08/23/05 Pollo con Salmoriglio from OreganoFromItaly.com

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Ziti al Forno
  -Pollo con Salmoriglio
  -Zucotto Ripieno

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 Recipe: Ziti al Forno

Ziti al Forno


1 lb ziti, cooked
1 lb ham burger, cooked
1 15 oz pack ricotta cheese
1/4 cups parsley
1/2 cups Parmigiano cheese
1 egg
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3 cups tomato sauce of your choice


Mix ricotta cheese, egg, parsley and parmesan cheese together.

Carefully mix the hamburger with this mixture. Add ziti.

Mix in 3/4 of the tomato sauce of your choice. Spread in a pan.

Put the rest of the sauce on top. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. Bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes. Serves 6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Pollo con Salmoriglio

Pollo con Salmoriglio


3 large cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 teaspoon of organic oregano
1/2 cup olive oil
Juice of 4 lemons
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
1/8 cup of hot water
Salt and pepper to taste
1 whole chicken, 3 1/2 to 4 lbs cut into eight serving pieces, rinsed and patted dry with paper towels.


Combine first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk together well, to make Salmoriglio mixture, adding hot water last, just before marinating chicken.

Pour half of mixture over chicken and marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Reserve rest of Salmoriglio for basting.

Cook chicken on a medium-hot grill basting with Salmoriglio mixture and turning occasionally until done, about 25 minutes.

Transfer chicken to a serving bowl and pour any remaining Salmoriglio on top. Serves 4.

Alternate cooking method:

Combine first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk together well, to make Salmoriglio mixture, adding hot water last, just before pouring over chicken in pan.

Cook chicken on a medium-hot grill turning occasionally until done, about 25 minutes.

While chicken is cooking heat up a large saute pan, either on the other side of the grill or on the stove.

When chicken is cooked transfer to saute pan, pour reserved Salmoriglio over and cook on top of grill for 1 to 2 minutes.

Transfer chicken to serving bowl and pour Salmoriglio mixture from frying pan on top.

That's it!

 Recipe: Zucotto Ripieno

Zucotto Ripieno
Amaretto Cream Filled Cake


1 Sponge Cake
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1/4 cup Amaretto
1/4 cup light rum
1 1/3 cup whipping cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup almonds; blanched, chopped, toasted
1 oz unsweetened chocolate; grated


Bake hazelnuts in ungreased baking pan at 400 F for 5 minutes or until skins begin to crack. Wrap hazelnuts in clean towel. Let stand 2 minutes.

Rub hazelnuts in towel to remove skins. Chop hazelnuts. Return to baking pan.

Bake about 8 minutes until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Cool.

Cut 4-inch circle from cake. Cut remaining cake into 1-inch pieces.

Mix together amaretto and rum and sprinkle over cake. Line large bowl with waxed paper. Butter waxed paper. Place cake circle on bottom of bowl. Line side of bowl with three-fourths of the cake pieces.

Beat together whipping cream and powdered sugar in chilled medium bowl until stiff. Fold in hazelnuts, almonds and chocolate.

Spoon filling into cake-lined bowl. Place remaining cake pieces on filling. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.

Invert onto serving plate. Remove bowl and waxed paper.

Sprinkle with additional grated chocolate if desired. Serves 6.

That's it!

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Hospital Full, Sign at the Entrance: "Bring box springs from home."

Il Giornale di Sicilia - Palermo - February 24 - All hospital divisions completely full, 13 children recovered in the hallways.

"Bring box springs (brandine) from home." This is the sign that was posted at the entrance of the Hospital for Babies of Palermo, Sicily; the biggest in the Sicilian capital. A nurse went as far as to be attacked by a desperate parent while other relatives had filed charges of the situation at the General Attorney's office of Palermo.

The health director, Antonio Nascè, also borough council clerk for health, had arranged an emergency meeting with the managers and hoped to announce a technical solution as soon as possible.

"Per l'amore di Dio!" Realize what the public health care system of Southern Italy has been reduced to!

When a children's hospital asks you to bring your own *brandine, your children are in a load of Italian trouble even before they set foot in the hospital!

*(brandine is Italian for an old fashioned box spring that was once used to support single mattresses. Today, they are mostly found in old farm houses.)

Yes, it is true that the Italian public health care is practically free for Italian citizens BUT you get what you pay for...

Need a doctor's examination? You have to insist that you want to be examined in person and not over the phone!

Need medicine? It's discounted 80% by the government but the racketeer pharmacists charge an additional 50%.

Need a second opinion? Call another doctor in another country!

Need surgery? If you're lucky, you won't get operated in a hallway or in the ambulance garage.

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