07/20/11 Chicken with Bell Peppers and Prosciutto

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Chicken with Bell Peppers and Prosciutto
  -Grilled Shrimp with Lime
  -Watermelon, Onion, and Mint Salad

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 Recipe: Chicken with Bell Peppers and Prosciutto

Chicken with Bell Peppers and Prosciutto
Pollo con Peperoni e Prosciutto


1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 to 3 and 1/2 pound chicken
2 large red bell peppers, cut into strips (about 4 cups)
2 medium onions, halved, cut lengthwise into strips (about 3 cups)
2 cups diced prosciutto (about 11 ounces)
1 teaspoon Pimenton de La Vera (Spanish smoked paprika) or hot paprika
1 and 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley


Heat olive oil in heavy wide pot over medium-high heat.

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper; add to pot.

Cook until browned, about 6 minutes per side.

Transfer chicken to bowl.

Increase heat to high.

Add next 3 ingredients and 1/2 teaspoon paprika to drippings in pot; saute until vegetables are soft and light brown, about 8-10 minutes.

Return chicken to pot; add broth.

Sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/2 teaspoon paprika.

Bring to boil.

Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 10 minutes.

Uncover; simmer until chicken is tender, about 10 minutes longer.

Season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle parsley over; serve. 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Grilled Shrimp with Lime

Grilled Shrimp with Lime
Gamberi alla Griglia con Limetta


1/2 teaspoon fresh lime zest
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2-3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb shelled deveined uncooked shrimp


Mix together the first 8 ingredients in a bowl.

Add shrimp; toss to coat.

Let stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes to marinate.

Thread shrimp on metal skewers; reserve marinade.

Place skewered shrimp on grill over medium heat.

Cook about 3-7 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, turning once and brushing with marinade occasionally. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Watermelon, Onion, and Mint Salad

Watermelon, Onion, and Mint Salad
Insalata d'Anguria, Cipolla, e Menta


5 cups of 3/4 to 1-inch cubes seeded watermelon
1 cup chopped green onions
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 and 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped seeded deveined jalapeno chiles

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar


Combine watermelon, green onions, mint, parsley, and chiles in large bowl.

Whisk olive oil and vinegar in small bowl to blend.

Pour dressing over watermelon mixture; toss to coat.

Season salad generously with salt and pepper. 6 servings.

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:

President of Rome's Retailing Association Among Dozens Arrested For Tax Evasion

Rome - June 14, 2011 - The president of the retailing association in the Italian capital, Confcommercio, was among over 40 people arrested on Tuesday for alleged tax evasion.

Cesare Pambianchi and 14 other people were detained in prison and 27 put under house arrest in the operation, during which police raided hundreds of companies.

As well as tax evasion, the suspects face charges including money laundering and embezzlement.

Tuesday's operation was part of a probe by Rome prosecutors into an alleged international association involving the owners of various companies and groups who dodged taxes to the value of 550 million euros.

Sixty-five-year-old Pambianchi is accused evading tax on over 300,000 euros of consultancy fees.

"I am displeased. I hope Pambianchi will be able to prove his innocence," commented Rome's mayor, Gianni Alemanno.

Confcommercio issued a statement expressing "full solidarity" and "esteem and faith" in Pambianchi.

"In the hope that Rome prosecutors shed full light on this matter, we repeat that the accusations leveled against president Pambianchi concern his business activities alone and in no way regards Rome's Confcommercio," the statement said.

Pambianchi in 1996 founded the company Profit S.p.A. which currently employs 450 people and owns 20 sports centers and several health farms. He is also a member of the board of directors of Aeroporti di Roma and the Fiera di Roma permanent trade fair.

Look, Italians are not what you would call passionate planners. Forecasting what we will be doing a year therefore, is a game for idiots. Many of us wake up with no idea what awaits us by pasta time:
"Ragazzi, let's get nothing done and onwards to the next cigarette!"

And tell an Italian that the only certainties in life are death and taxes and he'll throw a few Euros at you, thanking you for the wonderful laugh and making his day.

According to statistics, a 1/3 of Italians are semi illiterate. We can't do simple tasks like buying shoes that fit and have very little notion of history and science. But tax evasion is a way of life Italians plan very carefully. We'll go into a cave with goat milk and bread and meditate before we figure out how to pull it off.

According to the latest figures available from the "Agenzia delle Entrate", an equivalent of the Inland Revenue or IRS, more than 124 billion Euros ($181 billion USD), is evaded every year by Italians. For example:

The owner of five Ferraris...that claims an income of 1,000 Euros ($1,460 USD) a month.
A restaurant owner purchases a 750,000 Euro ($1,095,000 USD) home...but declares zero income.
An owner of a large property portfolio...never files tax returns.

Makes you want to run over your accountant with your car, doesn't it?

And believe us, there are Italians hard at work resolving the immortality problem:

"I said I want a 99 year lease on the store front. Of course, everything in cash."
"Don't worry about me. Cazzo, I'll be back to renew."

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