02/04/09 Milanese Tripe from OreganoFromItaly.com

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  -Spaghetti with Rosemary
  -Milanese Tripe
  -Breast of Veal with Artichoke Hearts

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 Recipe: Spaghetti with Rosemary

Spaghetti with Rosemary
Spaghetti al Rosmarino


2 tablespoons fresh rosemary needles, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/2 fresh chili, seeded and finely chopped
9 oz (250 grams) canned chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon plain flour
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon milk
12 oz (350 grams) spaghetti
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated


Heat the olive oil in a saucepan.

Add the rosemary, garlic and chilli and cook for about 2 minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes with their can juices and bring to a boil.

Lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Stir the flour with 1-2 tablespoons warm water.

Season the rosemary sauce with salt, stir in the flour mixture and milk and cook for another 5 minutes.

Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of salted, boiling water until 'al dente', then drain and transfer to a warm serving dish.

Sprinkle with the Parmigiano cheese and pour on the sauce. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Milanese Tripe

Milanese Tripe
Trippa alla Milanese


1 and 3/4 pints (1 liter) hot meat stock

For the Meat Stock:
1 and 3/4 lb (800 grams) lean beef, cut into cubes
1 lb 5 oz (600 grams) veal, cut into cubes
1 onion, coarsely chopped
2 oz (50 grams) carrots, coarsely chopped
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) leeks, trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 celery stick, coarsely chopped

For the Tripe:
3 oz (80 grams) butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
5 oz (150 grams) pancetta, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 and 1/4 lb (1 kg) tripe, soaked, drained and cut into strips
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery stick, chopped
1 lb and 2 oz (500 grams) tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
20 fresh sage leaves
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) dried white beans, soaked overnight and drained
1 garlic clove
2 oz (50 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
Salt and pepper


Prepare the Meat Stock:
Place the meat in a large saucepan, add cold water to cover and bring to the boil, bearing in mind that slow cooking and gentle simmering are essential for successful stock.

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

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

Remove from the heat, strain into a bowl, leave to cool, then chill in the refrigerator.

When the fat has solidified on the surface carefully remove and discard.

Prepare the Tripe:
Heat 1 oz (25 grams) of the butter and the olive oil in a pan, add the pancetta and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for a further 5 minutes, then add the tripe.

Cook for about 15 minutes, then add the carrot, celery, tomatoes and eight of the sage leaves and season with salt and plenty of pepper.

Cook for 10 minutes, then pour in the hot stock a little at a time.

Bring to the boil and simmer for 3 hours or until the tripe is tender.

Meanwhile, cook the beans separately in a large pan of boiling water with the remaining sage leaves and the garlic for about 3 hours until tender.

Drain the beans, discarding the sage and garlic, and add to the tripe. Sprinkle with the Parmigiano cheese and serve. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Breast of Veal with Artichoke Hearts

Breast of Veal with Artichoke Hearts
Spinacino Al Carciofi


2 and 1/2 lb (1.2 kg) boned breast of veal
11 oz (300 grams) minced meat
2 oz (50 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 very tender artichoke hearts
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon, strained
1 oz (25 grams) butter


Using a sharp knife, cut a deep 'pocket in the veal.

Mix together the minced meat, Parmigiano cheese and egg in a bowl and season with salt.

Place 2-3 tablespoons of the minced meat mixture in the veal 'pocket' and gently push it down towards the end.

Insert an artichoke heart with the base towards the opening.

Stuff the pocket with another 2-3 tablespoons of the minced meat mixture, pushing it down well, then insert another artichoke heart.

Add another 2-3 tablespoons of the minced meat mixture, then the remaining artichoke heart and, finally, add the remaining minced meat mixture.

Sew up the opening with trussing thread.

Mix 1 tablespoon of the olive oil with the lemon juice in a small bowl and brush the mixture all over the veal.

Heat the butter and the remaining olive oil in a large pan or flameproof casserole, add the veal, cover and cook over a low heat for about 1 hour.

After the first 30 minutes, start turning the veal occasionally.

About 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time, remove the lid, increase the heat and cook the veal, turning frequently, until browned all over.

Remove the pan from the heat and leave the veal to stand for 10 minutes before carving into slices.

Arrange the slices on a serving dish and spoon some of the cooking juices over them. Serves 8.

