01/26/11 Simple Poached Beef

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Eggs with Mushrooms
  -Simple Poached Beef
  -Strawberries with Marsala

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 Recipe: Eggs with Mushrooms

Eggs with Mushrooms
Uova Ai Funghi


4 eggs
9 oz (250 grams) button mushrooms
3 oz (80 grams) butter
Salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 160C (325F) Gas Mark 3.

Remove the mushroom stems and thinly slice the caps.

Melt 2 oz (50 grams) of the butter in a frying pan.

Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Grease four individual ovenproof dishes with the remaining butter.

Divide the mushrooms among them and break an egg on top of each.

Season the egg whites with a little salt and bake for about 10 minutes until the egg whites have set.

Serve immediately in the same dishes. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Simple Poached Beef

Simple Poached Beef
Lesso Casalingo


2.25 lbs (1 kg) beef or 2.25 lbs (1 kg) of 1/2 beef and 1/2 veal
1 onion
1 celery stick
1 carrot


The most suitable cuts of beef for poaching are chuck and blade or brisket. You can also add breast of veal.

Although this is a simple, home-cooked dish, it needs a fairly large piece of lean meat. To make sure that the meat is tasty, always add it to hot water in which vegetables have been simmering for about 20 minutes.

Season with salt and simmer on a low heat for about 2 hours.

Remove the meat from the pan, leave to stand for 10 minutes, then carve and place on a warm serving dish.

Serve with a pesto sauce and boiled potatoes if you wish.

Strain the stock and serve boiling hot in bowls or use for risotto. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Strawberries with Marsala

Strawberries with Marsala
Fragole Al Marsala


2 lb strawberries (2 qt), trimmed, halved if large
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup sweet Marsala wine


Toss together strawberries, sugar, and Marsala wine until sugar is dissolved.

Let macerate at room temperature, tossing occasionally, 30 minutes before serving. Makes 10 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, a sample of today's edition:

Southern Italian Town To Ban Miniskirts And Cleavage

Rome - October 21, 20101 - The southern Italian seaside town of Castellammare di Stabia is planning to ban women from wearing miniskirts and outfits showing too much cleavage and make low-rise jeans a no-no for everyone.

The restrictions are part of a list of measures Luigi Bobbio, the center-right mayor of the town near Naples, will put to the local council for approval on Monday in a bid to "restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence".

Other measures include a ban on blasphemy and on playing soccer in the town's public parks, according to leaks of the list published in local newspapers. Offenders will face fines of between 25 and 500 euros, according to the reports.

The local parish priest backs the initiative.

"I think it's the right decision," Don Paolo Cecere told a local daily newspaper. "It's also a way of combating the rise in sexual harassment".

Absolutely, "cavolo!" We think it is essential to restore some sense of civil decorum. At the same time, more research is needed to establish exactly which miniskirts offend against civil decorum and which don't, and we would like to offer our services to undertake this research as soon as we find the same amount of free time Luigi the Mayor obviously has.

There should be other restrictions placed on the list thanks to Italian women who have delusions of adequacy:

- Obesity: When walking down the streets in Italy, it should be considered proper etiquette to pass obese women on the right side like a vehicle.

- Eyebrows: Why don't some Italian women believe in tweezing their eyebrows? Some of them have these "uni-brows". We would love to see these "uni-brows" grow just to see what they'll progress into.

- Coloring hair: Italian women like to dye their hair blonde. Problem is they don't try to get it all matching into one color. Some of them have three colors going on in their head. Bozo has more continuity in his hair color than some Italian women.

This doesn't mean Italian men are without fault. Have you ever seen the way some of them dress? Running around with their shirts half-buttoned. "Cornuti", that’s birth control!

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