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"La fame caccia il lupo dal bosco." (Hunger chases the wolf from the forest.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Pappardelle with Mushrooms and Tomato Cream Sauce
  -Linguine with Puttanesca Sauce
  -Chocolate Orange Biscotti

All of us here at the bakery send our best regards to our readers. Enjoy this week's recipes!

Arrivederci e a presto!

Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       


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 Recipe: Pappardelle with Mushrooms and Tomato Cream Sauce

Pappardelle with Mushrooms and Tomato Cream Sauce
Pappardelle con Funghi, Panna e Pomodoro

Ingredients:

1/2 oz dried porcini mushrooms (1/4 cup)
1/2 cup hot water
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 oz sliced pancetta, chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
10 oz fresh white mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/3 cup medium-dry Sherry
1 (28 to 32-oz) can whole tomatoes in juice, chopped, reserving juice
2 Turkish bay leaves or 1 California
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups heavy cream
1 lb dried pappardelle or fettuccine
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 oz finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (1 cup)

Directions:

Soak porcini in hot water until softened, about 30 minutes.

Lift out porcini, squeezing excess liquid back into bowl, then rinse porcini to remove any grit and finely chop.

Pour soaking liquid through a sieve lined with a dampened paper towel into a small bowl and reserve.

Heat olive oil in a 4 to 5-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then saute onion and pancetta, stirring, until golden, about 6 minutes.

Add garlic and fresh mushrooms and saute, stirring, until liquid mushrooms give off is evaporated and mushrooms are lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Stir in porcini, reserved soaking liquid, and Sherry and boil, uncovered, until most of liquid is evaporated, about 5 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes with juices, bay leaves, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil.

Stir in cream, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 45 minutes.

Discard bay leaves.

Cook pappardelle in a 6 to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente', then drain.

Stir basil and parsley into sauce, then toss pappardelle with just enough sauce to coat.

Serve with cheese. Makes 6 main-course servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Linguine with Puttanesca Sauce

Linguine with Puttanesca Sauce
Linguine con Salsa Puttanesca

Ingredients:

1 lb beefsteak tomatoes, finely chopped
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
2 tablespoons drained bottled capers, chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
4 anchovy fillets, patted dry and finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb dried linguine

Directions:

Stir together all ingredients except linguine in a large bowl.

Cook linguine in a 6 to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente'.

Reserve 1 cup cooking water and drain linguine in a colander.

Add hot linguine and 1/3 cup pasta cooking water to sauce and toss to coat, adding more water if necessary.

Season with salt and pepper. Makes 4 main-course servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chocolate Orange Biscotti

Chocolate Orange Biscotti
Biscotti all'Arancia e Cioccolato

Ingredients:

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 cup pecans, lightly toasted, coarsely chopped
6 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) chocolate, chopped

Directions:

Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl to blend.

Using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl to blend.

Beat in eggs 1 at a time, then Grand Marnier and orange peel.

Add flour mixture and beat until blended.

Stir in pecans and chocolate.

Gather dough together; divide in half.

Wrap in plastic and freeze 20 minutes to firm.

Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350F.

Using floured hands, form each dough piece into 14-inch long, 2 and 1/2-inch wide log.

Transfer logs to prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart.

Bake until light golden, about 30 minutes.

Transfer parchment with logs to rack.

Cool 20 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 300F.

Place 1 log on cutting board.

Using serrated knife, cut log on diagonal into 1/2-inch thick slices.

Stand slices upright on baking sheet.

Repeat with remaining log.

Bake biscotti until dry to touch and pale golden, about 30 minutes.

Cool completely on rack. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Store in airtight container.) Makes about 3 dozen.

That's it!

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"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:

Consumer Group Wants Children Champagne Banned

Rome - December 31, 2008 - A leading consumer protection association has asked that sales of a non-alcoholic imitation champagne be banned because it is targeted for children and is potentially dangerous.

After running its own tests on the beverages, Codacons filed an official complaint with health authorities against the drink, which named after the popular Italian cartoon characters Winx.

The group claims the beverage has excessive levels of acesulfame potassium, an artificial sweetener, which is suspected of being carcinogenic because it has caused leukemia and lymphoma in rats in laboratory tests. It said that the drink also contains the sweetener cyclamic acid, which is another suspected of carcinogen links to testicular tumors. An artificial coloring agent in the drink has been found to cause liver damage and is banned in Austria, Norway and Sweden, Codacons added.

The Winx characters, created by Italian cartoonist Iginio Straffi, are a group of teenage girl fairies who study magic at a school in the world of Alfea. They dress like hip teenagers, tussle with adolescent-type problems and frequently save the world from the powers of evil.

The Winx are very popular among girls from five to 12 and are the subject of a TV cartoon series, a stage musical and a feature-length film.

"Cazzo, what a tough day in elementary school. I need a stiff Disney drink."

The day is quite long so you have to give something to these kids to do otherwise they make you want to tear the badly colored hair out of your head. There are no extra-curricular activities in Italian public schools (for lack of funding, interests and brains).

There is no music,
No school newspaper,
No yearbook,
No clubs,
Nothing...

And you can't motivate the cute little tired bastards into taking initiatives for 19% of them do not eat anything for breakfast.

And to no one's surprise, there is a student government which is mandated by law, but only two class representatives (plus two for the entire school) are elected per year, and learn to do the absolute minimum just like the older children in the Italian Parliament.

Therefore; when you're badgered into selecting a political party at the age of six, chances are you'll be tapping the wine casks in your grandfather's basement to get away from the trauma.

"Bella Italia!" Nothing like watching Italian children puking all over their cartoon character trading cards when they've had one grappa too many at lunch time.

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