05/20/09 Sauteed Fish with Olives and Cherry Tomatoes from OreganoFromItaly.com

"Chi dorme non piglia pesci." (Those who sleep don't catch any fish. The early bird catches the worm.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Cannellini Beans with Tomato-Sage Sauce
  -Chicken Marsala with Sage
  -Sauteed Fish with Olives and Cherry Tomatoes

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 Recipe: Cannellini Beans with Tomato-Sage Sauce

Cannellini Beans with Tomato-Sage Sauce
Fagioli Cannellini con Salsa di Pomodoro e Salvia


For the beans:
3 cups (about 21 ounces) dried cannellini (white kidney beans)
3 quarts cold water
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 whole garlic cloves, peeled
1 large bunch fresh sage leaves
16 whole black peppercorns
1 tablespoon salt

For the sauce:
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
12 large fresh sage leaves
8 whole garlic cloves, peeled
2 lbs plum tomatoes, seeded, coarsely chopped


Prepare the beans:
Place beans in large bowl; cover generously with water.

Let stand at room temperature overnight.

Drain beans; transfer to heavy large pot.

Add 3 quarts water, olive oil, garlic, sage bunch, and peppercorns.

Bring to boil over medium-high heat.

Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered until beans are tender, about 1 hour 5 minutes.

Remove from heat; mix in salt.

Cool beans 1 hour. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Refrigerate in water.)

Prepare the sauce:
Heat olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat.

Add sage and garlic; saute 2 minutes.

Add tomatoes and saute until tomatoes soften and begin to release juices, about 8 minutes.

Drain beans, reserving cooking liquid.

Discard sage bunch.

Mix beans into tomato sauce.

Simmer over medium-low heat until sauce thickens slightly and flavors blend, adding reserved cooking liquid by half cupfuls if mixture is dry, about 30 minutes (beans should have slightly soupy consistency).

Season with salt and pepper.

Serve beans warm or at room temperature. Makes 8 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chicken Marsala with Sage

Chicken Marsala with Sage
Pollo Marsala con Salvia


4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves, each halved horizontally
All purpose flour
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
1 cup imported dry Marsala
1 cup chicken broth
Fresh sage leaves


Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.

Dust with flour; shake off excess.

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add chopped sage; saute 1 minute.

Add half of chicken.

Saute until brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.

Transfer chicken to platter.

Repeat with remaining butter and chicken.

Tent chicken with foil.

Add Marsala and broth to skillet; bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits.

Boil until sauce is reduced to 1/2 cup, about 10 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper; spoon over chicken.

Garnish with sage leaves. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sauteed Fish with Olives and Cherry Tomatoes

Sauteed Fish with Olives and Cherry Tomatoes
Pesce Saltato con Olive e Pomodorini


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 lbs tilapia, red snapper, or orange roughy fillets
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup Kalamata olives or other brine-cured black olives, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced


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

Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper.

Add half of fish to skillet and saute until just opaque in center, about 3 minutes per side.

Transfer fish to platter.

Repeat with remaining fish.

Add parsley and crushed red pepper to same skillet; saute 1 minute.

Add tomatoes, olives, and garlic; saute until tomatoes are soft and juicy, about 2 minutes.

Season sauce with salt and pepper; spoon over fish. 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:

Italian Police to Drive Seized Mafia Cars

Rome - December 22, 2008 - A bright yellow Ferrari and a sleek Black Porsche Cayenne SUV, together with other vehicles seized from organized crime gangs, are now part of the national police car pool, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said on Monday.

The minister added that the luxury vehicles will be driven around those neighborhoods where the gangs once ruled "to send a message that times have changed".

Maroni joked that he had tried to get the Ferrari and Porsche assigned to him "but that idea didn't go over too well".

Hmmm...driving a Ferrari around in Mafia controlled neighborhoods is supposed to be a deterrent? Who would like to bet all the prosciutto in Parma these luxury cars will all suddenly...disappear?

"Maroni joked that he had tried to get the Ferrari and Porsche assigned to him but that idea didn't go over too well". "Cornuto", how hilarious. You would think the Interior Minister of Minestrone would able to afford one with the two government salaries he earns for a total of over 200,000 Euros (262,000 USD).

A little history: In September 2006, Maroni told Vanity Fair that he downloads music "illegally" and thinks music should be "free and accessible to all". He added that authors should still be able to stop their work from being widely distributed on the Internet.

But the top layer of cheese on the lasagna was the infamous Via Bellerio incident of 1996. Maroni was convicted of resistance against a public official (he had attempted to bite an officer on the ankle) during a police raid of his party's building in via Bellerio in Milan, and sentenced to 4 months and 20 days, when police inspected his office.

After reading such a story, we think there's a lesson in this for all of us: When negotiating with this man, wear boots.

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