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"Pan di sudore, miglior sapore." (Bread that comes out of sweat, tastes better.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Minestrone From Naples
  -Grouper with Olives
  -Almond Curls

Hope you have a happy and healthy Holiday Season. A warm hug from your far away friends in Sicily! Enjoy this week's recipes!

Arrivederci e grazie!

Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Minestrone From Naples

Minestrone From Naples
Minestrone Alla Napoletana


2 potatoes, diced
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) shelled broad beans
2 oz (50 grams) pancetta
1 yellow bell pepper
3 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 zucchini, sliced
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) shelled peas
1 escarole head, cut into strips
2 eggplants, diced
1/4 cabbage, coarsely shredded
1/2 onion
1/2 carrot
1/2 garlic clove
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) short pasta
2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
Salt and pepper
Provolone cheese, freshly grated, for serving


Place the bell pepper under a preheated grill and cook, turning frequently, until the skin is charred and blistered.

Place in a plastic bag and tie the top.

When cool enough to handle, peel off the skin, halve and seed the pepper and dice it.

Finely chop the pancetta with the garlic, onion, and carrot.

Heat the olive oil, add the pancetta mixture and cook over a low heat for about a few minutes until lightly browned.

Add the tomatoes and cook for about 10-12 minutes.

Add 3 and 1/2 pints (2 liters) of water and season with salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil, add the potatoes and beans and simmer for about another hour.

Add the eggplant, bell pepper, zucchini, peas, cabbage, and escarole.

Simmer for an additional 30 minutes.

Add the pasta and cook for 10 minutes until 'al dente'.

Season with salt if necessary.

Ladle the minestrone into a soup bowl, sprinkle with basil and serve with Provolone cheese. Serves 4-6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Grouper with Olives

Grouper with Olives
Cernia Alle Olive


4 grouper steaks
Plain flour, for dusting
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
14 oz (400 grams) plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
5 oz (150 grams) green or black olives, stoned salt and pepper


Lightly dust the fish with flour.

Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the onion and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the fish, 2 tablespoons hot water and the olives and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cover and simmer gently for about 30 minutes.

Remove the lid and, if the cooking juices are too runny, increase the heat to medium and cook for a few more minutes until thickened.

Transfer the fish and sauce to a warm serving dish. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Almond Curls

Almond Curls
Biscotti Rotolino


5 oz (150 grams) ground almonds
3 oz (75 grams) caster or superfine sugar
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Grated zest of 1/2 an unwaxed lemon
2 egg whites


Pre-heat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4.

Grease and line several baking trays with baking parchment.

Mix together the almonds, sugar, cinnamon and lemon zest.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff then fold into the almond mixture.

Put the mixture in a piping bag fitted with a large nozzle and pipe out on to the baking trays in an S-shape, 2 inch (5 cm) long. Allow plenty of space for spreading.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until golden.

Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool. Makes 18.

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:

Italy Testing Anti-Hangover Drinks

Milan - September 16, 2010 - A Milan University lab is testing so-called anti-hangover drinks to see if they really counteract the effect of having too much to drink.

"They are no scientific studies capable of gauging the inhibitory action of these products," said a team from ESAE, a unit of Milan university.

"We aim to see if the supplements in these so-called 'energy drinks' effectively lower the level of alcohol in the blood".

ESAE said it was launching a scheme to pool its data with other European alcohol research agencies.

The study will also look at the positive effects of wine as a natural anti-oxidant slowing the ageing process, said Mara Rossoni of Milan University's Vegetable Production department.

Research leader Antonio Cesare Sparacino said he hoped the study would have "a great impact" on public policy regarding youth binge-drinking, which is becoming an increasing problem in Italy, and might encourage youngsters to return to the healthier drinking habits of their parents and grandparents.

"Finalmente", help from the Milanese for Southern Italians who start drinking half past yesterday.

"The study will also look at the positive effects of wine as a natural anti-oxidant slowing the ageing process." could slow the aging process but it doesn't mean drinking 87 glasses of wine a day is going to give Sicilian farmers a skin as smooth as a baby's bottom.

By the way, there's is no such thing as a "healthy drinking habit". And our parents and grandparents were not exactly the best examples to take seriously. Ever have a couple of glasses of Sicilian homemade wine?

"Vaffanculo, get out of my way! Your generation doesn't know a thing. That there is gold in my cantina!"
"And no, I'm not an alcoholic...but my liver feels like it weighs 21 kilos."

Will there be any help for grappa drinkers? "Porca vacca", that's strong! It’s the only liquor that will make you feel sick to your stomach while you're still in the bar. You go home and pray for daylight to come as soon as possible.

How about help for counteracting the effect of cheese? We had one Italian cousin complain that after a night of drinking and puking, he had puke go up his nose. "Cacchio", no matter how many times he washed his mouth out he still smelled like Gorgonzola cheese.

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