08/06/13 Tagliolini with Truffle and Butter

"Essere alla frutta." (Being at fruit time. Fruit is usually eaten at the end of lunch or dinner in Italy, so it's the "final course". This phrase is used ironically to mean that someone has reached his terminal stage, for example: "You forgot your keys again? You're really at fruit time!") Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Mediterranean Sauce
  -Tagliolini with Truffle and Butter

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 Recipe: Mediterranean Sauce

Mediterranean Sauce
Salsa Mediterranea


7 fl oz (200 ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon concentrated tomato puree
2 tablespoons milk
Lemon juice, to taste
Salt and pepper


Mix together the milk and mustard in a bowl.

Gradually whisk in the olive oil one drop at a time.

When the mixture has the desired consistency, season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add a drop of lemon juice.

Stir in the tomato puree until the mixture takes on an even, slightly pink color.

Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Serve in gravy boat. Serves 4.

Note: Great for poultry, fish, or cold meat.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Tagliolini with Truffle and Butter

Tagliolini with Truffle and Butter
Tagliolini Al Burro e Tartufo


3 oz (80 grams) butter
10 oz (275 grams) fresh Tagliolini pasta
3 oz (80 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 small black (or white) truffle
Salt and pepper


Melt the butter in a small saucepan and season with the nutmeg and a pinch each of salt and pepper.

Cook the tagliolini pasta in a large pan of salted, boiling water until 'al dente'.

Drain and tip into a warm serving dish.

Pour the melted butter over the pasta.

Sprinkle with the Parmigiano cheese.

Shave the truffle over the top of the dish. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sgroppino



1/2 cup lemon sorbet
3 oz Prosecco
1 oz vodka


In a stainless steel bowl or cocktail shaker, whisk together the sorbet and a splash of the prosecco until fully incorporated.

While whisking, slowly pour in the vodka and then the remainder of the prosecco.

Serve in a martini glass or coupe. Serves 1.

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:

Italy Vows To Eliminate American Squirrels

Genova - May 12, 2012 - Italy is waging war on a group of American invaders that are threatening the existence of their European peers.

American grey squirrels, which were first introduced into Europe in 1948, have thrived in the parks of the northeastern region of Liguria since the 1960s.

With 10-inch-long bodies, equally long tails and a weight that can reach 21 oz, American grey squirrels are bigger than European red squirrels. These strong Americans invaders steal the Europeans? food and carry diseases that are lethal to locals.

To defend the indigenous squirrel population, Liguria, Piemonte and Lombardia regions, as well as the Italian Environment ministry, have launched a project aimed at uprooting the estimated 300 American grey squirrels living in the Levante Genovese Park.

The cost of the war against American squirrels, nearly 2 million euros, is partially covered by the European Union.

This squirrel war has its ?general,? Andrea Balduzzi, a professor of natural sciences at the University of Genoa.

At dawn, the professor and his student troops go after the invaders, armed with traps and cages. Once caught, the animals are transferred to vets to be sterilized before being released in natural parks.

And squirrels caught outside the park are executed by euthanasia.

It's amazing the brilliance that could cross the minds of some Italian lawmakers. There could be just one valid explanation: Ventilation.
In other words, there was no fresh air in that room and the lawmakers got dizzy.

A helpful and common cure would be to open a window or go for a walk in the park. We would suggest the lovely Levante Genovese Park.
Don't worry about the squirrels. Just ignore them and they'll ignore you.

And did you know Italians have a couple of things in common with squirrels?

- Squirrels in general are found on every continent except Antarctica and Australia.
From 1861 to 1985, more than 26 million Italians left Italy to seek a better life. Yes, they are found on every continent including Antarctica where it is easier to reason with the seals than the Calabrese.

- Squirrels eyes are positioned in such a way that they can see some things behind them.
The eyes of most Italian state employees are also positioned in a way that they can see work that needs to be done behind them. So they avoid it and disappear just as quickly and quietly as a squirrel can.

And you would think Italy would have become accustomed to getting invaded by now.

- 1072: The Normans conquered Sicily, Calabria and Napoli, and establish a kingdom over Southern Italy.
Not one peep from Northern Italy. In their defense, it's difficult to condemn an invasion and show outrage when you have a smile on your face.

- 1796-1800: Napoleon conquers northern Italy, ends Milano's occupation by Austria, ends Genova's independence and annexes Piedmont, Tuscany and the Papal state to France. Took the 'Mona Lisa' and hung it in his bedroom. Southern Italy: "Burns, doesn't it? Vaffanculo and welcome to the club."

- 2012: 1000 shipments of pureed tomatoes weighing 200 kg invade Italy from China every day, destined for the Italian market to be sold as if it were 'Made In Italy'.
As you can see, we need a EU project aimed at uprooting the disease carrying, lawmaking population responsible for this.
We need to go track them down with cages and traps, have them sterilized by vets and make sure there is enough Italian Chinese marinara sauce for their linguine.

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