09/29/10 Roman Cheesecake

"La buona moglie fa il buon marito." (A good wife makes a good husband.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Olive and Egg Omelette
  -Liver with Butter And Sage
  -Roman Cheesecake

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 Recipe: Olive and Egg Omelette

Olive and Egg Omelette
Frittata Con le Olive


5 eggs
1 oz (25 grams) green olives, stoned and chopped
1 oz (25 grams) black olives, stoned and chopped
2 oz (50 grams) pancetta, cut into strips
1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
3/4 oz (20 grams) butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper


Melt the butter in a frying pan.

Add the shallot and cook over a low heat stirring occasionally for about 5-7 minutes until soft.

Stir in the pancetta and cook for a few minutes more.

Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool slightly.

Lightly beat the eggs with the Parmigiano cheese and season with salt and pepper.

Stir in the olives with the shallot and pancetta mixture.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.

Pour in the mixture and cook until browned on both sides (do not let the frittata dry out).

Serve immediately. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Liver with Butter And Sage

Liver with Butter And Sage
Fegato Al Burro e Salvia


2 eggs
1 lb and 5 oz (600 grams) liver, sliced
2 oz (50 grams) butter
1 garlic clove
5-6 fresh sage leaves
Salt and pepper


Beat the eggs with a pinch of salt in a shallow dish, add the liver and leave for a few minutes.

Melt the butter over a low heat with the garlic and sage in a frying pan until they turn brown, then remove and discard.

Drain the liver, add to the pan, increase the heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes on each side, then lower the heat cook for a few minutes more, turning frequently, until cooked through.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Roman Cheesecake

Roman Cheesecake
Torta alla Romana


Butter, for greasing
2 tablespoons (30 ml) fresh breadcrumbs
2 oz (50 grams) dried or 4 oz (100 grams) fresh apricots
2 tablespoons (30 ml) seedless raisins
2 fl oz (50 ml) Marsala or Amaretto (almond liqueur)
1 and 1/2 lbs (700 grams) ricotta cheese
4 oz (100 grams) honey
2 free range eggs, separated
Grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon


Pre-heat the oven to 350F (180C) Gas Mark 4.

Generously butter the base and sides of an 8 inch (20 cm) springform or loose-bottomed cake tin.

Dust with the breadcrumbs, covering the base and sides as evenly as possible.

Finely chop the dried or fresh apricots.

Soak the dried apricots and raisins in the liqueur for 30 minutes.

Sieve the ricotta cheese into a large bowl and beat in the honey and egg yolks.

Stir in the soaked fruit and the liqueur, fresh apricots, if using, and the lemon zest.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff but not dry, then fold into the cheese mixture.

Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 50 minutes-1 hour until a skewer, inserted in the center, comes out clean.

Cool in the tin for 2-3 minutes, then remove from the tin and transfer to a wire cake rack, still on its base, and leave to cool completely. Serves 6-8.

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:

Religious More Likely To Survive Transplants

Rome - August 12, 2010 - Religious transplant patients have a greater chance of survival than those who don't believe in God, the results of an Italian study published on Thursday suggest.

The research by the Clinical Physiology Institute of the Pisa National Research Council (IFC-CNR) drew its conclusions after studying 179 liver transplant patients over a four-year period.

There was a marked difference in the survival rate between the deeply religious and those without faith, the research found. Four years after their operation, 93.5% of the faithful were still alive, compared to just 79.5% of non-believers. In other words, the mortality rate was three times higher among those who didn't believe in God - 20.5% compared to 6.6%.

"This is a statistically significant difference," explained study leader psychologist Franco Bonaguidi.

"It reduces the likelihood of a false positive to 2.6%, considerably lower than the conventional threshold of 5%".

The findings were based on a lengthy questionnaire about beliefs, controlled for a series of other factors including the age of recipient and donor, gender, education and employment, the nature of the disease and the type of transplant. Faith clearly made a difference, the team concluded, but the findings also indicated that simply paying lip service to religion was not sufficient in itself.

"The relevant factor is actively seeking the help of God, which is not about following a denominational faith," said Bonaguidi.

"Instead it is about an intimate side of people's personalities, which leads them to approach a serious disease as a chance to reconsider their own existence and values, and reassess its spiritual and transcendent elements".

The Italian study is not the first to find a link between faith and health but it is the first to focus specifically on transplant recovery rates. Suggested explanations for this effect have focused both on physical and psychological benefits.

In terms of the physical, religious precepts often promote healthy lifestyles, for example discouraging tobacco, alcohol, sexual promiscuity and excessive meat consumption.

From a psychological viewpoint, suggestions have included a sense of purpose and structure, and close support networks.

"Mamma mia!" Oh, shhh...listen very carefully. Those are the sounds of thousands of wine bottles uncorking in Italy and Italians toasting their good and bad health to God.

It's true that Catholics (including everyone on this ridiculous news staff) see organ and tissue donation as an act of charity and love. And it's hard to believe that transplants are morally and ethically acceptable to that Vatican. Who would have guessed?

However, this is a bit far fetched. You see, it's true some Italians are deeply religious but we simply think they worship their own big heads. We're forced to worship a religious group called "Sicilians stuck being Sicilians". But that's neither here nor there.

"...religious precepts often promote healthy lifestyles, for example discouraging tobacco, alcohol, sexual promiscuity and excessive meat consumption." "Ma che roba!" What a festival of ignorance. We know a few individuals who smoke a pack a day, swig half a bottle of homemade wine at lunch, have sex with anything that breathes and know twenty ways to prepare lamb. And these are the same people you'll always find at every Sunday Mass with that angelic look on their ugly mugs.

We have a "half relative" (half means we care about one side of the family. The other side can jump off a cliff as far as we're concerned) who has a strong faith in God and who happens to have survived a cornea transplant. After his eye was repaired, he took a good look at his wife and dumped her.

He strongly believes in God but he couldn't believe what he was married to.

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