08/20/14 Red Snapper with Fennel Tomato Sauce

"Nessuno conosce che cosa sta cucinando nella vaschetta meglio di chi fa la mescolatura." (No one knows what is cooking in the pan better than the one doing the stirring.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Truffled Potato Puree with Mascarpone Cheese
  -Sausage Vegetable Soup
  -Red Snapper with Fennel Tomato Sauce

"Ciao ciao!" Thank you for reading your new recipes. I look forward to connecting further in the coming days. Enjoy the last few days of summer.

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Yours Truly,              
Angela Reina       

 Recipe: Truffled Potato Puree with Mascarpone Cheese

Truffled Potato Puree with Mascarpone Cheese
Purea di Patate Tartufato con Mascarpone


3 and 1/2 pounds medium potatoes
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
Whole milk
2 teaspoons black truffle sauce or truffle oil


Cook potatoes in pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 25-30 minutes.


Cool slightly, and peel potatoes.

Return warm potatoes to same pot.

Add butter and mascarpone cheese.

Mash until smooth.

Mix in enough milk to thin to desired consistency.

Mix in truffle sauce.

Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer to a bowl. Makes 8 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sausage Vegetable Soup

Sausage Vegetable Soup
Minestra di Salsiccia e Verdura


1 pound hot or sweet sausage, casings removed
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups beef broth
One 15 and 1/2-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
2 cups water
1 cup beer
1 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon ground or rubbed dried sage
Salt and pepper
Additional chopped fresh parsley


Cook sausage in medium Dutch oven over medium-high heat until brown, breaking up with fork, about 7-8 minutes.

Add onion, carrots, mushrooms, 1/3 cup parsley and garlic.

Cook until onion is translucent, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.

Mix in next 6 ingredients.

Simmer 15 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper.

Ladle soup into bowls.

Sprinkle with additional chopped parsley. Serves 4 to 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Red Snapper with Fennel Tomato Sauce

Red Snapper with Fennel Tomato Sauce
Chelidra Rossa con Salsa di Finocchio e Pomodoro


Two 3/4-inch thick red snapper or other firm white fish fillets
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 large onion, sliced
One 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup dry white wine
Two 2 and 1/2 x 1-inch pieces orange peel (orange part only)
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/8 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
Salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 400?F.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in heavy medium skillet over medium heat.

Add onion and saute until tender, about 8-10 minutes.

Add tomatoes, wine, orange peel, fennel seeds and crushed red pepper.

Boil gently until reduced to chunky sauce, breaking up tomatoes with spoon, about 10-12 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper.

Pour remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil into small baking dish.

Add fish and turn to coat with olive oil.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spoon warm sauce over fish.

Bake until just cooked through, about 20 minutes.

Serve immediately. Makes 2 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:

Vatican Gets Art Show Shut Down...So, There

Rome - October 2, 2013 - A gallery in Rome has removed photos of same-sex couples kissing in churches after the Vatican threatened legal action.

The photos were covered after Orquin received a letter from the Vatican threatening legal action over the series.

Vicariate spokesman Claudio Tanturri told a local paper the photos infringed upon "the advancement of man in the particular place for the expression of faith."

"Italian constitutional law safeguards an individual's religious feeling and the function of places of worship. Therefore photos that are not suitable and do not conform to the spirituality of the place offend and infringe upon the advancement of man in the particular place for the expression of faith."

"I didn't do it to provoke the Church, I did it to demonstrate a union between God and two people," Orquin said in defense of his work.

After receiving the letter and speaking with lawyers, Orquin covered the photos for "security reasons." Orquin, who is openly gay himself and has lived in Rome for nearly eight years, said he finds Italy to be "a very homophobic country".

Until the gallery's lawyers and the Vatican come to an agreement over the series, they will remain covered. Orquin has heard from many organizations around the world saying they would gladly show his art and take on the Church's threats.

Oh, they're going to drag this out until someone passes out from heat frustration.

"Scassapalle", it's just an art show in Rome. In this day and age, why does the Church still react to events like this like a deer caught in headlights?

Quite frankly, linguine overcooked by just 1 minute should be considered more scandalous and upsetting. It brings down the sauce, grated cheese, wine, lunch, company, mood, life, etc. See what we mean? Priorities, folks. Notice we just made you forget about some art show somewhere.

Regardless, we're here to help the Vatican again. Really.... Therefore, we suggest it should also look into shutting down "Free Sundays" at the Vatican Museums.

On the last Sunday of every month Vatican entrance is free.
Ah, we know. What incredible kindness!
Which cardinal should we thank for this? "Grazie!"

Normally, there are 2-3 hour waits on Sundays. But there are horror stories of tourists waiting up to 4 hours and never getting in on Free Sundays. Aside from the waiting, if you do get in, you have to make a mad dash through the maze of rooms in order to get to the overcrowded, hot and sweaty Sistine Chapel...because the museums close at 2 PM on Sundays! "Che palle!"

"Orquin, who is openly gay himself and has lived in Rome for nearly eight years, said he finds Italy to be a very homophobic country." Unfortunately, he is right. Most of us in Southern Italy have no patience for gay men...for the simple fact that they're all damn good looking and can basically have any woman they desire.

Gays make it hard on the egos of ugly Italian men who should only be observed through a long range telescope.

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