01/24/06 Agnello Brodettato from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Indivia e Prosciutto
  -Tagliatelle ai Carciofi
  -Agnello Brodettato

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 Recipe: Indivia e Prosciutto

Indivia e Prosciutto
Endive and Prosciutto


5 endives
10 slices of raw Prosciutto
1 and 1/2 ounces Fontina cheese, cut into thin strips
Butter as needed


Boil five large firm endives in salted water. Then cut them in half lengthwise and place them on a cloth. When they are dry, roll each of them with a slice of Prosciutto.

Arrange the endive and prosciutto rolls in a buttered pan, and top with the Fontina cheese.

Broil the dish for a few moments or bake in the oven until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately. Serves 5.

That's it!

 Recipe: Tagliatelle ai Carciofi

Tagliatelle ai Carciofi
Tagliatelle with Artichokes


8 artichokes
1 lemon
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
8 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper
1 lb tagliatelle (1/4 inch broad egg noodles)
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


Clean the artichokes leaving only the tender parts of the hearts, and cut into very thin slices. Squeeze the juice of a lemon over them.

Saute the onion with butter over medium heat until pale gold. Add the sliced artichokes and 1/4 cup water. Cook until the artichokes are tender. Taste and correct for salt and pepper.

Cook the pasta, drain, add the artichoke sauce and the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Toss very thoroughly and serve. Serves 4-6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Agnello Brodettato

Agnello Brodettato
Braised Lamb with Eggs


2 lbs. shoulder baby lamb
1 1/2 lemons
1 oz. baking fat
1 cup white wine
2 oz. prosciutto, chopped
3 egg yolks
1 onion, chopped
Parsley, chopped


Rub the lamb with half a lemon. Wash, dry and cut the meat into 2 oz. pieces.

Melt the fat in a saucepan, add the prosciutto and onion and brown the lamb. Add salt and pepper.

When the lamb is evenly browned, splash it with white wine. Cook till tender, about an hour over a low heat, adding a few spoonfuls of hot water if necessary.

Beat the egg yolks in a bowl with chopped parsley and marjoram, a tsp. of grated lemon peel and the juice of a whole lemon.

When the lamb has finished cooking, turn off the heat and pour the egg mixture over it.

Stir and let the eggs coagulate, but do not let them set too hard.

Serve with a green salad.

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:

Plot thickens in Rome 'Graves for Favors' Scandal.

Scotsman.com - March 23 - IT IS the last resting place of some of Italy’s greatest names, reserved only for those ‘illustrious’ souls who have made an outstanding impression on the wider world.

Within the walls of the famous Campo Verano Cemetery, which lies just outside Rome’s old city walls, are the remains of stars such as La Dolce Vita’s leading man, Marcello Mastroianni and renowned film director Luchino Visconti.

But the elite graveyard is now at the center of an intriguing corruption scandal, with 72-year-old fashion legend Paola Fendi at the center of it all.

Fendi, who has built up one of the world’s most iconic fashion houses, is due to appear in court on corruption charges after allegedly bribing a city official by gifting his daughter a Fendi-designed wedding dress in exchange for permission to build a magnificent mausoleum for herself in Campo Verano.

Now Rome is buzzing with the scandal which will see Fendi, whose name graces some of the finest leather and fashion goods in the world, forced to defend herself in court in June against humiliating allegations that she has been cutting corners in order to join the pantheon of Rome’s greats.

The Verano - which also hosts the likes of Bicycle Thief director Vittorio De Sica - is officially full and admission is limited to those who already own a plot or have made an eminent name for themselves in the fields of culture and science.

Fendi won permission to build her vault in 2001, allegedly after giving the wedding dress to the daughter of Vincenzo Tardiola, the deputy director of the city’s cemetery department. But Fendi’s lawyers have denied any wrong doing.

One elderly woman who returned from abroad to find that an unknown intruder had bribed his way into her 80-year-old family vault. The same woman discovered that seven of the vault’s remaining plots had been bought by an accountant with telecom giant Telecom Italia.

Can you believe the audacity of this Italian designing hag?

This is the story of a blessed Italian woman who spends 50 minutes a year designing a purse and a dress, slaps her name on them and charges stupid women a markup of 8400%. Then she'll want you to visit the most famous cemetery in Rome to honor her like Michelangelo!

She should have a huge mausoleum built for her very important Fendi designing remains.

Makes you want to punch your computer screen, doesn't it? How about we throw all those over-priced plastic designer crap she hypnotized you into buying into the coffin with her?

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