07/03/13 Garlic Marinated Zucchini

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Garlic Marinated Zucchini
  -Basil, Tomato, and Mozzarella Salad
  -Limoncello Ice Cream

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 Recipe: Garlic Marinated Zucchini

Garlic Marinated Zucchini
Zucchini Marinato con Aglio


1 pound baby zucchini, trimmed
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


Blend the olive oil, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper in a blender until almost smooth.

Using a fork or wooden skewer, pierce the zucchini all over.

Place in medium bowl.

Pour garlic oil over zucchini and let stand at room temperature at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour, tossing occasionally.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat).

Grill zucchini until tender and golden in spots, turning occasionally, about 5-6 minutes.

Transfer to plate, sprinkle with additional salt, and serve. Makes 6 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Basil, Tomato, and Mozzarella Salad

Basil, Tomato, and Mozzarella Salad
Insalata di Basilico, Pomodoro e Mozzarella


For the Dressing:
3 large basil leaves, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper

For the Salad:
1 large ripe tomato
4-7 large basil leaves
1/2 lb fresh mozzarella cheese (regular or buffalo mozzarella)


Prepare the Dressing:
In a blender, combine the chopped basil leaves, mustard, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper.

Process until fairly smooth.

Add the olive oil in a stream (in the blender), until all is well mixed.

Prepare the Salad:
Cut the tomato into 1/4-inch thick slices.

Wash and dry the basil leaves.

Slice the mozzarella into 1/4-inch thick slices.

Arrange the tomato, basil and cheese on a platter.

Pour the dressing over the top.

Season with additional black pepper, to taste. Serves 2.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Limoncello Ice Cream

Limoncello Ice Cream
Limoncello Gelato


1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
4 coffee beans

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup Limoncello or other lemon liqueur plus additional for serving


Whisk the first 6 ingredients in a large saucepan.

Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla bean.

Add the bean.

Cook over a medium-high heat until bubbles form at edges, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for about 15 minutes.

Whisk egg yolks, sugar, and lemon juice in a large bowl until thick and smooth.

Slowly whisk the warm cream mixture into a yolk mixture.

Return the custard to the same saucepan.

Stir over a medium heat until the custard thickens enough to coat a spoon and a thermometer registers 180?F, about 6 minutes.

Do not boil.

Pour the custard into a medium bowl.

Stir in 1/4 cup of the Limoncello.

Chill the custard until cold, stirring occasionally, for at least 4 hours.

Process the custard in an ice cream maker according to the instructions.

Transfer to a container.

Cover and freeze up to 2 days.

Scoop gelato into glasses.

Drizzle with additional Limoncello and serve. Makes about 4 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:

1 In 4 Italian Families Feel Spanking Helps Teach A Lesson

Rome - March 27, 2012 - More than one in four Italian parents discipline their children with a spanking, a study by Save the Children said Tuesday.

The same study, which was carried out by the Ipsos research group, said most families prefer verbal reprimands and dialogue to corporal punishment.

Exasperation was the most commonly cited motive for spanking.

Parenting alla Italiana

Discipline is mistakenly thought of as punishment for misbehavior but in actuality it offers both the Italian parent and child the space to learn together. The parent appears to learn how the child learns, the child becomes more and more aware of what is and is not acceptable in his screwy and absurd environment.

Example: It is NOT acceptable to speak to relatives your family doesn't speak to.

However, this research cannot be considered complete for Italy is a diverse country. There are differences between regions, economic groups and neighbors.

Example: A typical family from Bolzano will implement calm, pastoral and diplomatic reasoning when disciplining a child. A family from Palermo believes a day long beating from each member of the immediate family while the mother beats her breast and weeps in front of a makeshift shrine in her bedroom is the only proven method that will help the child understand and accept "their" values of life.

There is the physical discipline...and then there is the mental:

1. Being constantly reprimanded by your grandfather because you have so-called everything in life while, during the war, he had to pick bugs off his brother just to eat.

2. Every Sunday afternoon of your childhood was spent visiting your grandparents and the ungrateful extended family members who should thank Jesus, Joseph and Mary every day they were granted the honor of marrying into the Family.

3. You thought women's nylons were supposed to be worn rolled to the ankles.

4. Every meal had to be eaten with a sizable chunk of bread in your left hand so you didn't complain 4 hours later that you were still hungry.

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