04/23/08 Tagliatelle with Fava Beans and Pecorino Romano from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Salsa di Tonno, Limone e Capperi
  -Risotto con Gamberetti
  -Tagliatelle con Fave e Pecorino Romano

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 Recipe: Salsa di Tonno, Limone e Capperi

Salsa di Tonno, Limone e Capperi
Tuna, Lemon, and Caper Sauce


1 can (6 ounces) tuna (chunk or solid in olive oil), drained
1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
Grated zest of 1 medium lemon
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons capers, drained
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Freshly grated Parmigiano cheese


Place tuna in pasta serving bowl and break it into large bite-size pieces.

Add garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and capers and stir gently to combine.

Set aside to warm to room temperature, or preferably, place the bowl (be sure it's heatproof) over the pasta pot to warm the ingredients while heating the water.

Once the water comes to a boil, remove bowl and set aside.

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente'.

Drain pasta well and immediately add to sauce in bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and toss.

Serve at once with Parmigiano cheese. Serves 2 to 4.

That's it!

 Recipe: Risotto con Gamberetti

Risotto con Gamberetti
Shrimp Risotto


1/2 lb uncooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined
5 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup dry white wine
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 and 1/2 cups Arborio rice or medium-grain white rice
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley


Bring broth and 1/4 cup wine to simmer in medium saucepan. Reduce heat; keep hot.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in medium skillet over medium heat.

Add 1 teaspoon garlic and crushed red pepper, then shrimp.

Saute until shrimp begin to turn pink, about 2 minutes.

Add remaining 1/2 cup wine. Simmer until shrimp are just cooked through, about 2 minutes.

Drain shrimp, reserving cooking liquid.

Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat.

Add onion and remaining 1 teaspoon garlic; saute until onion is pale golden, about 4 minutes.

Add rice and stir to coat, about 2 minutes.

Add 2 cups broth mixture. Simmer until liquid is absorbed, stirring often.

Continue adding broth mixture 1 cup at a time, stirring often and simmering until liquid is absorbed before adding more, about 20 minutes.

Stir in reserved shrimp cooking liquid.

Cook until rice is just tender and mixture is creamy, about 5 minutes longer. Remove from heat.

Stir shrimp and 2 tablespoons parsley into risotto.

Season risotto to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowls. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons parsley. Makes 2 servings.

That's it!

 Recipe: Tagliatelle con Fave e Pecorino Romano

Tagliatelle con Fave e Pecorino Romano
Tagliatelle with Fava Beans and Pecorino Romano


3 cups shelled fresh fava beans or frozen lima beans, thawed
2 cups coarsely chopped fresh basil
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

12 ounces tagliatelle or fettuccine
1/3 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese


Cook beans in large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.

Using slotted spoon, transfer beans to large bowl. Reserve water in pot.

Combine 2 cups beans, 1 cup chopped basil and garlic in processor.

Using on/off turns, process until beans are coarsely chopped.

Transfer mixture to bowl with whole beans. Add remaining 1 cup basil, olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Stir to blend. Season bean mixture to taste with salt and pepper.

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

Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot.

Stir 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid into bean mixture. Add to pasta.

Add 1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese and enough remaining cooking liquid to moisten.

Season pasta to taste with salt and pepper and serve. Makes 6 first-course servings.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates and 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:

Berlusconi's Lovely Wife: Just Divide Italy

Rome - April 26, 2008 - Veronica Lario, wife of Silvio Berlusconi, the former and future Italian prime minister, recommends partitioning the country.

"Italy has never been well-suited to being a single country, and has never matured enough to become one," she told the newspaper reporters. "There is no longer any value in a unified Italy."

Italy became a single country in 1870. Since the recent parliamentary elections, Umberto Bossi, leader of the secessionist Northern League has accused politicians in Rome of robbing the industrial north to send aid to southern Italy, and called for splitting the country.

In and interview, Lario said many Italians are "snobbish" about the Northern League.

"This is a disillusioned country, even after Berlusconi's victory," she said. "The League expresses concrete demands from the most productive part of Italy, which is tired of dragging the rest of the country and does not find itself represented by the left-wing."

Berlusconi, 71 - a media mogul who served two terms as prime minister before losing a re-election bid to Romano Prodi in 2006 - is returning to office after defeating center-left challenger Walter Veltroni in an election this month. Berlusconi is expected to include Bossi in his cabinet.

Dividiamo Italia!
Sta' Pippa!

It's nice to see that old crow pop up every once in a while and cackle a few incoherent statements. We're amazed she's still unified with that clown of a husband.

Unfortunately, there will never be peace between the north and south of Italy. That is something we all have to realize and accept. Let us tell everyone why there will never be peace:

Whenever you have a bunch of Sicilians, there are plenty of people to hate them.
If you put Sicilians on Mars, there will be a problem.
If you put them in the North Pole, the polar bears will start asking too many questions and go to war with them.

As our grandfather always preached to us; "If there's an ocean, people will swim, if there are Sicilians, people will hate. That's my history lesson for you. Now, stop looking at me that way and get out. Close the door behind you."

"Oh, you ugly Sicilians!" You know, we normally feel ugly but we have never feel as ugly as we do when we visit the north.

It's amazing there's peace in Little Italy!

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