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 07/21/10 Linguine with Genovese Pesto and String Beans

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Shrimp Boats
  -Linguine with Genovese Pesto and String Beans
  -Lamb Cutlets Cooked In Vinegar

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 Recipe: Shrimp Boats

Shrimp Boats
Barchette Ai Gamberetti

Ingredients:

35-50 small raw shrimp
3 diced potatoes
1/4 onion
1 celery stick
1 carrot
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter
About 1/4 pint (150 ml) hot milk
2 diced tomatoes
35-50 Pate Brisee barquette (boat) cases
Salt

Directions:

Place the onion, celery, carrot, and parsley in a saucepan, pour in water to cover, bring to a boil and add a pinch of salt.

Add the raw shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes, then drain, reserving the cooking liquid.

Return the cooking liquid to the pan, add the potatoes and cook for another 10-15 minutes until tender.

Drain and mash with 1 oz (25 grams) of butter and as much of hot milk as required.

Heat the remaining butter in a small saucepan, add the tomatoes and cook over a low heat for 3-4 minutes until tender.

Remove the pan from the heat and season with salt to taste.

Peel and devein the shrimp.

Divide the mashed potato among the pastry cases and arrange the shrimp and tomatoes on top.

Heat in a preheated oven, 200C (400F) Gas Mark 6, for a few minutes before serving. Makes 35-50 boats.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Linguine with Genovese Pesto and String Beans

Linguine with Genovese Pesto and String Beans
Linguine Al Pesto Genovese con Fagiolini

Ingredients:

For the Pasta:
12 oz (350 grams) linguine
2 potatoes, cut into thin batons
2 oz (50 grams) string beans

For the Pesto:
24 fresh basil leaves
2 garlic cloves, chopped
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 oz (25 grams) Pecorino cheese, freshly grated
1 oz (25 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
Salt

Directions:

Prepare the Pesto:
Put the basil, garlic, a pinch of salt and the olive oil in a food processor and process shortly at medium speed.

Add both cheeses and process again until blended.

Prepare the Pasta:
Cook the linguine, potatoes and string beans together in a large pan of salted, boiling water until 'al dente', then drain.

Toss with the pesto and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Lamb Cutlets Cooked In Vinegar

Lamb Cutlets Cooked In Vinegar
Costolette All'Aceto

Ingredients:

6 fl oz (175 ml) white wine vinegar
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, sliced
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
2 cloves
8-12 lamb cutlets
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Mix together the vinegar, half the olive oil, the onion, parsley and cloves in a dish and season with salt and pepper.

Add the lamb cutlets and leave to marinate for 1 hour.

Meat the remaining olive oil in a frying pan, drain the lamb cutlets, add to the pan and cook for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Transfer to a warm serving dish. 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:

Catholic Church: Politics in Southern Italy Are Completely Worthless

Vatican City - February 24, 2010 - The Italian Bishop's Conference (CEI) on Wednesday said it had no confidence in the ability of Southern Italian politicians to heal the region's ills and urged its people to mobilize for change.

The first step in bridging the north-south gap, it said, was to "get past the inadequacies of today's political class".

The CEI's rallying call came in an annual report on the Catholic Church's role in Southern Italy. It said the best remedy for the widespread crime, corruption and unemployment in the area was to "foster civil values" among the local population and reclaim a sense of "national solidarity" with the south and its problems.

It also chided elected officials for seeking votes in the region while ignoring it between elections.

"The south is seen as a reservoir of votes, which end up serving political ends unrelated to its needs".

However, the report said social malaise shared in the blame for southern Italy's underdevelopment and that residents would have to become more active in public life if they wanted to see change.

"The region will never realize its full potential until the men and women of the south understand that they cannot expect from others that which depends on them," it said.

The importance of Italian unity in the face of reform was an underlying theme throughout the report with the CEI warning that decentralizing trends in government would "do more harm than good" if they ended up dividing the country. The CEI also called on southern Italy to "shake off the chains" of organized crime, which it said had "bound its creative energies".

"The Mafia is the basest expression of evil and sin. It poisons society, perverts the hearts and minds of the young, suffocates the economy and deforms the true nature of the people it holds captive".

But it warned that the Mafia's influence extended well beyond regions of the south, undermining democracy in the nation as a whole. The CEI cited increasingly visible cases of "collusion, corruption and graft" throughout Italy as evidence of the Mafia's expanding base of power. The report also expressed concern about women's rising stake in organized crime, which it said was no sign of a narrowing gender gap.

It said women in Italy were still largely "the victims of a rigid culture of familism" that refuses to see them as anything other than homemakers, a condition which limits their prospects and makes them vulnerable to violence. It denied, however, that their growing clout in the mafia marked a departure from this trend, saying that it stemmed instead from a "perverse vision of their role as mothers".

Southern Italy's importance as the point of arrival for thousands of immigrants was also addressed by the report, which said the Church needed to make an even bigger effort to reach out to them. It said condition of hunger and misery in which immigrants often land on the shores of Sicily called for "greater solidarity".

The CEI went on to describe the south as a "laboratory for interfaith dialogue" where the Church could impart its values by extending "hospitality and care" to immigrants of other religions.

"The barriers facing southern Italian women in civil society and the conditions of violence in which they live are prime causes behind their rising prominence in organized crime," she said.

A Senator for the largest opposition group, the Democratic Party and vice-chairman of the Senate finance committee, Sergio D'Antoni said the CEI's indictment of southern politicians was "right on target".

"Southern Italy is nearing economic collapse, organized crime is eating away at it like a cancer and it couldn't be truer that addressing those issues is not the government's priority".

According to the Bank of Italy, the country's southern regions represent over a third of the population while producing less than a quarter of its gross domestic product.

The Church is right. It’s trying to take a rational road with its insinuation on southern politicians...but with today's political class, the bridge is out.

Anyone who has visited Southern Italy can understand. It's beyond belief what level our southern regions have been reduced to.
"Che schifo", Greenland is more a part of Italy than Calabria is!

The readers of our stupid newsletter might say all the political classes in the world have the same DNA. Ah, we beg to differ. Our politicians are low-level brain powered people. Trust us. In fact, they just recently crawled out of the sea. They crawled and formed spines and actually walked upright.

Did you know they are still celebrating walking erect?
Every election season Italian politicians celebrate "Walking Erect Day".
It’s a big and beautiful national holiday!

"The first step in bridging the north-south gap, it said, was to "get past the inadequacies of today's political class"." No, the first step is to understand how these inadequacies came about. Are they the result of being fed with a slingshot instead of breast-fed when they were toddlers?

"It said the best remedy for the widespread crime, corruption and unemployment in the area was to "foster civil values" among the local population and reclaim a sense of "national solidarity" with the south and its problems." Now you see, that's the point in the discussion where most Southern Italians will zone out and go back to lying on the beach, cooking in the kitchens and pretending to work at their state jobs.

"The south is seen as a reservoir of votes, which end up serving political ends unrelated to its needs." This could not be further from the truth. One time we went fishing off the waters of Sciacca (Sicily) and we snagged a body that was dead from the neck up and we elected him as mayor of the town. I think there's no need to explain what that progressed into.

It's a shame because our uncle had insisted to throw it back in the water.

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