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 09/24/13 Fettuccine with Artichokes and Chicken

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Sauteed Brussels Sprouts and Shallots
  -Penne with Broccoli Rabe, Walnuts, and Pecorino Cheese
  -Fettuccine with Artichokes and Chicken

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 Recipe: Sauteed Brussels Sprouts and Shallots

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts and Shallots
Cavoletti e Scalogni Saltate

Ingredients:

1 and 3/4 pounds brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
12 medium shallots, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted, divided
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Working in small batches, place brussels sprouts in feed tube of processor fitted with thin slicing disk.

Slice.

Melt butter with olive oil in large pot over medium heat.

Add shallots.

Saute until almost translucent, about 3-4 minutes.

Add garlic.

Stir 1 minute.

Add brussels sprouts.

Increase heat to medium-high and saute until tender, about 8-10 minutes.

Stir in 3 tablespoons pine nuts and lemon juice.

Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer to bowl.

Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon pine nuts and serve. Makes 8 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Penne with Broccoli Rabe, Walnuts, and Pecorino Cheese

Penne with Broccoli Rabe, Walnuts, and Pecorino Cheese
Penne con Broccoli Rabe, Noci e Pecorino

Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil
2 and 1/2 cups chopped leeks (white and pale green parts only, about 2 large)
2 large bunches broccoli rabe, stemmed, coarsely chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled
3/4 cup vegetable broth
1/3 cup creme frache or whipping cream
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
1 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, divided

1 pound Penne pasta
1 and 1/2 cups walnut halves, toasted

Directions:

Heat olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add leeks and saute until golden and soft, about 5 minutes.

Add broccoli rabe and saute, tossing with tongs, until slightly softened and bright green, about 3-4 minutes.

Add garlic and stir 1 minute.

Stir in broth, creme frache, and lemon peel, then 1/3 cup cheese.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente', stirring occasionally.

Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.

Return pasta to pot.

Stir in broccoli rabe mixture and walnuts, adding 1/2 cup cooking liquid to moisten and adding more by tablespoonfuls if needed.

Divide pasta among bowls.

Serve, passing remaining cheese separately. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Fettuccine with Artichokes and Chicken

Fettuccine with Artichokes and Chicken
Fettuccine con Carciofi e Pollo

Ingredients:

Juice of 1 lemon
15 baby artichokes (about 2 lbs)
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 dried mushrooms, such as Porcini, chopped (about 1/8 oz)
1 small carrot, finely chopped
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 lb), cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
4 tbsp chopped tarragon leaves
3 cups chicken broth
1 lb dried fettuccine pasta
3/4 cup grated Parmigiano cheese

Directions:

Stir lemon juice into a medium bowl filled with water.

Trim away tough outer leaves of the artichokes to expose their tender, pale green interior.

Put trimmed artichokes into lemon water.

Set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat.

Add the garlic, mushrooms, and carrots and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, about 8-10 minutes.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

Increase heat to high and add the chicken and tomato paste.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is lightly browned, about 5-6 minutes.

Add the vinegar and cook, stirring constantly, until liquid has evaporated, about 1-2 minutes.

Drain the artichokes and add them, along with 2 tbsp tarragon and the chicken broth, to the pot.

Bring broth to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low.

Simmer until chicken and artichokes are very tender and the broth has reduced by half, about 40 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper and set sauce aside.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.

Add pasta and cook until 'al dente', about 7-8 minutes.

Reserve 1 cup pasta water.

Drain pasta and transfer to pot with artichoke and chicken sauce.

Set over high heat.

Bring sauce to a boil.

Stir in 1/2 cup Parmigiano cheese and cook, tossing occasionally with tongs, until sauce thickens and clings to pasta, about 2 minutes (if the sauce is too dry, pour in a little pasta water).

Add remaining tarragon and season with salt and pepper.

Transfer pasta to 4 bowls and sprinkle with remaining Parmigiano cheese. Serves 4.

That's it!

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1 In 4 Italian Families Feel Spanking Helps Teach A Lesson

Rome - March 27, 2012 - More than one in four Italian parents discipline their children with a spanking, a study by Save the Children said Tuesday.

The same study, which was carried out by the Ipsos research group, said most families prefer verbal reprimands and dialogue to corporal punishment.

Exasperation was the most commonly cited motive for spanking.

Parenting alla Italiana

Discipline is mistakenly thought of as punishment for misbehavior but in actuality it offers both the Italian parent and child the space to learn together. The parent appears to learn how the child learns, the child becomes more and more aware of what is and is not acceptable in his screwy and absurd environment.

Example: It is NOT acceptable to speak to relatives your family doesn't speak to.

However, this research cannot be considered complete for Italy is a diverse country. There are differences between regions, economic groups and neighbors.

Example: A typical family from Bolzano will implement calm, pastoral and diplomatic reasoning when disciplining a child. A family from Palermo believes a day long beating from each member of the immediate family while the mother beats her breast and weeps in front of a makeshift shrine in her bedroom is the only proven method that will help the child understand and accept "their" values of life.

There is the physical discipline...and then there is the mental:

1. Being constantly reprimanded by your grandfather because you have so-called everything in life while, during the war, he had to pick bugs off his brother just to eat.

2. Every Sunday afternoon of your childhood was spent visiting your grandparents and the ungrateful extended family members who should thank Jesus, Joseph and Mary every day they were granted the honor of marrying into the Family.

3. You thought women's nylons were supposed to be worn rolled to the ankles.

4. Every meal had to be eaten with a sizable chunk of bread in your left hand so you didn't complain 4 hours later that you were still hungry.

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