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"Un buon giorno a tutti i nostri lettori" Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Insalata del Rinforzo
  -Linguine with Cauliflower and Mushrooms
  -Capellini con Pomodori Balsamico

It's almost broccoli and cauliflower season so why not try the Linguine with Cauliflower and Mushroom dish? It's a healthy and hearty dish. Enjoy the complimentary news article report from "Only In" .

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 Recipe: Insalata del Rinforzo

Insalata del Rinforzo
Sicilian Cauliflower Salad

Its Italian name indicates that it is quite energizing (rinforzo means "reinforcement," as in nourishment.)


1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup pitted black olives, minced
1/4 cup capers, drained
1/4 cup gherkins (sour baby pickles), minced
1 tablespoon minced Italian parsley
4 anchovies, chopped
2 hard-boiled eggs, shelled and minced


Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil. Drop in the cauliflower florets and 2 tablespoons of the salt; cook until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes, then drain and shock in ice water; drain again.

Place the cauliflower florets in a bowl. Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt, the vinegar, olive oil, pepper, olives, capers, gherkins, parsley, and anchovies, and set aside to marinate, tossing once in a while, for 1 hour to 6 hours at room temperature.

Sprinkle with the hard-boiled eggs and enjoy. Serves 6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Linguine with Cauliflower and Mushrooms

Linguine with Cauliflower and Mushrooms


1 cup ricotta cheese and
1/2 cup fresh cheese
1/3 cup grated pecorino cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 medium head of cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
1/2 cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb mushrooms thickly sliced
6 scallions (cut into 2 inch strips) green part also
1/2 head of fennel sliced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper - or 1 red pod
1/2 teaspoon crushed whole peppercorns
1 lb linguine
Grated pecorino cheese


Combine ricotta and pecorino cheese together, set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt and cauliflower - cover and return to boil. Uncover and cook about 5 - 7 minutes.

Remove vegetable with slotted spoon, reserve liquid to cook linguine.

Heat olive oil and garlic in a large skillet, when garlic is lightly browned stir in mushrooms and scallions, salt and pepper (red), sauté 5 minutes.

Stir in cauliflower and continue cooking for 8 minutes. If mixture becomes too dry add some reserved liquid or plain chicken stock.

Boil linguine in reserved cauliflower water ad more water to it. Then al dente about 10 - 12 minutes. drain and top with vegetable mixture. Optional- Anchovy strips on top with plenty of chopped parsley. Serves 8.

That's it!

 Recipe: Capellini con Pomodori Balsamico

Capellini con Pomodori Balsamico
Angel Hair With Balsamic Tomatoes


1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil
5 to 6 Roma tomatoes, chopped, (28oz. can plum tomatoes)
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 lb angel hair pasta (uncooked)


Saute the garlic in olive oil until lightly browned. Do this in a skillet large enough to hold the tomatoes later. Leave garlic in skillet.

Place tomatoes, salt and pepper, basil and balsamic vinegar in a non-reactive bowl and set aside for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Boil water for pasta.

Just before you put the pasta in the water, drain the tomatoes and reserve the juice that runs off. Put the angel hair pasta in the water to cook for the recommended amount of time.

Heat your garlic skillet and toss drained tomatoes briefly JUST to heat. They should retain their shape. The pasta should finish cooking (usually no more than 5 min. for angel hair) at the same time the tomatoes are ready.

Toss the pasta and tomato mixture together and serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates and 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:

A Stop for a Cappuccino After a Burglary, Arrested. - Rome - March 24 - After robbing a pharmacy in the Cinecittà section of Rome, they walked into a bar for a cappuccino and cornetto (a croissant-like pastry). Afterwards, they went into the bathroom, changed their clothes and left the bar in total tranquility throwing away in the street the box cutter used to threaten the people present in the pharmacy.

But waiting for them were police officers of the Tuscolano precinct who arrested them and recovering the cash stolen.

The two, Orazio Ioanna, 30, and Fabio Russo, 39, already known by the police for previous robberies, did not realize when they fled the pharmacy in the vicinity of the Acquedotti park, that they were being followed by the pharmacy owner who witnessed them entering the bar in Viale Giulio Agrciola and had called the police.

The officers arrested them with the stolen cash amount of 300 Euros along with the box cutter used in the robbery.

"Bravi!" Did you notice that the article did not state what time of day the crime was committed? You might say to yourself, "Who cares? It's funny anyway!"

And it is funny!

But these 2 remarkable geniuses were caught, not only because they were seen entering the bar, but because they wanted to make sure that they wouldn't break an even more important and sometimes sacred law in Italy...drinking coffee at the wrong hour!

IMPORTANT: First of all, you drink your coffee at a bar, not in a café. In the morning, as long as it is before 10:30, you can sit down with a cappuccino and cornetto, but in the afternoon you stand at the bar, drink your espresso down in three sips, then leave immediately!

It is only permissible to drink cappuccino until 10:30 a.m. The same goes for a caffè latte or a latte macchiato. No milky coffees shall be consumed after mid-morning. The waiters of Italy wage a constant, vigilant battle against anyone who try to go against the rules. "It is bad for your digestion" is their invariable and annoying response. Just the thought of having a cappuccino after lunch makes them go weak with nausea.

So, you see, this crime was poorly organized! The pharmacy had to be robbed and the cappuccinos and cornettos consumed by 10:30 a.m. These two had obviously overslept and robbed the pharmacy too close to the deadline.

But instead of taking the unholy risk of ruining their entire morning by skipping coffee, they entered the bar and ordered (it was either that or take the risk of drinking coffee off-hours and arousing suspicion among the coffee conscious Italians).

So, if you're a thief, tourist, or a tourist who wants to be a thief, make sure your illegal activities DO NOT cross Italy's strict coffee drinking schedule.

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