11/09/10 Almond and Brandy Biscotti

"Non dire quattro se non l'hai nei sacco." (Don't say four if you don't have them in the sack. Don't count your chickens until they hatch.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Eggplant Fricassee
  -Chicken Breasts In Almond Sauce
  -Almond and Brandy Biscotti

A warm and heartfelt "buon giorno" to all our much appreciated readers! Enjoy this week's recipes!

Arrivederci e grazie!

Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Eggplant Fricassee

Eggplant Fricassee
Fricassea Di Melanzane


5 eggplants, thickly sliced
1 oz (25 grams) butter
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 lb and 2 oz (500 grams) ripe plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 eggs
Juice of 1 lemon, strained
Salt and pepper


Place the eggplant slices in a colander, sprinkle with salt and leave to drain for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the butter with the olive oil in a saucepan, add the onion and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Rinse the eggplants, pat dry and add to the pan, then add the tomatoes, parsley and garlic and season with salt and pepper.

Mix well and cook over a medium heat for about 15 minutes or until the eggplants are tender.

Remove the pan from the heat.

Beat the eggs with the lemon juice and pour over the eggplant mixture.

Stir rapidly so that the egg does not scramble but coats the mixture like a cream.

Transfer the fricassee to a warm serving dish and serve immediately. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chicken Breasts In Almond Sauce

Chicken Breasts In Almond Sauce
Petti Di Pollo In Salsa Di Mandorle


1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast portions
Juice of 1/2 lemon, strained
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) almonds, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 fl oz (50 ml) dry white wine
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Salt and pepper


Melt half the butter in a frying pan, add the chicken and cook over a low heat, turning occasionally, until lightly browned on both sides.

Add the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper, cover and cook for 20 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the pan and add half the remaining butter, the almonds, garlic and onion.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until the almonds have browned, then add the remaining butter, pour in the wine and cook until it has evaporated.

Return the chicken to the pan and heat through.

Transfer the chicken to a warm serving dish, spoon the sauce over it and sprinkle with the parsley. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Almond and Brandy Biscotti

Almond and Brandy Biscotti
Biscotti di Mandorle e Brandy


1 cup sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons brandy
2 teaspoons pure almond extract
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup whole almonds with skin, lightly toasted , cooled, and coarsely chopped
3 large eggs
2 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt


Stir together sugar, butter, brandy, and extracts in a large bowl, then stir in almonds and eggs.

Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt until just combined.

Chill dough, covered, 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350F with rack in the middle.

Using moistened hands, halve dough and form 2 (16 by 2-inch) loaves on an ungreased large baking sheet.

Bake until pale golden, about 30 minutes.

Carefully transfer loaves to a rack and cool 15 minutes.

Cut loaves into 3/4-inch slices with a serrated knife.

Arrange biscotti, with a cut side down, on a clean baking sheet and bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

Transfer to rack to cool completely. Makes about 40 cookies.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

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Prostitute Crossing Confuses Motorists

Treviso - April 2, 2010 - A road sign warning of prostitutes is confusing motorists in an Italian town.

The red-bordered triangular sign shows a scantily-clad woman, who is also carrying a handbag, in the city of Treviso in northern Italy. The sign states 'Attenzione Prostitute', seemingly warning people of prostitutes in the area.

Motorists and pedestrians have complained that the sign is 'confusing', saying they don't know if it means to watch out for crossing hookers or if it means prostitutes operate in the area.

One local Dino Vezino, 34, said: "I was driving in to work and saw this sign and had to slow down to get a proper look.

"I couldn't believe it - the woman has a mini-skirt and high heels on and very big breasts.

"I just couldn't work out what it was for?

"Does it mean I have to look out for prostitutes crossing or that they are available around here?"

"Porca di quella mignotta", my insurance company is never going to believe this one!

This shouldn't be a surprise. There are also prostitute search options in most European car navigation systems.

Dino Vezino: "I just couldn't work out what it was for?"

Let's help out Dino, the befuddled virgin. It could be:

A. Beware, prostitutes with briefcases ahead,
B. If you stop to talk to a prostitute in the bureau area, you can be fined 50 to 500 Euros ($68-$680),
C. Red triangle means "warning". Example a red triangle with a deer on it would mean "warning a deer is about to jump out in front of your car". The same goes for prostitutes,
D. Attention! Yield to 'Escorts'

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