Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Celebrate Italy

In honour of a new law passed in Italy, please go do something Italian today: go to the grocery store and buy Parmesan cheese or something. I'll have some pictures to follow. And, if you can, write to the the local government in the small town in Italy that created the ordinance, and thank them for taking a brave stand. I understand it is a small town south of Naples.

How to Make  A Pizza Pie

In a fourth cup olive oil, sautee a fourth to one half cup of sweet white onion, just until steaming.

Add a pound of any kind of ground meat. This is buffalo. Cook it until the meat is crisp and crunchy, using a potato masher to make it into finer pieces.

Add a jar, approximately 16 ounces, or two cups of spaghetti sauce of your choice. You can add a teaspoon of honey if the spaghetti sauce is too bitter. Heat through.

For the crust, I use  2 cups the Montana natural unbleached white flour from Walmart that also has barley flour in it. To that I add a tablespoon of non-aluminum baking powder and mix well. Then I pour in half a cup and a few more tablespoons of olive oil, and mix til it forms a ball. Add more oil if necessary.

Divide into two balls and flatten each into a round pizza pan, with a hand roller or a jar on its side. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees or until edges are slightly browned.

Pile on the sauce mixture, spreading it to the edges, and add your choice of shredded cheese or cheese mixture.
Put back in the oven for another 5 minutes til cheese melts, or to desired crispness.

Eat and listen to this music.

See also

This is the email address to that Italian town: Dr. Anthony Venditti Communicator public-journalist Responsible Office for relations with the public


Anonymous said...

"We can leave all this illusion behind" Ha ha ha!!! Thanks for being one of the first to headline this moment in history and viva italy!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am sory but did I miss something in this post? I do not see the law mentioned you are talking about. I am sure curious though! :) Any place that passed a good law is one to celebrate! Sarah

Anonymous said...

I see the links on the story now. Wow! You would think we would hear about this on the national news a good thing. I wonder if it will even be talked about here? Yes they should be congratulated for passing this law. !! I hope they stick to it and do not buckle under. At least each of us can police ourselfs and make sure in any way we are not being immodest. Sarah

Lydia said...

A friend in Italy called me on the phone at 5 am to ask me if the news was heard in America. That is the only way I actually found out. I need more friends like this ;-)

Anonymous said...

I see the feminists are screaming their usual its-not-womens-fault-what-men-do mantra. I just hope enough people will write in support of the ordinance of that town. I have been overseas and the tourists scanty clothing was always an embarrassment, even the ones from my own country,

Anonymous said...

Lydia and readers,

Pray, with all your might, that the EU be prevented from quashing such a long-needed law!!! pray that decency once more arises and is strong enough to defeat and overwhelm (by popular application and uptake) the shrill crowing from the feminist camp, the tyrany of Brussels and the lax, anything goes, slippery-slope slide that Western culture has been on since the third decade of the 20th century.

Theere is no room for the flimflammery of moral relativism here, decency and propriety will have its day and our great grandchildren will look back in horror at the evil that has pervaded every strata of our culture and society for the past 90 years and wonder in disgust how and why we tolerated it for so long and simply let it have its way.



Lydia said...

I was making pizza and did not have time to look up the town and mayor links where they could be contacted. Bear in mind they already are innundated with the usual negative accusations. When anyone talks about modesty, it is like they are up against a military, the way people act.

Mrs. B said...

Yeah! I just posted a comment on the Blast, but can't find a link to email the little town's government. If anyone comes across that, please post.

Anonymous said...

I can't read Italian, but maybe someone can plug this in to a google translator
It may be the city's homepage?

Anonymous said...

Lady Lydia,
I am currently living in Naples, Italy and have not heard of this new law, but am very grateful they are trying to be more modest. However, I doubt that this will be enforced. No rules really apply here, stop lights are merely a suggestion. The women here definitely dress in high fashion because you can go to a market and buy the high fashion mark-offs. They can tell that I am american just by the way that I dress because I dress like the "American mom", usually casual clothing. Also, keep in mind and pray for this area because prostitution is very high and the mafia is located here. Thank you for sharing!

Sarah Lownsbery

Lydia said...

I am so sorry it was just window-dressing, but at least the idea is put out there to make people think about how blatant the public display of flesh has become. Check out some photography of the 1800s in Italy and look at the difference. I found paintings of the era with women playing tennis on the beaches, laying in the sand, and building sandcastles, all clothed decently enough not to cause a stir.

Lydia said...

Its too bad the laws are not obeyed, but just the news itself may attract families and people who want to dress decently and who want to find a holiday location where they dont have to look at beach nudity. The news might attract a new kind of tourist and a lot more tourist dollars.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the Pizza recipe. This is the first time I have found a yeast free recipe for the crust.
I have severe allergies to yeast, mold and fungus so no yeast breads or products, no real cheese and no mushrooms. However you have given me hope. Its been 13 yrs since I have tasted pizza. Sure miss it,thanks for sharing.

I love the Italian post. Sure brings back memories of the good parts of the early 1950s and 60s.

Lydia said...

It is a pie crust type recipe that children seem to like.

It is interesting how the singers of days gone by sang the song without too much distracting action, unlike today's "performers", and Rosemary Clooney could sing a song without being too foolish.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recipe. It looks great! As someone of Italian heritage, I appreciate the positive way you have portrayed Italians and Italian culture in this post.

Kathie Truitt said...

Lady Lydia, I think you are such a lovely person. And I adore your blog. Thank you for providing so much beauty to my world. I'm sure others feel the same.

Mama Said No said...

I just found your blog while waiting to pick up my husband from work--I LOVE IT! Not only do you have a wonderful bunch of posts--anyone who displays different videos of one of my favorite songs, "Mambo Italiano", gets a HUGE thank you from me! I loved Dean Martin when I was growing up--had an awful crush on him--and I miss the simple yet elegant way he crooned songs. Thank you again, not only for the news posting about the new law--but for a fun bit of time while I wait to pick up my Beloved Husband.

Gail said...

Thank you for this post, from the bottom of my Neapolitan heart!