11/05/08 Stuffed Breast Of Veal Genovese Style from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Spinach In White Butter Sauce
  -Tagliatelle with Smoked Salmon
  -Stuffed Breast Of Veal Genovese Style

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 Recipe: Spinach In White Butter Sauce

Spinach In White Butter Sauce
Spinaci In Salsa Bianca


1 lemon, sliced
2 and 1/4 lb (1 kg) spinach
2 small shallots, chopped
3 and 1/2 fluid oz (100 ml) dry white wine
5 oz (150 grams) butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 oz (25 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
Salt and pepper


Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the lemon and spinach and cook for about 5 minutes until the spinach is tender.

Remove and discard the lemon, drain the spinach and squeeze out the excess liquid.

Place in a serving dish and keep warm.

Put the shallots, wine and 100 ml (3 and 1/2 fl oz) water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium heat.

Lower the heat and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half.

Remove the pan from the heat, season with salt and pepper and leave to cool slightly.

Stir in the softened butter and return to the heat, whisking constantly until thickened, then add the thyme. Sprinkle the spinach with the Parmigiano cheese, and spoon the sauce over it. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Tagliatelle with Smoked Salmon

Tagliatelle with Smoked Salmon
Tagliatelle al Salmon Affumicato


3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) smoked salmon, chopped
2 oz (50 grams) butter
5 tablespoons whisky
Juice of 1/2 lemon, strained
3 and 1/2 fluid oz (100 ml) double cream
10 oz (275 grams) fresh Tagliatelle pasta
Salt and pepper 


Melt the butter in a saucepan.

Add the salmon, stir and splash with the lemon juice.

Cook for a few minutes, then add the cream and whisky and season with salt and pepper.

Cook over a low heat for about 5 minutes.

Cook the tagliatelle pasta in a large pan of salted, boiling water until 'al dente'.

Drain, add to the sauce and cook for an additional few minutes.

Toss gently and transfer to a warm serving dish. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Stuffed Breast Of Veal Genovese Style

Stuffed Breast Of Veal Genovese Style
Cima alla Genovese


2 and 1/4 lb (1 kilogram) boneless breast of veal
1 onion
1 carrot
2 bay leaves

For the Stuffing:
2 oz (50 grams) bread slices, crusts removed
7 oz (200 grams) minced veal
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) sweetbreads or brains, blanched and diced
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) pork fat, chopped, or lardons
7 oz (200 grams) Swiss chard, boiled, drained and coarsely chopped
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons chopped fresh marjoram
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
Salt and pepper


Prepare the Stuffing:
Tear the bread into pieces, place in a bowl, add water to cover and leave to soak for 10 minutes, then drain and squeeze out.

Prepare the Veal:
Put the minced veal in a bowl and add the sweetbreads or brains and pork fat or lardons, Swiss chard and soaked bread.

Mix well, stir in the nutmeg and marjoram and season with salt and pepper.

Bind the mixture with the beaten eggs and Parmigiano cheese.

Make a horizontal cut in the breast of veal along one of the long sides to create a 'pocket'.

Fill the pocket with the stuffing, sew up the opening and tie neatly with kitchen string.

Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil with the onion, carrot and bay leaves.

Add the stuffed breast and simmer gently for about 2 hours.

Drain the meat and put on a plate.

Cover and place a weight on top. Leave to cool, then untie and carve into slices.

Arrange on a serving dish. Serves 6.

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:

Sneaky Sex Headaches Can Kill

Milan - September 30, 2008 - Illicit love affairs can lead to crippling migraines in headache sufferers and may even kill, Italian researchers warned Tuesday.

A specific type of headache can turn nasty during sneaky sex, according to Lorenzo Pinessi of the Italian Migraine Society. He said it affects about 15% of the Italian population, mostly men.

"This type of headache can be exacerbated by a series of factors like aphrodisiac food, performance-enhancing drugs, physical strain and psychological stress caused by the need to keep the relationship secret," Pinessi said.

"It can trigger extremely strong migraine attacks lasting up to three hours".

Pinessi said headache sufferers who have such experiences should talk "openly" to their doctors about them.

"In 3-4% of cases they may cause a cerebral aneurysm," he said.

The neurologist said he advised such patients to "try and cool it, take a time-out from the affair and have a brain scan".

Hey bagascia! You're giving me a headache...

Here's some news for Dottore Lorenzo. Many working Italians are more interested in cheating on their partner at lunchtime than grabbing something to eat.

It appears that lunch (between 12:30 and 2:00) accounted for one in three acts of adultery. Regardless of the location, whether in the car, office, restaurant restroom, or mule shed, it has to be over and done with quickly while everyone else is out to lunch.

Dottore, if we're constantly skipping lunch and being blackmailed into adultery, we're going to have migraine attacks.

Other possible causes of these sex headaches are:

- a bashing over the head with a dull object after being caught in an affair,
- the preposterous and complicated legal procedure to obtain a much needed divorce in Italy (cause must be proven and the process takes a minimum of three years).

The neurologist said he advised such patients to "try and cool it, take a time-out from the affair and have a brain scan". This dottore deserves to be in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for creating the most inconceivable and head splitting excuse ever to end an affair.

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