01/10/06 Broccoletti alla Romana from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Insalata di Tonno e Fagioli
  -Broccoletti alla Romana
  -Cacciucco di Carne

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 Recipe: Insalata di Tonno e Fagioli

Insalata di Tonno e Fagioli
Tuna and Cannellini Bean Salad


1 lb. cannellini beans
2 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
6 oz. tuna in oil
1 pinch of pepper
1 medium onion finely sliced


Soak the beans overnight and cook for 1 1/2 hours, starting with cold salted water. Drain and cool.

Combine the beans, coarsely crumbled tuna and the onion in a bowl. Add the olive oil, a pinch of white pepper and salt to taste.

Toss well. Serve at room temperature.

That's it!

 Recipe: Broccoletti alla Romana

Broccoletti alla Romana
Braised Bitter Broccoli Roman Style


1 lb. broccoli
2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 peperoncino


Wash the broccoli, removing the large stems and larger leaves.

Cook in salted boiling water for a few minutes, then drain and set aside.

Brown the garlic in the oil in a large skillet.

Add the peperoncino and, when the garlic is brown, remove it and add the broccoli. Salt to taste and cook until tender but still crisp.

Serve as a side dish.

That's it!

 Recipe: Cacciucco di Carne

Cacciucco di Carne
Mixed Meat Stew

The dish requires the widest possible variety of meats. The ones taking longer to cook should be added first.


3 lbs. (1/2 lb. of each) various cuts of meat (veal round, beef chuck, chicken, rabbit, pork shoulder, 1/2 squab)
1 onion
1 cup red wine
1 clove garlic
1 1/4 ripe tomatoes
4 tbs. olive oil
1 cup broth


Brown the minced onion and garlic in oil in a large saucepan. Add chopped basil and parsley.

Add the meats, one at a time, tougher meats first, so that they will all be ready at the same time. Splash occasionally with red wine and, when all the meat is in the pan, add the tomatoes, chopped, peeled, and seeded.

Add salt and pepper and continue stirring, adding broth if needed.

Serve with toast rubbed with a clove of garlic and olive oil.

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, a sample of today's edition:

Italian Over-30s Staying at Home

Many Italians stay at home to maintain a standard of living assured by their parents.

ROME, Italy (AP) - January 31, 2005 - Italians growing weary of being stereotyped as overly dependent on their mothers got no help from government statistics showing more than 1/4 of Italians in their early 30's still live with their parents.

The state-run National Research Center said that between 1990 and 2000, the rate of people aged 30-34 still living at home rose from 14 percent to 27 percent.

"That's the trend, there's no doubt that it would be the same for the last few years as well," Adele Menniti, the center's official in charge of family studies, said Monday.

According to the center, sons linger on more than daughters: 36.5 percent compared to 18.1 percent. The figure appeared to perpetuate the cliché of Italian "mammoni," or sons who depend on maternal care well into adulthood.

Italians' reluctance to leave home is often explained by difficulties finding a house or a job, or of maintaining the same standard of living assured by their parents.

Now, as the trend increases, even people who have financial independence are reluctant to leave home, said Menniti. "In Italy one leaves home only when one gets married," she said.

The research also showed that 90 percent of Italians aged between 20-24 live at home, compared with 80 percent in 1990.

"Hey Mamma! What time do I eat?"

This cute and cuddly story is dedicated to all parents who work 2-3 jobs to make ends meet.

"Second place may be good enough for some Italian women, but relationships have come asunder from boyfriends who insist on bringing 'mamma' along on vacations." 'Mamma' does a better job of applying the suntan lotion, getting sand out of the swimming trunks and distracting your girlfriend while you try to pick up another.

"Many young men live at home with parents until their late 30s because it is less acceptable to live with someone and raise a family out of wedlock."

"Fact: Italy is projected to actually lose 10 percent of its population by 2050." This will be the result of breast-feeding children till the age of 30.

"For most Italian single men, inviting a girlfriend home is a dangerous affair: If the visit is not planned carefully, they run the big risk of bumping into the other woman in their lives, their mother."

"Italian relationships are not what they used to be. Both men and women have become unreliable." Recent statistics back up that argument. When asked if they "betray" their partner, 70% of men and 64% of women plead guilty!

"In a small village in the southern province of Salerno, local authorities promised to give parents $12,000 for every newborn." Despite the bribe, so far, only one child has been born. And besides, there is not enough cash under the table to convince you the "terrible twos" is just a phase they'll grow out of."

"Many Italian parents discourage their children from working while at university because it may give the impression that they are needy." Parents are now working at the pizza counters, delivering groceries and bussing tables.

"Every Friday in Rome, marketing analyst Federico Rutiliano packs up his laundry and for $6 sends it by bus nearly 500 km to Bari, his hometown in southern Italy. There his mother washes and irons his Valentino shirts and on Sunday afternoon sends the package back to Rome in time for the next workweek." Any Italian named Federico who wears $150 Valentino shirts and lives in Rome should be beaten senseless every time they go near a bus station with dirty laundry.

In conclusion, we would like to apologize if this story has offended you in any way. If it would make you feel better to pour your kids' breakfast over their heads, then please, go ahead.

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