04/01/09 Lentils with Sausage and Swiss Chard from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Roasted Tomatoes with Anchovies, Garlic and Parsley
  -Lentils with Sausage and Swiss Chard
  -Roast Pork Loin and Potatoes

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 Recipe: Roasted Tomatoes with Anchovies, Garlic and Parsley

Roasted Tomatoes with Anchovies, Garlic and Parsley
Pomodori Arrosto con Acciughe, Aglio e Prezzemolo


1 and 1/2 lbs large plum tomatoes, each cut lengthwise into 6 wedges
10 anchovy fillets, chopped
1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


Preheat oven to 400F.

Arrange tomatoes, rounded side down, in single layer in 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish.

Sprinkle with anchovies, parsley, garlic and dried red pepper, then salt and pepper.

Drizzle with olive oil.

Bake tomatoes uncovered until tender, wrinkled and starting to brown at edges, about 40 minutes. Makes about 3 cups.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Lentils with Sausage and Swiss Chard

Lentils with Sausage and Swiss Chard
Lenticchie con Salsiccia e Swiss Chard


8 ounces sweet Italian turkey sausage (about 2 links), casings removed, sausage finely crumbled
1/2 cup chopped peeled carrot
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 and 1/3 cups dried lentils
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 and 1/2 cups (or more) water
1 lb Swiss chard (about 1 large bunch), thick stems and ribs cut away and discarded, leaves coarsely chopped


Saute sausage in large deep nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through, about 6 minutes.

Drain any excess fat from skillet.

Add carrot, onion and garlic to skillet; saute until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

Stir in lentils, bay leaf, fennel seeds and rosemary.

Add 2 and 1/2 cups water and bring to boil.

Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until lentils are almost tender, about 20 minutes.

Place Swiss chard atop lentils; cover and cook until lentils are tender and chard is wilted and tender, adding more water if mixture is dry, about 7 minutes.

Stir to blend. Season with salt and pepper. Discard bay leaf. Makes 2 main-course servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Roast Pork Loin and Potatoes

Roast Pork Loin and Potatoes
Arista e Patate Arrosto


1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 tablespoon minced fresh sage
2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
One 4-lb center-cut bone-in pork loin (rib) roast

4 large russet potatoes (about 3 lbs), peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces


Preheat oven to 375F.

Whisk 1/4 cup olive oil, garlic, butter, sage and rosemary in small bowl to blend.

Place pork in large roasting pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Rub herb mixture over pork. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.)

Cover pork loosely with foil and roast 2 hours.

Divide remaining 1/4 cup olive oil between 2 heavy large skillets.

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat.

Divide potatoes between skillets. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Saute until potatoes are golden but not tender, about 15 minutes.

Transfer potatoes to roasting pan with pork.

Toss potatoes with pan juices.

Continue roasting, uncovered, until pork browns, potatoes are tender and juices are slightly reduced, about 40 minutes.

Place pork in center of large platter. Surround with potatoes.

Pour pan juices into 2-cup glass measuring cup.

Spoon fat off top of juices and discard.

Pour juices over pork and potatoes. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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:

Home Inherited By Family Murderer

Parma - October 17, 2008 - A man who confessed to murdering his parents has inherited their home, the one in which he shot them dead.

Ferdinando Carretta, who was released from a mental hospital two years ago, reached an out-of-court settlement on Wednesday with his aunts, who had contested his ownership of the property.

"Seeing as how the flat is rented, I'll take the rent," he told newspapers. "Then, it's likely that I'll sell it." Under the terms of the settlement Carretta will inherit the property, valued at 310,000 Euros (393,000 USD), and some 40,000 Euros in cash.

Carretta was arrested in 1998 in London following a routine traffic check nine years after the killings in his home town of Parma. Soon afterwards he confessed to murdering his parents and his brother in a television interview.

He said he had long hated his father, an accountant, and murdered his mother because she was a witness. He then shot his brother because he was convinced he would turn against him. All three bodies have never been found.

Several of the details Carretta provided during the interview, and later to police and prosecutors, failed to square with the known facts or were highly improbable.

However in 1999 he was acquitted on the grounds of not being in his right mind at the time of the offence, and the court ordered that he be sent to a secure psychiatric institution.

He told the newspaper he now wanted a secure job and a steady girlfriend.

"Ahhh", sit back and relax folks; the Italian judicial system hard at work creating the perfect civil environment.

Whoever says crime doesn't pay should have an espresso and a little chat with Ferdinando.

"Ferdinando Carretta...reached an out-of-court settlement on Wednesday with his aunts, who had contested his ownership of the property." "Cornuto", who needs the aggravation? They could have fought for the property and risked being buried in the yard. Did the out-of-court settlement include a stop to the family reunion invitations?

"Seeing as how the flat is rented, I'll take the rent." That's a house where parties are out of the question and the tenants make extra-sure the rent is promptly paid on the first of the month.

"He told the newspaper he now wanted a secure job and a steady girlfriend." Oh, ladies, he's available.

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