08/16/11 Linguine with Pecorino, Tomatoes, and Arugula

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Honeydew and Prosciutto with Mint Vinaigrette
  -Linguine with Pecorino, Tomatoes, and Arugula
  -Fish Steaks Braised with Bell Pepper, Olives, and Lemons

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 Recipe: Honeydew and Prosciutto with Mint Vinaigrette

Honeydew and Prosciutto with Mint Vinaigrette
Melata e Prosciutto con Vinaigrette alla Menta


1 tablespoon Sherry wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon aniseed
3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint, divided
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 cups (packed) mixed baby greens (about 3 ounces)
4 honeydew melon wedges, peeled
6 thin slices prosciutto


Whisk first 3 ingredients and 1 tablespoon mint in small bowl; whisk in olive oil.

Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Toss greens with 2 tablespoons dressing in medium bowl; divide between 2 plates.

Place melon next to greens; drape prosciutto over melon.

Drizzle remaining dressing over prosciutto and melon.

Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons mint and freshly ground pepper and serve. Makes 2 first-course servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Linguine with Pecorino, Tomatoes, and Arugula

Linguine with Pecorino, Tomatoes, and Arugula
Linguine con Pecorino, Pomodori e Rucola


6 cups diced tomatoes in assorted colors (about 2 and 1/2 pounds)
3 cups (packed) arugula
1/2 cup minced shallots
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

12 ounces linguine
2 cups coarsely grated Pecorino Romano or ricotta salata (salted dry ricotta cheese)


Place first 5 ingredients in large bowl; toss to coat.

Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

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


Add pasta to tomato mixture; toss.

Mix in cheese; season with salt and pepper.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Fish Steaks Braised with Bell Pepper, Olives, and Lemons

Fish Steaks Braised with Bell Pepper, Olives, and Lemons
Pesce Brasato con Peperoni, Olive, e Limoni


4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted, coarsely chopped
2 lemons, halved lengthwise, cut crosswise into thin slices
1 cup dry white wine
Four 8 to 9-ounce fish steaks (such as halibut or salmon; each 1 inch thick)
1 chopped fresh Italian parsley
Extra-virgin olive oil


Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat.

Add onion and bell pepper.

Saute until onion is translucent, about 12 minutes.

Add garlic and stir 1 minute.

Add olives, lemons, and wine and bring to boil.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large skillet over high heat.

Sprinkle fish steaks with salt and pepper.

Add to skillet and saute until first side browns, about 2 minutes.

Turn fish over.

Add bell pepper mixture and juices; add parsley.

Reduce heat to medium; simmer uncovered until fish is just opaque in center, about 5 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper.

Divide fish and sauce among shallow bowls; drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Serves 4.

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:

Italian President To Stay Awake And Keep An Eye on Amanda Knox Trial

Perugia - June 15, 2011 - Italian president Giorgio Napolitano is following the legal case of American student Amanda Knox who is appealing her conviction for killing her English housemate in 2007 while studying in Italy.

"I am keeping track of developments in this complex story," president Napolitano said through a diplomatic advisor on Tuesday.

He was responding to an open letter from Italian politician Rocco Girlanda, who asked the president to intervene to avoid international controversy over what he claims was an unfair trial.

Girlanda heads Fondazione Italia USA - an organization that aims to strengthen ties between Italy and the United States - and wrote of book on Knox.

Girlanda says prosecutors mishandled the case and is seeking an investigation.

Knox, her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and African immigrant Rudy Guede were jailed for murdering Knox's housemate Meredith Kercher, a British exchange student in November, 2007.

Knox and Sollecito together return to a Perugia court on 21 June to jointly appeal against the 25 and 26 year prison sentences handed to them for murdering Kercher, who was found semi-naked with her throat slit in the cottage she shared with Knox in Perugia.

Dear Rocco,

Thanks for your letter. The Fondazione Italia USA and Amanda's family may have a chance of seeing this situation end happily if President Giorgio makes an effort to stop wearing socks with sandals and staying awake long enough each day to follow the trial highlights.

