02/27/13 Asparagus Soup

"A tutti, se vuole, la donna la fa." (Women are able to fool anyone if they want to.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Asparagus Soup
  -White Bean Stew
  -Marinated Pot Roast

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 Recipe: Asparagus Soup

Asparagus Soup
Zuppa di Asparagi


1 pound fresh asparagus, chopped
2 handfuls fresh spinach leaves
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 cup vegetable broth
1 and 1/2 cups cashews, soaked for 1 hour
Splash extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and pepper, to taste


Saute onion, celery, asparagus and spinach in olive oil.

Add vegetable broth.

Simmer until asparagus is tender.

Transfer to blender (in batches if necessary).

Add cashews and puree on high until smooth.

Return to pot to keep warm.

Season with pepper and salt.

Garnish with asparagus tips when serving. Serves 2-3.

That's it!

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 Recipe: White Bean Stew

White Bean Stew
Spezzatino di Fagioli Bianchi


Two (19-ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (3 cups)
One (1/2-pound) piece cooked prosciutto (1/2 to 3/4 inch thick), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
One (14 to 15-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup plus 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 and 3/4 cups chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
One (5-ounce) bag baby arugula (10 cups loosely packed)
8 (3/4-inch thick) slices baguette


Cook garlic in 1/4 cup olive oil in a 3 and 1/2 to 4 and 1/2-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat, stirring, until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Coarsely cut up canned tomatoes with kitchen shears.

Add (with juice) to garlic in olive oil.

Stir in broth, beans, prosciutto, and pepper and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes.

Stir in greens and cook until wilted, 1 minute for arugula.

While stew is simmering, preheat broiler.

Put bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil.

Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat until golden, 1 to 1 and 1/2 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Marinated Pot Roast

Marinated Pot Roast
Arrosto Marinato


For the Beef:
2 lbs (900 grams) topside beef
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 oz (50 grams) butter
1/2 oz (15 grams) plain flour

For the Marinade:
1 onion, sliced
1/2 bunch of mixed fresh herbs including parsley
7 fl oz (200 ml) extra virgin olive oil
6-8 black peppercorns


Mix together all the marinade ingredients in a dish.

Add the meat, turning to coat, and leave to marinate for about 6-7 hours.

Drain the meat, reserving the marinade.

Heat the olive oil and half the butter in a flameproof casserole.

Add the beef and cook, turning frequently, until browned all over.

Season with salt and cook over a low heat for 1 and 1/2 hours or until cooked through and tender.

Remove the meat from the casserole and leave to stand.

Mix together the flour and remaining butter.

Stir the paste into the cooking juices.

Cook, stirring until slightly thickened.

Strain in a little of the reserved marinade.

Carve the beef and serve with the sauce. Serves 6.

That's it!

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"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:

Phony Doctors Buy Autos with Phony Checks

Milan - April 2, 2012 - Milan police have arrested six people for fraud after investigators discovered a criminal ring posing as doctors and purchasing autos with false checks.

The scam artists allegedly bought the vehicles through the Internet and then met to close the deals dressed as physicians.

Immediately after sealing the purchase, the suspects transported the autos out of the country, say investigators.

"Puttana della miseria", wow! Many of you just like us must have no compassion for car dealers so, seeing them suffer rectal indignities while keeping a straight face is entertaining. The "minchioni" deserve to be bilked. Maybe they'll be less stupid.

We say the charlatans who perpetrated this scam deserve a medal not jail time. They deserve it for locating stupid Italians.
They're doing us a favor. Now, we can identify all of them, flush them out and make sure they don't breed again.

We apologize to our readers that we were not able to find the addresses of the swindled car dealers. We're sure we would have gotten this >close< to driving off the lot with a new set of wheels.

Ignazio the dealer: "Dottore Frank N. Beans, the paperwork for the Audi just came in. Here are the keys."
Dottore Beans (specializing in electroshock therapy): "Fantastico! Let me get a crayon here and fill out the check..."
Ignazio: "Dottore, I've been suffering from a lack of mental energy for several weeks now. Would you consider me a candidate for your therapy?"
Dottore Beans: Well, you do sound a bit down today. Maybe you should go suck on a AA battery.

Giovanni the dealer: "Two Mercedes, same model? Of course I have them available. Well, I see colonoscopies keep you quite busy, don't they dottore?
Dottore Culone: "Oh, si si..."
Giovanni: "Dottore, if you don't mind, what is the best way to prevent colon cancer?"
Dottore Culone: "Stop smoking cigarettes down there. May I have the keys, per favore?"

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