05/17/05 Melanzane Ripiene con Caciocavallo from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Melanzane Ripiene con Caciocavallo
  -Insalata di Carciofi e Parmigiano

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 Recipe: Melanzane Ripiene con Caciocavallo

Melanzane Ripiene con Caciocavallo
Eggplants Stuffed with Caciocavallo Cheese


1 lb. eggplants, medium sized
extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 lb. tomatoes, peeled and diced
1 oz. capers
3 anchovies, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tbs. parsley, chopped
1 pinch of oregano
basil leaves
2 oz. Caciocavallo cheese, diced (or semi-soft cheese)


Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise, scoop out the pulp, and arrange the eggplants side by side in an oiled baking pan.

In a saucepan, heat 2 tbs. of oil and brown the garlic, then add tomatoes, the pulp of the eggplant, capers, anchovies, onions and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat.

Next, mix in the Caciocavallo, parsley and basil. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Blend all the ingredients well and fill the eggplants with the mix.

Sprinkle with salt and oregano. Bake for about one hour at 325F.

That's it!

 Recipe: Insalata di Carciofi e Parmigiano

Insalata di Carciofi e Parmigiano
Artichoke and Parmigiano Salad


6 artichokes
1 pinch salt
1 lemon, squeezed
1 pinch pepper
3 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
6 tbs. Parmigiano cheese


Remove the stems, the outer leaves and all the hard parts of the leaves, leaving only the bottoms of the artichokes.

Remove the chokes, cut them in thin slices and put them in cold water soured with lemon until ready to use.

Drain the artichokes, dress with salt, oil, pepper and cover with Parmigiano sliced thinly using a truffle cutter or a potato peeler so that the Parmigiano shavings will curl up. Serve in serving platter.

That's it!

 Recipe: Cantucci

Tuscan Almond Biscotti

Biscotti in Italian means cooked twice, just the way these cookies are prepared. The word was later extended as a generic word for any kind of cookie.


2 cup (280 grams) flour
2/3 cup (130 grams) sugar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs + 1 for egg wash
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup (75 grams) whole almonds


Combine the dry ingredients; flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Form a hole in the center.

Add the vanilla to the 3 eggs, beat lightly and add them to the flour.

Mix thoroughly with a spoon or spatula.

Knead briefly with your hands, first in the bowl and then on a lightly floured surface, until they form a smooth dough. Set aside the dough for about 2 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).

Flatten the dough to approximately 3/8 inch (1 cm) thick.

Spread the almonds uniformly on top of the dough.

Fold the dough on itself several times and knead briefly until the almonds are uniformly distributed within the dough.

Divide the dough into 3 pieces and form 3 cylinders approximately 12 inches (30 cm) long.

Place the cylinders on a cookie pan covered with parchment paper and flatten them slightly.

Prepare the egg wash by beating the egg with a pinch of salt. Brush the egg wash on the dough.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes until the surface is golden but the dough is still soft. Remove from the oven; cut in slices diagonally, approximately 3/8 inch (1 cm) thick. Place the slices back on the pan, and bake for approximately 15 more minutes.

The cookies should be served with sweet Tuscan Vinsanto wine for dipping.

That's it!

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Gentlemen Thieves Accompany Victim to Hospital.

La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno - Bari - February 24 - It actually happened along the Turi Conversano roadway in the province of Bari.

Three thieves used their car to run the auto of a restaurant owner off the road with the clear intention of robbing him.

But after realizing the victim was injured in the accident, the three gentlemen thieves gave him first aid and accompanied him all the way to the hospital without touching the receipts of the restaurant.

"Grazie!" What a happy ending to a rather tragic story.

So, you tourists have nothing to worry about when you come visit this summer.

In Palermo and Naples, the thieves joyously smile when they pick your pockets.

In Calabria, they'll rob your house but the bed will be made, they'll hang the wash to dry and vacuum.

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