04/20/11 Prosciutto, Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Sandwiches

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Roasted Potatoes with Crimini and Porcini Mushrooms
  -Prosciutto, Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Sandwiches
  -Grilled Lemon Parsley Veal Chops

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 Recipe: Roasted Potatoes with Crimini and Porcini Mushrooms

Roasted Potatoes with Crimini and Porcini Mushrooms
Patate Arrosto con Crimini e Porcini Funghi


Nonstick vegetable oil spray
2 and 1/2 lbs small red-skinned potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1 and 1/2-inch wedges
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb crimini mushrooms, halved if large

1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms, ground to powder in blender
3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley


Preheat oven to 425F.

Spray large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Combine potatoes and 2 tablespoons olive oil in large bowl; toss to coat.

Transfer potatoes to prepared sheet.

Roast until tender and brown, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes.

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

Add crimini mushrooms; saute until brown and tender, about 12 minutes.

Add potatoes and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet with mushrooms.

Saute over medium-high heat until potatoes are crisp and heated through, about 6 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle with porcini mushroom powder; toss to coat.

Transfer to bowl, sprinkle with parsley, and serve. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Prosciutto, Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Sandwiches

Prosciutto, Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Sandwiches
Panini di Prosciutto, Mozzarella, Pomodoro, e Basilico


1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 large garlic clove, minced
8 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
10 ounces thinly sliced whole-milk mozzarella cheese
12 tomato slices
12 large fresh basil leaves
One 16-ounce ciabatta bread, halved horizontally


Whisk olive oil, vinegar, and garlic in small bowl to blend; season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Layer prosciutto, mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil over bottom of bread.

Drizzle lightly with dressing, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Press top of bread over.

Cut bread equally into 4 sandwiches.

Prepare barbecue (medium heat).

Grill sandwiches until bread is golden brown and cheese melts, pressing occasionally to compact with large spatula, about 5 minutes per side. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Grilled Lemon Parsley Veal Chops

Grilled Lemon Parsley Veal Chops
Costolette di Vitello Alla Griglia al Limone e Prezzemolo


For the Veal:
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
Six 8-10 ounce loin or rib veal chops, each about 1-inch thick

For the Topping:
3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 and 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon minced garlic


Prepare the Veal:
Whisk first 5 ingredients in small bowl to blend.

Arrange veal chops in 15 x 10 x 2-inch glass baking dish.

Sprinkle chops on both sides with salt and pepper.

Pour marinade over chops; turn to coat.

Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.

Prepare the Topping:
Stir together Italian parsley, lemon peel, rosemary, and garlic in small bowl to blend.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat).

Remove chops from marinade and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

Grill chops until cooked to desired doneness, about 6 minutes per side for medium-rare.

Transfer chops to serving platter; sprinkle each with topping. Serves 6.

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:

50% of Italian Women Have Suffered Sexual Harassment At Work

Rome - September 15, 2010 - Half of Italian women aged between 14 and 65 have suffered sexual harassment or sexual blackmail at work, national statistics bureau Istat said Wednesday.

The agency said its alarming study, conducted in collaboration with the Equal Opportunities Ministry, revealed that around 10.485 million women had experienced crimes of this nature at some time in their lives. Furthermore, the situation shows no signs of abating, with 3.864 million falling victim to them in the last three years alone.

It said the most widespread offences were verbal sexual abuse (26% of the total), followed by stalking (21.6%), flashing (20.4%) and physical abuse (19%).

Women aged 14 to 24 are most likely to suffer sexual abuse, Istat added, followed by the members of the 25-34 age range.

It said women were most at risk in big cities, where 64.9% have experienced harassment, and that rates were higher than average in north-western Italy, with Piedmont registering a rate of 58.9%.

"Porca vacca", as soon as the rest of men in Italy wake up from their comas and get a wind of what Giorgio Stracquadanio said (see previous article), the number will shoot up to 81.7%.

"The most widespread offences were":

- verbal sexual abuse (26% of the total) "Rosanna, we have a problem. Seriously, you're an attractive signora. I don't really mind the moustache but if you continue growing those pork chop sideburns, then it’s time to put my foot down."

- followed by stalking (21.6%) "Hello polizia? My supervisor is stalking me again. Ok...Lorenzo has a face that is so ugly you get the nerve to shave it. His alcoholic breath can melt placenta and he’s got one of those toupees that’s allergic to his head. Be careful for he's the type who will put his hair in his pocket in order to lose his trail."

- flashing (20.4%) "Uh, boss, the only thing that comes to my mind when I see you running around my office with your shirt half-buttoned is an advertisement for liquor...hard liquor!"

- and physical abuse (19%) "Federica, I'm sorry but your breasts are starting to sag and they could interfere with your work performance. Slam the window down on the tips! They'll tighten right up."

"Women aged 14 to 24 are most likely to suffer sexual abuse...followed by the members of the 25-34 age range." Unfortunately, for the members of 25-34 age range, time and gravity are the devil's tools.

"...rates were higher than average in north-western Italy, with Piedmont registering a rate of 58.9%." By the way, the rates for Southern Italy are around .002%. It's usually managers and supervisors most at risk when they encounter employee relatives, husbands and boyfriends. The offences are stalking (15%), physical abuse (35%) and disappearing (50%).

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