07/06/11 Grilled Sausage with Pepper and Onion Salad

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Bresaola Rolls with Ricotta
  -Grilled Sausage with Pepper and Onion Salad
  -Baked Cod with Vegetables

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 Recipe: Bresaola Rolls with Ricotta

Bresaola Rolls with Ricotta
Involtini di Bresaola Alla Ricotta


7 oz (200 grams) ricotta cheese
7 oz (200 grams) bresaola, thinly sliced
Bunch of rocket (arugula), chopped
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Lightly toasted bread, to serve


Beat the ricotta in a bowl until smooth.

Place a tablespoon of the cheese on each slice of bresaola.

Sprinkle with the rocket (arugula).

Drizzle with a little olive oil and season with a pinch of salt.

Roll up and place in a cool place.

Serve with lightly toasted bread. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Grilled Sausage with Pepper and Onion Salad

Grilled Sausage with Pepper and Onion Salad
Salsiccia alla Griglia con Insalata di Peperoni e Cipolla


3 mixed large bell peppers, trimmed and quartered lengthwise
1 large red onion, quartered lengthwise and separated into layers
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 and 1/2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 lb fresh Italian sausage

Perforated grill sheet; 2 (10 to 12-inch long) wooden or metal skewers


Prepare grill for cooking over medium-hot charcoal (moderate heat for gas).

Toss peppers and onion with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Grill on lightly oiled grill sheet set directly on grill rack, with grill covered only if using a gas grill, turning occasionally, until slightly softened and charred, 9 to 15 minutes (onion will cook faster), transferring to a bowl as cooked.

Add vinegar, oregano, salt, pepper, and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to peppers and onion, tossing to coat.

Let stand 10 minutes to allow flavors to develop.

While vegetables stand, run skewers crisscrossed horizontally through sausage coil, securing ends.

Grill directly over medium-hot charcoal (moderate heat for gas) on lightly oiled grill rack, covered only if using a gas grill, turning over once, until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes total. (Thicker sausage may take longer.)

Transfer vegetables to a platter and top with sausage. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Baked Cod with Vegetables

Baked Cod with Vegetables
Merluzzo al Forno Con Verdure


4 cod fillets
13 oz (80 grams) pancetta, sliced
4 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 leek, white part only, thinly sliced
2 carrots, sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
Juice of 1 lemon, strained
12 oz (50 grams) butter
7 fl oz (200 ml) milk
Salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 200C (400F) Gas Mark 6.

Sprinkle the cod with the lemon juice.

Season with salt.

Wrap in the pancetta slices.

Melt the butter in a flameproof casserole.

Add the tomatoes, leek, carrots and onion and cook, stirring constantly, for about 10-12 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper.

Add the cod, cover and bake for about 22-25 minutes.

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

Pour the milk into the casserole, return to the oven and bake for a another 15 minutes.

Transfer the fish to a serving dish.

Ladle the hot cooking juices over it and serve. Serves 4.

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:

Gay Parade Hopes To Convert A Hissy Fit Italy

Rome - June 9, 2011 - Europe's main gay pride festival comes to Rome on Saturday with organizers hoping Lady Gaga's presence will help amplify their message of defiance against the Vatican and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The US singer is to address what organizers say will be over one million participants with a message of support for gay rights in Italy, which lacks legislation against homophobic attacks and does not allow gay civil unions.

"This is the most backward government Italy has had since World War II," said Paolo Patane, director of Arcigay, an activist group founded in the 1980s that is helping to organize the EuroPride parade in the Italian capital.

"It's a government in which the prime minister goes with underage girls but then says that Parliament will never approve legislation that contradicts the concept of the family promoted by the Vatican," he said.

Patane pointed out that the mass gathering in Rome also comes just days after Berlusconi suffered a major defeat in local elections and said he hoped it would help "push out this backward government."

The EuroPride parade will make its way through the city center and end with a concert and rally in the Circus Maximus, an ancient Roman arena.

Lady Gaga, who has Italian-American roots and has long lobbied for gay rights in the United States, is expected to sing her hit single Born This Way.

Vladimir Luxuria, the organizer of Italy's first gay pride festival in 1994 and a former member of Italy's parliament, said homophobia is on the rise.

"This Parliament is homophobic. The fish stinks from the head and we have a prime minister who is a gay-basher," said Luxuria, a transsexual who has just published a novel linking homophobia in World War II to the present day.

Berlusconi has long been notorious for his off-color quips and last year dismissed a sex scandal involving him with a homophobic comment saying: "It's better to be passionate about beautiful women than to be gay."

Activists quickly came up with a slogan printed on placards and T-shirts reading: "It's better to be gay than to be Berlusconi."

In another speech in 2007, Berlusconi boasted there were no gays in his party. "Don't be afraid. The gays are all on the other side," he said.

Berlusconi is on trial for paying for sex with a 17-year-old girl and then allegedly abusing the power of his office to try and cover it up. His former wife said she was divorcing him because he "frequents minors."

The prime minister has repeatedly denied all the accusations.

Asked to compare the current EuroPride festival to the first one that she organized, Luxuria said that while the numbers of people attending such events have increased drastically, Italy is still stuck in the past.

"I'm very sad that there are gay Italians who say they are forced to leave because they're gay," Luxuria said. She added: "Now the costumes are less provocative because the situation really is serious."

"Cacchio", what a welcome back! After a 6+ month hiatus, why do we have to start with the gay problem in Italy?

Gays, we're on your side. What's the point of being a heterosexual in Italy anymore? What are the benefits of being straight? So you can't get married in Italy yet. Big deal. If it was up to this news staff, we'd let you all float down to city hall and get married...so that you'd be in the same hell we are.

Understand that one of the reasons why the straight Italian population is homophobic is because we can't stand the fact that most of you are all good looking and that you can basically get any woman you desire. That sticks!

"This Parliament is homophobic. The fish stinks from the head and we have a prime minister who is a gay-basher," said Luxuria, a transsexual who has just published a novel linking homophobia in World War II to the present day.

Here are the problems with Luxuria's luxurious statement.

1) No one know what the hell is going in that Parliament anymore. One day they're defending a buffoon of a Prime Minister who is cavorting with a 17-year old ugly prostitute, the next they're claiming they wrestled a wild boar to save a vegetable crop.

2) Italy is very homo tolerant. The ancient sidewalks and streets of Rome you see have lasted for over 2000 years because Italian men float over them. They're all light in the feet.

3) How does an Italian Communist named Wladimiro Guadagno become a transsexual, change his name to Luxuria, and enter Italy's Parliament?

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