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"Ognuno porta la sua croce." (Every man has his cross to bear.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Asparagus Parmigiano
  -Caviar Risotto
  -Rustic Vegetable Pie

"Buon sera!" A quick note of thanks for being a part of our growing kitchen community. We're over 9,500 members now. Remember, you started it. Hope you have a great week. Enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday and this week's recipes!

Arrivederci and grazie again!

Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       


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 Recipe: Asparagus Parmigiano

Asparagus Parmigiano
Asparagi Alla Parmigiana

Ingredients:

2 and 1/4 lbs (1 kg) asparagus, spears trimmed
3 oz (80 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
1 oz (25 grams) butter
Salt

Directions:

Cook the asparagus in salted, boiling water for 15 minutes.

Drain and pat dry gently.

Arrange on a warm serving dish with the tips pointing inwards.

Sprinkle with the Parmigiano cheese.

Melt the butter.

Season with a little salt and pour directly onto the asparagus.

Serve immediately. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Caviar Risotto

Caviar Risotto
Risotto Al Caviale

Ingredients:

12 oz (350 grams) risotto rice
3 tablespoons caviar
3 oz (80 grams) butter
1 onion, chopped
12 fl oz (350 ml) dry white wine
8 fl oz (250 ml) double cream
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Melt the butter in a saucepan.

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

Stir in the rice.

Pour in the wine and bring just to a boil over a low heat.

Gradually, stir in the cream and cook, stirring, until the rice is tender, adding a little boiling water if necessary.

Season with salt and pepper.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the caviar.

Stir vigorously until the risotto is an even color, then serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Rustic Vegetable Pie

Rustic Vegetable Pie
Torta Rustica di Verdure

Ingredients:

1 lb and 2 oz (500 grams) Swiss chard
1 lb and 2 oz (500 grams) spinach
1 lb and 2 oz (500 grams) wild salad leaves such as rucola, borage, and dandelion
2 leeks, trimmed and sliced
2 zucchini, sliced
2 eggs
2 oz (50 grams) Pecorino cheese, grated
1/4 pint (150 ml) extra virgin olive oil
11 oz (300 grams) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Cook the spinach, chard, salad leaves, zucchini and leeks in salted, boiling water for about 5-10 minutes until tender.

Drain, squeeze out as much liquid as possible and coarsely chop.

Beat the eggs with the Pecorino cheese.

Add the vegetables and 6 tablespoons of the olive oil.

Season with salt and pepper.

Mix well and leave to stand.

Preheat the oven to 200C (400F) Gas Mark 6.

Line a rectangular pie dish with baking parchment.

Sift the flour with a pinch of salt into a mound on a work surface.

Make a well in the centre.

Add the remaining olive oil and 9 fl oz (275 ml) of warm water.

Gradually incorporate the flour using your fingers.

Knead well.

Roll out on a lightly floured surface into two rectangles, one larger than the other.

Line the pie dish with the larger sheet and spoon in the vegetable mixture.

Cover with the smaller sheet of pastry.

Trim and crimp the edges to seal.

Make a hole in the centre.

Bake for 30 minutes.

May be served warm or cold. Serves 6-8.

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:

Berlusconi Inspires An Angry Bunga-Bunga App

Rome - June 17, 2011 - Silvio Berlusconi's notorious bunga bunga parties are the inspiration for a new Angry Birds style game.

Angry Bunga features a cartoon version of the Italian PM throwing money at a beautiful girl in a cage.

In the application, available for iPhone, iPad and Android, he also walks along the Bay of Naples throwing bananas and tomatoes at a judge.

If Berlusconi hits a magistrate, he disappears, but if he hits the girl, she strips off and throws him a kiss.

The game was developed by the Italian Appymob agency and has been available since the start of the week.

Silvio, bunga, unga, asbestos hair plugs..."ma, che vita." You have no idea how really tired we're getting of this; our lives and future hang in the hands of a public employee who is depriving a village somewhere of a clown.

Quite frankly, the app doesn't sound entertaining. No creativity, no imagination, no surprises. Why do we always have to give suggestions to everyone out there?

How about a "Beat the Arrogant Italian Clown" app? A cartoon version of Berlusconi receiving a beating, clown style, every time he makes a blunder (feel free to credit us with the idea):

- November 2010: "As always, I work without interruption and if occasionally I happen to look a beautiful girl in the face, it's better to like beautiful girls than to be gay."
App feature: Have gays strangle him with his string of tied handkerchiefs while messing up his clown make up.

- October 2010: A video emerges of Berlusconi describing a fictional Jewish family agreeing to hide another Jew during the Holocaust, on condition that he pays 3,000 euros a day. He describes a member of the family asking another: "Do you think we should tell him that Hitler is dead and the war is over?"
App feature: Have Jews pop his big red nose and spray him with seltzer until he drowns.

- April 2009: Berlusconi yells out "Mr Obama!" after an official photo call in London's Buckingham Palace during a meeting of G20 leaders. Queen Elizabeth asks: "Why does he have to shout?"
App feature: Have the Queen shove his big shoes down his throat and choke him.

- April 2009: During a visit to survivors of an earthquake in the central Abruzzo region, who were staying in emergency tents, Berlusconi says: "They should see it like a weekend of camping."
App feature: Have the survivors suffocate him in his little clown car.

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