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 05/30/12 Pork Stew with Smoked Sausages

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Mixed Tuna Salad
  -Pork Stew with Smoked Sausages
  -Lemon Sorbet with Vodka

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 Recipe: Mixed Tuna Salad

Mixed Tuna Salad
Insalata Mista Al Tonno

Ingredients:

9 oz (250 grams) canned tuna in oil, drained and flaked
19 oz (250 grams) canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 bunch of rocket, trimmed
1 red pepper, halved seeded and cut into strips
1 radicchio, trimmed
1 celery stalk, cut into thin batons
1 round fennel bulb, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
2 oz (50 grams) stoned black olives
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Pinch of dried oregano
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Place the beans, rocket, radicchio, celery, fennel, pepper and tomatoes in a salad bowl.

Add the tuna and olives.

Whisk together the olive oil, oregano and a pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl.

Pour the dressing over the salad.

Toss and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Pork Stew with Smoked Sausages

Pork Stew with Smoked Sausages
Spezzatino con Salsiccia Affumicata

Ingredients:

14 oz (400 grams) boneless shoulder of pork, cut into large cubes
14 oz (400 grams) boneless blade of pork, cut into large cubes
2 Italian smoked sausages
1 Savoy cabbage, trimmed and separated into leaves
7 oz (200 grams) carrots, sliced
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Blanch the cabbage leaves in salted, boiling water for 5 minutes.

Drain and place in a large pan.

Add the carrots and both kinds of pork and season with salt and pepper.

Cover and cook over a low heat for about 1 and 1/4 hours.

Prick the sausages with a fork, add to the pan and cook for another 10 minutes.

Mix well and transfer to a warm serving dish. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Lemon Sorbet with Vodka

Lemon Sorbet with Vodka
Sorbetto Al Limone Con Vodka

Ingredients:

3 lemons
17 oz (200 grams) caster or superfine sugar
2 fl oz (50 ml) vodka

Directions:

Thinly pare the rind of one of the lemons and squeeze the juice from all three of them.

Pour 18 fl (500 ml) water into a saucepan.

Add the sugar and lemon rind and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Boil for 15 minutes, then remove from the heat.

Remove and discard the lemon rind and place the syrup on the side to cool.

Strain the lemon juice into the syrup and add the vodka.

Pour into an ice-cream maker and freeze for about 20 minutes or according to the manufacturer's instructions. Serves 6.

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:

'Scarface' Found During Naples Mafia Raid

Naples - March 30, 2012 - Italian police discovered a life-size porcelain bust of Al Pacino as Cuban drugs lord ‘Scarface’ during a raid on the home of a suspected mafia drugs boss outside Naples.

Police stumbled upon the bust at the home of 34-year old Carlo Padovani, who was arrested along with more than 30 other people, including eight women, suspected of dealing drugs in Boscoreale, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.

Padovani, who is believed to be linked to three Camorra mafia clans operating in the area, reportedly ordered the bust from a local ceramic dealer. It is said to be worth around 1,000 euros ($1,330).

Despite being initially arrested in July last year, police said Padovani managed to carry on running his drugs empire from his home where had been placed under house arrest.

Rosario Cantelmo, a senior prosecutor, told reporters that Padovani’s cocaine-dealing operation was organized on "an industrial scale," and provided jobs for entire families.

Adult drug dealers, some of them women with husbands in prison for mafia-related crimes, earned 400 euros ($530) a week as well as a bonus of 10 percent of the value of every deal done.

Children as young as six received a weekly wage of around 200 euros ($265) to act as lookouts.

As you may already be aware, we have a perverse love for criticizing the Wonderful World of Naples and its sensational and crafty inhabitants. They are like no other.

You have to understand the drug correlation has little to do with the fascination many Napolitani have with Tony Montana. It's much deeper...

1) Napolitani know very well they don't need to be born in Rome, Milan or Florence to make it to the top. You can grow up in a household where Darwin's theory of evolution jumps off the roof, have no money, and no skills...but you're free to decide at any point to not let it hold you back.

2) Using nothing but Naples street smarts and determination, like Tony Montana, Carlo the Napolitano achieved his vision of the American dream. He had money, power, respect and a bust of his favorite idol that looks nothing like Pacino. Everything he always wanted from the comfort of his home...where he was held under temporary house arrest!

3) Unlike Tony, Carlo listened to Frank. He didn't get obsessed about that ricotta pie in the sky. Stay focused and don't get greedy, and you'll win in the long run. What we want to know is, "porca di quella troia", how do you convince six-year-olds to get on the payroll?!

4) All a Napolitano has in this world is his "coglioni" and his word. He doesn't break them for anyone. He lives by his own code of ethics. Most of you who know any Napolitani are aware they will tell you anything with pure conviction. So much so you believe them every single time. Most of the members of this news staff have been living in Italy for 15 years...and we still helplessly fall for the "cazzate" that come out of their mouths.

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