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"Salvare capra e cavoli." (Saving the goat and cabbage. Making decisions to protect assets in difficult situations.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -String Beans with Capers and Lemon
  -Cantinetta Veal Fricassee with Potatoes
  -Vanilla-Rum Custard

"Buona sera cari lettori!" Getting ready for the Thanksgiving Holidays? With the long and warm summer we've had it's hard to believe the winter Holidays are upon us. Hope you enjoy your new recipes and we look forward to connecting further in the coming days.

Arrivederci and grazie again!

Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: String Beans with Capers and Lemon

String Beans with Capers and Lemon
Fagiolini con Capperi e Limone


1 lb green beans, trimmed
2 tbsp capers, coarsely chopped
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Freshly ground pepper


Whisk together olive oil, capers, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

Set aside.

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil.

Add string beans and cook till tender, 3-4 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.

Drain beans and toss with the vinaigrette.

Adjust seasoning to taste and garnish with zest. Serves 4-6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Cantinetta Veal Fricassee with Potatoes

Cantinetta Veal Fricassee with Potatoes
Spezzatino Della Cantinetta Con Patate


For the Veal:
1 and 1/4 lbs pounds veal, cut into large cubes
2 finely chopped onions
1 and 1/2 teaspoons chopped sage
1 and 1/2 teaspoons chopped rosemary
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 handful dried Porcini mushrooms, soaked in water and then squeezed out
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups red wine
1 cup peeled and chopped tomatoes (fresh or canned)
1 cup meat stock
1 tablespoon chopped basil
Freshly ground black pepper

For the Potatoes:
6 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 cup peeled and chopped tomatoes (fresh or canned)
2 ounces pork lard
1 clove garlic
1 cup vegetable broth
1 and 1/2 teaspoons chopped thyme
1 and 1/2 teaspoons chopped rosemary
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Freshly ground black pepper


Prepare the Veal:
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan.

Saute the cubed veal, onions, sage, and rosemary until the meat is brown.

Add the Porcini mushrooms and the tomato paste.

Pour in the red wine, and reduce for about 4-5 minutes.

Add the peeled tomatoes, the meat stock, and the basil.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Cover, and simmer over low heat for about 1 and 1/2 hours, until the meat is tender.

Prepare the Potatoes:
In another saucepan, saute the garlic clove (whole) and the herbs in the pork lard.

Add the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, and potatoes.

Adjust with salt and pepper.

Add the broth, and simmer over medium-high heat for about 30 minutes.

Serve the fricassee hot with the potatoes. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Vanilla-Rum Custard

Vanilla-Rum Custard
Crema Vaniglia Rum


3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
4 eggs, beaten
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped and reserved
4 cups heavy cream
5 tbsp light rum


Heat oven to 300?F.

In a bowl, whisk together sugar, salt, eggs, and vanilla.

Whisk in cream and rum.

Transfer mixture to a 3-qt baking dish.

Set inside a roasting pan.

Put pan on oven rack.

Pour boiling water into pan to come halfway up sides of dish.

Bake until slightly loose in center, 40-50 minutes.

Remove dish from pan.

Chill until set. Serves 8-10.

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:

Silvio to Former Actress: "Queen Bee, This Time It Really Hit The Fan..."

Rome - October 3, 2013 - Italian prosecutors are going ahead with investigations into allegations that Berlusconi bribed a showgirl to keep quiet about the procurement of prostitutes for his parties, as the former prime minister faces the humiliation of being thrown out of Parliament.

Berlusconi allegedly paid 1.5 million Euros (2 million USD) to Sabina Began, a former model who was nicknamed the "Queen Bee" of his female court, in return for her silence.

Began is being investigated for allegedly recruiting call-girls to parties held by Berlusconi at his residence in Rome, in the months after he announced that he was divorcing his second wife, Veronica Lario.

The German-born former actress, who has the initials SB for Silvio Berlusconi tattooed on her ankle and has in the past declared she was in love with him, reportedly used 600,000 Euros of the money to buy an apartment in Rome. She has denied recruiting prostitutes and says the money was just a gift.

Prosecutors are also investigating that Berlusconi paid 500,000 Euros to Gianpaolo Tarantini, a businessman from Bari in southern Italy, to lie about providing him with prostitutes.

In exchange for the cash, Mr. Tarantini, who sold prosthetic limbs before striking up a friendship with the then prime minister, was supposed to say that the women he sent to the parties were simply friends, rather than paid escorts.

In a phone conversation tapped by prosecutors in 2011, Berlusconi discussed the supply of women for a party with Mr. Tarantini, telling him: "Listen Gianpaolo, we need at most two each. Then we can trade. After all, the p_ssy needs to go around."

After reading this, the first few doubts that come to mind is, "Is love still overrated?"
"Can you be happy with lots of money and endless women?"
"Why do I bother showering every day? This is ridiculous."

In our stupid defense there are still a few gallant Italian gentlemen who would still throw coats down over puddles. Problem is we don't know how many coats we would have to go through before women are convinced we have no ulterior motives.

Look, we have no millions...but we would spend so much time gently kissing your thighs the seasons would actually change. That's "amore".

Regardless, there are a few gallant Italians here that would like to give a little advice for the "Queen Bee Troia" or former actress (by the way, former actress means she was acting up until the voice mails stopped coming in):

- A Queen Bee can be active for two or more years...and replacing a Queen after a couple of seasons ensures maximum mating productivity.

- Some rich beekeepers (one in particular has a toupee that resembles a hairy swim cap) can afford to replace their Queens every autumn. This ensures that your hive in Rome has a new energetic and young former actress each spring.

- As a Queen ages, her recruiting capability slows down dramatically, which results in less and less _____ (fill in the blank) each season...along with less and less rationality for keeping her around.

As a beekeeper, your job is to anticipate problems before they happen. An ageing Queen is something that you can deal with. You can give her a bank check and accompany her home by donkey, and replace her with, for example, a prosthetic limbs salesman from Southern Italy.

"I have 50 billion Euros ($68 billion USD), so much I have no idea how to spend it." (Silvio, February 8, 2007)

We might give the beekeeper "testa di cazzo" a hand with this one...but not tonight. We're miserable and going home to bed without showering. Life is less aggravating when you go to sleep early.

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