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 11/13/12 Porcini Mushroom and Spinach Stuffing

"Nel vino la verità." (In wine, the truth. Drunk mouths speak the sober truth.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Scrambled Eggs With Fontina Cheese
  -Porcini Mushroom and Spinach Stuffing
  -Braised Breast Of Veal

"Buongiorno!" Thank you for finding those precious minutes again for our bakery family. Postpone the worries and the drama for life is too short. The Holiday Season is almost here so remember to cook slowly and laugh out loud.

Arrivederci and grazie again!

Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       


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 Recipe: Scrambled Eggs With Fontina Cheese

Scrambled Eggs With Fontina Cheese
Uova Strapazzate Alla Fontina

Ingredients:

5 eggs
3 oz (80 grams) butter
3 oz (80 grams) Fontina cheese, freshly grated
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Break one egg into a small bowl.

Beat lightly with a fork and set aside.

Break the remaining eggs into another bowl and beat lightly with a fork.

Melt 2 and 1/2 oz (65 grams) of the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat.

Pour in the larger bowl of eggs and scramble.

Sprinkle in the Fontina cheese.

Season with salt and pepper and continue scrambling.

Add the remaining butter, small pieces at a time.

When the mixture is soft and creamy, remove the pan from the heat and immediately stir in the reserved beaten egg.

Mix well and serve immediately. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Porcini Mushroom and Spinach Stuffing

Porcini Mushroom and Spinach Stuffing
Ripieno Funghi Porcini e Spinaci

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2-ounce package dried Porcini mushrooms
1 cup boiling water
2 spicy sausages (6 to 7 ounces total), casings removed
1/2 cup chopped shallots (3 large)
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 large egg
2 cups of 1/3-inch cubes crustless day-old country-style bread
One 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed very dry
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
Coarse kosher salt

Directions:

Place Porcini mushrooms in a small bowl.

Pour 1 cup boiling water over.

Let stand until soft, about 45 minutes.

Drain, reserving soaking liquid.

Chop Porcini mushrooms.

Set aside.

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

Add sausage.

Saute until brown, breaking up into small pieces with back of fork.

Add Porcini mushrooms, shallots, and garlic.

Reduce heat to medium-low.

Cover and cook until sausage is cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

Transfer sausage mixture and any juices to medium bowl.

Stir bread cubes, spinach, and rosemary into sausage mixture.

Season with coarse salt and pepper.

Mix in 1/4 cup reserved Porcini mushroom soaking liquid.

Cover and chill stuffing overnight.

Bring stuffing to room temperature.

Just before using, whisk egg to blend in small bowl and mix into stuffing. Makes about 5 cups.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Braised Breast Of Veal

Braised Breast Of Veal
Petto Arrosto

Ingredients:

2 and 1/2 lbs (1 kg) boneless breast of veal
2 oz (50 grams) pancetta, chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
6 fl oz (175 ml) dry Marsala wine
1 fresh rosemary sprig
1 garlic clove, sliced
1 oz (25 grams) butter
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Open up the breast of veal well and make several small incisions in the surface.

Place the rosemary needles, a slice of garlic and a piece of pancetta dipped in pepper and a little salt into each incision.

Roll up the veal and tie with kitchen string.

Heat the butter and olive oil in a pan.

Add the veal and cook, turning frequently, until browned all over.

Cover and cook over a low heat, gradually adding the Marsala wine, for 1 hour or until cooked through and tender.

Remove the meat from the pan and leave to stand.

Add 1-2 tablespoons hot water to dilute the cooking juices, if necessary.

Untie the veal and carve into slices.

Place on a warm serving dish and spoon the cooking juices over them. 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:

'Scarface' Found During Naples Mafia Raid

Catania - March 28, 2012 - A gang of would-be thieves spent a month painstakingly digging a 1,000 yard tunnel with the aim of robbing a group of Italian jewellers only to be caught feet from their target.

Naples - March 30, 2012 - Italian police discovered a life-size porcelain bust of Al Pacino as Cuban drugs lord ‘Scarface’ during a raid on the home of a suspected mafia drugs boss outside Naples.

Police stumbled upon the bust at the home of 34-year old Carlo Padovani, who was arrested along with more than 30 other people, including eight women, suspected of dealing drugs in Boscoreale, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.

Padovani, who is believed to be linked to three Camorra mafia clans operating in the area, reportedly ordered the bust from a local ceramic dealer. It is said to be worth around 1,000 euros ($1,330).

Despite being initially arrested in July last year, police said Padovani managed to carry on running his drugs empire from his home where had been placed under house arrest.

Rosario Cantelmo, a senior prosecutor, told reporters that Padovani’s cocaine-dealing operation was organized on "an industrial scale," and provided jobs for entire families.

Adult drug dealers, some of them women with husbands in prison for mafia-related crimes, earned 400 euros ($530) a week as well as a bonus of 10 percent of the value of every deal done.

Children as young as six received a weekly wage of around 200 euros ($265) to act as lookouts.

As you may already be aware, we have a perverse love for criticizing the Wonderful World of Naples and its sensational and crafty inhabitants. They are like no other.

You have to understand the drug correlation has little to do with the fascination many Napolitani have with Tony Montana. It's much deeper...

1) Napolitani know very well they don't need to be born in Rome, Milan or Florence to make it to the top. You can grow up in a household where Darwin's theory of evolution jumps off the roof, have no money, and no skills...but you're free to decide at any point to not let it hold you back.

2) Using nothing but Naples street smarts and determination, like Tony Montana, Carlo the Napolitano achieved his vision of the American dream. He had money, power, respect and a bust of his favorite idol that looks nothing like Pacino. Everything he always wanted from the comfort of his home...where he was held under temporary house arrest!

3) Unlike Tony, Carlo listened to Frank. He didn't get obsessed about that ricotta pie in the sky. Stay focused and don't get greedy, and you'll win in the long run. What we want to know is, "porca di quella troia", how do you convince six-year-olds to get on the payroll?!

4) All a Napolitano has in this world is his "coglioni" and his word. He doesn't break them for anyone. He lives by his own code of ethics. Most of you who know any Napolitani are aware they will tell you anything with pure conviction. So much so you believe them every single time. Most of the members of this news staff have been living in Italy for 15 years...and we still helplessly fall for the "cazzate" that come out of their mouths.

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