04/02/08 Fisherman's Pizza Bianca from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Pizza Bianca al Pescatore
  -Polpettone Ripieno
  -Mandorla Meringhe

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 Recipe: Pizza Bianca al Pescatore

Pizza Bianca al Pescatore
Fisherman's Pizza Bianca


All purpose flour
One 10-ounce tube refrigerated pizza dough
Two 6.5-ounce cans chopped clams, well drained
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/3 cup grated Parmigiano cheese
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


Preheat oven to 425 F.

Lightly sprinkle heavy large baking sheet with flour.

Unfold dough on prepared sheet. Stretch and/or roll dough to 10x13-inch rectangle.

Sprinkle clams, then garlic, dried red pepper, parsley and cheese over dough, leaving 1-inch border.

Drizzle olive oil over.

Bake pizza until crust is golden brown and crisp, about 12 minutes.

Transfer pizza to work surface. Cut into squares and serve hot. Makes 2 servings.

That's it!

 Recipe: Polpettone Ripieno

Polpettone Ripieno
Meat Roll


For the Meat:
1 and 1/2 cups 1/2-inch pieces crustless Italian bread
1/2 cup milk
1 and 1/2 lbs ground beef
8 ounces Italian sausages, casings removed
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

For the Filling:
1/4 cup water
One 10-ounce package ready-to-use spinach
4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
3 ounces provolone cheese, cut into 2 x 1/4 x 1/4-inch strips
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
18 fresh Italian parsley sprigs
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


Prepare the Meat:
Line 18 x 12-inch baking sheet with foil. Moisten foil with water.

Mix bread and milk in medium bowl. Mash bread with fingers until soaked. Squeeze out excess moisture from bread.

Place bread in large bowl; discard milk. Add beef, sausages, eggs, salt and pepper to bread and mix well. Place meat in center of foil.

Using moistened fingers, pat meat into 12 x 14-inch rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick. Cover; chill while preparing filling.

Prepare the Filling:
Preheat oven to 350 F.

Bring 1/4 cup water to simmer in large pot.

Add spinach; cover and cook until just wilted, tossing often, about 3 minutes. Drain well; pat dry. Cool.

Arrange spinach over meat, covering completely.

Cover with prosciutto.

Arrange cheese atop prosciutto, spacing apart.

Place eggs end to end in line down long side of roll. Arrange parsley along both sides of eggs.

Starting at long side near eggs and using foil as aid, roll up meat jelly roll style.

Pinch ends and seams together, enclosing filling completely.

Fold down foil from around meat roll. Brush meat with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Bake meat roll until thermometer inserted into center registers 160 F, about 1 hour.

Let stand 15 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature; cut into slices. Makes 6 servings.

That's it!

 Recipe: Mandorla Meringhe

Mandorla Meringhe
Almond Meringues


4 large egg whites
1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 and 1/2 cups blanched slivered almonds (about 6 1/2 ounces)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


Preheat oven to 300 F.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Butter parchment.

Beat egg whites in large bowl until stiff peaks form.

Gradually fold in powdered sugar, almonds and lemon juice (meringue will deflate and will no longer be stiff).

Drop meringue by level tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.

Bake until cookies are pale golden around edges, about 25 minutes.

Cool completely on baking sheets.

Using metal spatula, carefully remove cookies from parchment. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Store in airtight container.) Makes 35.

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:

Italian Funeral Scam Busted

Bari - April 23, 2008 - Police on Wednesday arrested 33 people in connection with a probe involving organized crime, funeral parlors and mortuary staff at local hospitals and private clinics here in southeast Italy.

Code-named Operation "Dearly Departed", the investigation uncovered a criminal organization which demanded kickbacks of 100 euros from funeral parlors not connected with organized crime which brought home patients who died in hospital.

Hospital staff who found 'clients' for funeral parlors connected with the mob received payoffs of between 300 and 650 euros, depending on the arrangements made by the families of the deceased.

The investigation began in 2006 and evidence gathered by police included tapes of thinly veiled threats made to mortuary staff at the Di Venere Hospital here by local crime boss Antonio Di Cosola. The staff were called outside the hospital on a pretext and found themselves confronted by Di Cosola and some of his thugs.

The Mafioso told them that they had to respect the laws of the 'family' and pass all funeral business to a parlor run by Rosa Porcelli.

Di Cosola, Porcelli and her husband Pellegrino Labellarte were all taken into custody on Wednesday on extortion and other charges, including criminal association.

It never ends...even after you're dead.

You have to admit the Mafia has some pair of 'coglioni'.
You must respect the laws of the so-called 'family' by referring dearly departed 'clients' to the caring Rosa "Porca" Porcelli.
Hmmm...You would think burning in hell for all eternity would be rated high on their agenda.

Do you remember the good ol' days when you were confident a hospital staff would do everything possible to give you or your loved ones all the best health care available? Now, you can't even trust these rat bastards.

Who needs the aggravation!

You're better off taking your dearly departed straight home from the hospital and burying them in the yard.

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