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 09/03/13 Tozzetti

"Usare il bastone e la carota." (Using a stick and a carrot. Mules are considered "stubborn animals" that sometimes don't want to cooperate. So their owners used two methods to convince them to work. The hard one, a stick for hitting, and the good one, a carrot that was held in front of them, for making them move. Using the stick and the carrot nowadays means using both gentleness and severity.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Tuna, Red Onion, and Endive Salad
  -Roast Pork Loin with Rosemary and Garlic
  -Tozzetti

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 Recipe: Tuna, Red Onion, and Endive Salad

Tuna, Red Onion, and Endive Salad
Insalata di Tonno, Cipolla Rossa e Indivia

Ingredients:

1/3 cup light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2/3 cup finely chopped celery
2/3 cup finely chopped red onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
Two 7-ounce pouches water-packed chunk light tuna

20 Belgian endive leaves (from about two heads)
Fresh Italian parsley sprigs

Directions:

Whisk first 3 ingredients in medium bowl to blend.

Mix in celery, onion, and chopped parsley.

Stir in tuna.

Season salad with salt and pepper.

Spoon salad onto endive.

Place on platter.

Garnish with parsley and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Roast Pork Loin with Rosemary and Garlic

Roast Pork Loin with Rosemary and Garlic
Arrosto di Lonza di Maiale con Rosmarino e Aglio

Ingredients:

One 4-pound boneless pork loin
8 garlic cloves
1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups dry white wine

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400?.

Finely chop garlic and rosemary with 1/2 teaspoon salt on a cutting board.

Holding knife at an angle, drag blade over mixture until a coarse paste forms.

Transfer paste to a small bowl and mix in olive oil.

Place pork, fat side down, on another cutting board with a short end toward you.

Holding a sharp knife parallel to board and about 1/2 inch up side of loin, make an incision along entire length of one side.

Continue cutting, lifting meat with your free hand as you go, until loin is open and flat.

Spread garlic mixture over inside of loin and season with salt and pepper.

Roll pork tightly.

Using kitchen twine, tie at 1 inch intervals.

Season pork with salt and pepper.

Place, fat side up, in a large shallow baking dish.

Add wine.

Roast pork until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of loin registers 145?F, 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours.

Transfer to a carving board.

Let rest at least 10 minutes.

Spoon and discard fat from surface of pan juices.

Slice pork.

Serve with pan juices. Serves 8.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Tozzetti

Tozzetti

Ingredients:

1 and 1/4 cups blanched almonds
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for work surface
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325?F.

Whisk baking powder, salt, and 1 and 3/4 cups flour in a medium bowl.

Set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium-high, beat sugar and butter in a medium bowl until creamy, about 2 minutes.

Add eggs one at a time, beating to blend between additions and occasionally scraping sides of bowl, until combined.

Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients, and mix just to blend.

Add in almonds.

Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead just to bring together, about 2 times.

Form into a log about 14-inches long, 2-inches wide, and 1-inch thick.

Place log on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake until puffed, cracked in spots, and starting to brown, 25-30 minutes.

Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack and let log cool.

Using a serrated knife, slice log diagonally 1/2-inch thick.

Arrange slices on same sheet.

Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes.

Turn and bake until other side is golden brown, 5-10 minutes longer.

Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack.

Let tozzetti cool. Makes about 25.

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:

And Another 1 Billion Euros Seized In Napolitano Mafia Raid

Naples - March 19, 2012 - Police carried out arrest warrants for 60 people, including 16 tax magistrates, and seized around one billion Euros (1.33 billion USD) in assets in an operation targeting the Fabbrocino clan of the Neapolitan mafia, the Camorra.

Prosecutors believe corruption led to dozens of tax disputes being settled against the State and frequently in favor of people linked to the Camorra.

Many of the people arrested have been detained in prison, while others have been put under house arrest, and others still have been forbidden from residing in Naples.

They are suspected of crimes including mafia association for money laundering and the corruption of legal proceedings.

The assets seized include company shares, bank accounts, properties, land and cars.

"Puttana della miseria", another great episode from "Alice in Naples Land".

And what punishment! A Napolitano knows well being forbidden from residing in Naples is much harsher than house arrest. That's like eating Chef Boyardee in a retirement home than Vermicelli with clams at the feast of San Gennaro.

And you can just imagine how the tax disputes were settled:

- "When I was audited many years ago the tax agent told me that he had never seen a Napolitano as honest, proud and precise in his affairs as me, and that I would never have to file a tax return ever again."

- "I took improper deductions on the tax returns I prepared because I was chosen as one of the organizers of the San Gennaro feast. And so, it was my sworn duty to be certain San Gennaro's blood would liquefy in public...and on cue.

- "I had post-traumatic stress syndrome from street combat service in Salerno, which led to the breakup of my social club, caused me emotional turmoil and flashbacks, and interfered with my talent to make wine."

- "After I moved from Salerno to Naples I asked someone in Naples about my Salerno income tax, and was told that the tax I owed Salerno was so small that it wasn't worth worrying about, so I just said "Si e vaffanculo!""

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