08/28/13 Strawberries In Balsamic with Whipped Mascarpone Cheese

"Al contadino non far sapere quant'?buono il cacio con le pere." (Don't let the farmer know how good cacio cheese is with pears. Keep a secret.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
  -Pork Cutlets with Arugula and Chopped Eggs
  -Strawberries In Balsamic with Whipped Mascarpone Cheese

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 Recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
Cavoletti Con Pancetta


1 pound small brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved through root ends
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 pound of 1/8-inch thick slices pancetta, cut crosswise into 1/3-inch wide strips
1 and 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 and 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage


Cook brussels sprouts in saucepan of boiling salted water until tender.


Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.

Saute pancetta until crisp.

Spoon off all but 1 tablespoon drippings.

Add warm brussels sprouts to skillet.

Sprinkle with thyme and sage.

Saute over high heat just until heated through and vegetables begin to brown at edges, about 5 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Pork Cutlets with Arugula and Chopped Eggs

Pork Cutlets with Arugula and Chopped Eggs
Costolette di Maiale con Rucola e Uova Tritate


2 large heritage pork tenderloins (2 and 1/2 pounds total)
3 tablespoons drained capers
4 cups (lightly packed) arugula
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 warm large hard-boiled eggs, peeled, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt plus 1 large pinch
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 large eggs, beaten to blend
3 cups fresh breadcrumbs
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
Extra virgin olive oil


Set 1 rack on each of 2 rimmed baking sheets.

Using small sharp knife, cut all peel and white pith from lemon.

Quarter lemon lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise.

Cover and chill lemon slices.

Discard peel.

Mix sage, thyme, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1 teaspoon ground pepper in small bowl.

Trim 2 inches from tapered ends of each tenderloin.

Cut tenderloins crosswise into 3/4-inch thick slices.

Using mallet or flat side of meat tenderizer, pound slices between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to 1/4-inch thickness.

Sprinkle sage mixture over both sides of pork cutlets.

Place flour in shallow bowl and place eggs in another shallow bowl.

Mix breadcrumbs and cheese in another shallow bowl.

Working with 1 cutlet at a time, dredge in flour, shaking off excess.

Dip in egg to coat.

Place in breadcrumb mixture and coat both sides, pressing to adhere.

Divide between prepared racks.

Chill at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 250?F.

Add enough olive oil to heavy large skillet to measure depth of 1/4 inch.

Heat over medium-high heat.

Working in batches, cook pork until browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.

Transfer to another baking sheet.

Place in oven to keep warm.

Divide cutlets among 6 plates.

Sprinkle capers and lemon slices over.

Mix arugula with 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil and large pinch of coarse salt.

Mound arugula mixture over pork and sprinkle with chopped eggs.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Strawberries In Balsamic with Whipped Mascarpone Cheese

Strawberries In Balsamic with Whipped Mascarpone Cheese
Fragole In Balsamico con Mascarpone Montata


Three 1-pint baskets (about 24 ounces) strawberries, hulled, halved
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons plus 4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup chilled mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup chilled whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine vinegar, 2 teaspoons sugar, and lemon juice in heavy small saucepan.

Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.

Boil until syrup is reduced to scant 1/4 cup, about 3 minutes.

Transfer to small bowl.

Cool completely.

Combine mascarpone, cream, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl.

Whisk until thick soft peaks form.

Cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours.

Combine berries and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in large bowl.

Drizzle with balsamic syrup and toss to blend.

Let stand 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Divide berries and syrup among 6 goblets.

Top with mascarpone mixture. Makes 6.

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:

Ugly Italian Mothers Withdraw Kids From School In Protest Over Hot Teacher

Bologna - March 18, 2012 - Four sets of furious parents have pulled their children out of an Italian nursery school after it emerged that one of the teachers posed for model calendars as part of her extra curricular activities.

Michela Roth, a 38-year-old American who has lived in Italy for years and has children of her own, often poses for model shoots during the summer holidays when she returns to the US.

She has won several beauty contests, including Miss Mamma Italiana and Miss Culetto d'Oro (Miss Golden Ass), raising eyebrows and tempers in the tiny town of Castello di Serravalle near Bologna in northern Italy.

"She?s too beautiful and I don't want her teaching my son," one indignant parent told the local newspaper.

But Miss Roth insists that parents who object are simply jealous and old-fashioned.

On her Facebook page their are pictures of the mother of one at the beauty contest as well as her kick boxing in micro-shorts and small top, while she describes her status as 'complicated'.

"I'm always photographed in clothes, I'm never nude," she told the local newspaper. "For me, being a model is a second job, and I do it especially during the summer when the school is closed. But I love being a teacher, that's the main objective in my life. Those who know me can vouch for my professionalism both as a teacher and a model.

"The parents who have withdrawn their children are trying to convince other parents to do the same. I was expecting a bit of criticism, but I could never have imagined it coming to this."

An online poll conducted by the paper showed that the majority of readers were more sympathetic to the teacher than to the disgruntled parents (83 per cent vs 14 per cent), with three per cent who were unsure.

Look, Michela appears to be a very competent and ambitious woman. You can tell she likes to suck in life.

She understands teaching in Italy is one of the lowest paid professions. And, "mamma mia", why anyone chooses this profession willingly is beyond us. If you are someone who has to take a second job, what does it matter what the hell the job is.

Italian teachers today are a diverse and unattractive group of people from both sexes. However, they all share the same challenges:

- The work day is close to 10 hours long,
- They are at the mercy of the little Italian "figli di puttane" they teach,
- And they have to find crafty ways of explaining the child's results to parents without resorting to, "it could be you're a mule at parenting".

But "minchia", if you can just reach one child... eh, how does the rest of that hilarious saying go?

And why can't the dear mothers just keep quiet? "Per favore, Signore." They know perfectly well:

- They could get back into decent physical shape if they want. We've checked you out at the local schools. Just because you're married and have kids doesn't mean you have to look like you're in your eighth month of pregnancy.
- The other teachers are socializing instead of working. They walk arm to arm through the hallways and in front of the buildings...like elephants in a circus that walk tied from trunk to tail.
- That their husbands are hungry and their clothes dirty.

So, here's to you, Michela! "Forza, bella! Vi amo!" Click here to view Michela's delightful credentials.

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