12/03/08 Stuffed Artichokes with Sausage from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Stuffed Artichokes with Sausage
  -Roast Beef With Chestnuts
  -Pound Cake With Mascarpone

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 Recipe: Stuffed Artichokes with Sausage

Stuffed Artichokes with Sausage
Carciofi Ripieni alla Salsiccia


8 globe artichokes
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) Italian sausages, skinned and crumbled
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) pancetta, diced
1 onion, chopped
Juice of 2 lemons, strained
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig, chopped
7 fl oz (200 ml) dry white wine
Salt and pepper 


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

Half-fill a bowl with water and stir in the lemon juice.

Trim the artichokes, reserving the stems, spread out the leaves slightly and place in the acidulated water.

Remove the tough stringy parts from the stems and chop.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.

Add the pancetta, garlic, parsley, onion and artichoke stems and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes.

Add the sausages, season with salt and pepper and cook over a very low heat for about 5-7 minutes.

Drain the artichokes, place upright in an ovenproof dish and stuff with the sausage mixture.

Drizzle with olive oil and pour in the wine.

Cover with foil and bake for about 1 hour, basting occasionally. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Roast Beef With Chestnuts

Roast Beef With Chestnuts
Roast Beef Con le Castagne


2 and 1/4 lb (1 kg) fillet of beef
1 oz (25 grams) butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 celery stick, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 fresh rosemary sprig, chopped
5 tablespoons dry white wine
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) dried white chestnuts, soaked in warm water for 6 hours and drained
3 tablespoons double cream
Salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 200C (400F) Gas Mark 6.

Tie the meat neatly with kitchen string.

Heat the butter and olive oil in a roasting tin, add the meat and cook, turning frequently, until browned all over.

Season with salt and pepper, add the celery, onion, carrot and rosemary to the tin and cook, stirring occasionally, for a further 10 minutes.

Add the wine and cook until it has evaporated.

Cover with foils, transfer to the oven and roast for 30-40 minutes, depending on how well done you like the beef. After 30 minutes the beef will be rare and after 40 minutes it will be medium.

Meanwhile, cook the chestnuts in boiling water until tender, then drain and press through a sieve into a bowl. Remove the meat from the roasting tin, leave to stand for about 10 minutes, then remove the string and carve.

Place the roasting tin over a low heat, stir in the cream and the chestnut puree and cook, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened.

Pour into a sauce or gravy boat and serve with the meat. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Pound Cake With Mascarpone

Pound Cake With Mascarpone
Torta con Crema di Mascarpone


14 oz (400 grams) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
Breadcrumbs, for sprinkling
2 fl oz (50 ml) brandy
1 sachet dried yeast
14 oz (400 grams) superfine (caster) sugar
14 oz (400 grams) potato flour
4 eggs

For the Cream:
5 eggs, separated
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) superfine (caster) sugar
l lb 2 oz (500 grams) mascarpone cheese
2 fl oz (50 ml) rum or brandy


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

Grease a 12-inch (30 cm) round cake tin with butter and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.

Prepare the cake:
Pour the brandy into a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast on top and set aside for 10-15 minutes until frothy, then stir to a smooth paste.

Beat the sugar with the butter, then add the potato flour and one egg at a time, beating well until thoroughly incorporated.

Add the yeast mixture.

Pour the mixture into the tin and bake until the cake has shrunk from the sides and a cocktail stick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Do not open the oven door during baking.

Leave the cake to cool.

Prepare the cream:
Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in the mascarpone a little at a time.

Stiffly whisk the egg whites in a grease-free bowl and fold into the egg yolk mixture, followed by the rum or brandy. 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:

Lawyer: Hathaway's Italian Ex Deserves Less Jail Time

New York - October 14, 2008 - An Italian businessman who dated Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway and admitted to a fraudulent real estate scheme based on links to the Vatican should get three years in prison, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Raffaello Follieri, 30, pleaded guilty in September to a scheme in which he fraudulently obtained more than $2 million by misleading investors to believe he had Vatican connections that enabled him to buy the Roman Catholic Church's unwanted U.S. real estate properties at a discount.

In a sentencing memo filed on Tuesday, Follieri's lawyer told U.S. District Judge John Koeltl he should speed up Follieri's deportation back to Italy and reduce his prison time to three years from the five years and three months recommended under his plea deal. He is due to be sentenced on October 23.

"To say his hopes and dreams of building a thriving business in the United States has been a disaster is an understatement," said lawyer Flora Edwards after citing Follieri's "deeply religious" values and a sick mother. "There is no danger he will ever return to this country."

Follieri, a native of Foggia, Italy, who arrived in the United States in 2003, dated Hathaway for four years before his arrest in June.

Last month Hathaway, who starred in "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Get Smart," told W magazine that she felt like "a rug was pulled out from under me" when Follieri was first arrested. After breaking up with him, the Brooklyn native said she was still looking for a new place to live.

Prosecutors said Follieri used the money from his scheme to pay for expensive clothes, meals and a $37,000-a-month Manhattan apartment, as well exotic vacations and private jets for his girlfriend.

They described him as a con-man and said he forged a real-estate venture with California supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle. He also befriended Douglas Band, top aide to former President Bill Clinton.

"Please, your honor, this deeply religious "faccia di culo" deserves less jail time."

Dear Hollywood actresses,

Remember, charming Italian men who parlay supposed Vatican ties into financial gain are nothing new. God's banker Roberto Calvi played that same game. He ended up hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in London.

Isn't it amazing what one can do with Photoshop and a shopping spree at the Vatican Gift Shop?

"Follieri's lawyer told U.S. District Judge John Koeltl he should speed up Follieri's deportation back to Italy..." Yawn, what a shock.

Question: Which 2001-02 Berlusconi gov't law reform would the "Jackass Who Wears Prada" benefit from upon his triumphal return to Italy?

A.) Amnesty for the reentry of illegal foreign capital;
B.) Penal code reform forbidding prosecutors to appeal against acquittals,
C.) Passage of laws that have shortened statutory terms for tax fraud,
D.) A much shorter statute of limitation for financial and corruption crimes,
E.) The decriminalization of false accounting statements and their punishment with administrative fines,
F.) Invalidation of court documents transferred from international criminal tribunals (a notorious law reform which resulted in the release of many Mafia members and 'friends' for lack of evidence).

"Last month Hathaway...felt like "a rug was pulled out from under me" when Follieri was first arrested." "Cretina", didn't you realize something wasn't kosher when the Pope was returning your boyfriend's calls?

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