03/21/07 Ragu' di Tonno from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Couscous con Verdura
  -Ragu' di Tonno
  -Mousse di Cioccolato

There are many variations of the popular dessert, Zuppa Inglese, which is served in many Italian restaurants throughout Italy. Loosely translated it means English soup, but in fact it is a rich cream trifle. Enjoy the recipes and the complimentary news article report from "Only In Italy.com".

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 Recipe: Couscous con Verdura

Couscous con Verdura
Couscous with Vegetables


3 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups instant couscous
2/3 cup finely diced carrot
2/3 cup finely diced onion
2/3 cup finely diced zucchini
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat until it starts to foam. Add the carrots and onions, season them lightly with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until it softens, about 4 minutes. Stir in the zucchini and cook for 2 additional minutes. Remove from heat.

Place the couscous in a heatproof bowl and pour the boiling water over it.

Add the sauteed vegetables, stir well with a fork and cover the bowl tightly. Let stand until the couscous is softened and the water is absorbed, about 5 minutes.

Remove the cover and fluff with a fork. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve hot. Serves 6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Ragu' di Tonno

Ragu' di Tonno
Tuna Fish Tomato Sauce

This tasty recipe provides a great second course of tuna fish and, additionally, a wonderful sauce for a first course pasta dish. Choosing a large chunk of tuna, approximately 3-4 inches (8-10 cm) thick, will make it easier to slice the fish at the end of the preparation.


2 lb (approximately 1 kg) fresh tuna fish, diced
2 and 1/2 cups (600 grams) tomato, pureed in a blender
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 cup (120 cc) dry white wine
3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 bay leaves
1 clove
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Pinch of cinnamon powder


In a saucepan, add the olive oil and turn the heat to medium. When the olive oil is hot, add the onion and pinch of red pepper.

Saute until the onion becomes translucent.

Add the tuna. Stir thoroughly to brown the tuna uniformly on all sides. Add the wine and let it evaporate.

Add the tomato puree, bay leaves, clove and cinnamon.

Stir, cover the pan, and cook on medium low until the tuna fish is tender.

That's it!

 Recipe: Mousse di Cioccolato

Mousse di Cioccolato
Chocolate Mousse


6 ounces (175 grams) dark chocolate
3/4 pint (450 ml) whipping cream
2 eggs, separated
2 ounces (50 grams) chopped, toasted hazelnuts


Break the chocolate into pieces and put in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water.

As soon as the chocolate has melted, remove the bowl from the heat and leave until it has cooled but is still liquid.

Whip the cream until it just holds its shape. Fold in the beaten egg yolks.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold the cream into the chocolate and then the hazelnuts.

Lastly, fold in the egg whites.

Spoon into a serving dish and chill in the fridge for 4 hours before serving.

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:

Anti-Mafia Agents On The Hunt For Jesus

Rome - March 9 - The Cosa Nostra's "boss of bosses", who was seized last year after 43 years on the run, had a powerful and as yet unidentified protector whom he referred to as "my Adored Jesus Christ". Bernardo Provenzano, "capo di tutti i capi" since the mid-1990s, was arrested last April at a farm building near the Sicilian town of Corleone.

A book published yesterday, co-authored by one of the prosecutors who captured him, reveals that putting a name and face to the mystery accomplice has become the top priority of Italy's anti-mafia investigators.

Il Codice Provenzano, whose authors include a deputy chief prosecutor of Palermo, Michele Prestipino, describes the efforts made by investigators to understand the coded notes Mr Provenzano sent his lieutenants. In one, he mentioned an episode in which he had nearly been captured. But, he added, "my Adored Jesus Christ took care of things". The authors said it was impossible to know if the mafia chief's protector was a top politician or a spy deep inside the Italian security apparatus.

The decoded messages suggest "Jesus Christ" also wrecked a March 2002 surveillance operation that might have helped to net Mr Provenzano. The Carabinieri got wind of a Cosa Nostra summit in a farmhouse and fitted a camera. At the start of the meeting, one of the bosses made a sign to be quiet then the surveillance team lost all sound and the camera was turned to show only the feet of those present.

When Mr. Provenzano was arrested, he had several extensively annotated Bibles. Last September, investigators sent them to the FBI to see if American code-breakers could make sense of them.

43 Anni, Gesu Cristo! The investigators have to hunt down this "Adored" Jesus along with his numerous apostles. Rest assure they're breaking bread and drinking wine in the Italian Parliament and the courts and police stations in Sicily.

Matthew 8:5-13: Jesus healed the servant of a centurion at Capernaum without any contact with the ill man.
In 2002, the "Adored Jesus Christ" helped heal Bernie by arranging for him to travel to France, despite being a fugitive, and undergo a surgical operation in Marseille for a prostate tumor, even being reimbursed by the Italian National Health Care system.

Luke 5:4-9: After a fruitless night of fishing on the Sea of Galilee, Peter receives a command from Jesus to lower his nets again. This time so much fish is caught that Peter's nets begin to break.
On January 25, 2005, police raided various homes in Sicily and netted forty-six Mafia suspects believed to be helping Bernie elude the authorities. Two months later another raid, which netted over eighty Mafiosi took place, although yet again, thanks to the "Adored Jesus Christ", Bernie was the fish that got away.

Fact: Provenzano was considered a master of disguises, once dressing as a Catholic bishop to attend a secret Mafia meeting.

43 years on the run! Oh, how I wish I was Pontius Pilate so I could punch him in his "adored" face.

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