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"La prima matrimonio, la seconda compania, la terza un'eresia." (The first woman you marry is your wife, the second a companion, the third is nonsense.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Salsa Tonnata
  -Gamberi e Cannellini Alla Toscana
  -Pizza al Cioccolato

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 Recipe: Salsa Tonnata

Salsa Tonnata
Tuna Sauce

Ingredients:

1 lb. spaghetti
2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 oz. dry porcini mushrooms
1 small onion, thinly sliced
Garlic, chopped
Celery, diced
Parsley, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
Few pine nuts
5 oz. tuna in oil, crumbled
1 cup peeled tomatoes
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Reconstitute the dry porcini mushrooms in lukewarm water, chop, and set aside.

Saute the onion in olive oil with garlic, celery and carrot.

When vegetables are wilted (not browned), add mushrooms, pine nuts and tuna. Saute briskly, add the tomatoes. Cook for a few minutes, add salt and pepper to taste.

Simmer for 5 more minutes and remove from fire.

Boil the pasta in the usual manner (spaghetti would be preferable), drain and place the spaghetti in a large skillet together with the tuna sauce and the parsley. Toss well and serve. Serves 6-8.

That's it!


 Recipe: Gamberi e Cannellini Alla Toscana

Gamberi e Cannellini Alla Toscana
Shrimps with Cannellini Beans

Ingredients:

20 large shrimps or medium-size prawns
1/2 oz. rosemary, chopped
1/2 lb. cannellini beans (boiled)
4 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
2 tomatoes, diced
3 1/2 oz. water used to boil beans
Salt
Pepper

Directions:

After soaking the cannellini beans overnight, cook them in lightly salted cold water for one hour or until tender.

Heat 1 oz. of olive oil in a casserole; brown the garlic and remove it.

Add the shrimps and cook each side for 1 and 1/2 minutes.

Add the rosemary, tomatoes, cannellini beans, water, salt and pepper and simmer for 3 more minutes, over a medium heat.

Remove from heat; place either in single serving plates or in a platter. Top with a spoonful of extra-virgin olive oil and serve straight away. Serves 6-8.

That's it!


 Recipe: Pizza al Cioccolato

Pizza al Cioccolato
Chocolate Pizza

Ingredients:

For Pizza Dough:
3/4 cup warm water (105F to 115F)
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 cups (or more) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For Topping:
2 tablespoons butter (1/4 stick), melted
1/4 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)
1/2 cup chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
2 tablespoons chopped high-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt or Perugina)
2 tablespoons chopped toasted hazelnuts

Directions:

Prepare the pizza dough by pouring 3/4 cup warm water into small bowl; stir in yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes.

Brush large bowl lightly with olive oil.

Mix 2 cups flour, sugar, and salt in processor. Add yeast mixture and 3 tablespoons olive oil; process until dough forms a sticky ball.

Transfer to lightly floured surface. Knead dough until smooth, adding more flour by tablespoonfuls if dough is very sticky, about 1 minute.

Transfer to prepared bowl; turn dough in bowl to coat with olive oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Punch down dough (can be made 1 day ahead).

Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 450 F. Line large baking sheet with parchment. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 11-inch round (start in center of dough, working outward toward edges but not rolling over them).

Transfer dough to prepared sheet. Make indentations all over dough with fingertips.

Brush melted butter over. Bake until pale golden, about 20 minutes.

Smooth chocolate-hazelnut spread over hot crust. Sprinkle chopped bittersweet chocolate and white chocolate over.

Bake until chocolate begins to melt, about 2 minutes.

Sprinkle chopped hazelnuts over, cut into wedges, and serve. Serves 6.

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:

Italy's Homeless Have Their Own 'Michelin Guide'

January 11 - It looks like a guidebook, with its glossy pages, fold-out maps, and tips on where to eat and sleep in Rome.

The only difference is that its readers are homeless.

The new edition of what its authors have dubbed a "Michelin Guide for the Poor" was presented on Jan. 10 as promoters warned that the ranks of the have-nots in Italy's capital were growing.

The guide, created by the Sant' Egidio Catholic peace organization, is divided into sections covering the basic needs of the homeless or poor, "Where to Eat," "Where to Sleep," "Where to Wash Up."

According to Sant' Egidio, which has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize for its charity work and international peace negotiations, there are some 7,000 homeless people in Rome.

Some 2,000 sleep on the street, not far from luxury hotels and world-renowned monuments like the Forum and the Colosseum. Some 3,000 sleep in charity shelters and 2,000 others in dilapidated abandoned buildings.

"Rome is 'home' to some 10% of people living in extreme cases of poverty in Italy," said Mario Marazziti, a founding member of the Sant' Egidio group.

The numbers have swelled after two waves of enlargement of the European Union in 2004 and 2007 relaxed entry requirements for immigrants.

The 176-page guidebook, titled simply "Dove" (Where), tells the poor and homeless where they can get free meals either at Catholic parishes or city-run centers or mobile soup kitchens, which are marked by a drawing of a small sandwich on the map.

Volunteer organizations where the homeless can either spend the night or bathe marked by a small shower head on the map are also listed with instructions on how to get there on foot or public transport.

The guide, now in its 17th edition and which has spawned copycat editions in four other Italian cities as well as in France, Spain and Austria, also contains pages on legal and medical assistance.

"This is such a good guide that we give it to everyone coming out of jail," said Raffaella Milano, Rome's councilwoman for social services.

"People who leave jail and have no place to go have to get back on their feet. This guidebook has become precious for them and precious for us as public funds have been cut," she said.

As the cost of living in Italy has grown, so has the number of people who have homes but go to charity soup kitchens to eat several times a day, Marazzitti said.

The authors of the guide, which has an initial printing of 13,000 this year, made it a point to keep Rome's many cultural sites on the map.

"As the poor go from shelter to soup kitchen, we think it is nice and uplifting for them to know what they are passing," Marazzitti said.

"Che bello." It's nice to see the homeless in the nation's capital no longer have to battle it out with gladiators and lions in the Coliseum.

For all tourists who are planning to visit the Eternal City, it wouldn't hurt to pick up a copy of the "Michelin Guide for the Poor". Have you any idea of how expensive Rome has gotten?

Piazza Navona: Menu prices there are about 20% higher than a few steps away in the smaller streets next to the Piazza.
Demand satisfaction: "Excuse me, Mario. Do the prices include a chunk of the a Bernini Fountain?"

Coffee: Avoid sitting down for a cappuccino (or anything else for that matter) without having looked at the prices. Just imagine the surprised look on your beautiful faces when you're charged 8 Euros ($10.30) for a couple of cappuccinos (1 Euro each, standing up).
Demand satisfaction: "Excuse me, Giuseppe. Were these chairs, tables and sidewalk blessed by the Pope?"

Monument Visiting: If you plan to visit the Coliseum and Palatine, make sure to visit them on the same day because the tickets (10 Euros per person) are valid for both sites. The official ticket booth whores will not point this out when selling them to you. And you will certainly notice this when it's too late.
Demand satisfaction: "Excuse me, Angela Maria. How about if I take you to the back of the Coliseum and show you what the phrase, 'the customer is always right', means?"

Minestrone Index: There is a fast way to check the price levels of any restaurant. It's called the Minestrone Index. Just look on the menu for the plain vegetable soup (Minestrone). This price is almost always the base price for all other prices. An average price for a Minestrone in Rome should not exceed 3 Euros. If it exceeds 3 Euros, then call the waiter over and demand satisfaction:
"Excuse me, Romeo. Were the vegetables in the Minestrone soup grown in the Vatican Gardens?"

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