03/03/10 Spinach and Mushroom Salad

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Spinach and Mushroom Salad
  -Eggplant With Anchovies
  -Veal Piccata

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 Recipe: Spinach and Mushroom Salad

Spinach and Mushroom Salad
Spinaci In Insalata Con Champignon


Juice of 1 lemon, strained
5 oz (150 grams) button mushrooms
1 lettuce, trimmed
11 oz (300 grams) baby spinach leaves, coarse stalks removed
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


Half fill a bowl with water and add half the lemon juice.

Thinly slice the mushrooms and add to the acidulated water.

Tear the lettuce leaves into pieces and put them in a salad bowl with the spinach leaves.

Drain the mushrooms and add to the bowl.

Whisk together a generous pinch of salt, the olive oil, mustard and the remaining lemon juice in a bowl.

Pour the dressing over the salad, toss gently and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Eggplant With Anchovies

Eggplant With Anchovies
Melanzane alle Acciughe


4 fl oz (120 ml) extra virgin olive oil
3 eggplants, cut into 1/4 inch (5-mm) thick slices
1 garlic clove
4 salted anchovies, heads removed, cleaned and filleted soaked in cold water for 10 minutes and drained
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar


Heat half the olive oil in a frying pan, add the eggplants, in batches if necessary, and cook over a medium heat until golden brown all over.

Remove with a fish slice, drain on kitchen paper and place on a warm serving dish.

Heat the remaining olive oil in a small saucepan, add the garlic and cook for a few minutes until browned, then remove and discard.

Add the anchovies to the saucepan and cook, mashing with a fork until they have almost disintegrated.

Stir in the parsley and vinegar, cook for a few minutes more, then pour over the eggplants and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Veal Piccata

Veal Piccata
Piccata al Limone


1 lb 2 oz (500 grams) veal escalopes
Plain flour for dusting
3 oz (80 grams) butter
Juice of 1 lemon, strained
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped


Pound the escalopes lightly with a meat mallet and dust with a little flour.

Melt 2 and 1/2 oz (65 grams) of the butter in a frying pan, add the escalopes and cook over a high heat for 5 minutes, turning several times, then season with salt.

Mix the lemon juice with 4 tablespoons water, pour the mixture into the pan and cook until slightly reduced.

Sprinkle with the parsley, scatter with the remaining butter, then remove from the heat when the butter has melted.

Serve the veal escalopes in the sauce. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"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:

Tomb in Rome Sells For Greedy Price

Rome - February 16, 2010 - A neoclassical tomb in Rome's monumental Verano cemetery fetched the price of a super luxury apartment in the city's first Web auction of other worldly assets.

The tomb, described as "classical style with decorative elements in white travertine and Carrara marble, able to house ten," drew a flood of buyers to an auction site, boosting its value from an asking price of 150,000 euros ($206,000) to a winning bid of 940,000 euros ($1.3 million).

"It's a crazy price, you could get prime real estate in the real world for that," said a delighted head of the Rome graveyard body Ama, Vittorio Borghini.

The successful bidder, who was not identified, can look forward to rubbing shoulders with literary luminaries like Alberto Moravia, Eduardo De Filippo, Grazia Deledda and Giuseppe Ungaretti; cinema legends Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti and Isa Miranda; composer Pietro Mascagni; and American philosopher George Santayana, famous for saying: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it".

Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno hoped to raise some 2.5 million euros from the sell-off of 34 plots at Verano and two other historical graveyards, but the final take was 3.8 million.

The scheme has been such a hit that a repeat will be staged over the next six months, with 20 Verano tombs and ten others at Flaminio and Maccarese on offer.

The tombs were empty, no longer used, or belonged to people Ama was unable to trace.

Bidders were able to view their desired resting places on Google Earth.

"Most of the money will be going to the upkeep of Ama properties but some of the leftovers will be used on other municipal assets," Alemanno said.

Unlike most Italian graves, which have a relatively short sell-by date, the newly available tombs have a 75-year lease.

This is dedicated to any of you who wake up every morning and listen to the song, "I Woke Up and Went To Work", over and over.

$1.3 million...What a "faccia di culo!"
What did he have for breakfast because we're fascinated with him?

No one is shameful anymore. There is no shame in Italian society.
Why doesn't everyone in Italy just wear a shirt that says, "I'm stupid", and maybe that will satisfy everyone?

"The successful bidder...can look forward to rubbing shoulders with literary luminaries like Alberto Moravia, Eduardo De Filippo, Grazia Deledda and Giuseppe Ungaretti..." "Minchia", as if tourists and visitors are going to stop by and plop tulips on your majestic tomb too.

How angry would you be if you were one of these great writers or actors? You finally die, you go to heaven and you find out you have to rub shoulders for eternity with someone who probably made his fortune producing cement...and whose probably wearing an "I'm stupid" T-shirt?

"...American philosopher George Santayana, famous for saying: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it".

Those who can't remember they were a jackass in the past are condemned to repeat it.

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