04/11/07 Agnello al Cacciatore from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Eggplant Parmigiana
  -Crostini con Gamberi
  -Agnello al Cacciatore

We have added the world famous "Eggplant Parmigiana" recipe to our long list of Italian and Sicilian recipes. It's very tasty and quite simple to prepare. Enjoy the recipes and the complimentary news article report from "Only In Italy.com".

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 Recipe: Eggplant Parmigiana

Eggplant Parmigiana


Olive oil for frying
1 large eggplant
Flour for dredging
2 eggs, beaten
Bread crumbs for coating
2 and 1/2 cups pre-made tomato sauce
1 lb fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 and 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
6 leaves basil, shredded


Preheat the oven to 375 F.

In a skillet over medium-high heat, warm about 1 inch of the olive oil.

Peel the eggplant, and cut lengthwise into 1/4 inch thick slices. Dredge in flour, and dip in the eggs, shaking off any excess egg. Coat with the bread crumbs, and lower into the hot olive oil. Fry until golden, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from the olive oil, and set aside to drain on paper towels.

Cover the bottom of a baking dish with a layer of fried eggplant, and spread some tomato sauce on top. Scatter mozzarella slices on top of the sauce, and sprinkle with Parmigiano cheese and basil. Repeat the layering until all the ingredients are used, finishing with a layer of cheese and basil.

Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese melts and is golden on top. Serves 4.

That's it!

 Recipe: Crostini con Gamberi

Crostini con Gamberi
Shrimp Crostini


20 medium shrimp, cooked, divided
2 tablespoons ketchup
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon brandy
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 loaf cocktail size bread, sliced 1/4-inch thick
Parsley for garnish


Cut 12 of the shrimp into a fine dice, and reserve the remaining whole shrimp for garnish.

Place the diced shrimp in a bowl. Add the ketchup, mayonnaise and brandy, and season with salt and pepper. Fold the ingredients together until they are well combined. Lightly toast the slices of bread, and spoon the shrimp mixture onto each slice.

Garnish with the reserved whole shrimp and top each slice with the curly parsley. Serves 4.

That's it!

 Recipe: Agnello al Cacciatore

Agnello al Cacciatore
Lamb Cacciatore


2 lbs leg of lamb
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
2 anchovies packed in oil, drained and coarsely chopped
1 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup dry white wine
Salt and freshly ground pepper


Using a mortar and pestle or a blender, crush the garlic, rosemary and anchovies into a paste. Add the vinegar a little at a time, stirring until the sauce is well blended. Transfer to a bowl, and cover.

Cut the lamb into 3/4 inch pieces and season with salt and pepper.

In a skillet over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil and add the lamb pieces.

Saute until well browned on all sides. Pour in the wine and bring to a simmer, then add the vinegar sauce. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 2 hours, stirring often.

Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serves 4 to 6.

That's it!

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Doctor Smokes In Operating Room, Fined

Frosinone - May 28 - An ear, nose and throat specialist working at the hospital in Frosinone, was surprised by state inspectors for sanitary hygiene yesterday morning, smoking one of many cigarettes in the operating room, with tranquility.

The specialist was fined and had to pay 250 euros. The case caused a stir, above all, because of the fact that there should be maximum respect in the operating room for those who entrust their lives in the hands of doctors.

"Complimenti, testa di mingia!" Isn't this fantastic?

It has been scientifically proved that smoking and second-hand smoke can kill. Now Italians have to worry about their bodies being used as potential ashtrays.

"Disgraziati!" These doctors who put themselves through medical school by chasing chickens don't realize they are supposed to be role models for Italian society. They should be wearing gloves, masks... and hairnets at all times!

While we're at it, we'll throw in a few French maid outfits just to teach them a lesson!

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