01/30/08 Peperonata from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Polenta al Forno con Formaggio Fontina
  -Linguine con Pomodoro Crudo, Arugula e Olive

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 Recipe: Peperonata



1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced
1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 large green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 large yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 fresh rosemary sprig
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar


Heat olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-low heat.

Add onions, bell peppers and rosemary and saute until onions and bell pepper are very tender, about 40 minutes.

Mix in vinegar.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature. Serves 6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Polenta al Forno con Formaggio Fontina

Polenta al Forno con Formaggio Fontina
Baked Polenta with Fontina Cheese


4 and 3/4 cups water
Two 14 and 1/2-ounce cans (or homemade) chicken broth
5 shallots, minced
4 teaspoons dried marjoram or oregano
2 and 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal

1 lb Fontina cheese, grated
1/2 cup whipping cream


Butter 9 x 13 inch baking dish.

Combine 2 and 1/4 cups water, broth, shallots and marjoram in heavy large Dutch oven; bring to a boil.

Mix 2 and 1/2 cups cold water and cornmeal in bowl.

Gradually mix cornmeal mixture into broth mixture. Return to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and boil gently until polenta is very thick, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Immediately spread 2 cups polenta in prepared dish.

Top with 1 and 3/4 cups cheese.

Drizzle with 1/4 cup cream.

Repeat layering, using 2 cups polenta, 1 and 3/4 cups cheese and 1/4 cup cream.

Top with remaining polenta.

Spread remaining cheese over. Cover with foil. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before continuing.)

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Bake covered polenta until hot in center, about 1 hour 15 minutes.

Uncover; continue baking until polenta bubbles at edges and top begins to brown, about 10 minutes. Serves 10.

That's it!

 Recipe: Linguine con Pomodoro Crudo, Arugula e Olive

Linguine con Pomodoro Crudo, Arugula e Olive
Linguine with Uncooked Tomato, Arugula, and Olive Sauce


1 garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/4 teaspoon salt
4 fresh plum tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch of Arugula, coarse stems discarded and the leaves washed well, spun dry, and chopped coarse (about 1 cup)
6 Kalamata or other brine-cured black olives, pitted and chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 and 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, or to taste
1/2 lb linguine


In a large bowl stir together the garlic paste, tomatoes, Arugula, olives, olive oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste and let the mixture marinate for 20 minutes.

In a large saucepan of boiling salted water cook the linguine for 10 minutes, or until it is 'al dente', drain it, and while it is still hot, toss it with the sauce.

Serve the pasta warm or at room temperature. Serves 2.

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:

Italian Fascist Leader Runs Language School

London - February 29 2008 - A popular language college in London is controlled by the leader of an Italian neo-fascist party who has links to the British National party, news agencies have learned.

CL English Language, a college in west London that teaches hundreds of foreign students each year, is controlled by Roberto Fiore, leader of Forza Nuova, an extreme right-wing party.

Fiore, who once said he was happy to be described as a neo-fascist and who is an old friend and mentor of Nick Griffin, leader of the BNP, was appointed as a director of the college more than two years ago and became sole director in August last year.

Many of the students, who pay up to 30 pounds an hour for tuition, are Italian, while others are from Africa, the far east and eastern Europe. None of those interviewed outside the college last week were aware of Fiore's involvement. Staff at the college have said there are usually more than 100 students there at any one time. Despite its size, however, its latest accounts show that it recorded a profit of just 2,214 pounds during 2006, and 1,821 pounds the year before.

Fiore arrived in Britain in October 1980 as a 21-year-old fugitive from the Italian police, who wanted to question him about the Bologna train station bombing two months earlier in which 85 people were killed and more than 200 injured.

He was reputed to be a member of the extreme right-wing organization the "Armed Revolutionary Nuclei", several of whose members were subsequently convicted of mass murder. After being arrested by Scotland Yard officers the following year, Fiore was brought before Bow Street court, but the authorities in Rome failed to secure his extradition.

In Rome, meanwhile, he was cleared of involvement in the bombing, but was convicted of subversive association and jailed for nine years, reduced to five-and-a-half on appeal. The jail term was eventually "timed out" under Italy's statute of limitation laws, and Fiore was able to return to his homeland in April 1999.

He had already founded Forza Nuova, an anti-immigration party committed to revoking laws that ban the recreation of the fascist party. A year after his return he was quoted as saying: "If you call me a neo-fascist I won't kick up a fuss."

"Repeat: The book is on the totalitarian table." That's some school. You have a neofascist fighting for an authoritarian political ideology and foreign students fighting the English language!

Roberto has been a busy little Italian bee since his teens. As a leader of "Terza Posizione", Roberto became a wanted man in Italy after the 1980 bombing of the Bologna train station. This status was increased in 1985 when a Rome court declared that "Terza Posizione" was simply a cover movement for the "Armed Revolutionary Nuclei", the terror group blamed on the attack and linked with the "Propaganda Due-Organisation". As a result of constantly playing terror group musical chairs, Roberto became dizzy, expatriated to the United Kingdom and went into hiding...along with the money of the movement.

Roberto controls "CL English Language"; a college in west London that teaches hundreds of immigrants and foreigners.
Roberto founded "Forza Nuova"; an Italian, anti-immigration, neo-fascist party.
That's the same as a vegetarian who grows fruits, vegetables and presses his own olive oil but has a pig farm hidden away on the hills.

Roberto: "If you call me a neo-fascist I won't kick up a fuss."
How about if we call you a jackass and kick you in the fascist ass?

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