09/22/09 Apricot Cream

"Meglio essere invidiati che compatiti." (Better to be envied than pitied.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Beans Pizzaiola
  -Pork Chops in Gorgonzola
  -Apricot Cream

"Auguri e saluti" to all our readers. Enjoy this week's recipes!

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 Recipe: Beans Pizzaiola

Beans Pizzaiola
Fagioli alla Pizzaiola


2 and 1/4 lb (1 kg) fresh beans, shelled
4 tablespoons tomato passata
2 celery stalks
3 fresh sage leaves
1 garlic clove
1 oz (25 grams) butter
4 fresh basil leaves, torn
1 fresh flatleaf parsley sprig, chopped
Salt and pepper


Put the beans in a saucepan.

Pour in enough water to cover them by at least 2 inches (5 cm) and add one of the celery stalks, sage and garlic.

Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about an hour or until tender.

Drain, remove and discard the sage and garlic.

Place the beans in a serving dish and keep warm.

Meanwhile, thinly slice the remaining celery.

Melt the butter in a saucepan.

Add the tomato passata, celery and basil and cook until slightly reduced.

Pour the sauce over the beans, season with salt and pepper and mix well.

Sprinkle with the parsley and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Pork Chops in Gorgonzola

Pork Chops in Gorgonzola
Braciole al Gorgonzola


1 oz (25 grams) butter
4 spare-rib chops
5 tablespoons dry white wine
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) mild Gorgonzola cheese


Melt the butter in a frying pan, add the chops and cook over a high heat for 6 minutes on each side.

Transfer to a warm serving dish.

Leave the frying pan to cool, then pour in the wine and heat gently until half has evaporated, then crumble in the cheese and cook over a low heat until melted.

Season to taste with salt and pour the sauce over the meat. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Apricot Cream

Apricot Cream
Crema di Albicocche


1 lb and 5 oz (600 grams) apricots, peeled, stoned and chopped
6 and 1/2 oz (185 grams) superfine or caster sugar
2 gelatine leaves
1/2 pint (300 ml) single cream
1-2 ice cubes, crushed
1 egg white


Put the apricots and 4 and 1/2 oz (130 grams) of the sugar in a saucepan and cook over a low heat until tender.

Meanwhile, fill a small bowl with water, add the gelatine and leave to soak.

Transfer the apricots to a food processor and process to a puree, then scrape into a bowl.

Drain and squeeze out the gelatine, stir it into the puree and chill in the refrigerator.

Mix together the cream and ice cubes and beat well.

Stiffly whisk the egg white with the remaining sugar in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water until firm and foamy.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

Mix the three mixtures together and divide among individual dishes. 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:

Impatient Kindergarten Teacher Sent To Trial

Rome - January 5, 2009 - A woman who will celebrate her 102nd birthday this week has pledged not to give up on a legal squabble with relatives over her great grandfather's inheritance despite the court case being delayed until 2010.

Amalia Cuccioletti, who will blow out 102 candles on Tuesday, turned to the courts in 1997, when she was 90, to sue relatives after they partitioned up her ancestor's land and real estate without her consent.

A chronic lack of staff at the local Macerata court meant that the case was delayed until March 2010, by which time Cuccioletti would be 103. The court has twice attempted to pull the case forward in the wake of publicity surrounding Cuccioletti's old age, but has so far been unsuccessful.

Cuccioletti's lawyer said Monday that his client "has no intention of giving up" and that she had faith in a recent pledge by Justice Minister Angelino Alfano to reform the country's judicial system.

"She has promised her relatives and friends that she will arrive to the end of the process even if it takes another ten years," said lawyer Giacinto Canzona.

Cuccioletti and her own heirs are meanwhile accumulating a tidy sum in compensation fees for the delay, which the Supreme Court has recently increased from 500 euros to 1,000 euros for each year that a process is put off. A 2001 law also forsees further damages if a case is delayed for longer than three years.

"Cacchio", that's it! This Italian grandmother has declared war...and she's going to win!

What went through her relative's minds when they tried to scheme this?
What made them think they could take on the natural forces of an Italian grandmother?
Didn't they know she's all-knowing?

Unfocused and incoherent relatives in 1997:
"Hey! Vaffanculo Gino! This is ridiculous!"
"How much longer does she have?! She's 90! It's just a matter of a few months, maybe a year!"

Twelve years later, she is still looking up at every crucifix in every room she enters of her house (including the cellar) and chanting the words, "Oh, Signore mio, give me the strength to make it through this...", over and over.

"She has promised her relatives and friends that she will arrive to the end of the process even if it takes another ten years," And she will arrive to the end. The amusing question is, "how many of her ungrateful relatives will?"

After all, the "malocchio" (Evil Eye) goes a loooong way.

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