08/29/07 Ragu' Napoletano from OreganoFromItaly.com

"La lingua non ha osso ma rompe l'osso." (The tongue has no bone but it breaks bone.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Mozzarella In Carrozza
  -Peperoni Ripieni Con Pane
  -Ragu' Napoletano

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 Recipe: Mozzarella In Carrozza

Mozzarella In Carrozza
Mozzarella Fried in Bread


8 slices of bread (bread should be about 2-3 inches in diameter)
4 eggs
1 lb. mozzarella cheese
1 cup milk


Moisten the bread with a small amount of milk.

Cut mozzarella cheese into slices the same thickness as the bread.

Insert a slice of mozzarella between two slices of bread. Coat with flour, dip in beaten eggs, then coat with breadcrumbs and fry in hot olive oil. Repeat the process until all the mozzarella and the bread have been used.

Mozzarella in carrozza is fried in a skillet with plenty of olive oil. Serves 4-6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Peperoni Ripieni Con Pane

Peperoni Ripieni Con Pane
Peppers Stuffed with Bread


8 bell peppers, small sized
3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
2 cups breadcrumbs
2 cloves garlic
3 salted anchovies
1 oz. capers
2 oz. green olives


Clean the peppers; remove the stem and the seeds.

Prepare a stuffing with 1 and 1/2 tbs. olive oil, breadcrumbs, parsley chopped with garlic, anchovies, capers and olives.

Stuff the peppers without packing them too tightly, place them in a baking pan, pour over the remaining olive oil and bake for about one hour at 400° F. Serves 4-6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Ragu' Napoletano

Ragu' Napoletano

Naples has its own ragł, with as many variations as you might imagine. Its nickname is "ragł guardaporta" which means "doorman's ragł " because a doorman supposedly having nothing else to do but watch the main entrance could watch the slow cooking of the ragł as well.


1 onion, thinly sliced
2 oz. extra virgin olive oil
1 oz. lard, chopped
1 carrot
1 celery stalk
8 oz. whole top round
1 lb. whole veal shank
8 oz. pork short ribs
3 lbs. tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
20 basil leaves
Salt and pepper


In a skillet, saute one onion in olive oil and lard. Add chopped carrot and celery. Saute them until wilted but not browned, add the meats and saute until browned on all sides.

Add the peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes, basil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well and cook over very low heat with the pot covered for about 3-4 hours.

When the ragł is ready, remove the meat from the casserole and set aside. Use the sauce as a condiment for pasta, and serve the various meats with it or as a second course. Serves 6-8.

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:

Malaria Makes a Comeback

January 19 - Sandwiched between temperate Europe and African heat, Italy is on the front line of climate change and is witnessing a rise in tropical diseases such as malaria and tick-borne encephalitis, a new report says.

Italy was declared free of malaria in 1970, but it is making a comeback, said the Italian environmental organization Legambiente. Tick-borne encephalitis, a virus that attacks the nerve system, is also on the way back. While only 18 cases had been reported before 1993, 100 have been since, mostly around Venice.

A third ailment, visceral leishmaniasis, carried by sandflies and potentially fatal, is expanding rapidly, the report added. Cases in Italy have risen to 150 a year from 50 before 2000, with the southern region of Campania a hot spot.

Of six sustained droughts in Italy in the past 60 years four have occurred since 1990. The average temperature has increased by 0,4 Celsius in the north in 20 years and by 0,7 Celsius in the south. Ten million hectares are at risk of desertification.

Twenty percent of the fish now swimming in the Mediterranean, including barracuda, are types that have migrated from the Red Sea as water temperatures rise.

"We are at the southern edge of the globe's temperate area and that is why Italy is being particularly hit by the collapse of the climatic equilibrium, said Legambiente's director general, Francesco Ferrante.

Ah...Non mi sento tanto bene.

Visiting Italy? Your "Only In Italy" Guide to Survival:

1.) Protect Yourself: If you are traveling overseas to a malaria-risk area like Italy, visit your health care provider four weeks to six weeks before leaving for any necessary vaccinations, as well as a prescription for an anti malarial drug.

2.) Wear insect repellent to prevent mosquito, other insect bites and Italian vendors pushing expensive souvenir crap. To prevent malaria, wear insect repellent if outdoors between dusk and dawn when the Italian mosquito that transmits malaria is singing and biting.

3.) Wear long pants and long-sleeved clothing (Italian designer clothes are optional). A comfortable tick collar would not hurt.

4.) On humid days, lock yourselves in your hotel rooms.

5.) Several parts of southern Italy may have the climatic, social and economic aspects of deep Africa. Wear a mosquito net over your head if you're in doubt of where you are.

6.) Avoid marital and family disputes. Example: The deaths of two members of the noble Florentine Medici family attributed to malaria instead were a result of arsenic poisoning. The team of experts from the University of Florence believe that Cardinal Ferdinando de' Medici decided that his older brother Francesco was a peckerhead and unfit to govern. He didn't like Francesco's ugly second wife Bianca Capello, either. It only took 420 years to solve the crimes.

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