08/27/08 Sausage, Salami, and Mozzarella Tart from OreganoFromItaly.com

"Chi lascia la strada vecchia per la nuova sa quel che lascia, ma non sa quel che trova." (Who leaves the old street for the new one, knows what he left but not what he'll find. Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Penne con Prosciutto e Arugula
  -Torta di Salsiccia, Salame e Mozzarella
  -Gelato al Limone

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 Recipe: Penne con Prosciutto e Arugula

Penne con Prosciutto e Arugula
Penne with Prosciutto and Arugula


1 lb Penne (preferably ridged)
1/4 lb thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
1 lb Arugula (4 bunches), coarsely chopped
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese (1 and 1/2 oz)
3/4 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


Cook pasta in an 8-quart pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente'.

Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain pasta in a colander.

Return pasta to pot and toss with prosciutto, arugula, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, zest, and salt and pepper to taste.

Drizzle olive oil over pasta and toss to combine, adding some of reserved cooking water if pasta seems dry. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

 Recipe: Torta di Salsiccia, Salame e Mozzarella

Torta di Salsiccia, Salame e Mozzarella
Sausage, Salami, and Mozzarella Tart


1 refrigerated pie crust (half of 15-ounce package), room temperature
8 ounces Italian sweet sausages, casings removed
3/4 cup coarsely grated mozzarella cheese (about 3 ounces)
2/3 cup diced Italian salami (such as Genoa)
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
4 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Preheat oven to 425 F.

Unfold crust on work surface.

Press together any cracks in dough to seal crust.

Place crust in 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom; fold in excess dough and press, forming double-thick sides that extend about 1/4 inch above rim of pan.

Pierce crust with fork.

Bake crust 5 minutes; press with back of fork if crust bubbles up.

Continue to bake until crust is golden brown, about 10 minutes.

Set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 400 F.

Meanwhile, saute sausages in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat until brown, breaking into small pieces with back of fork, about 6 minutes.

Using slotted spoon, transfer sausage to large bowl; cool.

Add mozzarella, salami, Parmigiano cheese, and basil.

Toss sausage mixture to blend.

Spoon sausage mixture into prepared crust.

Beat eggs, milk, and nutmeg in medium bowl to blend; season with pepper.

Pour custard over sausage mixture in crust.

Bake tart until filling is set in center and golden brown on top, about 30 minutes.

Let cool 10 minutes and serve. Makes 8 (appetizer) servings.

That's it!

 Recipe: Gelato al Limone

Gelato al Limone
Lemon Ice Cream


Thickly pared zest and juice of 3 lemons.
4 oz (100 grams) superfine sugar
8 fl oz (225 ml) heavy cream or double cream


Place the pared lemon zest, 8 fl oz (225 ml) water and the sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Boil for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and leave to cool.

Strain the syrup into a bowl and finely chop the zest.

When cold, add the chopped zest, lemon juice and cream to the syrup.

Pour into an ice cream machine and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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:

Less Love and Sex For Bored Italian Couples

Rome - April 11, 2008 - Four out of ten Italian couples no longer have sex and a decline in the male sex drive is seen as the principle cause, according to a new study.

"Comparing sex to eating habits, one could say that Italian couples fall into four basic categories: the anorexic, the bulimic, the satiated and those who are not hungry," observed Chiara Simonelli, a sexologist at the University of Rome and Deputy Chairman of the European Federation of Sexology.

According to the report, 40% of 'anorexic' Italian couples are around 40 years of age, are in a solid or long-term relationship and often have children.

There is a growing trend, the report said, "of men avoiding sex with their partners and preferring to go to a prostitute or, a sign of the times, engaging in virtual encounters on the Internet".

The decline in the male sex drive, the study said, has tripled in the past ten years.

Only 30% of the Italian couples interviewed for the report said they were 'satiated' and had sex with a frequency considered satisfactory to both partners.

The report was drawn up by a group of sexologists, gynecologists and andrologists and will be presented at the IX congress of the European Federation of Sexology, which opens in Rome on Sunday.

"Pasquale, voglio fare l'amore."
"Sophia, non ho fame.."

Comparing sex to eating habits, Italian couples do fall into four categories:

The anorexic: There's little or no appetite for sex when you have to stare at someone who has more food caught in their teeth than you eat the whole day.
The bulimic: After sex one has to go and throw up because they can't believe they're still making love to that person whose ass hangs like Tiramisu.
The satiated: Having constant sex is all one can do since there's no work in Italy.
The not hungry: Usually caused by ugly Italian women and cold water.

There is a growing trend, the report said, "of men avoiding sex with their partners and preferring to go to a prostitute..." That's because, sometimes, you just don't want to hear the chatter.

However; no fear! One can rekindle the flames in their anorexic marriage.

Here are the rules for a happy Italian marriage:

- Argue about money,
- Criticize each other's weight,
- Never go to bed happy,
- And leave the door open when you go to the bathroom (especially if it's number two).

There's your marriage!
These rules will work for you.

You'll be married for at least 20 long years but it will seem like 38.

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