09/04/13 Bruschetta with Goat Cheese, Tomatoes and Mint

"Non si vive di solo pane." (One does not live by bread alone. In life there's need for more than just basic things necessary for survival.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Bruschetta with Goat Cheese, Tomatoes and Mint
  -Hash with Fried Eggs and Arugula
  -Roasted Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

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 Recipe: Bruschetta with Goat Cheese, Tomatoes and Mint

Bruschetta with Goat Cheese, Tomatoes and Mint
Bruschetta con Formaggio di Capra, Pomodori e Menta


6 plum tomatoes, seeded, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
4 ounces soft fresh goat cheese
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
Twelve 1/2-inch thick slices Italian or French bread (from about 3-inch diameter loaf)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large garlic clove, halved


Preheat oven to 325?F.

Arrange bread slices on baking sheet.

Brush olive oil over both sides of bread.

Bake bread until golden, about 5-6 minutes per side.

Remove toasts from oven.

Rub cut sides of garlic over toasts.

Combine seeded plum tomatoes and fresh lemon juice in medium bowl.

Season with generous amount of salt and pepper.

Toss tomatoes to combine.

Preheat oven to 350?F.

Spread goat cheese over toasts

Arrange on baking sheet.

Mound tomatoes on toasts, dividing equally.

Bake until heated through, about 8 minutes.

Transfer bruschetta to platter.

Sprinkle with mint. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Hash with Fried Eggs and Arugula

Hash with Fried Eggs and Arugula
Carne Tritata con Uova Fritte e Rucola


1 link spicy sausage (about 4 ounces), casing removed
2 cups stuffing
2 large eggs
1/2 cup arugula leaves


Crumble sausage into medium nonstick skillet.

Cook over medium-high heat until no longer pink, about 5-6 minutes.

Pour off fat from skillet.

Add stuffing and cook until well browned, flattening with back of spatula and turning and flipping occasionally, about 10-12 minutes.

Divide stuffing between 2 plates (do not clean skillet).

Fry eggs over easy in same skillet.

Top stuffing with eggs, then arugula.

Season with salt and pepper and serve. Serves 2.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Roasted Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Roasted Potatoes with Fresh Herbs
Patate Arrosto con Erbe Fresche


5 large garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
3 pounds large fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
Coarse kosher salt
Chopped fresh Italian parsley for garnishing


Preheat oven to 375?F.

Using garlic press, squeeze garlic into large bowl.

Whisk in olive oil and herbs.

Add potatoes.

Toss to coat.

Spread potatoes in single layer on large rimmed baking sheet.

Sprinkle generously with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Roast until tender and brown, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Place potatoes in bowl.

Top with parsley. Serves 8.

That's it!

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"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:

Daddy To Continue Paying Allowances To Unenergetic 41-Year-Old Child

Venice - March 23, 2012 - Italy's top appeals court has ordered a separated husband to keep paying towards the upkeep of his unemployed 41-year-old daughter.

The Cassation Court, whose rulings set precedents, reversed a 2006 lower appeals court sentence that the man could stop the payments, saying "separated parents' obligation (to pay) persists until they can prove children are economically independent".  


All of us on the news staff are in our late 30's and 40's and we're proud to state none of us have the "coglioni" to demand allowances from our parents. Why risk a slap hard enough to straighten out our crooked teeth?

We have no idea who she is, but do you have an image of her burning in your mind as we do (or the slap for the crooked teeth)?

Are you picturing a woman who:

1) set back the Women?s Movement 47 years?
2) sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them?
3) basically paces herself like a slug?
4) gets sore from making an espresso and says, "Mamma mia, I have to go lie down"?

And could you believe this middle-aged Italian child could ever be economically independent? Oh, she would be an extraordinary asset at your company. However, we hardly think being able to dial a phone upside down should be considered a job qualification.

You know, we still can't understand how that Cassation Court reasons. The irony is that Italy, with our 150-200,000 laws, is as a result almost LAWLESS! If you live in a country with so many laws like ours, they can do anything for you. You can twirl them, mix them and rewrite them. Italian laws are like stupid playing cards. You simply have to shuffle them and lay them out to satisfy yourself.

Oh, but the poor "figlio di puttana". You have to feel for the father.
This is a man who was dealt the two of spades, 3 jokers and a losing lottery card. The "povero disgraziato"...

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