10/01/14 Crab Meat Omelette

"Una cassetta di mele e arance." (A case of apples and oranges. It doesn't make sense to compare two situations to make a point, as the two situations are completely different from each other.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Crab Meat Omelette
  -Gnocchi Filled with Fondue
  -Pork Stew with Green Beans and Olives

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 Recipe: Crab Meat Omelette

Crab Meat Omelette
Omelette Alla Polpa Di Granchio


6 eggs
2 oz (50 grams) crab meat, drained it canned, and finely chopped
2 oz (50 grams) butter
2 tablespoons double cream
Salt and pepper


Melt halt the butter in a small saucepan.

Add the crab meat and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.

Season with salt and plenty of pepper.

Add the cream and cook over a low heat for about 15 minutes without letting the butter turn brown.

Lightly beat the eggs with a pinch of salt, a pinch of pepper and 1 tablespoon cold water.

Melt the remaining butter in a frying pan.

Pour in the eggs and cook until set on the underside and soft on top.

Spoon the crab meat on to one half of the omelette, fold over and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Gnocchi Filled with Fondue

Gnocchi Filled with Fondue
Gnocchi Con Ripieno Di Fonduta


For the Gnocchi:
2 and 1/4 lbs (1 kg) potatoes
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 oz (50 grams) butter
8 fresh sage leaves
7 oz (200 grams) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated

For the Fondue:
14 oz (400 grams) Fontina cheese, thinly sliced
4 egg yolks
1 oz (25 grams) butter
1/2 - 3/4 pint (300-425 ml) milk


Prepare the Fondue:
Place the Fontina cheese for the fondue in a heatproof bowl.

Add milk to cover and set aside to soak overnight.

The next, add the butter and egg yolks to the Fontina and mix well.

Set the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and cook, stirring constantly, to a smooth, thick cream.

Season with salt to taste and leave to cool.

Prepare the Gnocchi:
Cook the potatoes in lightly salted, boiling water.

Drain and mash while still hot.

Beat in the flour, egg and a pinch of salt and leave to stand.

Halve the potato dough.

Roll out one piece and arrange small heaps of fondue on top as if making ravioli.

Roll out the second piece of dough and cover the first, pressing the edges down well.

Cut out with a pastry wheel.

Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to a boil.

Add the gnocchi, a few at a time, and remove with a slotted spoon as they rise to the surface.

Melt the butter in a small frying pan.

Add the sage leaves and cook for a few minutes.

Place the gnocchi on a warm serving dish.

Pour the sage butter over them.

Serve with Parmigiano cheese. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Pork Stew with Green Beans and Olives

Pork Stew with Green Beans and Olives
Spezzatino di Maiale con Fagiolini e Olive


4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 pounds boneless (farmer's style) pork spareribs, cut into 1 and 1/2-inch pieces
2 large onions, chopped
8 garlic cloves, minced
One 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes
14 and 1/2-ounces chicken broth
1 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
3/4 cup Mediterranean olives
1 pound green beans, cut into 2-inch lengths


Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy Dutch oven over medium-high heat.

Season pork with salt and pepper.

Add pork to pot and cook until brown, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.

Using slotted spoon, transfer pork to plate.

Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to pot.

Add onions and saute until very tender, about 12 minutes.

Add garlic and cook 3 minutes.

Return pork to pot.

Add tomatoes with their juices, chicken broth, white wine, thyme and oregano.

Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until pork is almost tender, about 1 hour.

Add olives and continue cooking until pork is very tender and juices are slightly thickened, about 45 minutes.

Add green beans to stew.

Cover and cook over low heat until beans are just tender, about 8 minutes.

Season to taste 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:

25% of Italian students: "Seriously, We're Just About Done With Religion Class"

Genova - October 8, 2013 - Religion class in school is useless, said about 25% of students surveyed in a study.

In fact, an entire class at a school in Genoa asked to be exempt from taking the religious studies course, says a survey conducted by Skuola.net.

Some students also complained that the course was a waste of tax money and one in four students said they treated the hour devoted to religious class as a free period.

The study also found that three in every five students said that religious class time was usually spent discussing such ethical issues as suicide, abortion and euthanasia.

"Porca l'oca," what a coincidence! We were just saying 25% of Italian students in general are useless. "Si si," simply useless...

In (rare) defense of Italy's public school system, we're having a hard time giving an Italian crap about the complaints of Italian students. Could be because they're young and free...and we're miserable.

The problem here is not so much the waste of tax money (as if these mules knew what taxes are)...but what the one in four students are up to during that free period. But can you believe the nerve of these "rompicoglioni?" Those tax dollars are going towards property damage that constantly occurs during that religion class.

As Italy's Oscar Wilde once said (he was Italian, wasn't he?), "You can never be overdressed or overeducated." So, dress up, stay off the streets, go to religion class and accept it at face value as we did back in the old Catholic school days. If you can't then don't get offended if miserable Italians insist that Siegfried and Roy should be commissioned to clean up the Italian public school system.

On the other hand, in the defense of the students (deep breath here...), we can understand your frustrations up to a certain point. There is too much time wasted on, for example, watching movies during lesson hours. It would be logical if the films were related to the lesson's topic or if they were discussed later on. But they usually serve to kill time if, for example, there is no substitute teacher.

Furthermore, we are well aware that your reference to wasted tax money is the rhetoric result of families badgering you into selecting a political party at the age of 5.

And speaking of your families...the discussion of skipping religion class isn't going to fly at home, especially the ones where mothers are sticking coins under a statue of the Virgin Mother. After all, it's hard to express your opinions and rationale at the dinner table while avoiding getting interrupted every 8 seconds.

"...three in every five students said that religious class time was usually spent discussing such ethical issues as suicide, abortion and euthanasia."

"Mamma mia," what entertaining conversation pieces for the after school playground. We think a more educational and fascinating ethical issue would be the Vatican financing the construction of the Watergate Hotel and apartment complex in Washington DC.

"Eh, excuse me, professore. Has the Church decided when the beatification process for Nixon will begin?"

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