08/20/13 White Chocolate Tiramisu with Pears

"La farina del diavolo va tutta in crusca." (The devil's flour becomes all bran. Plans that are made with bad intentions will fail. Traditionally, bran is considered the worst part of the grain and is mainly used as animal feed. Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Polenta with Gorgonzola Cheese
  -Sweet and Sour Glazed Pork Chops
  -White Chocolate Tiramisu with Pears

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 Recipe: Polenta with Gorgonzola Cheese

Polenta with Gorgonzola Cheese
Polenta alla Gorgonzola


5 cups (or more) chicken broth
1 and 3/4 cups polenta (coarse cornmeal)
3/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (about 4 ounces)
1/3 cup whipping cream


Bring 5 cups chicken broth to a boil in heavy 4-quart saucepan.

Gradually add polenta, whisking constantly.

Return mixture to boil.

Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until polenta is tender, stirring frequently and adding more chicken broth by 1/4 cupfuls if polenta is too thick, about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Add Gorgonzola cheese and cream.

Stir until cheese is melted.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serves 8.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sweet and Sour Glazed Pork Chops

Sweet and Sour Glazed Pork Chops
Braciole di Maiale in Agrodolce


Four 10-oz bone-in pork chops, frenched
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp honey
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 sprig fresh rosemary, torn into 1-inch pieces


Put pork chops on a plate.

Drizzle with olive oil.

Season generously with salt and pepper

Let sit for 30 minutes.

Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill to medium-high heat.

Combine vinegar and honey in a 1-quart saucepan and cook over medium heat until reduced to 1/4 cup.

Stir in butter and rosemary and set aside.

Put pork chops on grill and cook, occasionally turning and basting with balsamic mixture, until browned and cooked through, 12-14 minutes.

Transfer to a platter and let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: White Chocolate Tiramisu with Pears

White Chocolate Tiramisu with Pears
Tiramisu di Cioccolato Bianco Con Pere


For the Pears:
1 750-ml bottle dry white wine
2 cups pear juice or pear nectar
1 and 1/4 cups sugar
12 whole green cardamom pods
Four 1-inch diameter rounds peeled fresh ginger (each about 1/8 inch thick)
2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
5 large firm but ripe pears (3 to 3 and 1/4 pounds), peeled

For the White Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse:
7 ounces high-quality white chocolate, finely chopped
1/3 cup poire Williams (clear pear brandy)
1/4 cup water
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
One 8 to 8.8-ounce container mascarpone cheese
1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream

For the Tiramisu Assembly:
Three 3-ounce packages soft ladyfingers, separated
2 cups chilled heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup minced crystallized ginger
White chocolate curls
1 tablespoon powdered sugar


Prepare the Pears:
Crush the cardamom pods in a resealable plastic bag with mallet

Combine the first 6 ingredients in large saucepan.

Stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves.

Add pears and bring to boil.

Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer until pears are just tender when pierced with knife, about 35 minutes.

Transfer liquid with pears to large bowl and refrigerate until cold, about 3 hours.

Using slotted spoon, transfer pears to plate.

Boil poaching liquid in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat until slightly thickened and reduced to generous 1 and 1/2 cups, about 15 minutes.

Strain into 2-cup measuring cup.

Discard spices in strainer.


Cover and chill pears and pear syrup until cold.

Prepare the Mousse:
Combine white chocolate, pear brandy, and 1/4 cup water in top of double boiler set over simmering water.

Stir until smooth (mixture will be very liquidy).

Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean.

Discard bean.

Transfer white chocolate mixture to large bowl.

Gradually add mascarpone, whisking until mixture is smooth.

Cool mascarpone mixture until barely lukewarm.

Using electric mixer, beat 1 cup cream in medium bowl until peaks form.

Fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture in 4 additions.

Cover and chill white chocolate mousse until set, about 3 hours.

Prepare the Tiramisu Assembly:
Cut pears lengthwise in half and remove cores and stems.

Cut halves lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices.

Arrange ladyfingers, rounded sides down, in single layer in bottom of 12-cup trifle dish (about 8 inches in diameter and 5 inches deep), covering bottom completely (using about 15 ladyfingers).

Drizzle 5 tablespoons pear syrup evenly over ladyfingers.

Using small offset spatula, spread 1/3 of white chocolate mousse over ladyfingers, making layer slightly thicker around outer edges of dish to allow mousse to be more visible (center of mousse layer will be thin).

Starting at outer edges of dish, place pear slices in single layer with curved edges against sides of dish atop mousse, covering completely.

Repeat layering of ladyfingers, syrup, mousse, and pears 2 more times.

Cover with fourth layer of ladyfingers (some ladyfingers and pear slices may be left over).

Drizzle ladyfingers evenly with 5 tablespoons syrup.

Using electric mixer, beat 2 cups whipping cream in large bowl until soft peaks form.

Add 1/4 cup pear syrup and beat until stiff peaks form.

Working in batches, transfer cream to large pastry bag fitted with large star tip.

Pipe rosettes all over top of trifle, mounding slightly in center.

Sprinkle with crystallized ginger.

Garnish with chocolate curls.

Sift powdered sugar over trifle just before serving. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

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:

Daddy To Continue Paying Allowances To Unenergetic 41-Year-Old Child

Venice - March 23, 2012 - Italy's top appeals court has ordered a separated husband to keep paying towards the upkeep of his unemployed 41-year-old daughter.

The Cassation Court, whose rulings set precedents, reversed a 2006 lower appeals court sentence that the man could stop the payments, saying "separated parents' obligation (to pay) persists until they can prove children are economically independent".  


All of us on the news staff are in our late 30's and 40's and we're proud to state none of us have the "coglioni" to demand allowances from our parents. Why risk a slap hard enough to straighten out our crooked teeth?

We have no idea who she is, but do you have an image of her burning in your mind as we do (or the slap for the crooked teeth)?

Are you picturing a woman who:

1) set back the Women's Movement 47 years?
2) sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them?
3) basically paces herself like a slug?
4) gets sore from making an espresso and says, "Mamma mia, I have to go lie down"?

And could you believe this middle-aged Italian child could ever be economically independent? Oh, she would be an extraordinary asset at your company. However, we hardly think being able to dial a phone upside down should be considered a job qualification.

You know, we still can't understand how that Cassation Court reasons. The irony is that Italy, with our 150-200,000 laws, is as a result almost LAWLESS! If you live in a country with so many laws like ours, they can do anything for you. You can twirl them, mix them and rewrite them. Italian laws are like stupid playing cards. You simply have to shuffle them and lay them out to satisfy yourself.

Oh, but the poor "figlio di puttana". You have to feel for the father.
This is a man who was dealt the two of spades, 3 jokers and a losing lottery card. The "povero disgraziato"...

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