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:

Yes, Italy Did Warn Libya of 1986 U.S. Attack

Rome - October 30, 2008 - Italy warned Libya about the United States' plan to bomb Tripoli a day before the attack in 1986, Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdel-Rahman Shalgam said at a Rome press conference Thursday.

The warning by then Italian premier Bettino Craxi may have helped save the life of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and most of his family, whose house in Tripoli was hit during the bombings, Shalgam added.

"Premier Craxi sent an Italian friend we had in common to tell me, watch out, on April 14 or 15 there will be an American raid against Libya," said the minister, who at the time was the Libyan ambassador in Rome. The then Italian foreign minister, Giulio Andreotti, confirmed Shalgam's story, adding that the U.S. bombing of Tripoli and Bengasi on April 14 had been "a totally improper initiative, an international error".

U.S. president Ronald Reagan ordered the bombing in retaliation for a terrorist attack attributed to Libyan agents on a Berlin disco, La Belle, which was full of U.S. soldiers. Three people died and over 200 were injured when a bomb hidden under a table exploded on April 5.

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was the only European premier who gave permission for U.S. forces to use airbases for the retaliatory attack, which lasted 12 minutes and hit military bases and barracks in the two cities as well as Gaddafi's residence and some civilian buildings.

Over 20 people were killed in the bombings, including Gaddafi's 15-month-old adopted daughter, although the rest of the Libyan leader's family was able to flee moments before.

"It was difficult to know the exact time and place of the attack," Shalgam explained.

The Maltese press has claimed in the past that then premier Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici called to warn Gaddafi when U.S. planes were spotted in Maltese airspace. Libya reacted to the bombings by launching missiles against U.S. coastguard stations on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa "and certainly not against Italy", Shalgam said.

The U.S. bombing was one of a series of events that led up to the 1988 hijacking and bombing of a Pan Am passenger plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, in which 270 people died. Libya assumed responsibility for the Lockerbie incident in 2003.

Shalgam was in Rome for a press conference on a friendship and cooperation accord which aims to resolve issues related to Italy's colonial occupation of Libya. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini repeated an invitation for Gaddafi to visit Italy, where he said he would be welcomed "as a friend".

[Press Conference]
"Oh, figlio di puttana...is this on?"
"Eh, buon giorno to all..."
"Eh, we were supposed to keep quiet about that, correct?"

History 101 alla Italiana:

In 1970 Libyan leader Gaddafi expelled Italians living in Libya and confiscated their property.
In 1985 Italian Prime Minister Craxi refused the request by U.S. President Ronald Reagan to extradite the hijackers of the cruise ship
Achille Lauro and for the murder of American citizen, Leon Klinghoffer

- Lybia kills innocents in an act of terrorism. ("Bastardi!")

- U.S. plans to retaliate and asks for help from a NATO ally. ("Huh? Che cosa? Si si, okay.")

- NATO ally spies on the U.S. and informs Libya to save its dictator's skin. ("Pronto, Gaddafi? Buon Giorno! How are you? Listen carefully...")

- U.S. launches the aerial bombing attack the same, but the dictator survives. ("Oh, porca miseria! Just missed.")

- Libya thanks the two-faced NATO ally by firing a couple of missiles at the Italian island of Lampedusa. ("Ahh! Che minchia fate?!")

- Double-dealing NATO ally gets upset for having been stabbed in the back by dictator whose record is not exactly the most reliable. ("Tu grandissimo figlio di una mignotta!")

- Double-crossing NATO ally Prime minister has a wild fantasy of landing on the shores of Benghazi, Libya. ("Vaffanculo! I'll show you!")

- President convinces greasy Prime minister to be consistent with the previous cowardly decision and do nothing. ("Ma, che cazzo vuoi fare? Shut-up and stay still, cornuto!")

- Libyans' act of aggression is sold to historians as a thank you note and a sign that all is well in bilateral relations. ("Huh? Che cazzate! Si si, you're welcome!")

Prime minister considered the symbol of political corruption. Understands the risk of being jailed was growing imminent, escapes to Tunisia with loot in 1994 and remains there under protection. Repeatedly declares himself innocent. ("Grandissimo cornuto, if you come back we'll hang you!")

Ex Prime minister dies in 2000, at the age of 65, from complications of diabetes. ("Ciao!")

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