05/14/08 Pork Scaloppine with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Rosemary from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Bruschetta di Carciofi
  -Risotto con Salsiccia Piccante
  -Scaloppine di Maiale con Pomodori Essiccati e Rosmarino

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 Recipe: Bruschetta di Carciofi

Bruschetta di Carciofi
Artichoke Bruschetta


One 6-ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained, patted dry, chopped
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
5 to 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
16 1/3-inch-thick French bread baguette rounds


Place first 3 ingredients in bowl.

Mix in enough mayonnaise to form thick spread.

Preheat broiler. Top bread rounds with spread.

Arrange bruschetta on baking sheet.

Broil until spread is heated through and begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Makes 16.

That's it!

 Recipe: Risotto con Salsiccia Piccante

Risotto con Salsiccia Piccante
Risotto with Spicy Sausage


1 lb spicy Italian sausages, casings removed
1 and 1/2 cups chopped onion
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 and 1/4 cups medium-grain white rice (such as blue rose)
4 to 5 cups chicken broth
1 and 1/4 cups grated Parmigiano cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley


Saute sausage, onion and garlic in heavy large saucepan over medium heat until onion is tender, breaking up sausage with spoon, about 8 minutes.

Add rice and stir 1 minute.

Add 4 cups broth. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until broth is absorbed, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes.

Continue to simmer until rice is just tender and mixture is creamy, adding more broth 1/4 cup at a time and stirring frequently, about 6 minutes longer.

Mix in 1/4 cup cheese and 1/4 cup parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer risotto to large bowl.

Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup parsley. Pass remaining 1 cup cheese separately.

Serves 8 as a first-course or side, 4 as main dish.

That's it!

 Recipe: Scaloppine di Maiale con Pomodori Essiccati e Rosmarino

Scaloppine di Maiale con Pomodori Essiccati e Rosmarino
Pork Scaloppine with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Rosemary


8 ounces pork tenderloin, well trimmed
8 sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons dry white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary


Cut tenderloin into 1-inch-thick pieces.

Place 1 piece between 2 sheets of waxed paper.

Pound pork with mallet or small heavy flat-bottomed saucepan until flattened to thickness of 1/4 inch. Repeat with remaining tenderloin.

Place sun-dried tomatoes in small bowl. Add enough boiling water to cover tomatoes.

Let stand until tomatoes are soft, approximately 5 minutes. Drain and slice tomatoes.

Heat olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add pork in batches and fry until just cooked, turning once, about 4 minutes.

Transfer pork to plate; cover with foil and keep warm.

Add garlic to skillet and saute 1 minute.

Stir in wine and broth and simmer until reduced by 1/2, about 2 minutes.

Mix in rosemary and tomatoes. Pour tomato mixture over pork and serve. Makes 2 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:

Not Exactly a Great Moment To Be a Woman in Italy

Rome - April 23, 2008 - Italian voters could have their reasons for returning to office the perma-tanned, long-in-the-bleached-tooth Silvio Berlusconi, but they might have given some thought to the rest of us. Now that Berlusconi is again leader of a G8 country, his thoughts and pronouncements are once more inflicted on an undeserving public, us.

Berlusconi is a man who glories in meaningless agitation. Not satisfied, it seems, to have fielded a team that included a dancer from one of his television networks and a fascist, publisher Giuseppe Ciarrapico, Berlusconi announced that right-wing women are "definitely more beautiful" than leftist women.

Where the correct response would have been to ignore this, Russian President Vladimir Putin waded right in. Putin, previously seen posing semi-nude with a fishing pole, replied that he personally thinks that Russian women are "the most talented and beautiful" in the world, adding in what one assumes he thought was a spirit of chivalry, that "if anyone can compete, it may be only Italian women."

Unfortunately, ridiculous as these men are, they are part of a ruling elite. When they talk, it's reported. What they say takes on automatic currency, maybe not everywhere, but there are still people who will take comfort from this nonsense.

When Spain's prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, appointed a majority female cabinet, Berlusconi made an issue of it. Zapatero "has formed a government that is too pink," the 71-year-old Berlusconi said. "That's something we cannot do because there is a prevalence of men in politics and it isn't easy to find women who are qualified for government. Now he's asked for it. He'll have problems leading them."

In 2008, a majority of women in a government cabinet is long overdue. It is not a cause for concern, or grounds to sneer.

Berlusconi's pointless provocation nonetheless succeeded in putting the women in the Spanish cabinet on the defensive. Magdalena Alvarez, Spain's infrastructure minister, said Berlusconi's statements were offensive.

"Many of us women would never belong to a government headed by Mr. Berlusconi," she was quoted as saying.

With attention diverted to the question of whether women should be in politics at all, it gets harder to focus on the real issue, which, in Italy, is their virtual absence. Italian women made up just over 15 per cent of the country's MPs in 2006; Spain at the same time had more than double that proportion of female parliamentarians; 36 per cent.

Now it's too pink? Berlusconi is not unaware that Zapatero made him look bad by appointing a majority female cabinet. Berlusconi now has promised to appoint four women to his 12-member cabinet.

Unlike in Spain, however, where a seven-months pregnant Carme Chacon is defense minister, the Italian women are expected to be placed in less prestigious ministries. According to news reports, Mara Carfagna, a Miss Italy finalist, might be given the equal-opportunities portfolio, a suitably female concern.

Italy lags behind the European average of 21 per cent female representation, figures from the Inter-Parliamentary Union show. Few countries in the world can boast anything like equality in their elected legislatures. In Sweden, women make up 47.3 per cent of national legislators; in Canada, they account for only 21.7 per cent.

If Berlusconi were really the last gasp of unreconstructed male chauvinism, his musings on the place of beauty in elected legislatures could be passed off as a local, self-inflicted problem.

But he isn't. Berlusconi's words still resonate. They create mischief, and harm. The question is out there: Must women be beautiful and stylish to earn the right to appear in public?

Women can say no. But let's at least identify the effort for what it is: A way of trying to keep women from power.

Here's a man who could balance the budget if he wasn't too busy making moronic statements and picking his nose.

Unfortunately, the poor showing of women in Italian politics is hardly surprising given how they fare in other aspects of life.

- Employment among Italian women stands at just 45 percent, among the lowest within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

- According to the yearly "Women to Watch" ranking published by the Wall Street Journal, an Italian did not appear in the list of the top 50 women in world politics, economics and culture, despite Italy being one of the G8 nations.

- On Italian television, bikini-clad brainless women sell everything from mobile phones to ice cream and skimpily-clad and well-endowed showgirls appear on talk shows, sometimes with idiotic and raunchy dance numbers.

- A 2006 study was realized by the Italian Association of Pediatrics (Sip) interviewing 1,251 children among 12 and 14 years old. When asked what they wanted to be when grown up, young girls had no doubts: their dream is to be a velina (a barely speaking/barely dressed stupid television showgirl). That was the most popular answer, followed by an embarrassing "I don't know".

- During an election rally, Silvio Berlusconi won an applause from a crowd of flag-waving Italian women when he urged them to cook for his party's candidates. "Cook for our party's representatives and make the sustenance as sweet as possible."

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