11/12/08 Calamari and Lentil Soup from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Calamari and Lentil Soup
  -Rice with Walnuts and Carrots
  -Sausages with 10 Herbs

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 Recipe: Calamari and Lentil Soup

Calamari and Lentil Soup
Zuppa di Calamari e Lenticchie


1 lb and 2 oz (500 grams) small squid, cleaned and chopped
7 oz (200 grams) lentils, soaked in cold water for about 3 hours and drained
9 oz (250 grams) leafy green vegetables, such as Swiss chard or escarole, coarsely chopped
Pinch of chili powder


Put the lentils into a saucepan, add 2 and 1/2 pints (1.5 liters) of water and bring to a boil.

Add the squid, lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Add the green vegetables, cover the pan again and cook for a another 30 minutes.

Add the chill powder and season with salt to taste, then ladle into a soup bowl. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Rice with Walnuts and Carrots

Rice with Walnuts and Carrots
Riso ai Noci e Carote


12 oz (350 grams) whole grain rice
2 oz (50 grams) shelled walnuts
7 oz (200 grams) carrots, sliced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) Gas Mark 4.

Rinse the rice under cold running water.

Then put in a saucepan with 1 and 1/4 pints (750 ml) of water.

Add a pinch of salt, bring to a boil and cook over a low heat for about 15 minutes.

Stir in the carrots, cover and cook for a another 15 minutes until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender.

Meanwhile, spread out the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for just a few minutes until golden.

When cool enough to handle, chop the walnuts.

When the rice is tender, stir in the walnuts and olive oil and heat through for a few minutes.

Transfer to a warm serving dish. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sausages with 10 Herbs

Sausages with 10 Herbs
Salsicce alle 10 Erbe


8 Italian sausages
Fresh rosemary needles, chopped
Fresh sage leaves, chopped
Fresh basil leaves, chopped
Fresh thyme leaves, chopped
Fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Fresh marjoram leaves, chopped
Fresh mint leaves, chopped
Fresh tarragon leaves, chopped
Celery stick(s), chopped
Shallot(s), chopped
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) dry white wine


The quantities of the various herbs, celery and shallot to use depend on individual taste, but it is best to go easy with the stronger ones, such as rosemary.

Prick the sausages, put them in a pan with 2 tablespoons of water and cook, turning occasionally, for about 10 minutes until golden brown.

Add the herbs, celery and shallot(s) and cook for a few minutes more.

Pour in the wine and cook until it has evaporated, then 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:

Liza Minnelli Is Back!

Rome - October 2, 2008 - Liza Minnelli gave a sneak preview of her Italian tour Thursday by performing one of her most famous songs in front of Rome's landmark Trevi fountain.

The 63-year-old entertainer delighted hundreds of tourists by dancing and miming to "New York, New York," the song John Kander wrote for her and the title of the 1977 musical film in which she starred opposite Robert De Niro.

The actress and singer star is in Italy to perform for the first time in over 15 years. She will appear in seven concerts across Italy with the opening night in Rome on October 29. In keeping with tradition Minnelli threw a coin into the Baroque Trevi fountain saying she was wishing for love and compassion for all the children in Italy.

She said the international turmoil in the financial world was affecting everyone including the show business industry.

"And I think the only thing that keeps all of us going is music. Do you remember in the 1930s during the Great Depression? Do you know what the number one song was? 'We're in the money, we're in the money.' So entertainment gave people their dreams back and I think that's the job I want to do," she told reporters.

The daughter of actress Judy Garland, Minnelli started performing at the age of 3. She has been a singer, dancer and actress, appearing in films and stage shows and won an Oscar for best actress for her performance in Cabaret in 1972.

"Non mi scazzare i coglioni, New York, New York!"

What a coincidence. The Italians were just wondering, "Whatever happened to Liza?"

We saw the video to her incredibly entertaining lip-synching song and dance at the fountain. We put it on fast forward and it was still too slow to watch.

No doubt, a better sneak preview would have been to perform in the fountain "alla Anita Ekberg". It would have been so fascinating! Cinecitta would have dug up Federico Fellini so he could meet with Liza to negotiate distribution.

"She said the international turmoil in the financial world was affecting everyone including the show business industry." Looks like her financial advisors in "New York, New York" gave her the little town blues. That might explain her seven-concert "Great Depression" Italy tour.

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