This month the wonderful and resourceful Michelle from Bleeding Espresso and Sara of Ms. Adventures in Italy are hosting the 2nd Annual O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness. The idea is to share a recipe that either begins or ends with an O as a way of bringing attention to Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. I’m coming in at the end of the month, but it took a bit of thinking to come up with a good O food recipe to share here. Here’s one of my local favorites, easy, healthy, fast, and with two Os to boot. Hope you enjoy!



Poll0 con Olive, Capperi & Limone

(Chicken with Olives, Capers & Lemon)

 Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Pollo


This recipe is a traditional Neapolitan method for preparing fish, but I found the suggestion for substituting chicken in one of my favorite cookbooks Naples at Table by Arthur Schwartz. I love how quick this recipe cooks up and how fresh the combination of flavors taste. It is especially nice made with Amalfi Coast lemons!

Serves 2



2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon salted capers, thoroughly rinsed and chopped coursely if large

4 ounces green olives (about 3/4 cup), pitted and finely chopped

Juice of one lemon

2 chicken breasts (butterflied if you prefer)

1 rounded tablespoon finely cut parsley


(1) Mix together the olive oil, capers, olives, and lemon juice in a 10-inch skillet. Cook over low heat and let the mixture warm slowly until it begins to sizzle gently.


(2) Arrange the chicken breasts in 1 layer over the olives. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts, but if using plump breasts (not butterflied), expect them to cook about 4 minutes on the first side and about 3 minutes on the second.


(3) Serve garnished with the olives and capers from the pan and sprinkled with the fresh parsley.


Buon appetito!




O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and for the second year in a row, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso are hosting the O Foods Contest to raise awareness of this important health issue.


There are TWO WAYS to take part in the O Foods Contest:


ONE: Post a recipe to your blog using a food that starts or ends with the letter O (e.g., oatmeal, orange, okra, octopus, olive, onion, potato, tomato); include this entire text box in the post; and send your post url along with a photo (100 x 100) to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on Monday, September 28, 2009.

PRIZES for recipe posts:

  • 1st: Signed copy of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen by Gina DePalma, Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who is currently battling ovarian cancer, inspired this event, and will be choosing her favorite recipe for this prize;


TWO: If you’re not into the recipe thing, simply post this entire text box in a post on your blog to help spread the word and send your post url to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on Monday, September 28, 2009.

Awareness posts PRIZE:

  • One winner chosen at random will receive a Teal Toes tote bag filled with ovarian cancer awareness goodies that you can spread around amongst your friends and family.



From the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund:

  • Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women; a woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 67.
  • The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose, but include bloating, pelvic and/or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly; and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency).
  • There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.
  • In spite of this, patients are usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% survive longer than five years. Only 19% of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region.
  • When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92%.


And remember, you can also always donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at our page through FirstGiving!

Please help spread the word about ovarian cancer. Together we can make enough noise to kill this silent killer.

  • Scintilla @ Bell'Avventura

    Looks delicious! I make mine slightly differently with white wine then adding the juice at the end. I'll try your way. mmmm

    September 26, 2009
  • Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy

    I have grown to love capers since moving here – before I didn't understand them 🙂

    I will have to try it! Thanks for participating!

    September 26, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao Scintilla! Yum, I feel the same way about your version. I was almost tempted to add a bit of white wine this time. I had a particularly juicy lemon and it was a bit tart. Next time I'll try it your way. Grazie!

    Ciao Sara! I was perplexed by capers before moving to Italy as well. I think many Italian restaurants in the States tend to use too many in dishes. Too many and they are particularly potent! I've just learned that they grow all over the Amalfi Coast – out of walls and along steps. Next spring I'm going out with a little bag to pick my own to make this dish! Many thanks to you and Michelle for organizing this contest!

    September 26, 2009
  • michelle | bleeding espresso

    Looks fab! I'm a caper fan too…now that I've lived here 😀 Thanks so much for participating!

    September 26, 2009
  • The Food Hunter

    Looks delicious!

    September 27, 2009
  • Chef Chuck

    Very nice, looks flavorful!!
    This is a delicious dish, I could taste it know!!. 🙂

    September 27, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao Michelle! Capers grow everywhere here … I'm trying to coax some to grow in my garden. 🙂 Many thanks to you!

    Ciao Food Hunter! It was … I ate it all! 🙂 I have to try out your Orcchiette recipe. Yum!

    Ciao Chuck! Thanks! Your chocolate hazelnut cake is making me dream….

    September 27, 2009
  • Bellini Valli

    A beautiful O food for the event. It makes me want to travel to Italy today.

    October 1, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao Bellini Valli! Thanks for stopping by! Have you traveled and cooked in Italy? I look forward to trying your Orzo risottO from the O foods events. I love risotto!! Thanks! (http://morethanburnttoast.blogspot.com/2009/09/recipe-for-orzo-risotto-for-o-ovarian.html)

    October 1, 2009

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