10/22/13 Pappardelle with Mushrooms, Spinach and Squash

"Chi ha il pane non ha i denti, chi ha i denti non ha il pane." (Those who have bread don't have teeth, those who have teeth don't have bread. To have the means but not the know-how.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Marinated Carrots
  -Pappardelle with Mushrooms, Spinach and Squash
  -Sweet and Sour Pork Stew

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 Recipe: Marinated Carrots

Marinated Carrots
Carote Marinate


1 lb 2 oz (500 grams) small carrots
Pinch of dried oregano
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small chili, seeded and chopped


Cook the carrots in salted, boiling water for about 15-18 minutes until just tender.

Drain and dry thoroughly with a tea towel.

Cut into thin batons and place in a salad bowl.

Rub the garlic around the sides of another bowl.

Add the vinegar, chili, parsley, oregano and olive oil.

Season with salt and mix well.

Pour the dressing over the carrots.

Mix well and leave to marinate in a cool place for 24 hours before serving. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Pappardelle with Mushrooms, Spinach and Squash

Pappardelle with Mushrooms, Spinach and Squash
Pappardelle con Funghi, Spinaci e Zucca


8 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps sliced
3 cups 1/2-inch cubes butternut squash (from 1-pound squash)
One 5 to 6-ounce package baby spinach
1 and 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, divided
12 ounces Pappardelle or fettuccine pasta
3/4 cup grated Parmigiano cheese, divided


Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente', stirring occasionally.

Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.

Melt 1/4 cup butter in large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add squash and cook until almost tender, stirring often, about 5-6 minutes.

Add remaining 1/4 cup butter, mushrooms and sage.

Saute until mushrooms are soft and squash is tender, about 8-10 minutes.

Add spinach.

Stir until wilted, about 2-3 minutes.

Stir in 1/2 cup cheese.

Season with salt and pepper.

Add pasta to sauce in skillet.

Toss to coat, adding pasta cooking liquid by 1/4 cupfuls if dry.

Sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmigiano cheese. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sweet and Sour Pork Stew

Sweet and Sour Pork Stew
Spezzatino In Agrodolce


1 lb 5 oz (600 grams) boneless shoulder of pork, cut into cubes
3 red peppers, halved, seeded and finely chopped
3 green peppers, halved, seeded and finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
4 gherkins, drained and finely chopped
2 oz (50 grams) butter
4 tablespoons dark soy sauce
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 oz (25 grams) sugar
Salt and pepper


Prepare the Sauce:
Heat half the olive oil and half the butter in a frying pan.

Add all the vegetables and stir fry for a few minutes.

Add 5 tablespoons water and the vinegar.

Sprinkle with the sugar and season with salt and pepper.

Simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

Prepare the Pork:
Halve, seed and finely chop the green and red peppers.

Mix together the brandy and soy sauce in a dish.

Add the pork and leave to marinate for about 2 hours.

Drain the pork.

Heat the remaining butter and the remaining oil in a pan.

Add the pork and cook over a medium heat, stirring frequently, until browned all over.

Pour the sauce on top of the pork, stir well and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Serve the stew with boiled rice. Serves 4.

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:

40% of Italy's Youth Is Home Scratching Themselves And Staring At Walls

Rome - October 1, 2013 - While Euro zone unemployment maintained a steady 12% in August, Italy's jobless rate rose from 12.1% to 12.2%. But it was youth unemployment that took the worst hit in the Euro zone's third largest economy, reaching a new all-time high of 40.1% from 39.7% in July.

The rise comes at a time of political instability in Italy. The Italian center-right party, headed by Berlusconi, pulled out of Prime Minister Enrico Letto's coalition government on Sept. 28 after five months of shaky cooperation.

Italy's coalition government has been particularly unstable since Berlusconi's tax fraud conviction was upheld by a top Italian court on Aug. 1.

In addition to its high levels of youth unemployment, Italy is also struggling to manage a two-year-long recession and a two trillion Euro ($2.7 trillion) public debt.

Youth unemployment is a huge problem in Italy and we know that it's not just about numbers. It's about the lives, career aspirations and futures of hundreds of thousands of so-called hard-working young Italians. They say it's a complex problem...but whose fault is it? You know we have to give the blame to someone.

Politics: Should the Italian government do more to encourage businesses to hire young people, by offering tax breaks, for example? And the answer: "Well, it's my firm opinion that the unemployment problem should be apprehended in its entirety, and the authenticity of the outcome is a reality."

Suddenly afterwards, you get that far away look on their faces.
Their energy drips and their minds...float away.
We think it has something to do with the way they absorb food.
See? Now you know why they need that 3 hour afternoon siesta to recuperate.
Unfortunately, these characters are going to stick with us until retirement...unless we do something physical to them first.

Parents: Could the expectations and demands of most Italian parents be irrational? That's the idea you get when they start discussing the merits of their children as if they were some baron or artist from the Renaissance period.

"Our Leonardo has already blossomed into a very important person and should be acknowledged so in the workforce. So, when the perfect career opportunity arises, he will receive our blessings to pursue it."

Don't mistake these Italian parents as being rude. They're just treating you as insignificant. Just lean back and enjoy, and know one day Leonardo and company will wake up and realize they're caught in the Twilight Zone.

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