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 09/08/10 Chicken Ratatouille

"A ciascuno il suo." (To each his own.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Eggplant Meatballs
  -Vegetable Frittata
  -Chicken Ratatouille

All of us at the farm sincerely hope you enjoy your recipes!

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Yours Truly,              
Angela Reina       


 Recipe: Eggplant Meatballs

Eggplant Meatballs
Polpette di Melanzane

Ingredients:

2 large eggplants (1 and 1/2 lbs or about 650 grams), peeled and cut into quarters lengthwise
2 oz (60 grams) of stale Italian bread
1 to 2 eggs
3 tablespoons Pecorino-Romano cheese, freshly grated
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 bunch Italian parsley, chopped to yield 1/4 cup
1/2 cup bread crumbs
3 oz (80 grams) of Caciocavallo cheese (stringy Italian semi-soft cheese)
Tomato sauce
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, for frying

Directions:

Wash, peel, and cube eggplant.

In a large pot, bring water to a full boil, add salt and the eggplant cubes.

Cook for about 4 minutes at full boil.

Drain the eggplant using a fine mesh colander.

Discard the liquid and let cool.

Place all the eggplant pulp in a cheese-cloth and remove as much excess water as possible.

Place in a large bowl.

Add grated stale Italian bread, 1 egg, 3 tablespoons Pecorino-Romano cheese, garlic and parsley.

Mix everything together with a wooden spoon at first.

Form eggplant mixture into little balls about the size of a golf ball.

Poke hole in center.

Fill with a cube of Caciocavallo cheese.

Press mixture over the filling.

Roll the ball lightly in the bread crumbs.

Place into hot 340F (170C) oil and fry until brown on all sides and eggplant is cooked all the way through.

Place on paper towels to drain.

Serve with (spicy) tomato sauce on the side for dipping.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Vegetable Frittata

Vegetable Frittata
Frittata alla Verdura

Ingredients:

6 large eggs
6 large fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 oz prosciutto, finely chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 lb medium zucchini (about 3), halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/4 inch-thick slices
5 medium Swiss chard leaves, stems discarded and leaves finely chopped (1 and 1/2 cups)
12 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped
2 oz finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (1 cup)

Directions:

Preheat broiler.

Whisk together eggs, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

Cook prosciutto in olive oil in a 12-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until edges begin to crisp, about 2 minutes.

Add zucchini and chard and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are just tender, about 8 minutes.

Add scallions and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.

Pour egg mixture into skillet and cook, lifting up cooked egg around edge using a spatula to let as much raw egg as possible flow underneath, until edge is set, about 2 minutes (top and center will still be very loose).

Sprinkle cheese evenly over top.

Broil frittata about 6 inches from heat until set, slightly puffed, and golden, 2 to 2 and 1/2 minutes.

Cool frittata 5 minutes, then loosen edge with a clean spatula and slide onto a large plate.

Cut into wedges. Makes 6 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chicken Ratatouille

Chicken Ratatouille
Pollo Alla Ratatouille

Ingredients:

2 oz (50 grams) butter
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 onions, quartered
3 zucchini, cut into cubes
2 eggplants, cut into cubes
3 red or yellow peppers, halved, seeded and thickly sliced
4 tomatoes, peeled, quartered and seeded
1 chicken, cut into pieces
2 garlic cloves
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Heat half the butter and half the olive oil in a pan, add the onions, zucchini, eggplants and peppers, season with salt and pepper and cook over a high heat for a few minutes.

Lower the heat, add the tomatoes, cover and simmer gently for about 1 hour.

Heat the remaining butter and olive oil in another pan, add the chicken and garlic and cook, stirring and turning frequently, until golden brown all over.

Season with salt and pepper and cook for a further 30 minutes until tender and cooked through.

Remove and discard the garlic and add the chicken to the vegetables.

Mix well 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:

Ugly Italian Singles Want A Government Ministry

Naples - February 23, 2010 - Italian singles want a government ministry of their own.

Joe Lo Pilato, head of the newly formed 'Union of Love for Singles', says the proposed ministry could help people living alone fight lower wages and alleged discrimination.

"We denounce the fact that singles are penalized in the workplace and virtually every walk of life," Lo Pilato said, announcing a 'bill of rights' demanding mandatory government funding, travel discounts and tax breaks.

"We're up against discrimination wherever we turn, from civil service jobs to public housing," claimed Lo Pilato, 63, from Avellino near Naples.

The Union will stage Italy's first National Singles Day in Naples on July 24, he said. As well as helping singles who struggle to make ends meet, the ministry could also lend a hand in finding partners, Lo Pilato reckons.

"The government ought to organize collective weddings."

"Living alone isn't always a lifestyle choice".

Unbelievable! What "rompicoglioni!"
Can you believe the extra hissing that's coming from these people whose faces could probably stop a sundial?

I would first like to state that perhaps we are biased as we are of Italian blood and more importantly a couple of us consider ourselves to be captivating and charming Italian men (while our two coworkers look like they could do advertisement for liquor...hard liquor). But that's neither here nor there.

In defense of the 'Union of Love for Singles', we would also like to clarify a popular misconception ladies may have on Italian men. Regardless of what you may have experienced or heard, we are NOT the best lovers in the world. Some men in Italy claim they can carry a dozen doughnuts without their hands. Truth is...most of us can't carry two and we would pass out if we tried with more than three.

And there is no mandatory government funding, travel discounts, or tax breaks that could help that.

"We denounce the fact that singles are penalized in the workplace and virtually every walk of life," Of course you're penalized! It's an unfortunate sickness called "ugliness". And how could Italian politics possibly help the reason why you're not dating? Besides, they say that politics make strange bedfellows...and we don't even understand what that means, "cazzo!"

"The Union will stage Italy's first National Singles Day in Naples on July 24," Porca miseria, imagine Naples filled with singles roaming the city; the smell of cheap Napolitano aftershave wafting in the air, Nino D'Angelo music blaring in the streets and Napolitani walking around with their shirts half-buttoned.

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