12/06/05 Gnocchi di Ricotta from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Gnocchi di Ricotta
  -Risotto alle Erbe con Prosciutto
  -Medaglioni di Tacchino al Parmigiano-Reggiano

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 Recipe: Gnocchi di Ricotta

Gnocchi di Ricotta
Ricotta Gnocchi


12 oz. fresh ricotta, well drained
4 eggs (2 whole, 2 yolks)
3 1/2 oz. Parmigiano


Sieve ricotta into a bowl.

Add the eggs (2 whole and 2 yolks), half the Parmigiano and a pinch of salt. Mix well with a wooden spoon, adding as much flour as needed to make firm but soft dough so that the gnocchi will hold their shape. The quantity of flour given in this recipe is only an approximation; more may be needed if the ricotta has not been properly drained.

Make dumplings about the size of a walnut using a dessert spoon.

Bring a generous amount of salted water to boil in a large pot, add the gnocchi and stir gently.

Cook until the gnocchi float to the top.

Drain and arrange in layers in a soup tureen, seasoning each layer with the sauce of your choice and the rest of the Parmigiano.

The favorite sauces with this gnocchi are a light tomato sauce, or melted butter and grated Parmigiano. Serve very hot.

Note: In order to allow the condiment to develop its full favor, keep care to warm the platter with gnocchi in a bain-marie for 5 mins. before serving.

That's it!

 Recipe: Risotto alle Erbe con Prosciutto

Risotto alle Erbe con Prosciutto
Risotto with Aromatic Herbs and Prosciutto di Parma


1 very small white onion, cleaned
1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) sweet butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb rice, preferably Italian Arborio
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/4 lb. Prosciutto di Parma®, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup heavy cream
12 ounces beef stock, heated
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Pinch of thyme
Pinch of marjoram


Finely chop the onion.

Melt the butter with the oil in a large casserole over medium heat, saute the onion, then add the rice, the aromatic herbs, and lemon peel.

Slowly add the broth, a little at a time, stirring constantly. The broth should bubble gently as it settles into the risotto. Continue adding the broth a little at a time and stirring, lowering the heat if necessary.

Just five minutes before the risotto is ready, add Prosciutto di Parma, heavy cream and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

Salt to taste. Serve hot. Serves 6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Medaglioni di Tacchino al Parmigiano-Reggiano

Medaglioni di Tacchino al Parmigiano-Reggiano
Filets of Breast of Turkey with Parmigiano-Reggiano


1 lb breast of turkey, cut into 4 slices
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup bread crumbs
Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon butter
5 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano® cut into slivers


Dip each turkey slice on both sides in the egg and then into the bread crumbs.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook the turkey slices.

When done, transfer to a butter smeared baking dish, cover with the Parmigiano-Reggiano and place in an oven preheated to 400 F for 10 minutes.

Serve immediately. Serves 4-6.

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:

Rise of 'The Centaurs' as Italians Take to Their Scooters with Passione.

Independent.co.uk - Peter Popham in Rome - March 25 - Fifty-one years after tough guy news reporter Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) scorched through the streets of Rome on a Vespa scooter with "Princess Ann" (Audrey Hepburn) clinging on, Italians up and down the peninsula are more hooked than ever on the two-wheeler habit.

A Roman holiday it's not. Traffic accidents in the city seem always to feature scooters in the underdog role, and it is not unusual to see two or three scooter prangs in a day.

Franco Luccesi, president of the ACI, said the dramatic increase in scooter use - up 11 per cent on 2002 - was "an inevitable answer to the rules limiting the use of four-wheelers in urban areas". Rome alone now has 320,000 two-wheelers, one for approximately eight men, women and children in the city.

In addition to being extraordinarily numerous, Italy's two-wheelers are also strikingly lawless. Thirteen per cent of users observed by ACI did not bother (like "Joe Bradley" and his royal passenger) to wear helmets; 7.8 per cent had their lights off, 8.7 per cent crossed traffic lights on red, 10 per cent overtook on the wrong side, and two per cent went the wrong way down one-way streets.

More than four out of 10 two-wheelers logged for the survey were guilty of one or more infraction. The centaurs of Naples were the most easy-going, more than 90 per cent of them breaking the law. Teenagers riders will be required to take out licenses from 1 July, but 16 per cent said they were not going to bother.

A television news presenter, Massimo Giletti, who claims to travel in Rome "always and only by scooter" told La Stampa newspaper, it was "absolutely true" that two-wheelers are undisciplined.

From 1 April next year, the centaurs will have another law to ignore: outside city centers they will be obliged to wear fluorescent reflecting vests. Another item that Peck and Hepburn wouldn't have been seen dead in.

"Porca della troja!" This article tells the truth!

If you're a tourist planning to visit Italy soon, make sure you pack your helmets, shields, and comfortable running shoes because every major Italian street can turn into the live movie set of "Spartacus" when the public schools let out!

There is no law of the land for these so-called "centaurs"; running people over, purse snatching, vandalism and scooter stunts! It's a fantastic real life experience that NO tour guide will offer you in Italy.

However; thank goodness for the new law requiring fluorescent vests. The centaurs will still attempt to leave tire marks somewhere on your body but those shiny vests will give you an additional 2.5 seconds to get the hell out of their way.

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