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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Zuppa Pavese
  -Spaghetti al Pecorino
  -Torta di Semolina al Limone

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 Recipe: Zuppa Pavese

Zuppa Pavese
Egg and Bread Soup

Ingredients:

4 large (1/2-in. thick) slices crusty country bread
4 tbs. butter
8 eggs at room temperature
4 tbs. grated Parmigiano
1 qt. beef broth

Directions:

Fry the slices of bread in butter on both sides.

Break one egg on top of each of the bread slice without breaking the yolk. Cover with plenty of Parmigiano.

Bring the broth to a boil and pour it slowly over the eggs. The eggs will cook fast.

Serve immediately.

Note: You may also fry the eggs in butter before placing them on the slices of bread, and then cover with hot broth.

That's it!


 Recipe: Spaghetti al Pecorino

Spaghetti al Pecorino
Spaghetti with Pecorino Romano Cheese

Ingredients:

1 lb. spaghetti
3 oz. grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 tbsp. peppercorns
1 tbsp. Sabina Dop extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste (very little)

Directions:

Cook the spaghetti in a large pot of salted boiling water, until firm or "al dente." Stir from time to time and add a touch of olive oil to stop the strands from sticking together.

While the pasta is cooking, crush the peppercorns in a mortar, or place in a plastic bag and crush with the flat side of a chef’s knife.

Drain the spaghetti and put in a pan with the heated olive oil.

Over a high flame, toss in the Pecorino Romano cheese and the pepper. Serve hot. Serves 4.

That's it!


 Recipe: Torta di Semolina al Limone

Torta di Semolina al Limone
Lemon Semolina Cake

Ingredients:

4 cups of milk
6 eggs
5 oz. dry semolina
2 oz. sweet butter
10 oz. ricotta cheese
2 lemons of Sorrento
3 oz. mandarin liqueur
3 oz. lemon liqueur
1 cinnamon stick

Directions:

Bring the milk to a boil with the lemon peel, the cinnamon stick and the sugar, stirring constantly, and then remove from the stove.

Remove the peel and cinnamon stick.

Slowly pour in the semolina stirring constantly to avoid any lumps.

Return the pot to the stove and simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove, stir in the butter and let cool.

Beat 1 whole egg with 4 egg yolks together and mix into the semolina.

Set the egg whites aside.

Mix the ricotta cheese with the two liqueurs and some lemon zest. Add this to the semolina.

Whip the remaining egg whites until stiff and fold in to the semolina-ricotta mixture.

Butter a shallow baking dish and dust with sugar.

Pour in the mixture and place in an oven at 325°F. Bake for 45 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool.

Cut the cake into squares and dust with frosting sugar, before serving. Serves 4.

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:

Robot Reptiles and Insects - Hi-Tech Zoo of Household Helpers

The project by four Italian universities was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Synthetic snakes will unblock pipes and artificial ants will clean windows.

LUCCA - Corriere.it - Marco Gasperetti - January 30, 2005 - A robot worm already exists. It moves with longitudinal oscillations of its body and sees the world through cameras instead of eyes. At its presentation, scheduled in roughly a year’s time, it will move by slithering along with the undulating action of a real snake. It will be an infallible explorer of pipes, and will be able to unblock them with its rotors and blades. The worm and the snake are only two of the creatures from the robot zoo, a collection of hi-tech wonders, that is taking shape in Lucca and Pisa thanks to the collaboration of four universities.

"It’s a course and a center - called IMT Alti Studi - for new professional engineering profiles", explains Paolo Dario, a member of the Scuola Sant’Anna staff and coordinator of the doctorate. "These engineers study the animal world in order to replicate its complexity, but at the same time they strive to enhance scientific, technical and humanistic knowledge. Just like the great Leonardo Da Vinci did".

Worms and snakes will be joined at the robot zoo by artificial life-driven insect robots. Already under study are cockroaches that will be able to explore high-risk areas of the home, such as power cables and gas pipes. There are bee and ant robots that will move and operate in swarms.

What will they do? "Clean skyscraper windows, for example", explain Arianna Menciassi, Cecilia Laschi and Maria Chiara Carrozza, researchers and teachers at the Scuola Sant’Anna and IMT, "because they will be able to communicate with each other and carry out simple tasks in co-ordination, exactly like biological bees and ants that habitually work together". There will be large aquarium full of silicon-scaled fish, all rigorously mechatronic, in other words a mixture of mechanics and electronics. One of the Italian researchers’ projects focuses on the environment and water purification. Large numbers of small robot fish will swim in ponds, reservoirs and rivers, cleaning them with micro filters. There will also be larger cat or puppy-sized robots. "They’ll be for housework", explains Arianna Menciassi, "but they will also be useful to amuse babies and children. They may replace other machines that are used as toys today, or even the tamagotchis that are so popular with the very young".

Finally, there is nanotechnology. Paolo Dario’s team is planning to create robot bacteria only a few microns in size for nanosurgery applications. Even a cell can be repaired and cured.

When will the robot zoo open? The first animals are already in residence but the most ambitious projects will mature in the next three years in the laboratories of Sant’Anna - opposite the Piaggio factory - and in the new IMT premises at Lucca in the San Michelotto complex.

Italians have made significant contributions thanks to Lenny. A number of items we use today have been created by those of Italian ancestry.

Cologne - Johann Maria Farina 1709
-A $2 bottle of putrid water that costs you $75-$100 when the name of another famous Italian, preferably a designer, is added.

Condom - Gabriele Fallopio 1564
-A piece of very uncomfortable rubber that hasn't been perfected and doesn't satisfy anyone (should have been invented by Da Vinci).

Double Entry Accounting - Luca Pacioli 1494
-Gave life to accountants and recently perfected by Enron, WorldCom and Parmalat.

Espresso Machine - Achille Gaggia 1946
-A machine that squeezes the caffeine from a pound of coffee into a cup the size of a thimble.

Eyeglasses - Salvino Armati 1280
-Helped Italians to take a real good look at who they were marrying.

Nuclear Reactor - Enrico Fermi 1942
-Hard to believe an Italian is indirectly responsible for all the chaos this planet is experiencing with North Korea and Iran.

Piano - Bartolomeo Cristofori 1709
-Without the piano we wouldn't have had Liberace!

Telephone - Antonio Meucci 1871
-Helped Antonio to reach out and touch someone. Inspired the imbeciles who invented call waiting, three-way calling and cell phone songs.

Typewriter - Pellegrino Turri 1808
-Invented by a lazy Italian with bad penmanship.

Zamboni - Frank J. Zamboni 1949
-An awkward looking lawn mower that is driven around to resurface ice rinks (named after an obviously egotistical Italian).

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