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"O mangiar questa minestra o saltar questa finestra." (Either eat this soup or jump out this window. Take it or leave it.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Cream Of Potato and Pea Soup
  -Calamari Stuffed with Shrimp
  -Piemonte Pudding

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

Arrivederci e grazie!

Yours Truly,              
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 Recipe: Cream Of Potato and Pea Soup

Cream Of Potato and Pea Soup
Crema Di Patate e Piselli


3 potatoes, diced
2 leeks, trimmed and chopped
1 lb 5 oz (600 grams) shelled peas
2 tablespoons yogurt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
6 fresh mint leaves
4 thin bread slices, crusts removed, toasted
Juice of 1/2 lemon, strained


Heat the olive oil in a saucepan.

Add the peas, potatoes and leeks and cook for about 1-2 minutes.

Pour in 1 and 3/4 pints (1 liter) of water and cook for 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

Place aside 1 tablespoon of the peas.

Transfer the rest of the mixture to a food processor and process to a puree, then return to the pan and reheat.

Add the previously saved peas and season with salt to taste.

Stir in the yogurt, add the mint leaves and pour into a soup bowl.

Serve with the slices of toast sprinkled with the lemon juice. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Calamari Stuffed with Shrimp

Calamari Stuffed with Shrimp
Calamari Ripieni Ai Gamberetti


1 potato, unpeeled
4 large squid, cleaned
11 oz (300 grams) cooked shrimp, peeled and chopped
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove
4 tablespoons double cream
8 fl oz (250 ml) tomato passata
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
Salt and pepper


Cook the potato in salted, boiling water for 20-30 minutes until tender, then drain, peel and mash with a potato masher.

Cook the squid tentacles in salted, boiling water for 3 minutes, then drain and chop.

Mix together the mashed potato, tentacles, prawns and egg yolks in a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon the mixture into the body sacs of the squid, being careful not to overfill them, and secure with cocktail sticks.

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, add the garlic and cook for a few minutes until browned, then remove and discard it.

Add the squid to the pan and cook over a low heat for about 30 minutes.

Stir the cream into the tomato passata, sprinkle with the parsley and pour the mixture over the squid.

Heat through briefly, then serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Piemonte Pudding

Piemonte Pudding


18 fl oz (500 ml) milk
4 eggs
5 and 1/2 oz (165 grams) caster or superfine sugar
2 oz (50 grams) Amaretti, crumbled
3 tablespoons dark chocolate, grated
2 fl oz (50 ml) rum (optional)


Heat the milk to simmering point in a small saucepan, then remove from the heat.

Beat the eggs with 4 heaped tablespoons of the sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy.

Gradually stir in the warm milk, then add the Amaretti, chocolate, and rum if using.

Mix well.

Put the remaining sugar in a small saucepan, add 2 tablespoons water and heat until caramelized.

When the sugar has begun to turn brown, remove it from the heat and pour into a warm rectangular mould, tipping and turning so that the caramel coats the base and sides evenly.

Leave to cool.

Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) Gas Mark 4.

Pour the chocolate mixture into the mould.

Stand the mould in a roasting tin, add boiling water to come halfway up the sides and bake for 1 hour or until a cocktail stick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Alternatively, simmer over a low heat for 1 hour.

Remove from the water bath and leave to cool, then turn out. 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:

Kidnapped Naples Businessman Surprisingly Found Alive

Naples - September 14, 2010 - A businessman with alleged ties to the mafia who was kidnapped Sunday night outside Nola, near Naples, was found Tuesday morning by Carabinieri police.

Antonio Buglione, 54, who with his brother Carmine runs a private security firm in Nola, 20 km (12.4 miles) east of Naples, was found by police chained up in Marigliano, near Nola. Another brother, Carlo, was said to have received a ransom demand Monday for five million euros ($6.4 million).

After combing the countryside around Nola, Carabinieri found Antonio Buglione's abandoned car. Buglione is also the brother of Rosa Buglione, the mayor of a town near Nola called Saviano where the firm has another base.

The security entrepreneur is said to have had past ties with the Neapolitan Camorra mafia and has also been involved in probes involving local politicians.

According to prosecutors, for several years from the late 1990s top Camorra boss Carmine Alfieri used Buglione's security guards and private surveillance patrols to keep tabs on police movements. In 2008 Buglione was accused with a regional councilor of the center-left Democratic Party, Roberto Conte, of fraudulently inflating rents in the Naples area.

In 2010 the businessman was placed under investigation along with a Senator of the center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party on suspicion of money laundering and fraudulent bankruptcy.

Buglione's first brush with the law came in 1993 when he was wounded in the face in an ambush. Two years later, in 1995, he was arrested in a probe into alleged irregularities in the concession of licenses for security firms. Ex-Naples police chief Umberto Improta was also involved while a PdL MP, university medicine professor Carmine Mensorio, committed suicide after being named in the probe.

It was at this time that Buglione's alleged links with the Alfieri clan first came to light and the security manager was accused of attempted extortion.

WARNING: If you are a proud Napolitano and get easily offended, please, do NOT read and go listen to a Nino D'Angelo CD.

We're going to say it again...There is no law in the land of Naples. It’s 'Spartacus' with bad Napolitano music and people should come to terms with it. How can one live in a city where people say, "Eh, excuse me. I'm going out to get some fresh fruit and red peppers...cover me!"

If you run a business in Naples, happen to get kidnapped, and then you're miraculously found're not going to encounter the most sympathetic Italian law enforcement officials. A typical question a victim should receive is, "Antonio, who were these criminals and what did they want?"

No no, not in Naples...prepare yourself to be humiliated:

"Antonio, you were really asking for it, weren't you?
"Antonio, what did YOU do to deserve this?"
"Antonio, why didn't they shoot you? Ah, they ran out of bullets, right?"

What if your Naples business needs protection and security? Well, you can do two things:

You could hire the extraordinary services of the "Buglione Brothers", Antonio, Carmine and Carlo. Try to disregard their alleged ties to the mafia, the ransom requests, the occasional kidnapping, investigations on suspicion of money laundering and fraudulent bankruptcy, and the sister who's a mayor in a nearby town and happens to have a face that could stop a sundial.

Or you could take your cars and circle your company like covered wagons in order to avoid being attacked by savage Naples Indians.

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