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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Hot Canapes with Mozzarella
  -Peppers Risotto
  -Pumpkin Tiramisu

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 Recipe: Hot Canapes with Mozzarella

Hot Canapes with Mozzarella
Canape Caldi con Mozzarella


8 small buffalo milk mozzarella cheeses, halved
4 salted anchovies, cleaned and filleted
4 white bread slices, crusts removed
2 tomatoes, sliced
Fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, to garnish


Preheat the oven to 220C (425F) Gas Mark 7.

Cut the slices of bread in half.

Place half a mozzarella cheese and an anchovy fillet on each.

Arrange the tomato slices all round.

Place the canapes on a baking sheet and bake for just a few minutes until the mozzarella has melted.

Sprinkle with parsley and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Peppers Risotto

Peppers Risotto
Risotto con Peperoni


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

For the Risotto:
12 oz (350 grams) risotto rice
3 red (or green or yellow) peppers, halved, seeded and cut into strips
3 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 fresh rosemary sprig, finely chopped
4 tablespoons Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated


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.

Heat the olive oil in another saucepan.

Add the onion and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5-6 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, peppers and rosemary and cook, stirring occasionally for a another 5-6 minutes.

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

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

Continue adding the stock, a ladleful at a time, and stirring until each addition has been absorbed (it will take about 18-20 minutes).

When the rice is tender, stir in the Parmigiano cheese and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Pumpkin Tiramisu

Pumpkin Tiramisu
Zucca Tiramisu


One 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
One 8-ounce container mascarpone cheese
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg)
Two 3-ounce package halved ladyfingers
4 tablespoons rum
2 ounces crushed Amaretti cookies
1 and 1/2 cups chilled whipping cream


Beat whipping cream and sugar until peaks form.

Add mascarpone cheese, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice; beat until filling is smooth.

Line bottom of 9-inch diameter springform pan with 2 and 3/4-inch high sides with one package of ladyfingers, overlapping and crowding to fit.

Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons rum.

Spread half of filling over ladyfingers.

Repeat with second package of ladyfingers, remaining rum and filling.


Wrap tightly in plastic, then foil.

Chill overnight.

To unmold, run knife around inside edge of pan.

Release pan sides; sprinkle with 2 ounces crushed Amaretti cookies. Serves 8.

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:

Kissing Arrested Mobsters On the Lips Is All the Rage In Naples

Naples - June 11, 2011 - A kiss is just a kiss, perhaps. But what does a smooch mean when it's planted on the lips of an alleged mobster by another man?

Observers of Italy's organized crime syndicates have been trying to trying to figure out the meaning of the kiss earlier this week by a young man in a crowd of onlookers outside Naples police headquarters as Daniele D'Agnese was about to be hustled into a squad car.

Four men in their 20s told police they wanted to greet D'Agnese, considered by investigators to be Amato's bodyguard, before he was taken to jail, according to a local Naples paper, which quoted one of them as saying "we haven't seen him in two years."

Although police tried to move the four back from the entrance of the police headquarters while D'Agnese emerged, one pushed forward, and while photographers and videographers caught the moment, the man embraced D'Agnese, then planted a firm kiss on his mouth.

The local paper wrote that the kiss was an "obvious gesture to the eyes of clan rivals" that foot soldiers in the Amato-Pagano crime family would still be loyal, despite the arrests.

Many mob bosses continue to run their crime families from behind bars, through messages given to visiting spouses or children, prosecutors say.

The kiss might also be meant to signal reassurance to D'Agnese that his family would continue to be cared for while behind bars.

Also being puzzled over were the T-shirts both Amato and D'Agnese were wearing when arrested. Each sported a shirt with an image of James Dean, the late U.S. actor. A newspaper noted another alleged clan member, Cesare Pagano, was also wearing a James Dean T-shirt when arrested a few months ago.

Some comments on Italian web sites have interpreted the shirt choice as being a way for mobsters to show they're all in the same clan, while others wondered if they were trying to identify with an actor whose roles depicted youthful rebellion and boldness.

What a touching story; a Napolitano crime family split up. You never read about things like this.

Remember, we're all here, no matter who we are (Romans, Sicilians, Calabrese, Eskimos). We're all searching for the truth and trying to make it through this unforgiving world. Correct? Si? Well...everyone except the Napolitani. They claim to know the truth.

We'll bet you never knew they can be so affectionate and friendly in Naples. Haven't you ever noticed the smiles the Napolitani give when they pick your pockets?

What is disturbing in all this is why the Naples police stand around like lummoxes while these soap operas go on. Who do they think make up the majority of onlookers who wait outside police headquarters all day? Eh? Throw an eggplant and you'll hit 7 suspects.

Is the police waiting till it gets to the point where these onlookers start pulling down pants?

The cops have to load their guns and fire recklessly at these amorous Napolitani! Take these people, push their faces into the car engine, and have them kiss the radiator fan while the car is running. Let's all have a good laugh.

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