09/16/09 Shad with Sage

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Scamorza Cheese Carpaccio
  -Scallops in Saffron Sauce
  -Shad with Sage

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 Recipe: Scamorza Cheese Carpaccio

Scamorza Cheese Carpaccio
Carpaccio di Scamorza


14 oz (400 grams) scamorza or provolone cheese, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon, strained
Salt and pepper
6 fresh mint leaves, to garnish


Place the cheese in the middle of a serving dish and arrange the cucumber slices around it.

Whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice in a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the dressing over the cheese and garnish with the mint leaves. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Scallops in Saffron Sauce

Scallops in Saffron Sauce
Cappesante in Salsa di Zafferano


12 scallops
1 carrot, diced
1 spring onion, thinly sliced
6 fl oz (175 ml) dry white wine
2 oz (50 grams) butter, cut into pieces
1 tablespoon double cream
Pinch of saffron threads


Dry scallops with kitchen paper.

Put the carrot, spring onion, wine, a pinch of salt and 4 tablespoons water in a pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the scallops and cook for a further 4 minutes.

Remove the scallops with a slotted spoon, halve them, place in half-shells and keep warm.

Boil the cooking juices until reduced, then stir in the butter, cream and saffron.

Pour the hot sauce over the scallops and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Shad with Sage

Shad with Sage
Agoni alla Salvia


1 and 3/4 lb (800 grams) shad, scaled and cleaned
1/2 pint (300 ml) milk
Plain flour, for dusting
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter
6 fresh sage leaves


Place the fish in a dish, add the milk and leave to soak for 10 minutes.

Drain, pat dry with kitchen paper and dust lightly with flour.

Heat the olive oil and butter in a frying pan, add the sage leaves and cook until lightly browned.

Add the shad and cook for 7 minutes on each side.

Season with salt, remove from the pan with a slotted spoon, drain on kitchen paper and serve. Serves 4.

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:

Mafia Still Convinced They Own Women

Rome - January 9, 2009 - Many Italian mobsters still think they own their women and believe they should get away with murder if they are jilted, Italy's highest court said Friday.

Rejecting a plea of 'crime of passion,' the Cassation Court sentenced a Camorra boss to life for the 2000 murder of a factory worker the boss's girlfriend fell in love with. The court, whose rulings set precedents, said the toughest penalties should be applied in cases where mobsters "kill merely to punish someone they think belongs to them, not accepting a woman's right to live her own life".

The Mafia has been known to apply an outdated code of honor that extends to murdering people, especially women, who have 'brought shame' on their families. So-called honor killings are also part of Italy's legal history, where the idea was an admitted defense until 1981.

Prior to its reversal, an article existed in the Italian Criminal Code that provided a reduced penalty of imprisonment of only three to seven years for a man who killed his wife, sister or daughter to vindicate his or his family's honor. Such crimes were once a fairly widely accepted feature of highly traditional communities in southern Italy and even sparked an Oscar-winning 1961 comedy called Divorce, Italian Style, starring Marcello Mastroianni.

The Mafia, clinging to the past, has much more recently killed women who 'strayed' sexually or had children without being married.

"Rompicoglione", the Mafia is always prepared to "poop plenty" about their codes and regulations.

How do you get through to men who are limited in their capacity? Rational and reason has the chance of setting in only when they run out of bullets.

"Minchia", Some Italian guys have the ability to do whatever they want and women put up with it.
Like on Monday, he's married to his regular wife, the old bag.
Tuesday, he's married to his girlfriend.
Wednesday, he's married to an ostrich.

But wait! How could such medieval customs still exist?

Perhaps the simplest explanation is the overwhelmingly male majority in the Italian Parliament; the phenomenal congressmen who set low personal standards and then consistently fail to achieve them.

To the slogan, "No compromise on women and their bodies!"
Their asinine answer, "Women's place is the bedroom, not the Parliament!"

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