10/12/10 Stuffed Shells with Marinara

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Stuffed Shells with Marinara
  -Veal with Mushrooms and Marsala (Gluten Free)
  -Sweet Fritters

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 Recipe: Stuffed Shells with Marinara

Stuffed Shells with Marinara
Pasta Ripiene con Marinara


8 large pasta shells
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/8 cup shredded Parmigiano cheese
1 small bunch basil, chopped
6 Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Cook shells in salted water according to package directions.

Drain and set aside.

Combine tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl.

Pour half of the tomato mixture onto the bottom of an 8 inch square pan or pie dish.

Reserve the remaining half.

Combine ricotta and Parmigiano cheese in a small bowl.

Season with salt and pepper.

Carefully stuff 3-4 tbs of the cheese mixture into each shell.

Set the shells, open end up, in the tomato mixture in the pan.

Cover with the remaining tomato mixture and more basil if desired.

Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Serve hot. Serves 2-4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Veal with Mushrooms and Marsala (Gluten Free)

Veal with Mushrooms and Marsala (Gluten Free)
Vitello con Funghi e Marsala


6 veal cutlets (about 3-4 ounces each)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large shallot, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, smashed
2 ounces crimini or porcini mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup beef or veal demiglace (or 3/4 cup gluten-free beef broth)
1/2 teaspoon of fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon oregano, dried
1/4 teaspoon thyme, dried
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Sprinkle veal with salt, pepper, oregano and thyme.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add 3 veal cutlets and cook until golden brown, about 1 and 1/2 minutes per side.

Transfer veal to a dish.

Add another tablespoon of butter and olive oil, if necessary.

Repeat with the remaining 3 cutlets.

Set cutlets aside.

Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet.

Add shallot and garlic and parsley.

Saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add a tablespoon of olive oil, if necessary.

Add mushrooms and cook about 3 minutes, until tender and the juices evaporate.

Add a pinch of salt.

Add the Marsala wine.

Simmer until the Marsala reduces by half, about 2 minutes.

Add the demiglace or broth, lemon juice and the rosemary leaves.

Simmer about 4 minutes, until reduced by half.

Put veal back into the skillet.

Pour in all of the pan juices.

Cook just until heated about 1 minute, turning to coat.

Blend remaining 1 tablespoon of butter into the sauce.

Season the sauce with salt and pepper, to taste.

Place veal on plates.

Spoon the sauce over the veal and serve. Serves 3-4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sweet Fritters

Sweet Fritters


9 oz (250 grams) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
2 oz (50 grams) caster or superfine sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for frying
6 fl oz (175 ml) white wine
Icing sugar, for dusting


Sift the flour into a bowl, stir in the sugar and make a well in the center.

Add the egg, egg yolk, olive oil and the wine, mix well and leave to rest for at least 30 minutes.

Roll out the dough into a thin sheet on a lightly floured surface and, using a fluted pastry wheel, cut it into strips 4 inches (10 cm) long and 1 and 1/4 inches (3 cm) wide.

Tie the strips together as if they were ribbons but do not pull too tightly.

Heat the oil for frying in a frying pan, add the fritters and cook until light golden brown.

Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

Dust with icing sugar. 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:

Police Seize Massive Mafia Fortune In Sicily...Again

Rome - August 14, 2010 - Police in Sicily say they've hit at the heart of the financial empire of a convicted Mafia associate, seizing 800 million Euro (over $1 billion USD) in property and businesses in Palermo, including a clinic for cancer patients and a local soccer team.

The businesses included eight construction companies. Local health mogul Michele Aiello, 53, was convicted of Mafia association, corruption and fraud and sentenced to 15 and 1/2 years in prison.

Carabinieri police said Saturday that Aiello had close links to Bernardo Provenzano, the former No. 1 boss of Cosa Nostra, who was captured near Corleone in 2006.

Prosecutors insist the state go after mobsters' wealth as well as the mobsters. Aiello's seized property will be given to anti-Mafia and other community groups for use.

Palermo...what a "citta bastarda". God, I hate that city and its people, the Palermitani.
As long as I'm in this skin, I will always hate Palermo.

Sicilians have become shell-shocked and immune to all the crime that surrounds them. If a typical Sicilian sees a person getting robbed and/or stabbed in the street, he would say, "porca miseria, that’s a terrible thing" and they would keep walking. You know, in a way, I'm being light about it. He wouldn't keep walking. He'd run like a bastardo just to get away from the trauma.

I might not know a lot in this Italian world. If you ask me to add two numbers together, I would have stop and use my toes and fingers but how is it that a medium-sized city like Palermo can accumulate the incredible amount of 800 million Euro (over $1 billion USD) without arousing any suspicion from the city of Palermo, the province, Sicily region and the government at Rome? It's almost like Liberace saying, "Gee, I hope no one notices my clothes."

The businesses seized included:
- 8 construction companies
(Mafia involved with construction companies? You never hear about these things. Who would have..."yawn"...guessed?)
- a clinic for cancer patients (it must be quite comforting to have "Toto", a greasy, tattoo-covered Palermitano with a questionable educational background, and a face that belongs in a racist cartoon, performing your cat scan).
- a local soccer team (every game must be fun loving for the entire family).

"'Fanculo!" What a total mess! I can't believe I'll have to go to Afghanistan to have the benign mole on my back removed.

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