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 04/17/13 Chicken, Artichoke, and Cheese Pizza

"Aprile dolce dormire." (Sleep is sweet in April.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Penne with Roasted Broccolini and Hazelnuts
  -Chicken, Artichoke, and Cheese Pizza
  -Pistachio Semifreddo

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 Recipe: Penne with Roasted Broccolini and Hazelnuts

Penne with Roasted Broccolini and Hazelnuts
Penne con Broccolini Arrosto e Nocciole

Ingredients:

1/2 pound broccolini, thick stalks cut in half lengthwise
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons hazelnuts, toasted, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/4 pound Penne pasta (about scant 1 and 1/4 cups)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400?F.

Place broccolini on large rimmed baking sheet.

Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Toss, then spread in even layer.

Roast broccolini until tender and golden brown around edges, tossing occasionally, about 18-20 minutes.

Cool and then chop coarsely.

Mix hazelnuts, chopped parsley, finely grated lemon peel, and garlic in small bowl.

Cook pasta in large saucepan of boiling salted water until 'al dente', stirring occasionally.

Drain.

Return to saucepan.

Add broccolini and toss over medium heat to rewarm.

Transfer to medium bowl.

Add gremolata and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Toss to distribute evenly.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serves 2.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chicken, Artichoke, and Cheese Pizza

Chicken, Artichoke, and Cheese Pizza
Pizza con Pollo, Carciofi e Formaggio

Ingredients:

Olive or vegetable oil cooking spray
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 ounces each), thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
4 ounces goat cheese
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 pizza crust (12 inches)
1 cup rinsed and drained canned artichoke hearts, halved
2 large plum tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano cheese
1 tablespoon fresh oregano

Directions:

Set oven to broil.

Lightly coat a large broiler pan with cooking spray.

Sprinkle chicken with dried oregano.

Season with salt and pepper.

Place chicken in pan.

Broil 2 minutes per side.

Remove pan from oven.

Set oven to 450?F.

Mix goat cheese and ricotta in a bowl.

Spread evenly over pizza crust, leaving a 1-inch border.

Top with chicken, artichokes, and tomatoes.

Sprinkle with Parmigiano cheese.

Bake until Parmigiano cheese turns golden, about 8 minutes.

Sprinkle with fresh oregano and serve. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Pistachio Semifreddo

Pistachio Semifreddo
Semifreddo al Pistacchio

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups shelled salted pistachios (6 and 1/2 ounces)
1 cup sugar
6 large raw egg whites
2 cups chilled heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Directions:

Pulse 1 cup pistachios with 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar in a food processor until very finely ground.

Add remaining 1/2 cup pistachios and pulse until just coarsely ground.

Beat egg whites in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until they just hold soft peaks.

Beat in remaining 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, a little at a time.

Increase speed to high and beat until meringue just holds stiff, glossy peaks.

Beat cream with almond extract in a wide bowl with mixer at high speed until it just holds soft peaks.

Fold meringue into cream gently but thoroughly.

Fold in nut mixture in same manner.

Spoon into a 2-quart dish and freeze, covered, until firm enough to scoop, about 4 hours.

Let soften slightly before serving. Makes 2 quarts.

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:

Yes, A Crime Boss Is Buried In That Vatican Church

Rome - May 14, 2012 - Enrico De Pedis, the leader of a murderous gang known as the 'Banda della Magliana', was gunned down aged just 38, by members of his own crew.

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, 15, in 1983, believe De Pedis is linked to her kidnapping. The body of the Vatican employee?s daughter has never been found.

Last month the diocese of Rome, on orders from the Vatican, granted investigators permission to open up the tomb in the Sant?Apollinare basilica close to Piazza Navona in the centre of Rome. Their decision was the result of an anonymous call to a missing person?s program on Italian television which said the riddle of Orlandi?s kidnapping would be solved "if De Pedis tomb was opened".

De Pedis, whose name on the 15,000 Euro ($19,100 USD) tomb is spelt in diamonds, was gunned down in 1990 in Campo De Fiori. Officials said that De Pedis body was "well preserved" and that he was recognized by detectives present. He was still dressed in a dark blue suit and black tie.

His body was inside the last of three coffins and the forensic team lifted his arm out of the casket to take fingerprints, which were a positive match.

But another mystery was revealed as a box of bones was found inside the tomb which officials said were "not those of De Pedis" and were removed for examination.

Officials said that several boxes of bones were also recovered from elsewhere within the crypt which they explained could date from 200 or more years ago.

Despite his criminal past, it was said that church officials allowed De Pedis to be buried in one of the capital?s most notable churches because he had "repented while in jail and also done a lot of work for charity", including large donations to the Catholic Church.

He and his gang controlled the lucrative drug market in Rome and were also rumored to have a "free hand" because of their links with police and Italian secret service agents.

In 2008 Sabrina Minardi, De Pedis?s girlfriend at the time of Orlandi?s disappearance, sensationally claimed that the now dead American monsignor Paul Marcinkus, the controversial chief of the Vatican bank, was behind the kidnapping.

In the early 1980s, Monsignor Marcinkus used his status to avoid being questioned by police probing the collapse of a Banco Ambrosiano which the Vatican had invested heavily in.

The collapse was linked to the murder of Roberto Calvi, dubbed God?s Banker because of the Vatican links, whose body was found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge in London in June 1982.

Emanuela Orlandi?s brother Pietro, who in the past has accused the Vatican of not co-operating fully with the police and prosecutors, was at the scene and said: "I never expected my sister?s remains to be found in the coffin. Personally I also doubt that the Magliana gang had anything to do with my sister?s disappearance. I just hope that with the opening of the tomb there is transparency and collaboration between the investigating authorities and the Vatican."

How unbelievable! How stupid! This situation is a slap in the faces of Catholics all over the Italian planet.

For those of you who are curious the Sant'Apollinare is a peculiar church located outside the walls of that Vatican. Peculiar because it's used primarily by members of the ultra-conservative 'Opus Dei' prelature for special masses for student priests and for celebrations of marriage and baptism of those affiliated with this loony sect.

In other words, it's an exclusive religious cult where its members worship their own big heads. "'Fanculo", there! I said it!

Why a known-mobster is buried in a Vatican church has been the object of lots of speculation since 1997, when a little church maid revealed the tomb?s existence to a nosy journalist. Unfortunately, we don't know how it ended for the maid, but when the story broke out, we sincerely hope she jumped on the first rowboat for New Zealand.

Now, we can't keep track of all the holy shenanigans of that Vatican. Life is too short...but our readers want satisfaction! Therefore, we demand to know what does it take to be buried in a Vatican Church!

Don't living survivors of Catholic Schools deserve such an honor?

- Did you march off to school in distinctively colored school uniforms bought at that special store?

- Ever raise your little hand to go to the bathroom only to have a toilet Nazi (aka nun) respond, "Sit down and shut up"?

- Ever have a bat from hell in a black and white uniform swoop down on you and drag you by the EARS from one line to another? Let me guess, it's still a mystery to you to how you wound up on the wrong line.

- Were you ever interrogated at 11 years of age by other toilet Nazis or bats on what you were giving up for Lent? Let me guess again, candy and TV were not enough. It's somehow connected to some theory on being sorry for sins and Easter.

SORRY FOR WHAT SINS? "PORCA DI QUELLA VACCA", YOU'RE WERE 11!

- And then Ash Wednesday came along and threw you for a loop!

Enough of this! "Affanculo" to all!

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE BURIED NEXT TO AN APOSTLE!

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