08/19/14 Lamb Cutlets with Anchovy Butter

"Il riposo da ristoro -- solo dopo un buon lavoro." (Rest from refreshment -- only after good hard work.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Lentil Puree
  -Cuttlefish Ink Tagliatelle
  -Lamb Cutlets with Anchovy Butter

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 Recipe: Lentil Puree

Lentil Puree
Pure di Lenticchie


11 oz (300 grams) lentils, soaked in cold water for 3 hours and drained
1 carrot
1 celery stalk
1 oz (25 grams) butter
7 fl oz (200 ml) double cream
Salt and white pepper


Place the lentils into a saucepan.

Add water to cover.

Add the celery and carrot and bring to a boil.

Lower the heat and simmer for about 1 and 1/2 hours.

Drain and pass through a food mill into a clean pan.

Season with salt.

Set the pan over a low heat.

Stir in the cream.

Cook until the puree has the preferred consistency.

Remove the pan from the heat.

Stir in the butter.

Season with pepper to taste. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Cuttlefish Ink Tagliatelle

Cuttlefish Ink Tagliatelle
Tagliatelle Al Nero Di Seppia


7 oz (200 grams) plain flour, preferably Italian type 00, plus extra for dusting
1 or 2 cuttlefish ink sacs
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
5 oz (150 grams) canned tuna in oil, drained and flaked
1 tablespoon capers, rinsed


Sift the flour with a pinch of salt into a mound on a work surface.

Make a well in the center.

Add the cuttlefish ink and eggs.

Gradually incorporate the flour with your fingers.

Knead the dough until soft and smooth.

Roll out into a sheet on a lightly floured surface.

Fold over several times and cut into 1/4 inch (5 mm) wide tagliatelle.

Mix together the tuna, capers and olive oil in a bowl.

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


Toss with the tuna sauce.

Transfer to a warm serving dish. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Lamb Cutlets with Anchovy Butter

Lamb Cutlets with Anchovy Butter
Costolette Al Burro D'Acciuga


For the Anchovy Butter:
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) butter, softened
2 oz (50 grams) whole salted anchovies
1 teaspoon anchovy paste

For the Lamb Cutlets:
8 lamb cutlets
Extra virgin olive oil


Prepare the Anchovy Butter:
To fillet the whole salted anchovies, cut off the head and tails.

Press along the backbones with your thumb.

Soak in cold water for 10 minutes and then drain.

Cream the butter in a bowl.

Beat in the anchovies.

Beat in the anchovy paste.

Prepare the Lamb Cutlets:
Preheat the grill.

Brush the cutlets on both sides with the olive oil.

Grill for 5-7 minutes on each side, depending on how well done you prefer the lamb.

Season with salt.

Transfer to a serving warm dish.

Dot with the anchovy butter. 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:

Sheep Upset Over Police Seizure of Marijuana

L'Aquila - October 2, 2013 - Italian police inspected a piece of farmland where a flock of sheep grazed on more than just the usual grass. The land was also used to cultivate marijuana plants.

The landowner had admitted to being the owner of the marijuana plants that were immediately eradicated and seized. The sheep lived and grazed where the marijuana plants were grown, and became accustomed to grazing on them.

When a drug police squad moved in on the sheep owner's land in Coppito, L'Aquila and started to remove the marijuana plants, the sheep suddenly became nervous and jittery. They followed the police officers carrying the 2-foot plants away and attempted to eat whatever they could.

Poor "coglione". Doesn't he remind you of the scene in Peter Pan where Tinkerbell's little light began dimming and going out? That's his brain. Battery going...down.

You know, when you think about how huge the planet is and how it's just a fraction of the size of the sun, which is just a speck of dust in the entire begin to realize why it became easy for this Italian to rationalize making cash from growing illegal plants around free roaming sheep.

Obviously, something went wrong in the sheep owner's super plan and he could have used good business advice from one of our subscribers:

1) Raise and groom sheep on farm all day (no longer profitable, need cash fast).
2) Buy shrimp boat.
3) Eat chocolate at bus stop (while figuring out where to get money for boat).
4) Grow and sell pot (sun, soil, water, seeds, southern exposure).
5) Use sheep as cover.
6) Fence in sheep to keep away from crops (OPTIONAL).

And how well could have the sales gone?

Dealer: "I need enough 'spinelli' for the 6-day weekend."
Sheep owner: "'Tranquillo'...I can get it to you in two shakes of a lamb's tail."
Dealer: "Aren't you always blabbering that lambs have no tails?
Sheep owner: ...
Dealer: "'Figlio di puttana', where are you going with this?"

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