12/27/11 Ricotta Cheese Fritters

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Mushrooms with Marsala Wine and Cream
  -Spaghetti with Tuna Sauce
  -Ricotta Cheese Fritters

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 Recipe: Mushrooms with Marsala Wine and Cream

Mushrooms with Marsala Wine and Cream
Funghi con Marsala e Panna


3 pounds small white mushrooms
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup dry Marsala wine or cream sherry
1/2 cup whipping cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Wash and dry mushrooms thoroughly and cut into slices.

Melt butter with olive oil in a large skillet.

When butter foams, add mushrooms.

Saute over high heat until golden.

Stir in Marsala or sherry.

Cook over high heat until liquid is reduced by half, stirring occasionally.

Add cream and cook a few minutes longer.

Season with salt and pepper.

Serve hot. Makes 8 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Spaghetti with Tuna Sauce

Spaghetti with Tuna Sauce
Spaghetti con Il Tonno


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 flat anchovy fillets, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
One (28-ounce) can crushed Italian-style or whole tomatoes
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 (7-ounce) can tuna in olive oil, drained, flaked
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 pound spaghetti


Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan.

Add anchovies and garlic.

Saute gently about 1 minute; do not let garlic turn brown.

Press tomatoes through a food mill or sieve to remove seeds.

Stir tomato pulp into saucepan.

Simmer uncovered 25 to 30 minutes or until sauce reduces to a medium-thick consistency.

Season with salt and pepper.

Stir in tuna and parsley.

Simmer 5 minutes.

Fill a very large saucepan two-thirds full with salted water.

Bring water to a boil.

Add spaghetti.

Bring water back to a boil and cook spaghetti uncovered until 'al dente', 8 to 10 minutes.

Drain spaghetti and place in a warm deep dish or bowl.

Add sauce and toss gently until mixed. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Ricotta Cheese Fritters

Ricotta Cheese Fritters
Frittelle di Ricotta


4 eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Few drops of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 pound ricotta cheese
1 cup all-purpose flour
Extra virgin olive oil for frying
Powdered sugar


In a large bowl, beat eggs until fluffy.

Add granulated sugar, vanilla and baking powder; mix well.

Mix in ricotta cheese.

Fold in flour a little at a time.

Cover bowl and let batter stand at room temperature 1 hour.

Pour olive oil 2 inches deep in a large saucepan or deep-fryer.

Heat olive oil to 375F (190C) or until a 1-inch cube of bread turns golden brown almost immediately.

Drop batter a few tablespoonfuls at a time into hot oil.

Turn fritters.

When golden on both sides, remove from olive oil with a slotted spoon.

Drain on paper towels.

Arrange drained fritters on a platter.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Serve hot. Makes 8 servings.

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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