08/02/05 Zuppa di Trippa from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Zuppa di Trippa
  -Polenta con Ragł di Funghi
  -Prosciutto and Figs Cicheti

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 Recipe: Zuppa di Trippa

Zuppa di Trippa
Tripe Soup


2 kg. tripe, cleaned and cut in stripes
4 big red onions
1 celery
500 grams carrots
3 cloves of garlic
1 can peeled tomatoes
Few leaves of fresh parsley, salvia, basil
3 tbsp of White vinegar


Ask your butcher to give you already clean and bleached tripe.

Rinse it three times under hot water; the last time let the tripe rest in water for 10 minutes, adding 3 tablespoons of white vinegar.

Cut all vegetables in small cubes and in a large pot cook the tripe alone for three minutes, mixing continuously, then add all the vegetables and spices. Cover with cold water.

Cook over low flame for about two hours. Serve steaming hot accompanied, if you wish, by polenta, cut into wedges.

That's it!

 Recipe: Polenta con Ragł di Funghi

Polenta con Ragł di Funghi
Cornmeal with Mushrooms


500 grams maize flour (cornmeal) or quick polenta
800 grams mixed mushrooms (can use deep frozen)
300 grams sausage meat
150 grams spring peas
100 grams grated Parmigiano cheese
30 grams butter
3 finely chopped shallots
2 garlic cloves
3 tbsp chopped parsley
0.75 dl white wine
1.8 dl chicken stock or cubes
2 tsp. maizena
3 tbsp water


Cook the polenta and when it is ready fold in the Parmigiano cheese.

Melt the butter in a large non stick frying pan, add the shallots and brown. Break up the sausage, add to the shallots and cook at high temperature.

If you are not using deep frozen mushrooms, clean them well, wash and dry them and chop them up. Put them in the frying pan with the garlic and the parsley. Cook for 5 minutes, pour in the wine and let it evaporate. Blanch the peas and add them to the sauce.

Pour in the hot stock and cook for 15 minutes, salt and add the maizena that you will have dissolved in three tbsp of water. Thicken by raising the temperature.

Put the polenta on a large wooden board and pour the mushrooom sauce on top. Serves 6

That's it!

 Recipe: Prosciutto and Figs Cicheti

Prosciutto and Figs Cicheti


Fresh figs
Olive oil, optional
Balsamic vinegar, optional
Sprouts for garnish, optional


Slice figs. Layer with folded slices of prosciutto on serving plates or platter.

Drizzle a little olive oil around and sprinkle lightly with balsamic and then sprouts, if desired.

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:

70% Of Neapolitans Feel Unsafe.

(AGI) - Rome, Italy, April 29 - Napoli 'by night' appears to be unsafe for the majority of its residents, according to a survey conducted by Eurispes on Naples and it's surroundings, which company president Gian Maria Fara defines "a unique analysis of the criminal phenomena in Italy today" caused by the "pervasive" presence of the Camorra (Neapolitan Mafia).

About 70 pct of Neapolitans - according to Eurispes - feel unsafe going out alone in the evening, while 26.9 pct feel unsafe going out alone even during the day. Crime is the most serious problem in the city for 47.4 pct of the respondents. In all, 90.3 pct of the total sample (2000 citizens and stratified by sex, age category and area) feel that the problem of juvenile delinquency makes the city unsafe and only 7.8 pct thinks differently.

The data emerged from a study on the perception of legality and safety among citizens called "Crime, safety, and juvenile delinquency in Naples: analysis of a complex city.

"Mamma mia!" They're not kidding! Our news staff once toured Naples. We thought we were in deep Africa! We had to put mosquito nets over our heads because we couldn't believe where we were.

The mystery of 'Stonehenge' is easier to solve than Naples' water and sewer systems. Neapolitans flush everything but the cat down toilets.

And their music?!?

All the songs sound exactly alike! I don't know why they put pauses between the songs. It should just be one giant song. They glorify sadness, misery, funerals, mothers and cheating partners. Their greatest contribution to the music world is Nino D'Angelo.

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