01/19/11 Sole and Shrimp Roulades

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Sauteed Escarole
  -Spaghetti with Tuna
  -Sole and Shrimp Roulades

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 Recipe: Sauteed Escarole

Sauteed Escarole
Scarola Saltata


4 lb escarole (about 4 heads), cored and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for drizzling
5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
1 (2-oz) can anchovy fillets in olive oil, drained, patted dry, and chopped


Wash escarole well in a sinkful of water, then lift out and drain.

Cook escarole in a 7 to 8-quart heavy pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 10 minutes, then drain in a colander.

Heat olive oil in same pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then saute garlic and red pepper flakes, stirring, until garlic is golden, about 1 minute.

Add anchovies, then reduce heat to moderate and cook, stirring, until dissolved, about 1 minute.

Add escarole, stirring to coat with olive oil, then increase heat to moderately high and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until escarole is tender and most of liquid is evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.

Season lightly with salt.

Spoon onto a platter and drizzle with oil to taste. Makes 10 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Spaghetti with Tuna

Spaghetti with Tuna
Spaghetti Al Tonno


2 and 1/2 oz (65 grams) canned tuna in oil, drained and flaked
3 tablespoons tomato puree
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
12 oz (350 grams) spaghetti
Salt and pepper


Heat the olive oil in a pan.

Add the garlic, cook until it has browned, then remove it from the pan.

Add the tuna and mix well.

Stir the tomato puree with 1-2 tablespoons warm water in a bowl, then stir into the pan and cook over a low heat for about 10-15 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pan of salted, boiling water until 'al dente', then drain, toss with the tuna sauce and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sole and Shrimp Roulades

Sole and Shrimp Roulades
Involtini Di Sogliole Con I Gamberi


3 oz (80 grams) butter
8 raw Mediterranean or tiger shrimp, peeled and deveined
8 sole fillets, skinned
4 tablespoons dry white wine
1/2 bunch of fresh chives, chopped
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) double cream
Juice of 1/2 lemon, strained
Salt and pepper


Melt 1 oz (25 grams) of the butter in a pan, add the shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper and remove from the pan with a slotted spoon.

Leave to cool slightly, then place one of the shrimp on each sole fillet, roll up and secure with a cocktail stick.

Melt the remaining butter in a pan, add the roulades and cook for about 10 minutes, until light golden brown all over.

Season lightly with salt, add the wine and cook until it has evaporated.

Mix together the chives, cream and lemon juice in a bowl.

Place the roulades on a warm serving dish and spoon the sauce over them. Serves 4.

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, a sample of today's edition:

Homer and Bart Simpson Are Catholics

Rome - October 18, 2010 - For all their high jinks and misbehaving, Homer and Bart Simpson are members of the Catholic flock, Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano said in an article praising the hit comedy cartoon.

"Not many people know it, and he does everything he can to hide it. But it's true, Homer J. Simpson is Catholic," read an article in Sunday's edition of the newspaper.

The piece, entitled 'Homer and Bart are Catholics', is inspired by a paper by Jesuit priest, Father Francesco Occhetta, published in the latest edition of Italian Catholic magazine La Civilta Cattolica.

"The Simpsons are one of the few TV programs for children left in which Christian faith, religion and questions about God are recurring themes," said Occhetta.

"The family say a prayer before their meals and, in their way, believe in the afterlife".

In his paper, Occhetta focuses on a 2005 episode in which Bart enrolls at a Catholic school after being expelled from Springfield Elementary, which leads to Homer converting to Catholicism.

L'Osservatore Romano praised The Simpsons for ditching the simple distinction between good and evil typically seen in Disney productions and poking fun at modern life in the Western world, in the process addressing issues such as the quality of life and its meaning.

Calm down, folks. This is not an official announcement from that Vatican. It's a commentary by a Jesuit priest in a Vatican newspaper. That's like a sheep farmer from the hills giving commentary on how to breed thoroughbred stallions.

And since we're reasoning on a 4th grade level, we'll point out the cartoon fact that Homer has been attending Reverend Lovejoys protestant church for 25 years.

Let's also include the following immature dialogues from the show:

Homer Simpson: "I was working on a flat tax proposal and I accidentally proved there's no God."
Ned Flanders: "We'll just see about tha--Oh, maybe he made a mistake? Nope...it's air-tight."

Homer Simpson: "Now I know I'm not a praying man, but if you're up there, help me Superman."

Perhaps the priest in question should concentrate on more important affairs in the Vatican before making silly headlines such as cleaning the pigeon poop off from the statues on top of St. Peter's Basilica.

"Mah..." Can't the Church explain to Catholics that cartoon characters should not be considered religious references and teach them about something real like Adam and Eve?

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