02/13/13 Spaghetti with Olive and Pine Nut Sauce

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Radicchio with Smoked Mozzarella, Prosciutto, and Balsamic Vinegar
  -Spaghetti with Olive and Pine Nut Sauce
  -Sole in Melted Butter

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 Recipe: Radicchio with Smoked Mozzarella, Prosciutto, and Balsamic Vinegar

Radicchio with Smoked Mozzarella, Prosciutto, and Balsamic Vinegar
Radicchio con Mozzarella Affumicata, Prosciutto, e Aceto Balsamico


2 medium heads radicchio (1 and 1/2 pounds total), each cut into 6 wedges and cored
6 ounces smoked mozzarella, sliced and torn into pieces
2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 425F.

Arrange radicchio wedges, cut sides up, in a 2 and 1/2-quart shallow glass or ceramic baking dish (11 by 7 inches).

Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Roast radicchio, turning over once or twice, until wilted and tender, about 30 to 40 minutes.

Arrange cheese over radicchio.

Arrange prosciutto over cheese and roast until cheese is just melted, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Serve immediately. Makes 4 side dish servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Spaghetti with Olive and Pine Nut Sauce

Spaghetti with Olive and Pine Nut Sauce
Spaghetti con Salsa di Olive e Pignoli


3/4 cup Gaeta olives (3 ounces), pitted
1/4 cup drained bottled capers
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound dried spaghetti


Finely chop together the olives, capers, and pine nuts with a large heavy knife.

Transfer to a large serving bowl along with parsley and red-pepper flakes.

Stir in the olive oil until combined.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, until 'al dente'.

Reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water.

Drain in a colander.

Add spaghetti to olive mixture in bowl and toss until combined well. If pasta is dry, moisten with some reserved cooking water. Makes 8 (first course) or 4 (main course) servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sole in Melted Butter

Sole in Melted Butter
Sogliole Con Burro Fuso


4 sole, cleaned, trimmed and skinned
1/2 pint (300 ml) milk
5 oz (150 grams) butter
Plain flour, for dusting


Place the sole in a dish.

Add the milk and leave to soak for at least 15 minutes.

Drain, pat dry with kitchen paper and dust lightly with flour.

Melt 2 oz (50 grams) of the butter in a frying pan.

Add the sole and cook over a medium-low heat for about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown and tender.

Season with salt and transfer to a serving dish.

Melt the remaining butter in a heatproof bowl or a double boiler and set over a pan of barely boiling water and continue to heat until it starts to froth.

Pour it over the sole.

Serve immediately. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates & 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:

'Faster Than Light' Neutrino Man Quits

Rome - March 30, 2012 - The head of an experiment that appeared to show subatomic particles traveling faster than the speed of light has resigned from his job.

Antonio Ereditato oversaw results that appeared to challenge Einstein's theory that nothing could travel faster than the speed of light.

Reports said some members of his group, called Opera, had wanted him to resign.

Earlier in March, a repeat experiment found that the particles, known as neutrinos, did not exceed light speed.

When the results from the Opera group at the Gran Sasso underground laboratory in Italy were first published last year, they shocked the world, threatening to overturn a century of physics as well as relativity theory - which holds the speed of light to be the Universe's absolute speed limit.

The experiment involved measuring the time it took for neutrinos to travel the 730 km (450 miles) from Cern laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland to the lab in Italy.

Speaking at the time, Professor Ereditato added "words of caution" because of the "potentially great impact on physics" of the result.

"We tried to find all possible explanations for this," he said.

"We wanted to find a mistake, trivial mistakes, more complicated mistakes, or nasty effects. And we didn't."

"When you don't find anything, then you say 'well, now I'm forced to go out and ask the community to scrutinize this'."

Despite the call for caution, the results caused controversy within the world of physics. If the findings had been confirmed, they would have disproved Albert Einstein's 1905 Special Theory of Relativity.

Earlier this month, a test run by a different group at the same Italian laboratory recorded neutrinos traveling at precisely light speed.

Sandro Centro, co-spokesman for the Icarus collaboration, said that he was not surprised by the result.

"In fact I was a little skeptical since the beginning," he told a national newspaper.

"Now we are 100% sure that the speed of light is the speed of neutrinos."

So far, Professor Ereditato has not commented on his decision to step down from his post.

"Eh, Signore e Signori, andate tutti a 'fanculo!" I'm out of here...

That's something quite rare. You never see an Italian professor quit (excuse us, give up an overpaid salary) before rigor mortis sets in. Antonio quit faster than the speed of light.

"We wanted to find a mistake, trivial mistakes, more complicated mistakes, or nasty effects. And we didn't." "Mamma mia," his poor wife. You can imagine the extraordinary love scenes in their bedroom.

Antonio reminds us of the typical academic and public employee who spends a third of his day glued to the photocopier copying away. He wants documented proof that he existed and has to make sure that all the paperwork is in order. His dream is to show up on Judgement Day with a huge pile of documents and state his case one sheet at a time.

Come on, Antonio! Be a man like Galileo Galilei. He threw in Pope Urban VIII's face the fact that the sun (not the Vatican) was at the center of the universe and the Earth revolves around it. Yes, he was sentenced to house arrest for life in the Inquisition, but one shouldn't look at the negative aspects (we're trying to build Antonio's self confidence here. If he doesn't believe in himself, nobody will).

Stand up for what you believe.
Once, a relative tried to convince us the earth was flat. It got vicious...

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