12/12/07 Carabaccia from OreganoFromItaly.com

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  -Spaghetti con Pan Grattugiato

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 Recipe: Carabaccia

Sweet Onion Soup


3.5 ounces (100 grams) blanched almonds
1/2 cup (140 ml) white wine vinegar
1 cinnamon stick
2.2 lbs (1 kg) onions
4 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 quart (1 liter) stock
6 slices of bread
Gruyere cheese


Crush the almonds in a mortar and leave them to soak in the vinegar with the cinnamon stick for about one hour.

Finely chop the onions and fry in the olive oil.

Rinse the almonds in a sieve and add to the onions.

Add the sugar, salt and stock and cook for half an hour.

Toast the slices of bread, place a slice in each dish and pour over the onion soup. You could garnish the soup by sprinkling grated Gruyere cheese over just before serving, or even return it to the oven for ten minutes, with the cheese on top. Serves 3-4.

That's it!

 Recipe: Spaghetti con Pan Grattugiato

Spaghetti con Pan Grattugiato


6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 and 1/2 cups coarse fresh bread crumbs
1 tablespoon sugar
1 lb spaghetti
1 and 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt


Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saute pan. Add the bread crumbs and stir with a wooden spoon to coat them with the olive oil. Cook the crumbs over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until they are golden brown in color. Remove the crumbs to a bowl, stir in the sugar, and set aside.

Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions. Drain the pasta, reserving 2 tablespoons of cooking water.

Return the pasta to the cooking pot, stir in the water, the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, and the salt.

Transfer the pasta to a platter. Sprinkle half of the bread crumbs over the top and, with two spoons, toss the pasta to evenly coat the strands with the crumbs.

Sprinkle the remaining crumbs over the top and serve immediately. Serves 4-6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Peposo

Peppery Stew


2.2 lbs (1 kg) chuck steak
6 cloves of garlic
3 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
One glass red wine
Black pepper


Put the garlic, olive oil, wine, steak cut into cubes, salt and freshly ground pepper (at least a level soup spoon) into a large earthenware dish.

Cover completely with cold water, put on the lid and place in the oven, previously heated to 350 F (180 C). Cook for about two hours, checking that it does not dry out too much; if so, add a little warm water. The meat should be very tender by the end and the sauce well reduced and thick.

Peeled and diced tomatoes may be added to flavor the sauce. 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:

An Italian Affair Forces Resignation of Anti-Mafia Mayor

Rome - January 20 - Calabria, Italy's mafia heartland, has thrown up its own "Adam and Eve" political scandal laced with forbidden love, a dramatic death and the sudden end to the promising career of a local mayor and feminist icon.

The illicit affair between "Eve", Evelina Catizone, the first woman mayor in Calabria and "Adam", Nicola Adamo, regional leader of the Democrats of the Left has propelled the pair into the national consciousness.

Ms. Catizone, a glamorous, campaigning anti-Mafia official, was seen as a breakthrough success in a traditionally conservative region, dominated by parties linked to the Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. The affair, in which Ms. Catizone gave birth to a son, became public when Mr. Adamo confessed to the relationship in a statement and asked forgiveness of his wife and two other children.

Ms. Catizone has fared less well, being forced to resign after a stormy Democrat Party meeting decided she had become an electoral liability in the intensely Catholic region. The outgoing mayor left the meeting saying she that had been "politically raped".

A party spokesman said Ms. Catizone had not been punished for succumbing to temptation: "The son of Adamo does not come into it, this was a situation that could not go on because of her political errors."

As she was preparing to announce her resignation, Antonino Catera, a reporter who has covered the saga from the beginning, died of a heart attack on the steps of the town hall.

"Porca di quella troja!" We would love to eliminate every Italian politician. Well, not all of them, of course, because it would be too inhumane. These two should walk around with T-shirts with the words, "Endangered Species." This way we could leave them alone so they could breed.

The Facts:

Evelina Catizone: Claims to be politically raped, forced to resign because of political errors. She simply made the error of being raped by the wrong politician.

Nicola Adamo: He should put on a mafia cap, get on a jackass and ride out of town. He should go play "bocce" in Calabria somewhere.

The love child: He'll be badgered into selecting a political party at the age of 4.

Antonino Catera: Suffers a Greek tragedy death. Only person in the story not receiving sex.

Conclusion: The only positive thing out of this story was that there was no public money stolen.

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