07/17/13 Swordfish Puttanesca

"Non si fanno le nozze con i fichi secchi." (You can't make a wedding with dried figs. Dried figs are a simple rural meal. If you're organizing something "big" such as a wedding, people expect you to serve "important" food.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Stuffed Calamari
  -Swordfish Puttanesca
  -Rainbow Cookies

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 Recipe: Stuffed Calamari

Stuffed Calamari
Calamari Ripieni


12 cleaned calamari
1 cup bread crumbs
1 cup finely grated Pecorino cheese
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 small yellow onion, minced
2 tsp tomato paste
4 tbsp red wine
1/2 of 28-oz can whole peeled tomatoes in juice, crushed
1 bay leaf
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 tbsp finely chopped parsley
2 tbsp finely chopped oregano


Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a 4-qt saucepan over medium-high heat.

Add onions, dried oregano and garlic.

Cook until soft, about 5-6 minutes.

Add tomato paste.

Cook until caramelized, about 2-3 minutes.

Add 3 tbsp wine, tomatoes, and bay leaf.

Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until thickened, about 18-20 minutes.

Stir in remaining wine and vinegar.

Season with salt and pepper.

Set sauce aside.

Heat oven to 350?F.

Heat remaining olive oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat.

Chop tentacles and add to skillet.

Cook for 1 minute.

Remove from heat.

Stir in breadcrumbs, Pecorino cheese, parsley, and oregano.

Season with salt and pepper.

Stuff each calamari body half full with bread crumb mixture.

Place in a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish.

Pour sauce over calamari.

Bake until warmed through, about 30 minutes. Serves 6-8.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Swordfish Puttanesca

Swordfish Puttanesca
Pesce Spada alla Puttanesca


6 swordfish steaks (about 6 oz. each and 1/2-inch thick), skin removed
3 cups whole peeled canned tomatoes in juice, crushed by hand
3/4 cup large green olives, pitted and roughly chopped
1/4 cup capers, rinsed and drained
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 anchovies in oil, finely chopped
1/2 tsp crushed red chile flakes
3 tbsp roughly chopped parsley
4 tsp fresh lemon juice
6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Heat olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over high heat.

Working in two batches, season swordfish with salt and pepper, and add to skillet.

Cook, flipping once, until brown outside and medium rare inside, about 3-4 minutes.

Transfer swordfish to a plate and set aside.

Return skillet to medium heat.

Add garlic and anchovies.

Cook until soft, about 2 minutes.

Add tomatoes, olives, capers, and chile flakes.

Cook until almost all of the liquid evaporates, about 9-10 minutes.

Return swordfish to skillet, and add parsley and lemon juice.

Cook until swordfish is cooked through, about 2 minutes.

Divide swordfish among 6 serving plates and top with sauce. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Rainbow Cookies

Rainbow Cookies
Pasticcini Arcobaleno


1 and 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened, plus more for baking pans
2 cups flour, plus more for baking pans
1 cup sugar
One 12-oz seedless raspberry jam
One 12.5-oz can almond pastry filling
4 eggs
12 drops green food coloring
12 drops red food coloring
12 oz semisweet chocolate, melted


Heat oven to 350?F.

Grease and flour three 9-inch by 13-inch baking pans and line with parchment paper.

Set aside.

Using a hand mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

Add pastry filling.

Beat until smooth.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add flour.

Beat until just combined.

Evenly divide batter into 3 bowls.

Add green food coloring to one bowl, red food coloring to the second bowl, and leave the third bowl plain.

Stir colorings into batters.

Using an offset spatula, spread each batter into a prepared baking pan.

Bake each pan until just beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.

Invert cakes onto wire racks; cool.

Heat jam in a 1-qt saucepan over medium heat.

Cook, stirring, until smooth.

Cool slightly.

Place green cake on a cutting board or foil-lined baking sheet.

Using an offset spatula, spread half the jam over green cake.

Top with plain cake.

Spread remaining jam over plain cake.

Top with red cake.

Chill cakes to set jam, 1 hour.

Using a slicing knife, trim cake edges to form an even block.

Slice block crosswise into 1 and 1/2-inch wide logs.

Separate on a cutting board.

Using an offset spatula, spread chocolate over top, sides, and ends of each log until completely covered.

Chill to set chocolate.

Slice each log crosswise into 1/2-inch thick squares to serve. Makes about 10 dozen.

That's it!

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Frosinone - March 30, 2012 - A man who clocked in as a city council worker every day only to go to a secret job as a mechanic has been cited for aggravated fraud and may face up to five years in jail, police said Friday.

The man was caught by police who trailed him from his official job near the city south of Rome every day to the garage he ran under the cover of relatives.  



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