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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Salami and Cheese Rolls
  -Bucatini Carbonara with Zucchini
  -Veal Marsala

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 Recipe: Salami and Cheese Rolls

Salami and Cheese Rolls


1 lb pizza dough, thawed if frozen
1/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (1/2 oz)
3 oz thinly sliced salami (about 12 slices)
4 oz thinly sliced provolone cheese (about 12 slices)
2/3 cup jarred roasted bell peppers, rinsed and chopped
1 large egg, lightly beaten


Preheat oven to 400F.

Quarter dough.

Roll out 1 piece into a 10-inch round on a lightly floured surface and sprinkle evenly with 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese and black pepper to taste.

Arrange one fourth each of salami, provolone, and roasted peppers in an even layer over dough.

Roll up dough round, then tuck ends under and pinch edges to seal.

Make 3 more rolls in same manner and arrange 2 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Brush lightly with egg and cut 3 (1/2-inch) steam vents in each roll.

Bake in middle of oven until golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Makes 4 main-course servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Bucatini Carbonara with Zucchini

Bucatini Carbonara with Zucchini


6 ounces sliced pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 and 1/2 lbs zucchini, thinly sliced

1 lb Bucatini or spaghetti

3 large eggs
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese


Cook pancetta in medium skillet over medium heat until brown, stirring often, about 8 minutes.

Using slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to paper towels; drain.

Pour off all but 2 tablespoons drippings from skillet.

Add cream, garlic, and crushed pepper to drippings in skillet; bring to boil. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add zucchini; saute until tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

Transfer to large plate.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Pancetta, cream mixture, and zucchini can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente'.

Drain well. Return pasta to pot.

Meanwhile, place eggs in their shell in small bowl.

Add enough hot water to cover. Let stand 5 minutes.

Crack eggs into large bowl and whisk to blend.

Bring cream mixture to boil in skillet.

Gradually whisk hot cream mixture into eggs.

Mix in 1/2 cup Parmigiano cheese.

Add sauce to pasta and toss over medium heat until sauce coats pasta (do not boil).

Add pancetta and zucchini and toss to heat through.

Season with salt and pepper. Serve, passing remaining cheese. Makes 6 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Veal Marsala

Veal Marsala


3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 lb mushrooms, quartered
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 and 1/2 lb veal cutlets (also called scallopini; 1/4 inch thick)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
1 and 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sweet Marsala wine
1 cup beef or veal demiglace


Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over high heat until foam subsides, then saute mushrooms, stirring frequently, until liquid mushrooms give off is evaporated and mushrooms begin to brown, about 10 minutes.

Add garlic and parsley and saute, stirring, 1 minute.

Transfer to a bowl and wipe skillet clean.

Pat veal dry, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, thyme, and oregano.

Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil with 1 teaspoon butter in skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking.

While fat is heating, quickly dredge 2 or 3 pieces of veal in flour, shaking off excess, then saute until just cooked through, 1 to 1 and 1/2 minutes on each side (meat will still be slightly pink inside).

Transfer to a platter with tongs and keep warm, loosely covered.

Saute remaining veal in 2 more batches using remaining oil and butter.

Add Marsala to skillet and deglaze by boiling, stirring and scraping up brown bits, until reduced by half.

Stir in demiglace and simmer, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes.

Stir in mushroom mixture and any veal juices accumulated on platter, then season with salt and pepper if necessary.

Simmer 2 minutes more and spoon over veal. Makes 4 servings.

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:

Million-Euro Fines For Stupid and Annoying Ringtones

Rome - October 31, 2008 - Five fines totaling 1.16 million Euros have been imposed by the antitrust authority on Telecom, Vodafone, Wind, H3g and Neomobile for unethical commercial practices over weekly subscriptions for multimedia services, including ringtones for mobile phones.

According to the antitrust authority, there was a lack of clarity over costs and conditions of use, including unsubscribing. Specifically, emphasis was placed on the cost-free nature of text messages and the option to receive a free ringtone, without mentioning that it was a subscription to receive multimedia content, which was relegated to a note in disproportionately small characters and graphics with respect to the advertising message.

Complaints had arrived from various consumer associations, which objected that the advertising on the web site was difficult to read. In effect, the conditions and costs of the service, roughly four or five euros a week, were written in much smaller letters and hidden in the link. In other words, they were not immediately apparent to the user. There were also reports of difficulties in unsubscribing from the service because of the procedure employed and the need to text a complicated phrase specific to each service provider. The advertisement also appeared in magazines, in particular in one publication aimed at young people.

"In Italy, ringtones generate turnover of about 800 million euros", explains Carlo Rienzi, president of the CODACONS consumer association.

"But there are too many scams and unethical practices in this sector. Eight out of ten web sites specializing in the sale of ringtones and the like do not comply with European regulations".

"Cacchio", you can never have enough ringing in your head.

Most people like you and I are too stupid to understand the incredible social importance of ringtones. One does not buy a ringtone to enjoy Christina Aguilera. One buys it to tell everyone else who you are.

"In Italy, ringtones generate turnover of about 800 million euros." Sta' pippa, they deserved to get fleeced! Whatever happened to a simple beep-beep, a gentle chime, or rolling a barrel ring down a hill with a stick when you were a child?

FACT: A survey of Italian children aged between 9 and 10 found a staggering 56% owned mobile phones. Of the snot-nosed children interviewed 68% never switched the phones off, 80% kept them on in church and even 86% kept them on during school lessons. What could possibly be so urgent during Sunday Mass or a school lesson that the little jackass needs to take a call?

In four out of every 10 cases, the mobile phone had been given to the Italian child by his or her parents. When you read such a statistic you begin to ask yourself, what are the other six 9-10 year-olds doing to get the cash for 100-250 Euro mobile phones...plus ringtones!

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