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"La lingua non ha osso ma rompe l'osso." (The tongue has no bone but it breaks bone.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Linguine con Porri, Radicchio e Pesto al Noci
  -Zuppa di Broccoli, Cipolle e Funghi con Ceci
  -Spaghetti con Cavolfiore, Olive Verdi e Mandorle

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 Recipe: Linguine con Porri, Radicchio e Pesto al Noci

Linguine con Porri, Radicchio e Pesto al Noci
Linguine with Leeks, Radicchio, and Walnut Pesto

Ingredients:

8 ounces linguine
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4 cups thinly sliced leeks (including some dark green parts)
1/2 cup (packed) fresh parsley leaves
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano cheese plus shaved Parmigiano for garnish
1/4 cup walnut pieces (about 1 ounce) plus additional for garnish
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 cups thinly sliced radicchio

Directions:

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add leeks; season with salt and pepper. Cover; cook until tender and beginning to brown, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

Puree parsley, 1/4 cup Parmigiano cheese, 1/4 cup walnuts, lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons olive oil in processor until coarse puree forms. Season pesto with salt and pepper.

Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.

Add pasta, pesto, and radicchio to leeks; toss, adding cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls if dry. Garnish with walnuts and shaved Parmigiano. Serves 2.

That's it!


 Recipe: Zuppa di Broccoli, Cipolle e Funghi con Ceci

Zuppa di Broccoli, Cipolle e Funghi con Ceci
Broccoli, Onion and Mushroom Soup with Garbanzo Beans

Ingredients:

3 tbl. extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. broccoli florets, chopped
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
1/2 lb. white or crimini mushrooms thinly sliced
6 cloves garlic thinly sliced
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup white wine
16 ounce can Garbanzo Beans
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin oil for condiment
Grated Parmigiano cheese for condiment

Directions:

In a pot large enough to hold all of the ingredients, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, broccoli florets and onions. Saute for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.

At the end of this time add the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms release their liquid. Add garlic and wine and cook for 5-7 additional minutes, bringing the ingredients to a boil.

Add the chicken stock, 3 cups of water and the garbanzo beans. Cover and cook over low heat for about 45 minutes.

Uncover and cook for an additional 30 minutes on medium heat. Stirring occasionally.

When serving, add a tablespoon of olive oil to each bowl to top the soup off. Two or three tablespoons of grated Parmigiano cheese, in addition to the olive oil is also a wonderful condiment. Serves 4-5.

That's it!


 Recipe: Spaghetti con Cavolfiore, Olive Verdi e Mandorle

Spaghetti con Cavolfiore, Olive Verdi e Mandorle
Spaghetti with Cauliflower, Green Olives, and Almonds

Ingredients:

1 and 1/4 cups pitted brine-cured green olives (plain or stuffed)
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 (2 and 1/2 lb) head cauliflower, cut into 1-inch-wide florets (8 cups)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Scant 1/2 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes
1/4 cup water
3/4 lb spaghetti or linguine
1 oz finely grated Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano (1/2 cup) plus additional for serving
3/4 cup whole almonds with skin (3 and 3/4 oz), toasted and coarsely chopped

Directions:

Pulse olives and parsley in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a bowl.

Heat olive oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then cook cauliflower with salt, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 8 minutes.

Add garlic and red-pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower is tender and garlic is golden, 3 to 5 minutes.

Stir in water and boil 1 minute. Add olive mixture and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a 6 to 8 quart pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until 'al dente'. Reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water. Drain in a colander and return to pot.

Add cauliflower mixture and toss well, then add cheese and toss again. If pasta is dry, moisten with some reserved cooking water.

Sprinkle pasta with almonds and serve immediately, with additional cheese on the side.

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:

Aliens Caused Sicily Fires

Messina - October 29 - Aliens were responsible for a series of unexplained fires in fridges, TV's and mobile phones in an Italian village, according to an Italian government report.

Canneto di Caronia, in northern Sicily, drew attention three years ago after residents reported everyday household objects bursting into flames.

TV news footage at the time showed electrical appliances as well as cookers, a pile of wedding presents and furniture smoldering.

Dozens of experts including scientists, electrical engineers and military boffins, arrived in the village 60 miles east of Palermo to investigate the phenomenon.

Arson was quickly ruled out and at one stage an amazed scientist was interviewed after he described how he saw an unplugged electrical cable burst into flames.

Locals were quick to blame supernatural forces and at the time the Vatican's chief exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth backed up their fears and said: "I've seen things like this before. Demons occupy a house and appear in electrical goods. Let's not forget that Satan and his followers have immense powers."

Now in an interim leaked report published by several Italian newspapers it has emerged that the Civil Protection Department has concluded the most likely cause was "aliens".

The report was ordered by the Italian government and brought together dozens of experts including a NASA scientist. Their two year investigation has cost an estimated 2 million US Dollars.

According to the report the fires were "caused by a high power electro magnetic emissions which were not man made and reached a power of between 12 and 15 gigawatts."

The report also detailed a possible UFO landing close to the village, citing "burnt imprints which have not been explained were found in a field."

Francesco Mantegna Venerando, Sicily's Civil Protection chief who coordinated the report, said: "This is not the final report. We are still working on our conclusions and this has been leaked.

"We are not saying that little green men from Mars started the fires but that unnatural forces capable of creating a large amount of electromagnetic energy were responsible.

"This is just one possibility we are also looking at another one which involves the testing of top secret weapons by an unknown power which are also capable of producing an enormous amount of energy."

"Aliens?! Ma vaffanculo!"

It's hard to believe a mountain village with 3500 "caronesi", 3 sheep and a nervous cow in the province of nowhere, Sicily, would force the incredibly entertaining Sicilian government to call in the "Italian Ghostbusters". Almost gives a good reason for those people to get out of bed and change the expressions on their monotone faces.

"Aliens were responsible for a series of unexplained fires in fridges, TV's and mobile phones in an Italian village, according to an Italian government report." Elvis sightings are more credible.

Father Gabriele Amorth: "Demons occupy a house and appear in electrical goods. Let's not forget that Satan and his followers have immense powers." Either Satan has an immense sense of humor or Father Amorth is in need of a holiday.

"The report also detailed a possible UFO landing close to the village, citing burnt imprints which have not been explained were found in a field." It could also be the UFO took a wrong turn off Calabria and thought it landed at beautiful Taormina.

"This is just one possibility we are also looking at another one which involves the testing of top secret weapons by an unknown power..." Now we're making sense. Terrorists are testing top secret weapons by the mule sheds and bocce court.

On the bright side, the only Sicilian smiling through all this is the local shop owner selling electronics and appliances without extended warranties.

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