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"Fidarsi bene, non fidarsi meglio." (To trust is good, not to trust is better.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Pollo con Cannella
  -Tuna Rissoles
  -Torta Paradiso

All of us at the bakery would like to wish all our subscribers a happy and healthy Holiday Season and New Year! Enjoy the recipes and the complimentary news article report from "Only In Italy.com".

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Adriana Ciccarello       


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 Recipe: Pollo con Cannella

Pollo con Cannella
Fried Chicken with Cinnamon

Ingredients:

8 chicken legs with thighs
1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
Pinch of salt
Extra virgin olive oil as needed

Directions:

Gently boil the chicken for 10 minutes in a pot of salted water. Drain and pat dry the chicken pieces, then dust with flour.

Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan over low-moderate heat and fry the chicken until thoroughly cooked and golden brown.

Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a shallow bowl.

Place the chicken on paper towels to absorb any excess olive oil and pat them dry.

Roll the chicken pieces in the sugar and cinnamon and evenly coat them.

Serve hot or warm, depending on the season.

That's it!


 Recipe: Tuna Rissoles

Tuna Rissoles

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 lbs of fresh tuna fish
1 egg
Parsley
2 ounces of pine nuts
3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
2 lemons
1 cup flour
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Leave the tuna fish in cold water for about 1/2 hour; afterwards drain, dry and mince.

Put tuna in a bowl and add pine nuts, 1 egg, some salt and pepper, minced parsley and about 3 tablespoons of breadcrumbs.

Coat and knead well the mixture till it is compact and blended. Add some more breadcrumbs if necessary, so it is not tacky.

With this mixture form flattened balls or "rissoles". Flour and fry them in hot olive oil.

Serve with lemon slices. Serves 4.

That's it!


 Recipe: Torta Paradiso

Torta Paradiso
Angel Cake

Ingredients:

l and 1/2 cups butter
1 cup, 3 oz. confectioner's sugar
1 cup potato starch
3/4 cup white flour
Zest of 1 lemon
Cornstarch
8 egg yolks
Salt
3 egg whites

Directions:

Butter a deep cake pan (10 inch diameter) and coat with a small amount of potato starch.

Beat butter till creamy. Add the lemon zest. Add the egg yolks one at a time, then the sugar, the flour, the sifted cornstarch and a pinch of salt.

Fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites. Blend the ingredients, stirring gently, and pour the mixture into a cake pan.

Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes.

Cool and sprinkle with confectioner's sugar before serving. Serves 6.

Note: This cake is best served the day after baking. If wrapped in waxed paper or aluminum foil and stored in a cool and dry place, it will stay for a week. It should be heated for 5 minutes in a moderate oven to restore its freshness before serving.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates and 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:

Aliens Caused Sicily Fires

Messina - October 29 - Aliens were responsible for a series of unexplained fires in fridges, TV's and mobile phones in an Italian village, according to an Italian government report.

Canneto di Caronia, in northern Sicily, drew attention three years ago after residents reported everyday household objects bursting into flames.

TV news footage at the time showed electrical appliances as well as cookers, a pile of wedding presents and furniture smoldering.

Dozens of experts including scientists, electrical engineers and military boffins, arrived in the village 60 miles east of Palermo to investigate the phenomenon.

Arson was quickly ruled out and at one stage an amazed scientist was interviewed after he described how he saw an unplugged electrical cable burst into flames.

Locals were quick to blame supernatural forces and at the time the Vatican's chief exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth backed up their fears and said: "I've seen things like this before. Demons occupy a house and appear in electrical goods. Let's not forget that Satan and his followers have immense powers."

Now in an interim leaked report published by several Italian newspapers it has emerged that the Civil Protection Department has concluded the most likely cause was "aliens".

The report was ordered by the Italian government and brought together dozens of experts including a NASA scientist. Their two year investigation has cost an estimated 2 million US Dollars.

According to the report the fires were "caused by a high power electro magnetic emissions which were not man made and reached a power of between 12 and 15 gigawatts."

The report also detailed a possible UFO landing close to the village, citing "burnt imprints which have not been explained were found in a field."

Francesco Mantegna Venerando, Sicily's Civil Protection chief who coordinated the report, said: "This is not the final report. We are still working on our conclusions and this has been leaked.

"We are not saying that little green men from Mars started the fires but that unnatural forces capable of creating a large amount of electromagnetic energy were responsible.

"This is just one possibility we are also looking at another one which involves the testing of top secret weapons by an unknown power which are also capable of producing an enormous amount of energy."

"Aliens?! Ma vaffanculo!"

It's hard to believe a mountain village with 3500 "caronesi", 3 sheep and a nervous cow in the province of nowhere, Sicily, would force the incredibly entertaining Sicilian government to call in the "Italian Ghostbusters". Almost gives a good reason for those people to get out of bed and change the expressions on their monotone faces.

"Aliens were responsible for a series of unexplained fires in fridges, TV's and mobile phones in an Italian village, according to an Italian government report." Elvis sightings are more credible.

Father Gabriele Amorth: "Demons occupy a house and appear in electrical goods. Let's not forget that Satan and his followers have immense powers." Either Satan has an immense sense of humor or Father Amorth is in need of a holiday.

"The report also detailed a possible UFO landing close to the village, citing burnt imprints which have not been explained were found in a field." It could also be the UFO took a wrong turn off Calabria and thought it landed at beautiful Taormina.

"This is just one possibility we are also looking at another one which involves the testing of top secret weapons by an unknown power..." Now we're making sense. Terrorists are testing top secret weapons by the mule sheds and bocce court.

On the bright side, the only Sicilian smiling through all this is the local shop owner selling electronics and appliances without extended warranties.

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