"Baci e abbracci", Only In Italy


Dear Presidente Giorgio,

Here are the Sicilian cliff notes on what the hell went wrong with the case and our comical justice system:

1) 11 Italian lawmakers in Silvio Berlusconi's coalition request a probe of the prosecutor's office. (That's called back-peddling alla Parmigiana.)

2) Amanda was a fat high school student, had acne and was more devoted to rock climbing and backpacking than to dating. Her best friend, Madison Paxton, "She's a little dork who doesn't wear matched socks." (Then our cousin, Maurizio, must be unstable as her. He wears mismatched socks but it's hard to tell because they're always dirty.)

3) Sollecito, a gawky, pale 23-year-old with rimless glasses and zero history with women. His father, a rich urologist, had set him up with the apartment in Perugia. But there was a problem...whenever he used the sink, the pipes leaked and water pooled on the floor. Sollecito was so stumped by the puddles that he called his father for advice on how to get rid of them. ("Papa, after you explain how to stop the magic puddles from appearing, please, explain to me...air.")

4) Amanda returned with Sollecito to the apartment and called the "Carabinieri" to report a burglary. Two officers soon arrived. They weren't Carabinieri, however. They were the postal police. (A comatose, high school unit of the state police responsible for investigating crimes like stolen phones and late mail. Imagine what would happen to them if Italy adds 4 new numbers to the zip code.)

5) Italy's jamboree-like judicial process: no order in court, lawyers and defendants constantly interrupting the proceedings with catcalls, groans, and wild hand gesticulations, the press in the peanut gallery whining like soccer fans at the stadium. (Si, we're just a few months away from drinking, belching, and farting in court.)

6) The prosecution's failure to establish motive or intent. "Well, we live in an age of violence with no motive," said one prosecutor. (So true. Cousin Maurizio is battling an ingrown toe nail. We're afraid he might want to wipe out the local bread baker.)

7) According to the prosecutor, Mignini, things are often touched by Satan. In the Monster of Florence serial-killer case of 2001, Mignini proposed that the suicide of a Perugian doctor was actually a murder committed by a satanic cult, practicing since the Middle Ages, that demanded human organs for their Black Masses. He later accused a hostile journalist of Satanism. In the early stages of the Kercher investigation, Mignini suggested that the victim had been slaughtered during a satanic ritual, but in his closing argument, he only went so far as to refer to Knox as a sex-and-drug-crazed "she-devil." (First, you need to stop watching bad Italian horror films and get out more often. Second, it would have made more sense if you claimed a chocolate loving bear committed the murder.)

8) One officer was certain Knox had lied about taking a shower that morning because "she smelled like sex." (Ok, he got us there. What does sex smell like? Whenever "dirty socks" Maurizio returns home from a night of drinking, his breath always smells like Gorgonzola cheese no matter how many times he washes his mouth out.)

9) Knox signed a confession...written in Italian. It declared that Knox had accompanied pub owner, Lumumba, to her house on the night of the murder. She had been standing in the next room while Lumumba stabbed Kercher to death. When Knox signed the confession, the interrogators all started hugging one another. ("Porca vacca, we did it! Yes, she confessed to the murder...and the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby!")

10) Knox and Sollecito were not formally charged until...a year after their arrests. The prosecution's case leaned heavily on two pieces of evidence. Kercher's bra clasp which was not retrieved until 47 days after the murder, by which point it had been moved across the room and lay in a pile of debris had tested positive for trace amounts of Sollecito's DNA. And a knife,...selected at random by a detective from Sollecito's kitchen drawer, tested positive, albeit at extremely low levels, for Kercher's DNA. (DNA evidence released shows that after 183 attempts to match the material on the lottery-winning knife to Meredith's DNA, there is a less than 1 percent chance that it is hers. So, another 387 attempts will probably be made until they eventually run out of lab supplies, funding, and wind up in the insane asylum.)

"Con amore", Only In Italy

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