01/28/09 Three-Onion Tart with Taleggio from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  - Wine Flavored Broth
  -Three-Onion Tart with Taleggio
  -Braised Beef with Onions

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 Recipe: Wine Flavored Broth

Wine Flavored Broth
Brodo al Vino Aromatizzato


For the Meat Stock:
1 and 3/4 lb (800 grams) beef (no fat), cut into cubes
1 lb 5 oz (600 grams) veal, cut into cubes
1 onion, coarsely chopped
2 oz (50 grams) coarsely chopped carrots
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) leeks, trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 celery stick, coarsely chopped

For the Wine Broth:
7 fl oz (200 ml) dry white wine
3 egg yolks
2 cloves
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg


Prepare the Meat Stock:
Place the meat in a large saucepan, add cold water to cover and bring to a boil. Cooking and gentle simmering are essential for a great meat stock.

Skim off any residue that rises to the surface and add the carrots, leeks, onion, and celery and season with salt.

Lower the heat and simmer for about 3 and 1/2 hours to 4 hours.

Remove from the heat, strain into a bowl and leave to cool.

Then chill in the refrigerator.

When the fat has solidified on the surface carefully remove and throw away.

Prepare the Wine Broth:
Place the pan of meat stock over a low heat, add the cloves and bring to a boil.

Heat the wine in another pan.

Whisk the egg yolks in a soup tureen.

Then pour in the meat stock and warm wine and stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Three-Onion Tart with Taleggio

Three-Onion Tart with Taleggio
Torta di Tre Cipolle Con Taleggio


For the crust:
2 and 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, beaten to blend
1 and 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled
1/3 cup cold milk

For the topping:
3 and 1/2 cups thinly sliced leeks (white and pale green parts only; about 2 medium)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup sliced green onions
1 large egg, beaten to blend
8 ounces Taleggio cheese, cut into small pieces

2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano cheese


Prepare the crust:
Mix flour and salt in large bowl.

Make well in center of flour mixture.

Add egg and olive oil to well.

Pour melted butter and milk into well.

Mix ingredients in well, gradually incorporating flour until dough forms.

Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead until smooth, about 10 minutes.

Form into ball. Wrap in kitchen towel; let stand at room temperature 2 hours.

Prepare the topping:
Combine leeks and olive oil in large nonstick skillet.

Cover and cook over medium-low heat until leeks are tender but not brown, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes.

Stir in red onion and green onions.

Saute uncovered until all onions are very tender, about 25 minutes longer.

Season with salt and pepper. Cool.

Mix in egg, then Taleggio cheese.

Preheat oven to 375F.

Roll out dough on floured surface, forming 13-inch round.

Transfer to large rimless baking sheet.

Fold outer 1 inch of dough over, forming double-thick rim.

Spread topping evenly over crust.

Bake tart 10 minutes.

Sprinkle Parmigiano cheese over.

Bake until crust is golden, about 15 minutes longer.

Cut into wedges. Makes 8 appetizer or 4 main-course servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Braised Beef with Onions

Braised Beef with Onions
Brasato Alle Cipolle


2 and 1/4 lb (1 kg) topside beef or another fairly lean cut
1 oz (25 grams) pancetta, cut into thin strips
2 and 1/4 lb (1 kg) onions, thickly sliced
Salt and pepper


Lard the beef with the pancetta and tie neatly with kitchen string.

Put the onions in a large pan, place the meat on top, cover and cook over a very low heat for 1 hour.

Turn the meat over, season well with salt and pepper, re-cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour more or until tender.

Remove the meat from the pan, untie and carve into fairly thin slices.

Place the slices, slightly overlapping, on a warm serving dish and spoon the onion sauce over them. If you prefer a more even consistency, pass the sauce through a food mill first. Serves 6.

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:

Italy Tries To Weasel Out Of Climate Change Package

Luxembourg - October 21, 2008 - Environment Minister Stefania Prestigiacomo said Tuesday that Italy had no intention of reneging on the fight against climate change but repeated that it could not accept a European Union package as it stands without further discussion.

Prestigiacomo was responding to a warning by French Premier Nicolas Sarkozy, who said Tuesday that it would be "irresponsible" and "a historic mistake for Europe" to let slip the EU's climate commitments. Prestigiacomo had told a conference of EU environment ministers on Monday that "profound changes" were needed in the climate package in light of the global economic crisis.

"Italy cannot accept measures that would pass unsustainable costs, without advantages for the climate, onto Italian businesses and families," she explained Tuesday.

"What Italy wants is flexibility and equality in the measures". "We came to express Italy's point of view and find shared solutions," she said, adding that at least 10 other countries shared Italy's concerns about the need to take additional time to evaluate the impact of the credit crisis.

Although Sarkozy, who with France currently leads the EU rotating presidency, said he wanted Europe to stick to the objectives, at the same time he said it would be necessary to "find rules of flexibility" in the package.

Sarkozy repeated that the climate package would be approved in December with a majority vote. In the meantime, Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said Tuesday that he would launch a technical discussion between the Italian authorities and the European Commission next week to discuss alleged disparities in the application costs of the package.

The EU have set costs at 9.5-12.3 billion euros, while Italy claims these will be 18-25 billion.

"We hope there will be a clarification on costs within the next few days," said Italian Environment Minister Stefania Prestigiacomo.

Angelo Bonelli of Italy's Green Party said the Italian government's attitude towards the climate change package was "medieval, and light years away from that of enlightened EU countries such as France, Spain and Germany".

"Every year Italian families pay extremely high economic, environmental and health costs, around 22 billion euros a year, as a result of climate change and the absence of initiatives to combat it," he said.

"Cough-cough, cornuto...I can't breathe in this country."

Why does the European Union have to break Italian chops? Maybe it's too difficult to understand Italy has been mentally handicapped in confronting its environmental problems.

Can't we all just pollute and get along?

- Air pollution is a significant problem. Last checked from the sheets hanging from the clothes line, Italy had the world's tenth highest level of industrial carbon dioxide emissions. In Palermo, if the lack of oxygen from the traffic doesn't kill you your defiance of physics will; an enchanted city where the vehicles and pedestrians combat like in Matrix to occupy the same space at the same time.

- Water pollution is another important environmental issue. The nation's rivers and coasts have been polluted by industrial and agricultural contaminants and its lakes contaminated by acid rain. That's why Italy packages and sells 280 brands of bottled water which is considered an everyday drink for most Italians. You see, we NEED lots of water to choose from. We need to compare and choose between this water, that water...and water.

- Facilities for the treatment and disposal of wastes are inadequate. Italy's cities produce 19.1 million tons of solid waste per year. 18 million tons of this waste is produced in Naples alone.

- The long-term threat posed by flooding, pollution, erosion, sinkage, AND praying to the island city of Venice. The prayers originate from fleeced tourists who pray for the city to sink.

Stefania Prestigiacomo, Sicilian Princess and Environment Minister: "We are really doing badly on Kyoto. We actually have a 13% growth trend in emissions instead of a decrease of 6.5%. However; does it make sense that it is we who must deal with the pollution of the world while countries like the United States try to wriggle out of the Kyoto Protocol?"

"Mamma mia", no hint of brains or femininity in that statement, whatsoever!
We'll bet her husband can't wait to race home and get her into bed.

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