09/03/08 Shrimp Salad with Zucchini and Basil from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Bruschetta con Formaggio di Capra, Peperoni e Basilico
  -Insalata di Gamberetti con Zucchine e Basilico
  -Penne con Arugula, Radicchio, e Mozzarella Affumicata

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 Recipe: Bruschetta con Formaggio di Capra, Peperoni e Basilico

Bruschetta con Formaggio di Capra, Peperoni e Basilico
Bruschetta with Goat Cheese, Roasted Pepper, and Basil


1 large red bell pepper
4 ounces soft fresh goat cheese (such as Montrachet), room temperature (about 1 cup)
Four 3/4-inch-thick slices country bread, halved, toasted or grilled
16 fresh basil leaves


Preheat oven to 375 F.

Char bell pepper over gas flame or under broiler until blackened on all sides.

Enclose in paper bag 10 minutes.

Peel and seed pepper; cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips.

Spread goat cheese on toasts.

Top with red pepper strips.

Place bruschetta on baking sheet.

Bake until warm, about 5 minutes.

Top each toast with 2 basil leaves and serve. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

 Recipe: Insalata di Gamberetti con Zucchine e Basilico

Insalata di Gamberetti con Zucchine e Basilico
Shrimp Salad with Zucchini and Basil


1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons drained capers
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

1 lb uncooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined
2 zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups)

8 cups mixed baby greens (about 5 ounces)
Freshly grated Parmigiano cheese (optional)


Whisk lemon juice, capers, shallot, mustard, and dried red pepper in medium bowl.

Whisk in olive oil, then basil.

Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Bring large saucepan of salted water to boil.

Add shrimp and cook 1 minute.

Add zucchini; continue cooking until shrimp are opaque in center and zucchini is crisp-tender, about 1 minute longer. Drain.

Rinse under cold water and cool. Drain well.

Transfer to large bowl. Add 1/3 cup dressing and toss to coat.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Toss greens in large bowl with enough dressing to coat.

Divide greens among 4 plates.

Arrange shrimp and zucchini atop greens.

Serve, passing Parmigiano cheese separately, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

 Recipe: Penne con Arugula, Radicchio, e Mozzarella Affumicata

Penne con Arugula, Radicchio, e Mozzarella Affumicata
Penne with Arugula, Radicchio, and Smoked Mozzarella


1 lb dried Penne pasta
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (6-oz) head radicchio
9 oz Arugula, trimmed (6 cups)
1 cup fresh basil
4 oz smoked mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


Cook pasta in a 6-quart pot of well-salted boiling water until 'al dente'.

While pasta is boiling, whisk together olive oil, zest, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Then thinly slice radicchio, arugula, and basil and add to dressing.

Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water and drain pasta in a colander.

Add hot pasta and reserved cooking water to greens and let stand 1 minute to wilt.

Add mozzarella and lemon juice and toss well.

Season with salt and pepper and serve warm. Makes 6 servings.

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:

Thief Who Left Roses to Victims Arrested

Genoa - February 25, 2008 - A 'gentleman thief' who presented his victims with red roses was nabbed in Genoa on Monday.

Police said they had tracked down the man, 48, by following the trail left by his flowers at various shops. Shopkeepers helped police identify him because he always wore the same clothes, police said.

The man, identified by his initials as R.F., was caught as he was about to present two post-office cashiers with roses wrapped in cellophane. He gave a cashier at another Genoa post office a similar souvenir last week.

"It's a way of saying sorry," said the man, who used a toy gun to stick up his victims.

R.F. is believed to have robbed a bank inside the northwestern city's Gaslini hospital last year. Police found the bank's safe empty except for a bouquet of flowers.

"Una bella rosa per una bella donna... Eh, dove sono i soldi?"

What do James Bond, David Niven and Cary Grant have in common? They represent the quintessential gentleman. It's what makes them so charming and beloved.

The idea of a 'gentleman thief' is one who understands the basics of etiquette and chivalry:

He would remove his hat before entering a bank or post office about to be robbed.
He would be polite, not speak loudly nor lose his temper with the cashiers.
He would never let others see him looking at his watch as the cashiers are emptying the registers.

But you would think the mentally handicapped Genovese "Pink Panther" would have spent some of the loot on a few brand new Italian suits.

"Oh, I beg your pardon." How distinguished did the quintessential jackass look dressed in the same clothes?

Cazzo, it's amazing he didn't shoot himself in the foot with the toy gun.

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