02/28/07 Insalata di Finocchi e Gorgonzola from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Asparagi alla Parmigiana
  -Insalata di Finocchi e Gorgonzola
  -Risotto alle Zucchine

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 Recipe: Asparagi alla Parmigiana

Asparagi alla Parmigiana


2.2 lbs fresh or frozen asparagus
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano cheese


Frozen asparagus does not need to be cleaned.If you are using fresh asparagus, clean them by rasping off the dirt on the bottom of the stalks. Rinse well and cut to the same length. Tie them together and boil in salted water for about 20 minutes. Strain, untie, and divide into two bunches that you will place on an oval serving dish with the tips facing inwards towards each other.

Melt the butter in a pan and when it starts spluttering pour it over the tips and sprinkle with abundant grated Parmigiano cheese.

That's it!

 Recipe: Insalata di Finocchi e Gorgonzola

Insalata di Finocchi e Gorgonzola
Fennel and Gorgonzola Salad


6 tender fennels
Juice of 1/2 lemon
7 ounces creamy gorgonzola cheese
Seeds of 1/2 pomegranate
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tbsp white vinegar
Virgin olive oil


Finely slice the washed fennels and place in a salad bowl.

Mix the lemon juice, white vinegar and gorgonzola cheese in a bowl, adding the olive oil slowly so as to obtain a fairly creamy liquid.

Pour onto the fennel and toss.

Decorate with walnuts and pomegranate seeds. Serves 6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Risotto alle Zucchine

Risotto alle Zucchine


1 lb Carnaroli or Arborio rice
4.5 ounces butter
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/2 glass dry white wine (or red)
6.5 cups boiling stock
4 tbsp grated Parmigiano cheese
5 zucchini (courgettes) cut into cubes
3 tbsp virgin olive oil
3 tbsp chopped parsley


Melt the 4 tbsp butter over low heat, add the onion and stir continuously with a wooden spoon until brown.

Add the ice and mix carefully until all the butter is absorbed. Turn up the heat and sprinkle the wine over the rice until it evaporates.

Pour 2 ladles of the stock into the rice until this, too, is completely absorbed. Add two more ladles of stock. Repeat this three or four times until rice is tender. Be sure to taste the rice often so it doesn't overcook. If the grains are hard, add 1/2 a ladle of broth at a time and let the rice cook until ready. Remember to stir continuously! A really good risotto comes "all'onda", with a wave, meaning it must not be too dry.

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, add the zucchini and cook for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Season for salt.

In the last 5 minutes of cooking add the zucchini and the parsley. Once the rice is cooked, season it with 1 tbsp butter and the Parmigiano cheese.

Before serving let stand for a few minutes so that the full flavor is absorbed. Serve hot. 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:

Steals Church Offerings, Asks Police for Help

Rome - March 3 - A man who had finished robbing alms from a local church was arrested when he asked two undercover police officers to help him carry the money.

He had completed the job armed with a hammer and chisel. The loot was 600 Euros ($725) in change.

He could have made a clean getaway. After he had finished cleaning out the alms box from the church, he walked away undisturbed until he realized that he could no longer go further due to the excessive weight of the change.

He asked two officers who were on patrol for help in carrying the change who immediately became suspicious of the request and arrested the man.

"Mingia, che fortuna!"

Hmmm...Why bother arresting him? When you think about it, the country would be much safer with stupid people like him.

The Italian police should have just slapped him in the face, confiscated the money and forced him to walk around with a T-shirt with the words, "Endangered Species". This way we could leave him alone so he could breed.

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