05/05/10 Baked Lamb Chops With Tomatoes

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Frittata with Zucchini and Goat Cheese
  -Penne with Pancetta and Cherry Tomatoes
  -Baked Lamb Chops With Tomatoes

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 Recipe: Frittata with Zucchini and Goat Cheese

Frittata with Zucchini and Goat Cheese
Frittata con Zucchine e Formaggio di Capra


10 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 to 3 small zucchini, sliced 1/8 inch thick
2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Arugula salad for serving


In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Set aside.

In a deep half of a frittata pan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter.

When it forms, add the zucchini and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Saute for 30 seconds.

Add the oregano, 2 teaspoons parsley and cook for 30 seconds.

Add the eggs and, using a rubber spatula, quickly and lightly stir the eggs in a small circular motion to combine them with the zucchini.

Using the spatula, gently lift the cooked edges to allow the uncooked eggs to flow underneath.

Sprinkle the cheese on the frittata; do not stir.

Reduce the heat to low and cook, without stirring, 4 to 5 minutes more.

Meanwhile, in the shallow half of the frittata pan over medium heat, melt the remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter.

Place the shallow pan upside down on top of the deep pan and flip the frittata into the shallow pan.

Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, for 3 minutes.

Remove the top pan and continue cooking until the eggs are set, about 5 minutes more.

Using the spatula, loosen the edges of the frittata and gently slide it onto a plate.

Garnish the frittata with parsley.

Serve with the arugula salad. Serves 8 to 10.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Penne with Pancetta and Cherry Tomatoes

Penne with Pancetta and Cherry Tomatoes
Penne con Pancetta e Pomodorini


1/2 lb Penne rigate
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
3 oz of sliced pancetta, diced into small pieces
1/2 onion. chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/3 cup chicken broth
2 cups cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
Balsamic vinegar
Cracked black pepper
1/2 cup basil leaves, torn
1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated


Add some salt to a large pot of water after it comes to a full boil.

In a large skillet set over a moderate heat, cook the onion and garlic in the olive oil, stirring occasionally, until softened (about 4 minutes).

Add the pancetta and cook, stirring, until golden and crisp (about 5 minutes).

Stir in the chicken broth and scrape up any brown bits off of the bottom of the pan, while allowing it to warm up for 1-2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, chopped parsley and season with the salt and pepper.

Cook the tomatoes for approximately 10 minutes, until they burst.

At the very end, add a dash of balsamic vinegar.

While the tomatoes are cooking, add in the pasta in the boiling water and cook until 'al dente', about 7-8 minutes. Drain.

Add the pasta into the tomato pan sauce.

Mix in the basil.

Top with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and serve warm. Serves 2.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Baked Lamb Chops With Tomatoes

Baked Lamb Chops With Tomatoes
Costolette di Agnello al Forno con Pomodori


4 pieces lamb chops (loin or shoulder cut)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 whole tomatoes, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
4 cloves finely chopped garlic
3 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend (dry)
3 teaspoons salt
3 teaspoons pepper
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
1/4 cup white wine


Preheat oven to 350F.

In a medium sized baking dish, drizzle 1 tbs of olive oil.

Evenly layer the baking dish with the following: 1/3 of sliced tomatoes, 1/3 of sliced onions, 1/3 of chopped garlic.

Sprinkle with 1/3 of Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and Romano cheese.

Lay lamb chops in a single layer.

Drizzle with 1 tbs of olive oil, and add another layer of 1/3 of sliced tomatoes, 1/3 of sliced onions, 1/3 of chopped garlic.

Sprinkle with 1/3 of Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and Romano cheese.

Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and layer with the remaining tomatoes, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and cheese.

Bake at 350F for 40 minutes.

Increase the temperature to 375F, and drizzle the chops with 1/4 cup white wine.

Return to the oven, bake for another 15 minutes. Serves 4.

That's it!

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"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:

One Out Of Four Italians Ashamed

Rome - March 4, 2010 - One out of four Italians are ashamed of their country and one out of two feel there is reason to be embarrassed about Italy, according to a new poll.

Carried out by Renato Mannheimer's ISPO group on a cross section of 800 Italians, the poll found that 69% were proud to be Italian, 33% felt the state was something distant from them and 25% said they were ashamed to be Italian.

Topping the list of reasons why one out of two Italians said there was cause to be embarrassed were the country's politicians and mentality.

The ISPO poll also found that 46% of Italians identified themselves with the state, 26% with their municipality and 13% with Europe.

"Mamma mia", it has become so depressing. For instance, they're no longer friendly in Naples and Palermo. They used to smile when they picked your pockets.

Italian laws? There are over 340,000. What do they exist for? To be broken, of course. That's the Italian way!
Public transportation? Only penniless common folk take the bus; everyone else drives to work.
Public appearance? People note what you wear, what you buy and how much money you spend or don't spend at the local stores.

"33% felt the state was something distant from them..." True. It's like the Italian Matrix, Take the red or blue Italian candy, it doesn't make a difference. You wake up with a chuckle-faced prime minister with "Made in China" hair claiming that you HAVE to give him your vote for he has seen communists, judges and the Center-Left punch through a concrete wall; men have emptied entire clips at them and hit nothing but air; yet, their strength, and their speed, are still based in a world that is built on rules. Because of that, they will never be as strong, or as fast, as "he" can be.

What is the Italian Matrix? Control, understanding and pasta:

- Understand that familiar behaviors have different meanings.
- Understand that what you perceive to be normal behavior may only be cultural.
- Recognizing a behavior is not the same as understanding it.
- Don't believe that what you meant is what was understood.
- Don't accept that what you understood is what was meant.
- Realize that most Italians do behave rationally; you just have to figure out their rationale.

And put handles on your walls so that they'll be easier to climb.

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