09/03/14 Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches

"Troppi cuochi guastano la cucina." (Too many cooks spoil the broth.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches
  -Farfalle with Pancetta
  -Perch with Sage

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 Recipe: Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches

Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches
Mozzarella In Carrozza


5 oz (150 grams) mozzarella cheese, sliced
8 bread slices, halved
2 eggs
6 fl oz (175 ml) milk
3 and 1/2 oz (100 ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 oz (25 grams) butter
Plain flour, for dusting


Place the slices of mozzarella on half the bread.

Top with the remaining bread to make sandwiches.

Beat the eggs in a shallow dish with the milk.

Season with salt.

Dust the sandwiches with flour.

Place in the beaten eggs, pressing down gently with a fish slice until they have absorbed some of the mixture.

Heat the olive oil and butter in a frying pan.

Add the sandwiches and cook for about 2 minutes on each side until crisp and golden brown.

Remove with a fish slice.

Drain on kitchen paper.

Serve hot. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Farfalle with Pancetta

Farfalle with Pancetta
Farfalle alla Pancetta


3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) pancetta (smoked if available)
1 fresh chilli, seeded and chopped
9 oz (250 grams) tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
7 fl oz (200 ml) double cream
12 oz (350 grams) farfalle
1 oz (25 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated


Heat the olive oil in a pan.

Add the pancetta and chilli and cook over a medium heat for about 5 minutes until lightly browned.

Add the tomatoes.

Season with salt and cook over a low heat for 25-30 minutes.

Stir in the cream and cook over a very low heat for another 5 minutes until thickened.

Cook the farfalle pasta in a large pan of salted, boiling water until 'al dente'.


Pour into the sauce and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds.

Sprinkle with the Parmigiano cheese and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Perch with Sage

Perch with Sage
Pesce Persico Alla Salvia


1 lb and 5 oz (600 grams) perch fillets
8 fresh sage leaves
2 oz (50 grams) butter
Plain flour, for dusting
Salt and pepper


Lightly dust the fish fillets with flour.

Shake off any excess.

Melt the butter with the sage in a frying pan.

Add the fish and cook over a medium heat for 3-5 minutes on each side until light golden brown all over.

Season with salt and pepper and serve. Serves 4.

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:

Italian Town Celebrates First Baby In 67 Years

La Spezia - October 1, 2013 - A hamlet in the Ligurian Riviera hills is celebrating its first baby in 67 years, an arrival that has boosted its population to a whopping six.

Francesco was born last week to Michele and Sabrina Isella, a couple who said they moved to the tiny village of Lissa five years ago "because we love the woods around here".

"We didn't want to start a family in an industrialized zone," Sabrina told a local paper. "We discovered this place and decided to change our lives".

Sabrina teaches middle school in a nearby town while her jobless husband, both from Lecco north of Milan, tends to the trees surrounding their home. "We don't have any problems" they say.

Lissa residents who, like those of many isolated Italian villages, have seen their birthplace become deserted over recent decades, said they saw the blue ribbon on the Isellas' house as "a sign of hope".

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

Oh, that poor little Francesco. You have to feel for the little eggplant.

"We don't have any problems..."
"Porca vacca", you're living in a village with 3 other people and your husband has decided to pursue the life of Paul Bunyan. This place is chock full of problems.

And talk about burning bridges. The only explanation they all must have in common for living like this is the inherent mistrust of relatives.

And there's no worse feeling than knowing you're not alone. Walk down the street and immediately get pulled into a conversation no matter how much time has gone by (this is where the nincompoop factor kicks in):

"Si, you're right and wrong."
"No, it's ying and yang."
"Be all that you can be."

"I heard Francesco's toilet training has finally hit a turning point. I'm just a bit disappointed I'm the only one around here who shouldn't know he finally hit the bowl right."

You see? This is the type of recklessness that can throw an entire town for a loop.

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