As he rhthymically combs one of our cashmere goats, Pino’s full concentration certamente wards off any hint of a CPA... 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”:
(*Today’s blog note is a gift to my brother, Tom Robichaud, celebrating his birthday today in Madison, Wisconsin. Alone. We’re... View article
On this blog, I’ve been writing daily (nearly) notes on ways to (hopefully) ward off what I’ve dubbed a CPA... View article
Under our national lockdown, those in towns and cities are confined to their homes. Fortunanatamente, Pino and I are “confined”... View article
The mimosa bunches on our table remain, a memento of our March 8th Festa delle Donne lunch cooked by Pino... View article
In Italy, you can easily be distracted from a possible CPA (i.e., a Coronavirus Panic Attack) in the days preceding March 8th, la Festa delle... View article
….but a sure remedy for coronavirus ansia (anxiety) is to drop in for lunch at Peppa’s. She’ll greet you warmly with a... View article
My Perugia/Deruta tour is a favorite among tour guests and not just for the many splendid treasures of Perugia but... View article
As you head out of the coffee bar and into the dining room of Ristorante Da Giovannino, look up and... View article
….and if you don’t have a good appetite, you will as soon as you walk into Peppa’s kitchen and take... View article
Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)