02/09/11 Herb & Cheese Rolls

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Spaghetti with Garlic, Oil and Sun Dried Tomatoes
  -Herb and Cheese Rolls
  -Almond Cheesecake

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 Recipe: Spaghetti with Garlic, Oil and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Spaghetti with Garlic, Oil and Sun Dried Tomatoes
Spaghetti con Aglio, Olio e Pomodori Secchi


1 lb (1/2 kg) spaghetti
1-2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes
4-5 pieces of sun dried tomatoes, finely chopped
Handful of parsley, chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper


Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling water until 'al dente'.

When the spaghetti is a few minutes away from being cooked, heat a large heavy based frying pan and add the olive oil.

Over medium heat, gently fry the garlic, sun dried tomatoes and chilli flakes until the garlic is lightly golden. Be careful not to burn the garlic otherwise it will turn bitter.

Turn off the heat.

Drain the spaghetti and add to the pan with the chopped parsley.

Mix well with the garlic, tomato, and olive oil. The heat from the freshly cooked spaghetti will help the pasta soak up all the flavors.

Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serves 2.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Herb and Cheese Rolls

Herb and Cheese Rolls
Involtini di Erbe e Formaggio


One 1 and 1/2 lbs boneless pork tenderloin, cut on the extreme diagonal into 12 slices
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 and 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup dry white wine


Lightly pound the pork slices until they are 1/4-inch thick.

Season with salt and pepper.

Mix the Pecorino cheese, sage, rosemary, and garlic together in a box and then sprinkle 1 teaspoon of herb mix on each pork slice.

Then roll each slice into a cylinder shape and secure with a toothpick.

Season the rolls with salt and pepper.

Place the flour in a flat bowl and then lightly coat the pork rolls with flour, patting to remove the excess.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until hot.

Add the rolls and cook until browned all over, about 3-5 minutes.

Pour in the wine, cover, and simmer until the rolls are cooked through, 3-5 minutes more.

Transfer to a plate and loosely cover with aluminum foil.

Boil the cooking liquid until it reduces to a thick sauce, about 5 minutes.

Return the rolls to the skillet and shake the pan to coat them with sauce.

Serve with any remaining sauce spooned over them. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Almond Cheesecake

Almond Cheesecake
Torta di Mandorle e Formaggio


1/2 lb (200 grams) Amaretti biscuits, crushed
1 and 3/4 oz (50 grams) unsalted butter, melted
1 vanilla pod, seeds scrapped or a few drops of vanilla essence
1 lb (500 grams) ricotta
1/4 lb (125 grams) caster or superfine sugar
1/2 lb (250 grams) mascarpone cheese
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) ground almonds
2 tbs cornflour
3 large eggs
Grated zest of 1 lemon
Handful of flaked almonds
Icing sugar for dusting


Preheat oven to 355F (180C).

Mix the melted butter with the crushed Amaretti and press into a (20 cm) spring-form tin.

Press down firmly then chill for 10 minutes.

Mix the vanilla seeds, ricotta cheese, sugar, mascarpone cheese, almonds, cornflour, eggs and lemon zest and beat until smooth.

Pour onto the chilled biscuit base and bake for 45 minutes.

After 45 minutes turn off the oven, open the door and allow the cheesecake to cool inside completely.

Chill for at least an hour before serving, dusted with icing sugar, with a little fresh fruit on the side. Serves 4-6.

That's it!

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Phony Palermo Dentists Caught After Cops Pose As Patients

Palermo - September 9, 2010 - Italian police posed as patients to discover a ring of seven false dentists in and around Palermo.

As soon as the bogus dentists asked them to "open wide" the cops took out their badges and booked them, police said Thursday.

The Carabinieri discovered the self-styled dentists' real qualifications. Six of the seven had diplomas as dental technicians while a seventh only had a middle-school graduation certificate.

Dozens of cases of unqualified dentists are discovered in Italy every year.

Why did you pull out a nose hair instead of the bad tooth, you "imbecile incapace"?

FACT (our readers should be sitting down for this): One in five Italian dentists is unqualified, along with an estimated 10,000-15,000 Italian doctors that are roaming our streets. They included fake doctors, dentists and even a few fake nurses who couldn't make it in their previous careers as 'escorts'.

According to police stats, every year about 1,000 people have been convicted of the offence. How about taking a wild guess at what the fine is:

A) 51,600 Euros ($ 67,000 USD)
B) 5,160 Euros ($ 6,700 USD)
C) 516 Euros ($ 670 USD)

For those who chose "C", congratulations, you're brighter than you think. 516 Euros...makes you want to smash your lunch over your head, doesn't it?

Most phoney, rat-bastard dentists will laugh in your face when they are finally caught. They'll just pay the 516 Euros, change premises and start all over again. One "dentista bastardo" discovered in Rome was a plumber who had been filling and extracting teeth for 20 years.

"Signora, I'm going to say it again. It doesn't make a difference. To fill your cavity and unclog your toilet is going to cost the same. No-no, there is no discount or package deal."

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