Granita di Anguria


1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
3 lbs watermelon, cut into chunks
Juice from 1 lime


Prepare the Syrup:
Heat the sugar and water together on high heat until sugar dissolves into the water. Remove from heat and let cool.

Combine watermelon and lime in a blender and whirl until smooth.

Alternatively, use an immersion blender and blend the mixture smooth in a large bowl.

Add the syrup and lime juice and blend again.

Pour the mixture into a 9 by 13 baking pan and freeze.

Scrape with a fork every half an hour until all the liquid has frozen. This takes from 1-3 hours.

Spoon into glasses and serve. Serves 8.

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:

Relief for Jailed Mafia Boss; He Won't Be Filmed In Bathroom

Rome - March 27, 2010 - Jailed Mafia godfathers have the right to go to the lavatory without being filmed, an Italian court has ruled.

Judge Giovanna Di Rosa accepted Salvatore Lo Piccolo's argument that he should be able to use the bathroom without being filmed and he was "entitled to his privacy". She added that by filming him, Lo Piccolo was being "subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment" - a decision that has outraged members of a group for victims of the Mob.

Under Italian law, Mafia prisoners are kept under conditions defined by rule 41, which keeps them in solitary confinement, restricts privileges such as open air time and family visits.

Lo Piccolo, 58, is currently on remand in Milan's Opera jail awaiting trial and is said to have taken over as Boss of Bosses after the arrest of Bernardo Provenzano in 2005. Known as il Barone (The Baron) he was based in Palermo, on the Mafia's island stronghold of Sicily, and is said to have been behind the killing of several rival mobsters and also controls lucrative drug and extorting rackets.

Maria Teresa Zampogna, Lo Piccolo's lawyer, argued that filming her client in jail was acceptable providing the camera was switched off when he used the toilet as it was an invasion of privacy.

She said: "My client accepts that under rule 41 he is under constant video surveillance but he draws the line at being filmed while using the toilet."

Ms Zampogna added: "There is a real risk that this film of him using the bathroom will be seen by others not connected to his supervision or kept archived."

Judge Di Rosa agreed and ordered the TV cameras be switched off - but said guards could keep an eye on Lo Piccolo through a spy hole in the door providing he was not filmed.

A spokesman for the Association of Mafia Victims said: "We find it hard to accept the campaigning zeal of this judge towards the inhuman and degrading treatment of Salvatore Lo Piccolo.

"What about the inhuman and degrading treatment of his victims, their families and others who have suffered at the hands of the Mafia. He is in jail to be punished and if that means being filmed so be it.

"King Louis XIV of France regularly went to the toilet in public and no-one was bothered - why is this Mafiosi being given special treatment?"

After the hearing Ms Zampogna said: "I am delighted with this ruling and will now being work on my next case - getting the lights which are on 24 hours a day turned off at night. It's like Guantanamo Bay in there."

Lo Piccolo was arrested at an isolated farmhouse in November 2007 along with his son Sandro who shouted out to him, "I love you dad," as he was handcuffed and bundled away.

Police discovered a piece of paper on which were listed the so called Ten Commandments of the Mafia, which warned mobsters not to look at other gangsters wives or girlfriends, not to be seen with police, to be punctual and always be available - even if your wife is about to give birth.

"'Fanculo", that’s why they call it're supposed to get hassled in jail.

"Lo Piccolo was being subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment." Ah, we beg to differ. Lo Piccolo's fortune came from cocaine trafficking, extortion of businesses and investments in real estate. Don't blame the prison officials if they just wanted to make sure he wasn't conducting illicit business through his toilet.

"King Louis XIV of France regularly went to the toilet in public and no-one was bothered - why is this Mafiosi being given special treatment?" That has to be the most entertaining and out-of-left-field analogy of the century. "BRAVO!"

By the way, during his reign, King Louis produced many illegitimate children, most of whom were married to members of the royal family. Using the toilet in public was as discreet as he was going to be.

Ms Zampogna: "I am delighted with this ruling and will now being work on my next case - getting the lights which are on 24 hours a day turned off at night." Slow down, Signorina. That's just to make sure he's not giving orders or receiving updates from the 'tooth fairy'.

Fun Fact: In underground correspondence with other Mafia bosses, Sal used to identify himself by the "number 30". We have to assume that at least one smart-ass prison guard must have uttered the phrase, "Number 30 looks backed up. He's having problems with number 2."

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