06/08/11 Steamed Clams with Linguini

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Zucchini and Egg Omelette
  -Steamed Clams with Linguini
  -Guinea Fowl With Sage

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 Recipe: Zucchini and Egg Omelette

Zucchini and Egg Omelette
Frittata Con Le Zucchine


6 eggs
11 oz (300 grams) zucchini, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 oz (50 grams) butter
Salt and pepper


Heat the olive oil and half the butter in a pan.

Add the zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.

Lightly beat the eggs with a pinch of salt and stir in the zucchini.

Melt the remaining butter in a frying pan.

Pour in the mixture and cook until lightly browned on both sides. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Steamed Clams with Linguini

Steamed Clams with Linguini
Vongole al Vapore con Linguini


1 pound linguine
6 pounds littleneck or other small clams, scrubbed
1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper


Cook linguine in pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente'; drain.

Cook clams in large pot with parsley, garlic, olive oil, and red pepper.

Let cook until clams open, about 10-12 minutes.

Divide pasta among bowls.

Top with clam mixture and juices, discarding any clams that do not open; serve. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Guinea Fowl With Sage

Guinea Fowl With Sage
Faraona Alla Salvia


1 guinea fowl
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) pancetta, sliced
12 fresh sage leaves
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) Gas Mark 4.

Chop half of the sage leaves and mix them with 1 oz (15 grams) of the butter.

Season the cavity of the guinea fowl with salt and pepper.

Place the sage and butter mixture inside the cavity and sew up the opening.

Wrap the guinea fowl in the pancetta slices and truss with kitchen string.

Place the guinea fowl in a roasting tin with the olive oil, half the remaining butter and the remaining sage leaves.

Roast, turning occasionally, for about an hour until tender.

Remove the guinea fowl from the roasting tin and place the tin over a low heat.

Stir 2 tablespoons hot water into the cooking juices, scraping up any sediment from the base of the tin, then stir in the remaining butter and pour into a sauce boat.

Slice the breast of the bird, remove the wings and legs, cut the back into four pieces and serve with the sauce. 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:

Italian Jails Are Just Bursting With Criminals

Rome - September 21, 2010 - Italian jails are spilling over with almost 24,000 inmates more than they were built to hold, prison warders' union UILPA said Tuesday.

UILPA put the prison population at 68,340, some 23,764 more than the nominal capacity of 44,756. Almost all, 65,346, of the inmates are male and 2,994 female.

The most overcrowded region is Emilia Romagna whose jails hold 4,444 inmates, almost double the official capacity of 2,393. This gives the region an inmate-to-capacity ratio of 85.7%.

Puglia comes next with 80.9%, followed by Friuli Venezia Giulia with 62.8%, Val d'Aosta with 59.1%, Liguria with 55.8% and Sicily with 55.1%.

Veneto and Calabria were also far above the nationwide average of 53.3%.

UILPA chief Eugenio Sarno said the figures showed how "serious" the situation was and complained that prison staff were 6,000 short despite a government pledge to hire 2,000 warders.

The government has announced an ambitious building program to bring the prison population within capacity over the next two years, but the bill has been held up in parliament.

"Eh allora?" We must be missing the point as to why this made the news because here at the office we're still giving each other confused looks.

"Cacchio", are the complaints possibly originating from the adorable inmates themselves?

"I am not enjoying myself, Signore Giudice. I must say jail has been very negative. There is no room for my yoga and meditation. They would boss me around and inhibit my freedoms!" Well, that's why they call it "prigione" or jail. "Cornuti", you're supposed to get hassled in jail!

We've said it before. We believe that some inmates in Italy are innocent of the crimes they have been convicted for but...they're guilty of something! They were on their way to doing something before they were wrongfully arrested.

"Porca di quella trota", are we the only ones who realize we're not safe anywhere in Italy! We need metal detectors at the entrance of the leaning tower of Pisa and the Sistine Chapel. We need cops waiting in the monumental fountains with skin diving outfits, "cazzo!"

"...and Sicily with 55.1%." The reason why Sicilian prisons are not so overcrowded compared to other regions is because we prefer to take care of situations and people within the privacy of our homes.

Polizia: "Buon giorno, we're here to arrest your son, Pino, who participated in a robbery at a sheep farm last night."
Papa: "Eh, buon giorno a voi. Il figlio di... Ci penso io. Per favore, mi potete chiamare una ambulanza? Grazie."
(Uh, good day to you. The son of a... I'll take care of it. Please, can you call me an ambulance? Thank you.)

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