12/06/11 Shrimp Scampi with Curry Sauce

"Dalla rapa non si cava sangue." (You can't get blood from a stone.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Ricotta and Arugula Calzones
  -Chicken Breasts with Wild Mushrooms, Marsala and Marjoram
  -Shrimp Scampi with Curry Sauce

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 Recipe: Ricotta and Arugula Calzones

Ricotta and Arugula Calzones
Calzone di Ricotta e Rucola


1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
5 oz baby arugula (8 cups packed)
6 oz whole-milk ricotta (2/3 cup)
3 oz whole-milk mozzarella, coarsely grated
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 large egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 lb frozen pizza dough, thawed

An oiled 17 by 12-inch heavy baking sheet


Put oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 450F.

Cook garlic in olive oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add arugula and cook, stirring frequently, until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.

Transfer to a sieve and press hard on arugula to squeeze out as much excess liquid as possible, then coarsely chop.

Stir together ricotta, mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, yolk, salt, and pepper until blended, then stir in arugula.

Quarter dough, then roll out each piece into an 8-inch round with a rolling pin.

Put one fourth of cheese filling (about 1/3 cup) in center of 1 round and fold dough in half to enclose filling and form a semicircle.

Press edges together to seal.

Beginning at 1 end and working toward the other, stretch sealed edge outward, pinching and rolling edge to form a rope.

Transfer to baking sheet.

Make 3 more calzones in same manner, transferring to baking sheet.

Bake calzones until golden and puffed, 12 to 15 minutes.

Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes before serving. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chicken Breasts with Wild Mushrooms, Marsala and Marjoram

Chicken Breasts with Wild Mushrooms, Marsala and Marjoram
Petti di Pollo con Funghi di Bosco, Marsala e Marjoram


4 large skinless boneless chicken breast halves
6 teaspoons chopped fresh marjoram, divided
2 tablespoons butter, divided
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
12 ounces assorted wild mushrooms (such as oyster, stemmed shiitake, and baby bella), thickly sliced
1 cup sliced shallots (about 5)

3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons dry Marsala wine


Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then 2 teaspoons marjoram.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Add chicken to skillet and saute until just cooked through, about 7 minutes per side.

Transfer chicken to plate; tent with foil to keep warm.

Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter with1 tablespoon olive oil in same skillet.

Add mushrooms, shallots, and 2 teaspoons marjoram.

Saute until mushrooms are brown and tender, about 6 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer to bowl.

Combine broth, cream, Marsala wine, and remaining 2 teaspoons marjoram in same skillet; boil until thickened and reduced to 1/2 cup, about 5 minutes.

Season sauce with salt and pepper.

Divide mushrooms among 4 plates.

Top mushrooms with chicken.

Spoon sauce over and serve. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Shrimp Scampi with Curry Sauce

Shrimp Scampi with Curry Sauce
Scampi Alla Salsa Di Curry


20 langoustines or prawns
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) dry white wine
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) double cream
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 carrot (optional)
1 onion (optional)
1/2 bunch of fresh parsley
1/2 bunch of fresh thyme
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter
Juice of 1 lemon, strained
Salt and pepper


Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil with the herbs (along with the carrot and onion if using).

Add the langoustines or prawns, bring back to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes.

Drain, peel and devein.

Melt the butter in a pan.

Add the shallots and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Stir in the curry powder.

Pour in the wine and cook until it has reduced by half.

Stir in the cream and season with salt and pepper.

Arrange the langoustines or prawns on a warm serving dish.

Sprinkle with the lemon juice and spoon the sauce over them. Serves 4.

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:

Gay Parade Hopes To Convert A Hissy Fit Italy

Rome - June 9, 2011 - Europe's main gay pride festival comes to Rome on Saturday with organizers hoping Lady Gaga's presence will help amplify their message of defiance against the Vatican and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The US singer is to address what organizers say will be over one million participants with a message of support for gay rights in Italy, which lacks legislation against homophobic attacks and does not allow gay civil unions.

"This is the most backward government Italy has had since World War II," said Paolo Patane, director of Arcigay, an activist group founded in the 1980s that is helping to organize the EuroPride parade in the Italian capital.

"It's a government in which the prime minister goes with underage girls but then says that Parliament will never approve legislation that contradicts the concept of the family promoted by the Vatican," he said.

Patane pointed out that the mass gathering in Rome also comes just days after Berlusconi suffered a major defeat in local elections and said he hoped it would help "push out this backward government."

The EuroPride parade will make its way through the city center and end with a concert and rally in the Circus Maximus, an ancient Roman arena.

Lady Gaga, who has Italian-American roots and has long lobbied for gay rights in the United States, is expected to sing her hit single Born This Way.

Vladimir Luxuria, the organizer of Italy's first gay pride festival in 1994 and a former member of Italy's parliament, said homophobia is on the rise.

"This Parliament is homophobic. The fish stinks from the head and we have a prime minister who is a gay-basher," said Luxuria, a transsexual who has just published a novel linking homophobia in World War II to the present day.

Berlusconi has long been notorious for his off-color quips and last year dismissed a sex scandal involving him with a homophobic comment saying: "It's better to be passionate about beautiful women than to be gay."

Activists quickly came up with a slogan printed on placards and T-shirts reading: "It's better to be gay than to be Berlusconi."

In another speech in 2007, Berlusconi boasted there were no gays in his party. "Don't be afraid. The gays are all on the other side," he said.

Berlusconi is on trial for paying for sex with a 17-year-old girl and then allegedly abusing the power of his office to try and cover it up. His former wife said she was divorcing him because he "frequents minors."

The prime minister has repeatedly denied all the accusations.

Asked to compare the current EuroPride festival to the first one that she organized, Luxuria said that while the numbers of people attending such events have increased drastically, Italy is still stuck in the past.

"I'm very sad that there are gay Italians who say they are forced to leave because they're gay," Luxuria said. She added: "Now the costumes are less provocative because the situation really is serious."

"Cacchio", what a welcome back! After a 6+ month hiatus, why do we have to start with the gay problem in Italy?

Gays, we're on your side. What's the point of being a heterosexual in Italy anymore? What are the benefits of being straight? So you can't get married in Italy yet. Big deal. If it was up to this news staff, we'd let you all float down to city hall and get that you'd be in the same hell we are.

Understand that one of the reasons why the straight Italian population is homophobic is because we can't stand the fact that most of you are all good looking and that you can basically get any woman you desire. That sticks!

"This Parliament is homophobic. The fish stinks from the head and we have a prime minister who is a gay-basher," said Luxuria, a transsexual who has just published a novel linking homophobia in World War II to the present day.

Here are the problems with Luxuria's luxurious statement.

1) No one know what the hell is going in that Parliament anymore. One day they're defending a buffoon of a Prime Minister who is cavorting with a 17-year old ugly prostitute, the next they're claiming they wrestled a wild boar to save a vegetable crop.

2) Italy is very homo tolerant. The ancient sidewalks and streets of Rome you see have lasted for over 2000 years because Italian men float over them. They're all light in the feet.

3) How does an Italian Communist named Wladimiro Guadagno become a transsexual, change his name to Luxuria, and enter Italy's Parliament?

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