09/30/14 Sausage Stew

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Swiss Chard With Anchovies
  -Pasta And Chickpea Tuscan Soup
  -Sausage Stew

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 Recipe: Swiss Chard With Anchovies

Swiss Chard With Anchovies
Bietole Con Le Acciughe


2 and 1/4 lbs (1 kg) Swiss chard
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
1 garlic clove, chopped
4 salted anchovies
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
Salt and pepper


Cut off the head and tails of the salted anchovies.

Press along the backbones with your thumb.

Soak in cold water for 10 minutes and then drain.

Separate the chard leaves from the stalks using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife.

Cut the stalks into 2-inch (5-cm) pieces.

Cook them in lightly salted, boiling water for about 10-15 minutes until tender.

Drain well.

Chop the anchovies.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.

Add the garlic and anchovies and cook over a low heat, mashing with a wooden spoon until the anchovies have almost disintegrated.

Add the chard stalks.

Increase the heat to high and cook, stirring frequently, for a few minutes.

Lower the heat to medium.

Season with salt and pepper.

Drizzle with olive oil.

Mix well and cook for another 10 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat.

Sprinkle with the Parmigiano cheese and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Pasta And Chickpea Tuscan Soup

Pasta And Chickpea Tuscan Soup
Zuppa di Pasta e Ceci Alla Toscana


7 oz (200 grams) dried chickpeas, soaked in cold water overnight and drained
9 oz (250 grams) tomatoes, peeled and chopped
5 oz (150 grams) fresh Tagliatelle pasta, cut into short lengths
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 fresh rosemary sprig, chopped
1 oz (25 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
Salt and pepper


Place the chickpeas in a saucepan.

Add 3 and 1/2 pints (2 liters) water and bring to a boil.

Lower the heat, cover and cook for about 1 and 1/2 hours.

Remove about 3 ladlefuls of the chickpeas, place in a food processor and process to a puree.

Scrape the puree into the saucepan.

Re-cover and cook for another 1 and 1/2 hours.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.

Add the garlic, rosemary and tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.

Stir the tomato mixture into the chickpeas and season with salt.

Add the Tagliatelle pasta and cook until 'al dente'.

Season with pepper.

Ladle into a soup tureen.

Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the Parmigiano cheese. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sausage Stew

Sausage Stew
Stufato di Salsiccia


1 and 1/2 pounds veal or pork sausages
3/4 pounds sweet Italian sausages
4 onions, sliced
2 bell peppers, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup dry white wine
1 pound boiling potatoes, peeled, cubed
One 16-ounce can stewed tomatoes
14 ounces chicken broth
1/4 cup tomato paste
One 10-ounce package frozen green beans

1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
1 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
1 teaspoon dried marjoram, crumbled
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano cheese


Heat heavy 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat.

Add sausages and cook until brown, turning occasionally, about 30-35 minutes.

Transfer sausages to plate.

Cool slightly.

Cut into 1-inch pieces.

Remove all but 2 tablespoons fat from saucepan.

Add onions to saucepan and saute over medium heat until tender, about 15-18 minutes.

Add bell peppers and garlic and continue cooking until bell peppers just begin to soften, about 5-6 minutes.

Pour in wine and boil for 1 minute.

Add potatoes, tomatoes, broth and tomato paste.

Simmer until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

Stir in green beans, sausages and herbs.

Cover and cook 15 minutes.

Add all cheeses and stir. 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:

Vatican Gets Art Show Shut Down...So, There

Rome - October 2, 2013 - A gallery in Rome has removed photos of same-sex couples kissing in churches after the Vatican threatened legal action.

The photos were covered after Orquin received a letter from the Vatican threatening legal action over the series.

Vicariate spokesman Claudio Tanturri told a local paper the photos infringed upon "the advancement of man in the particular place for the expression of faith."

"Italian constitutional law safeguards an individual's religious feeling and the function of places of worship. Therefore photos that are not suitable and do not conform to the spirituality of the place offend and infringe upon the advancement of man in the particular place for the expression of faith."

"I didn't do it to provoke the Church, I did it to demonstrate a union between God and two people," Orquin said in defense of his work.

After receiving the letter and speaking with lawyers, Orquin covered the photos for "security reasons." Orquin, who is openly gay himself and has lived in Rome for nearly eight years, said he finds Italy to be "a very homophobic country".

Until the gallery's lawyers and the Vatican come to an agreement over the series, they will remain covered. Orquin has heard from many organizations around the world saying they would gladly show his art and take on the Church's threats.

Oh, they're going to drag this out until someone passes out from heat frustration.

"Scassapalle", it's just an art show in Rome. In this day and age, why does the Church still react to events like this like a deer caught in headlights?

Quite frankly, linguine overcooked by just 1 minute should be considered more scandalous and upsetting. It brings down the sauce, grated cheese, wine, lunch, company, mood, life, etc. See what we mean? Priorities, folks. Notice we just made you forget about some art show somewhere.

Regardless, we're here to help the Vatican again. Really.... Therefore, we suggest it should also look into shutting down "Free Sundays" at the Vatican Museums.

On the last Sunday of every month Vatican entrance is free.
Ah, we know. What incredible kindness!
Which cardinal should we thank for this? "Grazie!"

Normally, there are 2-3 hour waits on Sundays. But there are horror stories of tourists waiting up to 4 hours and never getting in on Free Sundays. Aside from the waiting, if you do get in, you have to make a mad dash through the maze of rooms in order to get to the overcrowded, hot and sweaty Sistine Chapel...because the museums close at 2 PM on Sundays! "Che palle!"

"Orquin, who is openly gay himself and has lived in Rome for nearly eight years, said he finds Italy to be a very homophobic country." Unfortunately, he is right. Most of us in Southern Italy have no patience for gay men...for the simple fact that they're all damn good looking and can basically have any woman they desire.

Gays make it hard on the egos of ugly Italian men who should only be observed through a long range telescope.

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