10/01/13 Spaghetti with Zucchini

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Potato and Cinnamon Omelette
  -Spaghetti with Zucchini
  -Pork Roast Braised with Milk and Fresh Herbs

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 Recipe: Potato and Cinnamon Omelette

Potato and Cinnamon Omelette
Frittata con Patate e Cannella


3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) milk
2 potatoes
2 and 1/2 oz (65 grams) butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 eggs, separated
Pinch of ground cinnamon


Cook the potatoes in salted, boiling water for about 20-22 minutes or until tender.

Drain, place into a large bowl and mash.

Add the milk, 1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) of butter and a pinch of salt.

Beat to a puree with a wooden spoon.

Stir in the egg yolks, one at a time.

Whisk two egg whites in a separate grease free bowl until stiff.

Fold into the potato mixture.

Add a pinch of cinnamon.

Season with salt to taste and mix very gently to avoid knocking out the air.

Melt the remaining butter with the olive oil in a frying pan.

Pour in the potato mixture and cook over a medium heat until browned on both sides. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Spaghetti with Zucchini

Spaghetti with Zucchini
Spaghetti Con Le Zucchine


12 oz (350 grams) zucchini, thinly sliced
3 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
5 oz (150 grams) mozzarella cheese, diced
1 celery stick
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove
1 small onion
2 fresh sage leaves
12 oz (350 grams) spaghetti
1 oz (25 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
Salt and pepper


Heat the olive oil in a pan.

Add the garlic clove, whole onion, celery stick and sage leaves and cook over a low heat for about 5 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil over a medium heat.

Add the zucchini.

Season with salt and pepper.

Cover and cook for 15 minutes.

Remove the onion, garlic, celery and sage.

Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of salted water until 'al dente'.

Drain and return to the pan.

Toss with the sauce, mozzarella and Parmigiano cheeses and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Pork Roast Braised with Milk and Fresh Herbs

Pork Roast Braised with Milk and Fresh Herbs
Maiale al Latte


One (4 and 1/2 to 5-pound) boneless pork shoulder roast (without skin), tied
3 juniper berries, crushed
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 large rosemary sprigs
2 large sage sprigs
1 sprig fresh or 4 dried California bay leaves
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 cups whole milk


Preheat oven to 350?F with rack in the middle.

Heat olive oil in a wide 5 to 6-quart ovenproof heavy pot over medium heat until it shimmers.

Lightly brown roast on all sides with juniper berries and herbs, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Add garlic and sprinkle roast with sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

Cook until garlic is golden, about 1 minute.

Pour wine over roast and briskly simmer until reduced by half.

Pour milk over roast and bring to a bare simmer.

Cover pot and braise in oven, turning roast occasionally, until tender (milk will form curds), 2 to 2 and 1/2 hours.

Transfer roast to a carving board and loosely cover.

Strain juices through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl (discard any solids), reserving pot, and skim off fat.

Return juices to pot and boil until flavorful and reduced to about 2 cups.

Season with sea salt and pepper.

Slice roast and serve moistened with juices. Makes 6 servings.

That's it!

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Husband Stabbed In the Weiner After Admitting To Cheating By Phone

Livorno - May 14, 2012 - A 61-year-old man died on Monday after being repeatedly stabbed in the 'weiner' and abdomen by his wife. She admitted to attacking him in a jealous rage after he admitted he had spent Saturday night with another woman in the Italian port city of Livorno.

The 61-year-old man was admitted to hospital on Sunday in Livorno a critical condition and operated on after the frenzied attack by his 57-year-old wife late Saturday.

She said she attacked him when he returned home drunk, after he'd confessed his infidelity in a phone call, but only called an ambulance late on Sunday when her husband's condition had worsened.

The woman, who is originally from Germany, faces murder charges and was on Monday being questioned by police.

"Cazzarola", what is this? It caught us off guard.
Why didn't he follow protocol?
Why did he call in the cheating?

Dear naive women, what Italian films are you downloading and watching that makes you assume you're going to find the Garden of Eden when you visit Italy? Look at this case. The German subtitles in the film were way off.

Why do women who date/marry/enslave Italian men assume it's mandatory we be on top of each other every minute to prove our love? "Porca Eva", come on! It's unnatural for the Italian male species to be with a person after a prolonged period of time.

And how is it possible you don't get tired of us? It's gotten to the point where we're contacting you by phone to let you know we're defiling other people. Some of us writers have been on this planet for well over 30 years...and we're tired of ourselves!

By the way, there is no need to exhibit such crude violence when you're angry. Getting racked over the head with a pizza shovel or whacking a 'weiner' with a wooden spoon is much more painful and embarrassing.

However, and in our defense, when it comes to sentiments and having a good time we can be gentlemanlike. After all, we have a so-called Latin lover reputation to uphold. We think this reputation rumor had to be started by a few ugly American women who got to together with their ugly European girlfriends over a few bottles of wine and the BS started flying around.

And to our German female friends who come down and visit us every summer, we're not going to take offense to this story. We would love to entertain you and show you around Sicily...if you weren't too occupied with puking from all the Italian beer you drink.

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