03/12/08 Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Minestrone Con il Basilico
  -Linguine con Scampi
  -Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary

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 Recipe: Minestrone Con il Basilico

Minestrone Con il Basilico
Minestrone with Basil


1/2 cup dried red beans

5 cups water
2 cups shredded green cabbage
1 and 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 small onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 medium russet potato, peeled, left whole
1 small russet potato, peeled, diced
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 and 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup small shell pasta
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
Freshly grated Parmigiano cheese


Place beans in medium bowl. Add enough cold water to cover by 2 inches; soak overnight. Drain.

Place beans in large Dutch oven. Add 5 cups water and next 11 ingredients and bring to boil.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer until beans are tender, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour.

Transfer 2 cups soup and whole potato to blender and puree. Return puree to soup in pot.

Add pasta and 1/4 cup basil; simmer uncovered until pasta is cooked through and flavors blend, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper. Mix in 1/4 cup basil. Serve with Parmigiano cheese. Serves 6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Linguine con Scampi

Linguine con Scampi
Linguine with Scampi


3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter
1 lb uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined
4 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

12 ounces linguine, freshly cooked


Preheat oven to 400F.

Put butter in 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish and place in oven until butter melts.

Add shrimp, garlic and lemon juice to butter and stir to blend.

Return dish to oven and bake shrimp 3 minutes.

Mix in parsley and bake until shrimp are just cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper.

Mound linguine in large bowl. Spoon shrimp mixture over and toss to combine. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

That's it!

 Recipe: Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary


Four 1 and 1/4 to 1 and 1/2-lb Cornish game hens, giblets removed
1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges
4 large fresh rosemary sprigs
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
24 garlic cloves, peeled

1/3 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup canned low-salt chicken broth

Additional rosemary sprigs (for garnish)


Preheat oven to 450 F.

Pat hens dry with paper towels. Season cavities lightly with salt and pepper.

Place 1 lemon wedge and 1 rosemary sprig in cavity of each hen.

Rub hens with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Season outside of hens lightly with salt and pepper.

Arrange in heavy large roasting pan. Scatter garlic around hens.

Roast hens 25 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 350 F.

Pour wine, broth and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over hens.

Continue roasting until hens are golden brown and juices run clear when thigh is pierced at thickest part, basting every 10 minutes with pan juices, about 25 minutes longer.

Transfer hens to platter, pouring any juices from cavity into roasting pan.

Tent hens with foil to keep warm.

Transfer pan juices and garlic to heavy medium saucepan. Boil until reduced to sauce consistency, about 6 minutes.

Cut hens in half lengthwise. Arrange on plates.

Spoon sauce and garlic around hens. Garnish with additional rosemary sprigs and serve. Serves 4.

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:

Deceased 80-Year-Old Grandmother Denied Health Card

Ferrara - March 5 - An 80-year woman was denied a national health card because, according to health officials, she had been dead for 25 years, the local press reported on Wednesday.

The incident took place at the national health office in nearby San Giuseppe di Copparo, where Ultimina Dalla Pria was told that their official records showed that she had been dead since January 1, 1983. After recovering from the initial shock, the 80-year-old told officials that she was still quite alive and kicking and had no intention of dying.

"But this didn't change anything. Even after I showed them my identity card, proving there had been a mistake, they wouldn't budge and refused to give me a national health card," Dalla Pria told reporters.

"At that point I went to the public records office where official records showed that I was clearly not dead at all", she added.

In order to be alive again for the national health service, Dalla Pria must file with the local public health office copies of official documents attesting to the fact that she is alive. This process will involve hiring a lawyer and in the meantime she will not be able to have free prescription medicines because, as of January 1, a national health card must be shown in order to receive them.

"I hope my doctor can find a way around this," Dalla Pria said.

"Sono viva, testa di cazzo!" Sit back, relax and enjoy, folks. Italian state employees hard at work creating the perfect work and social environment.

Although the intoxicated Dante didn't realize it at the time, he perfectly described the labyrinth of Italian government offices and bureaucracy when he wrote "Abandon hope all who enter here".

Poor Ultimina. As if she could negotiate anything with these health officials. These are people who spent their childhoods skinning farm animals, producing countless jugs of tomato sauce and indicating which direction the wind blew.

But one can't help but wonder how many jugs of cheap wine, spumante and grappa did these "stronzi" chug down in that health office on New Year's Eve, 1982, for Ultimina to be declared dead the day after.

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