04/08/09 Tagliatelle with Mussels, Clams and Pesto from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Tagliatelle with Mussels, Clams and Pesto
  -Veal Scaloppine with Mushroom Cream Sauce
  -Custard Gelato

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 Recipe: Tagliatelle with Mussels, Clams and Pesto

Tagliatelle with Mussels, Clams and Pesto
Tagliatelle con Cozze, Vongole e Pesto


12 littleneck clams, scrubbed
12 mussels, scrubbed, debearded
1 cup dry white wine

8 ounces Tagliatelle or linguine pasta

6 tablespoons purchased pesto
1/4 cup sliced drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper


Combine clams, mussels and wine in heavy large pot; bring to boil over medium-high heat.

Cover pot; cook until shellfish open, about 7 minutes (discard any that do not open).

Using tongs, transfer shellfish to bowl; cover with foil to keep warm. Reserve shellfish juices.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in medium pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente'.

Drain pasta; return to same pot.

Add reserved shellfish juices, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes and crushed red pepper.

Toss over medium heat just until sauce coats pasta. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide pasta between 2 bowls; top with shellfish and serve. Makes 2 servings; can be doubled.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Veal Scaloppine with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Veal Scaloppine with Mushroom Cream Sauce
Scaloppine di Vitello con Crema di Funghi


1 and 1/2-ounce package dried porcini mushrooms*
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup chopped shallots (about 6 large)
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 and 1/2-ounce package dried morel mushrooms*
2 cups hot water
4 tablespoons (or more) extra virgin olive oil
12 ounces assorted fresh wild mushrooms (such as oyster and stemmed shiitake), sliced
1 cup whipping cream

1 lb veal cutlets (each about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick or pounded, if necessary, to 1/4-inch thickness), cut into 3-inch pieces


Finely grind dried porcini in spice grinder or coffee grinder.

Transfer 2 tablespoons ground porcini to heavy medium saucepan (reserve any remaining ground porcini for another use).

Add wine, 1/2 cup shallots and vinegar to saucepan.

Boil until porcini broth is reduced to 3/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Place dried morels in small bowl.

Pour 2 cups hot water over; let stand until morels soften, about 30 minutes.

Drain; reserve soaking liquid.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add fresh mushrooms and remaining 1/2 cup shallots and saute until tender, about 7 minutes.

Add drained morels and stir 3 minutes.

Add porcini broth, 3/4 cup reserved morel soaking liquid and whipping cream; simmer until sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.

Season sauce with salt and pepper. Remove sauce from heat; cover to keep warm.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.

Sprinkle veal with salt and pepper.

Working in batches, add veal to skillet and cook to desired doneness, about 2 minutes per side for medium, adding more olive oil to skillet if necessary.

Divide veal among 4 plates.

Spoon mushroom sauce over veal and serve. Makes 4 servings.

Note: *Dried porcini mushrooms and dried morel mushrooms are available at specialty foods stores and some supermarkets.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Custard Gelato

Custard Gelato
Gelato alla Crema


2 and 1/4 cups whole milk
Pinch of salt
2/3 cup sugar
6 egg yolks
2/3 cup heavy cream


Preheat oven to 375F.

In a medium saucepan, combine the milk and salt.

Heat the milk over medium heat until bubbles form around the edges of the pan. Set aside and cover to keep hot.

In a blender or food processor, blend the sugar and egg yolks together until very thick and smooth.

With the machine running, gradually add the hot milk.

Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for 6 to 8 minutes or until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of the spoon.

Remove the pan from heat and set it in a bowl of ice water.

Stir for 2 minutes to cool the mixture.

Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until thoroughly chilled.

In a deep bowl, beat the cream until soft peaks form.

Fold the whipped cream into the custard mixture.

Transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Makes 1 and 1/2 quarts; serves 6.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

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Town Suffering From Too Much Free Time Sews Record Christmas Stocking

Santa Maria a Monte - January 6, 2009 - A record 279 meter long Christmas stocking made by merchants and residents of this Tuscan town near Pisa was presented Tuesday to mark the Epiphany holiday, also known as the 12th day of Christmas.

The stocking, which took three months to sew together and was stuffed with 4,500 balloons, broke the record which this same town set last year, 216 meters.

Measuring two meters wide, the stocking was again this year hung from a town hall widow and stretched along the via Carducci to reach the town's main church, San Giovanni Battista.

"Che culo!" What a wonderful winter wonderland. What can be more perfect than 12 days of Christmas?

There's jolly Santa Claus running the town hall trying to motivate the comatose and meaningless employees while Mrs. Claus is baking lasagnas, polenta and panettone for its egotistical Tuscan population of 10,000.

"Cacchio!" How can they do all this alone?

Working hard behind the scenes are Santa's elves. Typically underappreciated during the holidays (according to the deafening union leaders), the amount of labor these tiny, mythical creatures do is pretty astounding.

So what do elves look like? Well, they're constantly mistaken for trolls that emigrate from Calabria, Naples and Sicily and invade the north looking for measly work with no health benefits and vacation time.

"The stocking, which took three months to sew together and was stuffed with 4,500 balloons, broke the record which this same town set last year, 216 meters." Take a guess at what they'll be making next Christmas.

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