Anne Robichaud

Anne Robichaud, Annesitaly.com & Contributing Writer

Fresh Goats’ Milk Ricotta in Umbria

September 2020
We are eating late, late, late these nights. That is the only disadvantage to Pino’s goat cheese-making. He milks five of our 27 goats each morning and then again each evening during the last light of day when it is cooler. The goats give us about...


Panzanella piatto dei Poveri

July 2020
Thirty years ago, when we farmed our land, every farmhouse had a matera (a traditional Umbrian bread cupboard) in the storeroom off the kitchen. This bread cupboard was used for the storing of freshly made bread as well as the huge bags of powdery...


An Umbrian Swiss Chard

July 2020
Ingredients:  •  Generous bunch of Swiss chard with stems on •  3 Tbsp. Butter •  2 Tbsp. Flour •  ½ qt. Milk  •  Freshly-grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese, q.b.  •  Gorgonzola cheese, q.b. (or...


Anne’s Parsley, Pine Nut and Pecan Pesto Sauce

June 2020
With many still under lockdown in Italy, home gardens have become increasingly more important. The Parsley Pine Nut Pecan Pesto sauce for our pasta started right in our Umbrian garden, where we have a generous bunch of parsley. As it was too...


From Cashmere to Protective Masks

June 2020
Christmas gifts for our family members have often been wool or cashmere sweaters purchased at the outlet store at Novella Confezioni in the valley below Assisi. At Novella Confezioni, Monia Mancinelli, daughter of Novella, the founder of Novella...


Pasta ai Gamberi

May 2020
Ingredients: Small, peeled shrimp 2 Small onions, diced 2 Garlic cloves, peeled and sliced Olive Oil (q.b.) Thyme  Marjoram Tomato pulp 1 lb. Spaghetti Directions: Add diced onion and sliced garlic cloves to a deep frying pan and...


Don Aldo Brunacci, Righteous Gentile of Assisi

April 2020
I could not remember the exact location in Assisi’s cemetery of the burial vault of Clara Weiss, an Austrian Jewish refugee who had died of natural causes in 1944 while hidden in Assisi. I was looking for it on February 2 before the ceremony...


Beverly Pepper

March 2020
Beverly Pepper was an American sculptor known for her monumental works, site specific art (art created to exist in a certain place) and land art. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1922 to Jewish immigrants, Beverly knew art was her calling from an early age....


Peppe’s Pig

February 2020
When Peppe told me the December date for the transformation of his butchered pig into prosciutto, capocollo, sausages, salami, coppa, and lard, I knew I would be there. At 84-years-old, Peppe is the oldest of our rural neighbors to continue this...


FUNK OFF Rocks Orvieto

February 2020
For more than 15 years, the Umbria Jazz Winter Festival has been entertaining jazz lovers of all ages. For five days, Orvieto is filled with hundreds of musical events in various venues. Locals and tourists alike fill the city from morning until...


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