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"Casa senza fimmina 'mpuvirisci." (How poor is a home without a woman.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Gelato al Cioccolato
  -Biscotti al Cioccolato e Noce
  -Torta di Carmelina

Enjoy the recipes, the rest of your summer and the complimentary news article report from "Only In".

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 Recipe: Gelato al Cioccolato

Gelato al Cioccolato
Chocolate Ice Cream


8 oz (225 grams) dark chocolate (at least 50% cocoa)
3 tablespoons (45 ml) milk
6 eggs, separated
4 tablespoons (60 ml) brandy (optional)
1/2 pint (300 ml) whipping cream


Break the chocolate into a bowl and add the milk.

Stand the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and heat until melted. Remove the bowl from the heat.

Beat the egg yolks into the mixture, one at a time, then add the brandy, is preferred. Leave to cool.

Whip the cream until it holds its shape, then fold into the chocolate mixture. Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then fold into the mixture.

Pour the mixture into a shallow freezer container and freeze, uncovered, for 2-3 hours until firm.

Cover the container with a lid for storing. Serves 4.

That's it!

 Recipe: Biscotti al Cioccolato e Noce

Biscotti al Cioccolato e Noce
Double Chocolate Walnut Biscotti


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cups Unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
6 tb (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup walnuts, chopped
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tb confectioners' sugar


Preheat oven to 350 F

Butter and flour a large baking sheet.

In a bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

In another bowl with an electric mixer beat together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until mixed well. Stir in flour mixture to form a stiff dough. Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips.

On the prepared baking sheet with floured hands, form dough into two slightly flattened logs, each 12 inches long and 2 inches wide, and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Bake logs for 35 minutes, or until slightly firm to the touch. Cool biscotti on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.

On a cutting board, cut biscotti diagonally into 3/4 inch slices.

Arrange biscotti, cut sides down, on baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 10 minutes.

Cool biscotti on a rack. Keep the biscotti in air-tight containers for 1 week and, frozen, 1 month. Yields 30 biscotti.

That's it!

 Recipe: Torta di Carmelina

Torta di Carmelina


4 apples
1/4 pint (150 ml) sweet red wine
3 large eggs
4 oz (100 grams) superfine sugar
1/4 pint (150 ml) sunflower oil
1 tablespoon (15 ml) vanilla extract
8 oz (200 grams) self-raising flour
2 tablespoons (30 ml) ground cinnamon

For the topping:
2 oz (50 grams) whole blanched almonds
2 oz (50 grams) superfine sugar


Grease and line a deep 10 inch (25 cm) loose-bottomed cake tin.

Peel and slice the apples, put in a bowl, pour over the wine and leave for about 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C).

Whisk together the eggs and sugar until thick and creamy.

Gradually whisk in the oil and vanilla extract.

Fold in the flour, one tablespoon at a time and, finally, add the apple and wine mixture and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of the cinnamon. Stir gently until well mixed. Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for one hour until firm to the touch.

Meanwhile, prepare the topping. Roughly chop the almonds and mix together with the sugar and remaining cinnamon. Sprinkle over the top of the cake as soon as it is cooked. Remove from the tin and leave to cool. Serves 8 to 10.

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:

An Italian Affair Forces Resignation of Anti-Mafia Mayor

Rome - January 20 - Calabria, Italy's mafia heartland, has thrown up its own "Adam and Eve" political scandal laced with forbidden love, a dramatic death and the sudden end to the promising career of a local mayor and feminist icon.

The illicit affair between "Eve", Evelina Catizone, the first woman mayor in Calabria and "Adam", Nicola Adamo, regional leader of the Democrats of the Left has propelled the pair into the national consciousness.

Ms. Catizone, a glamorous, campaigning anti-Mafia official, was seen as a breakthrough success in a traditionally conservative region, dominated by parties linked to the Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. The affair, in which Ms. Catizone gave birth to a son, became public when Mr. Adamo confessed to the relationship in a statement and asked forgiveness of his wife and two other children.

Ms. Catizone has fared less well, being forced to resign after a stormy Democrat Party meeting decided she had become an electoral liability in the intensely Catholic region. The outgoing mayor left the meeting saying she that had been "politically raped".

A party spokesman said Ms. Catizone had not been punished for succumbing to temptation: "The son of Adamo does not come into it, this was a situation that could not go on because of her political errors."

As she was preparing to announce her resignation, Antonino Catera, a reporter who has covered the saga from the beginning, died of a heart attack on the steps of the town hall.

"Porca di quella troja!" We would love to eliminate every Italian politician. Well, not all of them, of course, because it would be too inhumane. These two should walk around with T-shirts with the words, "Endangered Species." This way we could leave them alone so they could breed.

The Facts:

Evelina Catizone: Claims to be politically raped, forced to resign because of political errors. She simply made the error of being raped by the wrong politician.

Nicola Adamo: He should put on a mafia cap, get on a jackass and ride out of town. He should go play "bocce" in Calabria somewhere.

he love child: He'll be badgered into selecting a political party at the age of 4.

Antonino Catera: Suffers a Greek tragedy death. Only person in the story not receiving sex.

Conclusion: The only positive thing out of this story was that there was no public money stolen.

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