04/10/13 Shrimp and White-Bean Salad

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Linguine with Carrots and Peppers in Butter
  -Shrimp and White-Bean Salad
  -Grilled Sole

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 Recipe: Shrimp and White-Bean Salad

Shrimp and White-Bean Salad
Insalata di Gamberetti e Fagioli Bianchi


2 pounds large peeled shrimp (not cooked)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
One (19-ounces) can white beans such as cannellini, rinsed and drained
3 celery ribs, thinly sliced diagonally
3 cups packed baby arugula (3 ounces)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


Toss shrimp with garlic, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 12-inch heavy nonstick skillet over high heat until it shimmers.

Saute shrimp, stirring occasionally, until just cooked through, about 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, toss together beans, celery, arugula, lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a bowl.

Add shrimp with any juices and toss. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Linguine with Carrots and Peppers in Butter

Linguine with Carrots and Peppers in Butter
Linguine con Carote e Peperoni Nel Burro


4 long slender carrots (about 9 ounces total), peeled
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 tablespoon (packed) finely grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
2 yellow or orange bell peppers, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips
8 ounces linguine
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
1 and 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


Run vegetable peeler down length of each carrot, shaving it into ribbons.

Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat.

Add lemon peel and ginger.

Stir 1 minute.

Add carrots and bell peppers.

Saute until just tender, about 5 minutes.

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

Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.

Add pasta, 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid, cheese, and lemon juice to skillet.

Toss until sauce coats pasta, adding more cooking liquid if dry.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Grilled Sole

Grilled Sole
Sogliole alla Griglia


4 sole, cleaned, trimmed and skinned
Extra virgin olive oil, for brushing
Salt and pepper
lemon wedges, to serve


Preheat the grill.

Season the fish with salt and pepper.

Brush with olive oil.

Place the fish on the grill rack and cook under the grill, brushing frequently with olive oil, for 7-8 minutes on each side.

Transfer to a warm serving dish and serve with lemon wedges. 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:

Italy Has To Wake Up And Put More Effort Into Anticorruption

Rome - March 30, 2012 - Italy is plagued by nepotism, legal gaps and institutional deficiencies that prevent the country from getting serious about fighting corruption, according to a new report.

The country needs an independent anti-corruption watchdog to hold the country's politicians, public officials and institutions accountable, according to the report, released by Transparency International Italy.

Italy ranked 69 out of 183 countries on the transparency group's Corruption Perceptions Index, the worst among EU countries. Most recently, the country has been rocked by the corruption scandal of former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi. Only 5% of Italians say corruption is declining, according to a recent TI survey.

"In recent years, Italy's leaders have not done half as much as they should have to fight corruption," Maria Teresa Brassiolo, head of Transparency International Italy, said in a news release.

"Their failure to act has left systems of accountability and control of public spending weak and expensive, leading to enormous waste. We see examples of this on an almost daily basis and it can no longer be accepted."

The survey, which evaluated the effectiveness of Italy's politics, public service and businesses and anti-corruption enforcement, also recommended specific codes of conduct for members of Parliament and an end to Parliamentary immunity from prosecution.

The report also called for stiffer sanctions for corruption convictions and public education programs on anti-corruption. A recent EU survey found that 89% of Italians think sanctions for corruption are currently too weak.

TI warned that the institutional problems were partially responsible for the country's economic crisis, due to mismanagement of resources.

Hmmm...we trying to understand where Transparency International is going with this. Corruption in Italy? You never hear about such things.

- Another report shows that criminal tension is rampant in Palermo...and there is a rumor that the water in Venice is dirty too.

- There recently was a 2 million Euro report that discovered that some of the buses in Rome are crowded. (We think it was the same agency that found criminal tension in dirty water.)

- The 5% of Italians that say corruption is declining cannot be considered credible due to the high probability their ears are clogged with olive oil.

- During the May 2007 Town Hall elections of Palermo, 110 city bus drivers were hired...and not one of the 110 had a license to drive a bus. However, a town hall assessor played down the bewilderment and so-called corruption by stating, "Don't worry, they'll learn." (See? You can't be more transparent than that.)

- There are 167,000 school janitors in Italy...50,000 more than police officers. Our anticorruption watchdog was outside on the stoop, fast asleep in the sun when some public officials pulled this one off. (By the way, they want to be addressed as "scholastic collaborators", not janitors. We apologize for that.)

"(Italy's leaders) Their failure to act has left systems of accountability and control of public spending weak and expensive, leading to enormous waste." Which is why this failure gives rise to the argument: Why are we separated by the animals?

"The report also called for stiffer sanctions for corruption convictions and public education programs on anti-corruption." Thank you very much, Transparency International, for the report and song and dance. It would be easier to wrestle a wild boar to save a vegetable crop.

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