04/28/10 Green Bean Salad with Tuna Sauce and Olives

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Arugula Pesto
  -Green Bean Salad with Tuna Sauce and Olives
  -Polenta with Prosciutto, Zucchini and Squash (Gluten-Free)

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 Recipe: Arugula Pesto

Arugula Pesto
Pesto di Rucola


3 teaspoons salt
3 and 1/2 ounces arugula leaves, stems removed
3 large garlic cloves
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


First, fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside.

Next, bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil and add the salt.

Add the arugula, stirring to submerge.

As soon as the water returns to a boil, remove the pot from the heat.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the arugula to the ice bath so that the cooking process stops.

Once it has cooled, remove the arugula to paper towels to dry.

Squeeze any excess water from the leaves.

Add the arugula and the garlic cloves to the bowl of a food processor or blender.

Process until the texture is fine.

Gradually stream in the olive oil and process until the mixture is smooth.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Yields about 1/2 cup.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Green Bean Salad with Tuna Sauce and Olives

Green Bean Salad with Tuna Sauce and Olives
Insalata di Fagiolini con Salsa Tonnata


1 pound green beans, trimmed
1 (3-ounce) can white tuna packed in oil, drained and flaked
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water
1 and 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
2 tablespoons small brine-cured black olives
2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves


Cook beans in a large pot of boiling salted water , uncovered, until crisp-tender, 4 to 5 minutes.

Drain in a colander and immediately transfer to a large bowl of ice and cold water to stop cooking.

When beans are cold, drain and pat dry with paper towels, then arrange on a platter and season with salt.

Puree tuna with olive oil, water, lemon juice, and anchovy paste in a blender, scraping down sides as necessary, until very smooth.

Season sauce with salt and pepper and spoon over beans. Scatter olives and parsley leaves on top.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Polenta with Prosciutto, Zucchini and Squash (Gluten-Free)

Polenta with Prosciutto, Zucchini and Squash (Gluten-Free)
Polenta con Prosciutto, Zucchine e Zucca


8 slices of prosciutto
1 medium Zucchini sliced thin
1/2 squash peeled and sliced thin
1/2 small red onion sliced thin
1 clove garlic pulverized then minced.
Pinch Oregano
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Extra virgin olive oil
1 cup polenta
2 cups vegetable broth


Cut the squash, zucchini, onion and prosciutto in long narrow thin lengths.

Prepare polenta according to the package directions, but substituting vegetable broth for water.

Meanwhile in a 12" skillet, pour the olive oil, heat to medium, and when pan is hot add squash pieces.

Let the squash brown on both sides, cook about 3-5 minutes on each side, then add remaining ingredients and saute until all the vegetables are cooked through and zucchini starts to turn translucent, about 10-12 minutes.

Serve on hot polenta with a little drizzled olive oil or fresh grated Parmigiano cheese over the top.

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:

Wild Boar Runs Over Man On Scooter

Livorno - February 25, 2010 - A man was seriously injured in Tuscany on Thursday when he was knocked off his scooter by a wild boar while riding down a country road.

The victim, 40, was placed in an induced coma to prevent brain damage from the head wounds he suffered after the animal charged out of the woods and slammed into his scooter. Doctors said he was on the little-travelled road for nearly three quarters of an hour before a motorist passed by and called the authorities.

They said he probably would have been killed had he not been wearing a helmet.

Wild boars in Italy usually weigh between 50 to 90 kg, or as much as an adult human being, but specimens shot in Tuscany have been recorded to weigh as much as 150 kg (331 lbs). They are compact, muscular creatures who rely on their girth, low-center of gravity and sharp tusks to defend themselves.

While a cornered boar can be dangerous and even lethal, experts say they are far more docile than their fearsome reputation suggests. They have, however, been blamed for road accidents in the past.

In July 2008, a wild boar ran onto a motorway near Florence causing a crash in which a woman suffered minor injuries.

(At the insurance claims office) "Cazzarola", what were the odds of that?
Did you see the wild boar crossing sign?

Without a doubt this was an unfortunate accident and we sincerely hope the victim has a rapid and thorough recovery. However, this does not mean "Pumbaa" the boar should receive the blame or be hunted down. After all, anyone who has ever driven an automobile, scooter, or simply attempted to cross a damn street in Italy is well aware there is no difference between a reckless and conceited lunatic on a Vespa scooter and a reckless celebrity pig.

Vespa = Pumbaa

In traffic: They head immediately for "any" opening that appears, no matter if it's not large enough to allow them through; if it isn't big enough now, it may soon be and they won't want to waste a single second. If another idiot (or wild animal) heads for the same gap, they accelerate as fast as their scooters (or little legs) will allow them while shouting (or grunting) at them at the top of their voices.

Speed limits: These jackasses ignore them all. If stopped by the police (or forest rangers), they simply show an air of total disbelief that they could have possibly been breaking any law. They wave their hands (or large head and tusks) about wildly to indicate they saw no sign, even if they are standing directly under the actual sign.

Pedestrian crossings: Very dangerous for the common visitor. If pedestrians are already on the crossing when they happen upon it, they merely accelerate towards them; they will get out of the way or they won't. Either way, the idiot (or wild animal) do not concern themselves.

Overtaking: Overtaking is permissible everywhere; they don't think for one second that, just because there's a junction, a level crossing, senior citizens, an oncoming truck, or in this case, another scooter, that they should for one second consider backing off. They simply attempt the overtake. Things will be fine or they won't. Either way, it's not the idiot's (or wild animal's) concern.

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