05/19/10 Grilled Chicken With Balsamic Vinegar

"Chi non ha moglie non ha padrone." (A man without a wife is a man without a master.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Lobster Risotto
  -Grilled Chicken With Balsamic Vinegar
  -Nutella Ice Cream

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 Recipe: Lobster Risotto

Lobster Risotto
Risotto all'Aragosta


2 and 1/2 tbs butter
1 and 1/2 cups cooked lobster meat, cut into chunks
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 cups Arborio rice
1/3 cup white wine
4-6 cups chicken broth or stock, simmering
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese


Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the lobster and cook for 5 minutes, stirring all the while.

Remove from heat and seat aside.

Using a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.

Add the rice and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

Pour in white wine and cook until absorbed, still stirring constantly.

Use a ladle to add about 1/2 cup of the simmering stock at a time to the rice.

Stir occasionally and let cook until fully absorbed.

Continue this process until almost all the broth is used, then check the rice by taste. If it’s still a little undercooked, then add the remainder of the broth as well as the lobster.

Cook until liquid is fully absorbed and then remove from heat and pour into a serving dish.

Stir in the Parmigiano cheese and parsley. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Grilled Chicken With Balsamic Vinegar

Grilled Chicken With Balsamic Vinegar
Pollo alla Griglia con Aceto Balsamico


1 lb chicken breasts

For the Marinade:
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs fresh rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme
10 cloves roasted garlic
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


Wash the chicken and pat dry.

Cut diagonal slits across the chicken breast (about 1/4 inch thick). This will allow the marinade to penetrate the meat.

Place into a resealable plastic bag.

Combine all marinade ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth.

Pour the marinade into the plastic bag with the chicken and seal, removing as much air as possible.

Preheat the grill to the medium setting.

Spray the grill grates with cooking spray.

Place the chicken on the grill.

Cook for roughly 15-20 minutes, flipping once.

Chicken is done when juices run clear. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Nutella Ice Cream

Nutella Ice Cream
Gelato Alla Nutella


1/3 cup Nutella
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 tbs vodka


Beat together the Nutella, sugar, heavy cream, milk and vodka until blended evenly.

Churn into ice cream according to your ice cream machine’s directions, and then freeze for four hours before serving. The ice cream lasts about a week in the freezer. Makes about 2 cups.

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:

Simpleminded and Talentless TV Chef Causes Controversy With Cat Eating Discussion

Rome - February 15, 2010 - TV chef Beppe Bigazzi has been suspended after talking about the quality of cat meat on a TV show.

The 77-year-old Italian cook was speaking on La Prova del Cuoco (The Cooks' Challenge) when he made the controversial comments about feline flesh.

Bigazzi admitted to having eaten cat meat and said that it was 'tastier than other animals", before adding: "I can assure you it's a delicacy, now I am going to get lots of letters." The chef was suspended by RAI TV deputy director Gianvito Lomaglio pending an investigation into the matter.

Bigazzi later said: "It's all a big mix-up. Once they see the video they will see that there is nothing untoward, it's just a misunderstanding and I don't really want to say anything else.

"I was just trying to explain a saying from where I come from about the eating of cats. In the '30s and '40s they were very popular."

"Mamma mia", the video is quite entertaining. You can't tell if he's serious and praying the TV and studio audiences will look past his idiocy OR that he was full of crap and immobile from liquor.

"I can assure you it's a delicacy, now I am going to get lots of letters." Beppe, get the food out of your ears! You're no longer at Pizza University and you don't have to dress up like a bell pepper to make the soccer team happy.

It's hard to grasp what drove him to make this revelation. By the way, just to make him feel better, more people are reading about him now on the web than during his entire exhilarating career.

Maybe with all the vegetables and spices in the studio, there was no proper ventilation and he got dizzy. Regardless, Beppe should be beaten with raw vegetables every time he reaches for a recipe book.

Of course, many of our readers will now think this is somewhat hypocritical of the Italians. Some of you have witnessed Italians eating horse steak and stew without as much as batting an eyelid as to where the meat came from. Therefore, how is eating a cat any worse than eating a horse?

Then we invite you to visit our grandfather who would love to talk to you about horsemeat:

Nonno (partially deaf and yelling): "Porca l'oca! Horsemeat is marvelous!"

"HORSEMEAT! During the war everybody ate horsemeat! It makes the best BRACIOLE!"

"You take the meat; add a lot of garlic and parsley and roll it with thread and you put in some nice tomatoes. That’s it! It’s great! I ate it all the time and I look great. LOOK! I don't even have a pimple on me!"

At that point of the discussion we're usually passed out on the floor because our grandfather has sucked in every bit of air in the room.

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