08/17/11 Pork Wrapped in Sage and Prosciutto

"Ne ammazza pi la gola che la spada." (Gluttony kills more than the sword.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Linguine with Anchovies, Fennel, and Pine Nuts
  -Pork Wrapped in Sage and Prosciutto
  -Ricotta and Mascarpone Cream Puffs

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 Recipe: Linguine with Anchovies, Fennel, and Pine Nuts

Linguine with Anchovies, Fennel, and Pine Nuts
Linguine con Acciughe, Finocchio, e Pinoli


1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 anchovy fillets
1 large onion, very thinly sliced
1 large fresh fennel bulb, trimmed, halved, very thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup dried currants

3/4 pound perciatelli (thick hollow spaghetti) or linguine

1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs, toasted


Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat.

Add anchovies; mash with back of fork.

Add onion, fennel, and red pepper.

Saute vegetables until tender, about 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes, pine nuts, and currants.

Reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes to blend flavors; season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente'.

Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.

Add saffron to reserved liquid and stir to dissolve.

Return pasta and saffron water to pot.

Add tomato mixture; toss over low heat until sauce coats pasta.

Mix in breadcrumbs and transfer to bowl. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Pork Wrapped in Sage and Prosciutto

Pork Wrapped in Sage and Prosciutto
Carne di Maiale Avvolto in Salvia e Prosciutto


12 thin slices prosciutto (about 1/4 lb)
16 large fresh sage leaves
2 (1-lb) pork tenderloins
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 425F.

Slightly overlap long sides of 6 prosciutto slices on work surface with short ends nearest you and scatter 8 sage leaves crosswise on top.

Pat 1 pork tenderloin dry and sprinkle all over with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

Put meat on top of sage across middle of prosciutto (tucking end of tenderloin underneath if very thin), then wrap prosciutto around pork to enclose.

Wrap second tenderloin in same manner.

Transfer tenderloins, seam sides down and 2 inches apart, to a small roasting pan and brush prosciutto all over with olive oil, then roast until thermometer inserted in center of meat registers 150F, about 25 minutes.

Transfer to a platter and let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Makes 6 to 8 main-course servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Ricotta and Mascarpone Cream Puffs

Ricotta and Mascarpone Cream Puffs
Bocconcini di Ricotta e Mascarpone


3/4 cup whole milk
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, diced
1 tablespoon sugar
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup all purpose flour
4 large eggs
Vegetable oil (for frying)

1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel


Bring milk, butter, 1 tablespoon sugar, and salt to a boil in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the butter melts.

Add flour; stir until the batter is smooth and forms a ball, about 1 minute.

Remove from heat and whisk in eggs, 1 at a time.

Add enough oil to heavy large saucepan to reach a depth of 2 inches.

Attach deep-fry thermometer to side of pan and heat oil to 350F.

Working in batches, drop 1 tablespoon of batter into the oil for each cream puff.

Fry until golden brown and puffed, about 5 minutes per batch.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cream puffs to paper towels to drain.

Blend ricotta cheese, mascarpone cheese, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and lemon peel in a medium bowl for filling.

Cut cream puffs in half horizontally.

Spoon 1 rounded teaspoon filling into bottoms; cover with the tops.

Arrange on a platter.

Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Makes 3 dozen.

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:

Berlusconi Tried His Damndest To Cover Up Ruby

Rome - June 15, 2011 - More trouble seems to be brewing for Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi after it emerged that he tried to cover up his relationship with a teenage nightclub dancer, a charge which prosecutors say was similar to a "military attack".

Berlusconi, who has been embroiled in several sex scandals, was now accused of abusing his office by telephoning a Milan police station and putting officers under pressure to release Karima El Mahroug, known by her stage name as Ruby the Heart Stealer, from arrest on a charge of theft.

The claims by prosecutors came at the resumption of the trial in which he is accused of paying the young woman for sex, newspapers reported.

According to the report, the 74-year-old PM then allegedly sent two associates to collect the 17-year-old El Mahroug from the police station. The associates were Nicole Minetti, an Anglo-Italian show girl who his party elevated into politics, and Michelle Conceicao, a Brazilian starlet who was known to Berlusconi.

"It was a military attack, an encirclement, and it was all directed towards the police station," the lead prosecutor in the case Ilda Boccassini was quoted as saying.

Berlusconi’s attempt to bail out the teenager occurred on the night of May 27, 2010, after she had been accused by a friend of stealing several thousand euros in cash and arrested by police.

Prosecutors claim Berlusconi was terrified that she would spill the beans on their relationship and he did all he could to extricate her from questioning.

Boccassini dismissed an plea application for the case to be either dropped or transferred to Rome to be heard by a special tribunal of ministers.

"Everything was done with respect for the law and the constitution," Boccassini said.

See, people? Now you know understand why Italians would lactate (yes, even men) in the hopes of entering any meaningless political office.

A 74 year-old billionaire Prime Minister and an ugly 17 year-old nightclub dancer/escort. "Minchia", what a stupid "bestia". Does anyone know how to get through to someone who is limited in his capacity? I don't think pasta and a beating is going to help.

This is a man who also claimed to the police Ruby was the granddaughter of the ex Egyptian president, Mubarak. "Porca miseria", it would have been more convincing if he told them that he received an acknowledgement from Kissinger that Ruby was a distant niece of Cleopatra.

Some of you might think he went with his gut feeling when he made that stupid phone call. After all, he's the Prime Minister.
What could happen?
What his gut should have told him was, "stop hanging over the belt!"

Lead prosecutor, Ilda Boccassini, "It was a military attack, an encirclement, and it was all directed towards the police station." A military huh? "Per favore." What attack could possibly come from an Anglo-Italian show girl/escort/politician and a Brazilian starlet/escort/nitwit? They would have done more damage if they showed up in bikinis, wore sandwich boards, and paraded the sidewalk in front of the station.

One thing is certain in this comedy...when he pulled down his pants, he was sticking his neck out.

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