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 09/27/11 Four Cheese Risotto

"Con nulla non si fa nulla." (Of nothing comes nothing.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Cream of Shrimp and Tomato Soup
  -Four Cheese Risotto
  -Coffee Baba

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Adriana Ciccarello       


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 Recipe: Cream of Shrimp and Tomato Soup

Cream of Shrimp and Tomato Soup
Crema di Gamberi e Pomodori

Ingredients:

For the Vegetable Stock:
3 cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 turnips, coarsely chopped
2 leeks, trimmed and coarsely chopped
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
2 potatoes, coarsely chopped
2 onions, coarsely chopped
1 celery stick, coarsely chopped
Salt

For the Soup:
2 and 1/4 lbs (1 kg) large shrimp
5 ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) plain flour
2 teaspoons curry powder
Salt

Directions:

Prepare the Vegetable Stock:
Place all the vegetables in a large saucepan, pour in 1.5 liters (2 and 1/2 pints) of water, add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.

Lower the heat and simmer gently for about 20-25 minutes.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly, then strain into a bowl pressing down well on the vegetables with a wooden spoon.

Prepare the Soup:
Bring the stock to a boil in a saucepan.

Add the shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes.

Drain, reserving the stock.

Peel and devein the shrimp.

Set 8-10 aside for the garnish and finely chop the remainder.

Strain the stock.

Melt the butter in a pan.

Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 3-5 minutes.

Gradually stir in the stock.

Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Lower the heat and simmer, stirring constantly, for about 10 minutes.

Add the chopped shrimp.

Process the tomatoes in a food processor to a puree.

Add the curry powder.

Process briefly again and add to the soup.

Bring to a boil for a several minutes and season with salt to taste.

Pour into a soup tureen.

Garnish with the reserved shrimp and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Four Cheese Risotto

Four Cheese Risotto
Risotto Ai Quattro Formaggi

Ingredients:

For the Vegetable Stock:
3 cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 turnips, coarsely chopped
2 leeks, trimmed and coarsely chopped
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
2 potatoes, coarsely chopped
2 onions, coarsely chopped
1 celery stick, coarsely chopped
Salt

For the Risotto:
12 oz (350 grams) risotto rice
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter
2 oz (50 grams) Emmenthal cheese, diced
2 oz (50 grams) Gorgonzola cheese, diced
2 oz (50 grams) Fontina cheese, diced
2 oz (50 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
1 onion, thinly sliced

Directions:

Prepare the Vegetable Stock:
Place all the vegetables in a large saucepan, pour in 1.5 liters (2 and 1/2 pints) of water, add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.

Lower the heat and simmer gently for about 20-25 minutes.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly, then strain into a bowl pressing down well on the vegetables with a wooden spoon.

Prepare the Risotto:
Bring the vegetable stock to a boil.

Meanwhile, melt 1 oz (25 grams) of the butter in another saucepan.

Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.

Stir in the rice and cook, stirring, until the grains are coated in butter.

Add a ladleful of the hot stock and cook, stirring, until it has been absorbed.

Continue adding the vegetable stock, a ladleful at a time, and stirring until each addition has been absorbed. It will take about 19-21 minutes.

About 5 minutes before the rice is cooked, stir in the four cheeses.

When the rice is tender and the cheeses have melted, remove the pan from the heat.

Stir in the remaining butter and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Smoked Swordfish with Radicchio

Coffee Baba
Baba Al Caffe

Ingredients:

For the Cake:
7 oz (200 grams) plain flour
1/4 oz (10 grams) fresh yeast
3 eggs
6 fl oz (175 ml) lukewarm milk
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) unsalted butter cut into pieces, plus extra for greasing
1 oz (25 grams) caster or superfine sugar
Salt

For the Syrup:
6 fl oz (175 ml) freshly brewed coffee
5 tablespoons rum
2 oz (50 grams) caster or superfine sugar

Directions:

Prepare the Cake:
Cream the yeast with the milk in a bowl, mashing it to a smooth paste with a fork.

Sift the flour and a pinch of salt into a mound.

Make a well in the center and add the yeast and eggs.

Mix well.

Add the butter and sugar and mix again until thoroughly combined and smooth.

Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise until almost double in volume.

Grease a ring mould with butter.

Shape the dough into a sausage form and place in the ring mould to half-full.

Leave to rise until almost doubled in volume.

Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) Gas Mark 4.

Bake the Baba for about 40 minutes.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the mould.

Prepare the Syrup:
Pour the coffee and rum into a small saucepan.

Add the sugar and bring to a boil.

Simmer gently until the sugar has dissolved.

Turn out the cooled Baba on to a serving dish and gradually pour the coffee syrup on top so that it is completely absorbed. Serves 6.

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:

Clocks in Sicily Running Too Fast For Comfort

Messina - June 11, 2011 - For over a week digital clocks and watches in Sicily are complicating their owners by running more than 15 minutes fast, local media said. The mysterious time changes caught the attention of two young locals, who set up a Facebook page calling for those affected to come forward. One of the young men, Francesco Nicosia, told French online magazine Rue89 "I realized something was wrong when I started getting to work earlier. After some investigation I noticed that I wasn't the only one who was on time, which is quite rare here in Sicily." Explanations involving aliens, poltergeists, volcanic activity on Mount Etna and solar explosions have been put forward. Among the most credible explanations is electrical disturbance caused by underwater cables.

Aliens? "Oh, minchia, where?!"
Poltergeist? "Porca puttana, they're here..."

Believe us, there is nothing more entertaining than watching Sicilians who pace themselves like slugs, get to work 15 minutes early, and think they've entered the Twilight Zone.

"Explanations involving aliens, poltergeists, volcanic activity on Mount Etna and solar explosions..." Is it a coincidence these explanations are also used as excuses by Sicilians for taking the day off?

"...clocks and watches in Sicily are complicating their owners by running more than 15 minutes fast." Yes, complications. You can't have Sicilians showing up early at their public state office jobs. What will the citizens think? It's already inspiring enough watching them work...sort of like watching the making of "Fantasia".

Ah, la Sicilia (like other Southern Italian regions), where 3 employees are hired for each public service job. The first guy, Moe, complains all day about how a solar explosion got him out of bed early. Larry's job is to watch Moe do a half-ass job while Curly stands around with that blank look on his face.

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