07/15/09 Turkey and Bean Salad

"Il meglio nemico del bene." (The best is the enemy of the good.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Turkey and Bean Salad
  -Roast Truffles with Potatoes
  -Milanese Perch

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 Recipe: Turkey and Bean Salad

Turkey and Bean Salad
Insalata di Tacchino e Fagioli


9 oz (250 grams) skinless turkey breast fillet, cut into strips
12 oz (350 grams) canned borlotti beans, drained and rinsed
1 spring onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon capers, drained and rinsed
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig
7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for dressing
1 and 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper


Heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil in a frying pan.

Add the turkey breast strips and cook over a medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown all over.

Season with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.

Chop the capers with the parsley and put them in a salad bowl.

Add the turkey, spring onion and beans.

Mix together the Dijon mustard, the remaining olive oil and the vinegar in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Pour the dressing over the salad, toss and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Roast Truffles with Potatoes

Roast Truffles with Potatoes
Tartufi al Forno con Patate


1 and 1/2 lbs (675 grams) potatoes, thinly sliced
18 fl oz (500 ml) milk
1 oz (25 grams) butter, plus extra for greasing shallot, chopped
8 fl oz (250 ml) double cream
3 oz (80 grams) black truffles, very thinly sliced
1 oz (25 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
Salt and pepper


Put the potatoes into a saucepan, pour in the milk and 18 fl oz (500 ml) water, add a pinch of salt and cook for 30-45 minutes until just tender, then drain.

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

Grease an ovenproof dish with butter.

Melt the butter in a pan, add the shallot and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Add the potatoes and cream, season with salt and pepper and cook for a few minutes more.

Remove the potatoes with a fish slice and set aside.

Reduce the cooking juices over a low heat.

Arrange slightly overlapping slices of potato and truffle in the prepared dish, spoon the thickened cooking juices over them, sprinkle with the Parmigiano cheese and bake until golden brown. Serve hot. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Milanese Perch

Milanese Perch
Pesce Persico alla Milanese


Juice of 1 lemon, strained
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 lb 5 oz (600 grams) perch fillets
2 oz (50 grams) plain flour
1 egg
3 oz (80 grams) breadcrumbs
2 oz (50 grams) butter


Mix together the lemon juice and olive oil in a dish, add the fish, turning to coat, and leave to marinate for 1 hour.

Spread out the flour in a shallow dish, beat the egg with a pinch of salt in another shallow dish and spread out the breadcrumbs in a third.

Drain the fish, dust lightly with flour, shake off the excess, and dip in the egg and then in the breadcrumbs.

Melt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the fish and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side until light golden brown all over.

Remove the fish with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

Transfer to a warm serving dish and sprinkle with salt. Serves 4.

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:

Italians Sick of Driving And Not Buying New Cars

Rome - February 5, 2009 - Hopes that upcoming government incentives will jump start the automobile market in Italy were slightly diminished Thursday by a poll which found that 56.5% of Italians are driving less and 75% have no intention of changing cars. On the bright side, the report found 82.2% of Italians considered owning a car as something indispensable and only 1.5% have given up owning one because of the economic situation.

Among the Italians who are driving less, 85.3% said this was in order to save money on fuel and maintenance, while 13.2% claimed it was for the environment.

Out of the 25% of Italians ready to buy a new car only 19.7% said they would opt for a more economic one, while 50.9% said they would stay in the same price range as their previous vehicle, 26.1% were ready to spend a little more and 3.4% said money would be no object.

The incentives the government is expected to adopt to boost car sales include a 1,000-euro subsidy for a 'greener' (Euro 4 or 5) car in place of a more polluting (Euro 0-2) vehicle.

New car buyers would also be exempted from road tax for three years and a current 1,500-euro government contribution for changing to cars powered by gas, electricity or hydrogen would rise to 2,000 euros.

"Faccia di culo", 70 euros (90 USD) to fill up a tank?! I'll buy a fuel efficient mule instead.

People who say Italians do not know how to drive are measuring us by the wrong scale. We have a very controlled recklessness to our driving and we now do what is necessary to save money on gas and maintenance.

Rules of the Italian Road:

"Look at this testa di minchia kissing my bumper!" Italians drivers are much more comfortable driving much closer than is typical in America. 'A centimeter is as good as a kilometer,' is a motto we love and we couldn't care less of getting that close. If you know to expect this and do not panic by slowing down, or worse, touching your brakes, you will be fine. After all, this reduces air resistance and increases mileage.

"These cornuti keep cutting me off!" When driving in Italy, your responsibility is to those in front of you and those to your side. Rear-view mirrors are solely used for checking our good looks. If there is an opening in front of you, it is your obligation to fill it, or we will fill it for you. After all, the more we cut off the faster we arrive to our destination and the more money saved on gas.

"Look! Stop signs and traffic lights are useless to these coglioni!" Time and mileage are of the essence for the Italian driver. We do not have money for brake maintenance nor the patience and will to downshift gears. Besides, it is irresponsible to go through an uncontrolled, blind intersection quickly without at least a look or a small toot on the horn.

"There is no place to park, cazzo!" You would be quite surprised at how difficult it is to find parking in downtown Italy. The sidewalk parking space is savored and rarely abandoned. After all, it helps to avoid wasting gas driving around the neighborhood for 30 minutes in search of unoccupied sidewalk space.

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