Prefer your “flag” with eggs or without? Clearly, I can’t be referring to that pennant you solemnly salute with hands... View article
Umbria Rural Life
You’ll want to tour all the Umbrian hilltown gems while you’re here, meeting “the locals” in the towns as you immerse yourself in the history and art. But if you really wish to “take Umbria” home with you, a contact with the rural people seems a must. For me, they are one of Italy’s national treasures. So head to the countryside while here.
My husband Pino and I moved to a ruined farmhouse in the Assisi countryside years ago – and we set out to work the land. I owe it to our rural friends to set down their stories – after all, they taught us not just about the ways of the land but about life. Peppa, Marino and Chiarina, Gentile and Peppe, Alessandro, Mandina: each has enriched our life on the land.
In a way, our farm friends come with me to the U.S. each year: Umbrian rural cuisine recipes highlight our U.S. cooking gatherings. Short stories about them start off the events.
And I’ll keep setting down the rural life stories, my way to say “mille grazie”:
How not to think of Van Gogh today while looking out over the sunflower fields bordering our Umbria farmhouse? …and... View article
In the rural cuisine of Italy, the family bread, no longer fresh, won’t ever go to the chickens. Bread is... View article
“Good things come in threes,” they say. For me, our third year of the early May ten-day “Annesitaly INSIDE Umbria”... View article
Hot summer days bring “panzanella time” to central Italy. This rural dish of la cucina povera (literally “cooking of the... View article
We just picked our last fava beans for this year and some are now in the freezer. The other day,... View article
In 1971, Alice Waters basically launched a California version of the Mediterranean diet when opening Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California,... View article
Sharing Umbrian rural culinary lore tidbits is always part of my U.S. Umbrian rural cuisine events (and when cooking with... View article
This May’s 10-day “Annesitaly Inside Umbria” Celebration had to include, of course, a rural feast with Giuseppa at her farmhouse... View article
Simply a piece of fresh fruit usually drops the curtain on an Italian meal, for after all the good flavors... View article
Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)