10/26/11 Chicken and Sausage Cacciatore with Cherry Tomatoes

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Cabbage and White Bean Soup with Sausage
  -Chicken and Sausage Cacciatore with Cherry Tomatoes
  -Pomegranate Panna Cotta

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 Recipe: Cabbage and White Bean Soup with Sausage

Cabbage and White Bean Soup with Sausage
Zuppa di Fagioli Bianchi, Cavolo, e Salsiccia


4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
12 ounces fully cooked sausages (about 4), halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices
4 cups thinly sliced green cabbage (about 1/2 small head)
3 leeks (white and pale green parts only), halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced crosswise (about 3 cups)
2 cups baby carrots, cut in half lengthwise, then halved crosswise
2 tablespoons tomato paste concentrate
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
8 cups chicken broth
One 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney beans), rinsed, drained


Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat.

Add sausage slices and saute until brown around edges, about 5 minutes.

Add cabbage; saute 2 minutes.

Transfer to bowl.

Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to same pot and heat over medium heat.

Add leeks and carrots and saute until soft, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

Add tomato paste, parsley, and rosemary and stir 1 minute.

Add broth, sausage-cabbage mixture, and beans and bring to boil.

Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 40 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serves 8 to 10.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chicken and Sausage Cacciatore with Cherry Tomatoes

Chicken and Sausage Cacciatore with Cherry Tomatoes
Pollo e Salsiccia Cacciatore con Pomodorini


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4 large chicken thighs with skin and bones (about 1 and 1/3 lbs)
3/4 pound fresh mild or hot Italian sausages
3/4 pound large mushrooms, quartered
Two 12-ounce containers cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup dry red wine
3 large garlic cloves, pressed
1 and 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil


Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.

Add chicken and sausages to skillet.

Saute until brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Transfer chicken and sausages to bowl.

Add mushrooms to skillet.

Saute until brown, about 4 minutes; add to same bowl.

Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet; add tomatoes, red wine, garlic, and rosemary.

Cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook until tomatoes soften, about 5 minutes.

Using potato masher, lightly crush half of tomatoes.

Return chicken to skillet.

Reduce heat to medium-low.

Simmer uncovered 5 minutes.

Add remaining contents of bowl and simmer uncovered until chicken and sausages are cooked through, turning often, about 15 minutes longer.

Place chicken and sausages on platter.

Cut sausages on diagonal into thick slices.

Stir basil into sauce.

Season with salt and pepper.

Spoon sauce over chicken. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Pomegranate Panna Cotta

Pomegranate Panna Cotta
Panna Cotta di Melograno


Nonstick vegetable oil spray
3 tablespoons plus 2 cups pomegranate juice (such as Pom)
2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
1 cup sugar
Peel from 1 orange, removed in strips with vegetable peeler
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 and 1/2 cups buttermilk


Spray six 3/4-cup ramekins or custard cups with nonstick spray.

Place 3 tablespoons pomegranate juice in small bowl.

Sprinkle gelatin over; let stand 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 cups pomegranate juice, sugar, and peel in large saucepan over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar.

Boil until syrup is reduced to 1 and 1/4 cups, about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Remove peel from pan; transfer 1/3 cup syrup to small bowl and reserve for sauce.

Add gelatin mixture to remaining hot syrup in pan, and stir until dissolved.

Add orange juice and whipping cream, then buttermilk.


Divide among prepared ramekins.

Chill until set, at least 4 hours or overnight.

Cover and chill sauce separately.

Run knife around edge of ramekins; invert onto plates.

Drizzle with sauce and serve. Serves 6.

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:

Berlusconi Tried His Damndest To Cover Up Ruby

Rome - June 15, 2011 - More trouble seems to be brewing for Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi after it emerged that he tried to cover up his relationship with a teenage nightclub dancer, a charge which prosecutors say was similar to a "military attack".

Berlusconi, who has been embroiled in several sex scandals, was now accused of abusing his office by telephoning a Milan police station and putting officers under pressure to release Karima El Mahroug, known by her stage name as Ruby the Heart Stealer, from arrest on a charge of theft.

The claims by prosecutors came at the resumption of the trial in which he is accused of paying the young woman for sex, newspapers reported.

According to the report, the 74-year-old PM then allegedly sent two associates to collect the 17-year-old El Mahroug from the police station. The associates were Nicole Minetti, an Anglo-Italian show girl who his party elevated into politics, and Michelle Conceicao, a Brazilian starlet who was known to Berlusconi.

"It was a military attack, an encirclement, and it was all directed towards the police station," the lead prosecutor in the case Ilda Boccassini was quoted as saying.

Berlusconi’s attempt to bail out the teenager occurred on the night of May 27, 2010, after she had been accused by a friend of stealing several thousand euros in cash and arrested by police.

Prosecutors claim Berlusconi was terrified that she would spill the beans on their relationship and he did all he could to extricate her from questioning.

Boccassini dismissed an plea application for the case to be either dropped or transferred to Rome to be heard by a special tribunal of ministers.

"Everything was done with respect for the law and the constitution," Boccassini said.

See, people? Now you know understand why Italians would lactate (yes, even men) in the hopes of entering any meaningless political office.

A 74 year-old billionaire Prime Minister and an ugly 17 year-old nightclub dancer/escort. "Minchia", what a stupid "bestia". Does anyone know how to get through to someone who is limited in his capacity? I don't think pasta and a beating is going to help.

This is a man who also claimed to the police Ruby was the granddaughter of the ex Egyptian president, Mubarak. "Porca miseria", it would have been more convincing if he told them that he received an acknowledgement from Kissinger that Ruby was a distant niece of Cleopatra.

Some of you might think he went with his gut feeling when he made that stupid phone call. After all, he's the Prime Minister. What could happen?
What his gut should have told him was, "Stop hanging over the belt!"

Lead prosecutor, Ilda Boccassini, "It was a military attack, an encirclement, and it was all directed towards the police station." A military huh? "Per favore." What attack could possibly come from an Anglo-Italian show girl/escort/politician and a Brazilian starlet/escort/nitwit? They would have done more damage if they showed up in bikinis, wore sandwich boards, and paraded the sidewalk in front of the station.

One thing is certain in this comedy...when he pulled down his pants, he was sticking his neck out.

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