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 06/18/08 Ricotta and Spinach Tortelloni in Tomato Sauce from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Tortelloni di Ricotta e Spinaci In Salsa di Pomodoro
  -Scallopini di Tacchino con Capperi e Limone
  -Tiramisu with Brandy Custard

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 Recipe: Tortelloni di Ricotta e Spinaci In Salsa di Pomodoro

Tortelloni di Ricotta e Spinaci In Salsa di Pomodoro
Ricotta and Spinach Tortelloni in Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
12 garlic cloves, sliced
6 large tomatoes, chopped (about 5 cups)
1 cup chopped fresh basil
1 10-ounce package spinach leaves, stems trimmed

1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
Ground nutmeg
24 square wonton wrappers

Directions:

Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add onion and half of garlic; saute 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes and 3/4 cup basil. Cook 15 minutes to blend flavors, stirring often and adding water if dry.

Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill.)

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat.

Add remaining garlic; saute 1 minute.

Add spinach; cook until most of liquid evaporates, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Drain and cool. Squeeze out liquid.

Place spinach in processor. Add ricotta and blend well.

Blend in 1/2 cup Parmigiano cheese. Season filling to taste with nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Place 1 wonton wrapper on work surface. Brush edges with water.

Place 1 scant tablespoon filling on 1 half.

Fold diagonally in half, forming triangle. Press edges to seal.

Overlap 2 ends together; press to adhere. Repeat with remaining wrappers, water and filling.

Place in single layer on floured baking sheet. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover with plastic; chill.)

Working in batches, cook tortelloni in pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente', stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to bowls.

Meanwhile, bring sauce to simmer.

Spoon over pasta. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup basil. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!


 Recipe: Scallopini di Tacchino con Capperi e Limone

Scallopini di Tacchino con Capperi e Limone
Turkey Scallopini with Capers and Lemon

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 lb (1/4-inch-thick) sliced raw turkey cutlets
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chicken broth
1 to 1 and 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions:

Pat turkey dry and season with salt and pepper.

Dredge half of turkey slices in flour, shaking off excess.

Heat 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking, then saute turkey until browned on both sides and just cooked through, about 4 minutes total.

Transfer to a platter and keep warm, covered.

Dredge and saute remaining turkey with another 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in same manner.

Add remaining tablespoon olive oil to skillet and cook garlic over moderate heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add broth and deglaze over moderately high heat, scraping up brown bits.

Boil until broth is reduced to about 3/4 cup.

Stir in lemon juice, capers, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.

Return turkey to skillet with any juices on platter and simmer until heated through, about 1 minute. Serves 4.

That's it!


 Recipe: Tiramisu with Brandy Custard

Tiramisu with Brandy Custard

Ingredients:

6 large eggs
1 and 1/3 cups sugar
5 tablespoons brandy
1 and 1/2 lbs mascarpone cheese*
1 and 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup instant espresso powder
3/4 cup chilled whipping cream
44 (about) crisp Italian ladyfinger cookies (from two 7-ounce packages)**

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

Fill large bowl with ice water.

Whisk eggs and 1/3 cup sugar in medium metal bowl set over saucepan of simmering water.

Whisk constantly until thermometer registers 160 F, about 10 minutes.

Set custard over bowl of ice water and whisk until cool.

Mix in brandy.

Whisk mascarpone in another large bowl to loosen.

Fold in custard.

Bring 1 and 1/2 cups water to simmer in medium saucepan.

Add 1 cup sugar and espresso powder; whisk until sugar dissolves.

Mix in cream. Refrigerate until cold.

Submerge 3 cookies in chilled espresso-cream mixture for 5 seconds.

Place cookies on bottom of 13x9x2-inch baking dish.

Working in batches, repeat with enough remaining cookies to just cover bottom of dish.

Spread half of mascarpone mixture over cookies.

Repeat soaking process with remaining cookies, placing them in single layer atop mascarpone mixture.

Spread remaining mascarpone mixture over cookies.

Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.

Whisk cocoa and powdered sugar in small bowl to blend.

Sift sweetened cocoa over top of dessert.

Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated.) Makes 12 servings.

*Available at Italian markets and many supermarkets.
**Available at Italian markets and some supermarkets.

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:

Slooooooooooow Italian Judge Dismissed

Rome - June 16, 2008 - A judge whose failure to write up a sentence over an eight-year period left Mafia bosses roaming the streets of Sicily was sacked from the judiciary on Monday.

The action was taken by the Italian judiciary's self-governing body, the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM), but it will not take effect for 30 days and the judge will have another 90 days to present an appeal before the supreme Court of Cassation.

The case of Judge Edi Pinatto sparked outrage throughout the country and spurred Italian President Giorgio Napolitano to state that there could be no recurrences of "delays which undermine the prestige of the magistracy and the trust citizens have in it".

Pinatto may also face criminal charges in the Sicilian city of Catania for failing to carry out his public duties.

The judge convicted a Mafia family in 2000 of helping its notorious boss Giuseppe Madonia continue to run things from a jail where he was serving several life sentences for murder. Pinatto, then head of the court in another Sicilian city, Gela, sentenced two of Madonia's lower bosses to 24 years each and Madonia's wife to ten. Four other family members got shorter terms.

But they all walked free because Pinatto had not gotten around to writing his statutory "motivation" for the sentence within the allotted term.

Pinatto leaped to public attention in March when Gela Mayor Rosario Crocetta appealed to the justice ministry, saying "it is unthinkable that in a democratic country a judge has still not filed a sentence in eight years, letting an entire Mafia clan walk around free in my city".

Interviewed at the time by reporters, Pinatto was asked if he knew the two bosses and Madonia's wife had been free for six years. Pinatto - who had since become a public prosecutor in Milan - was quoted as saying: "Yes of course I know. But it isn't the first time that things like this have happened and I'm not the only one who takes so much time. I'll write to you in a few months after I've worked my way through the cases you can see piled up on my desk".

Pinatto failed to put pen to paper despite receiving two formal reprimands from the CSM. He reportedly defended himself by saying: "Yes, of course, it is a scandalous case, but there are others just like it".

The Pinatto affair came just ten days after another case of what Italians call 'slow justice' - again involving Mafiosi.

Ministers voiced indignation after the son of Mafia superboss Toto' 'The Beast' Riina walked free halfway through an eight-year racketeering sentence because judges had failed to lodge an appeal at the Court of Cassation within the statutory term.

After the statute of limitations kicked in, Riina Jr was sprung to walk the streets of Corleone.

"Vaffanculo Edi!"

Time wasting and confusion: the greatest skills of a politicized civil servant jackass. That's how Italy's mystical power and secrecy works.

The Italian population in general does not hold much faith in the futile judicial system. For its comatose state and contrary decisions, the Italian judiciary has been blacklisted by Amnesty International and the country remains at the top of the list for condemnations from the European Court of Human Rights.

The irony is that this lovely country, so painfully legalistic, is as a result almost lawless. We have so many laws, they can do anything for us. You can twist them, rearrange them, rewrite them. Laws are like playing a game of "Briscola", you simply have to shuffle the playing cards and fan them out to suit yourself.

The problem was Judge Edi supposedly hadn't taken out the deck of cards in eight years.

"Grazie, Giudice!" We wish you the best in your stupendous legal career along with eight years of constipation.

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