Welcome to the Well Worn Apron Blog!
If my apron could tell tales, it would fill your ears of tales of meals cooked for friends and family in a few kitchens over the years. It was a gift from my Dutch sister-in-law almost two decades ago. The many stains on it are there to stay at this point. I like to say it gives the well worn apron character instead of being a dirty old thing. It is most cherished by me. And everyone around me as when the well worn apron comes off the pantry door, it means that some good food is coming their way. The well worn apron has even made it into my backpack to travel to cook for others, so for an apron it is well traveled.
Join me as I cook, eat, travel, and share!
Cheers! And let’s eat!
Simple and Fresh Cookless Tomato Sauce Yes, you read that correctly a cookless tomato sauce. Tomato sauce is often thought of as something that simmers on the stove for hours on a Sunday afternoon. Not so. This is a much lighter version of the traditional...read more
Vegan Eggplant Chickpea Curry Chickpeas are one of my favorite ingredients. And I adore eggplant. Put them together with a curry base and you have eggplant chickpea curry. Pretty good, right? The base of a curry varies. This curry is tomato-based with ground cumin,...read more
Sushi Craving It was a hot lazy Saturday afternoon. Perfect afternoon for sushi. We had been very busy all morning. Busier than usual on a Saturday. It was way after lunchtime and none of us were in the mood to make anything. I was in the mood for something...read more
Slow cooker bratwurst with sauerkraut and red potatoes We are having our own Oktoberfest here at the Van den Hurks with slow cooker bratwurst with sauerkraut and red potatoes. Alright maybe not. I have been mostly preparing vegetarian meals for my guys, but today I...read more
Coconut milk poached cod with peppers and spinach This may surprise folks, but fish does not have to be fried. Poaching fish is a very nice alternative. And poached cod is my favorite fish to do this with especially if it is coconut milk poached cod. Poached is...read more
Vegetarian Slow Cooker Butter Chickpeas I will readily admit it. I love my slow cooker. Now that school has started and I return back to my “normal” work schedule, I love my slow cooker even more. And I love making Indian vegetarian meals like cooker...read more
Vegetarian Treat in Slow Cooker Aloo Gobi When someone mentions a slow cooker, the first thing for many that comes to mind is a meat and bean chili. Or maybe a pulled pork. That was me until a couple of years ago. I always thought of chili or some sort of pulled meat...read more
Shopping for Slow Cookers I’m so thankful my girlfriend gave me her extra slow cooker about ten years ago. I had found a slow cooker recipe in a magazine that looked really good. I can not remember the recipe now, but I bet it was for a pulled style meat. I did...read more
Vegetable Singapore Noodles Singapore Noodles is a Chinese take-away staple. It is a dry spicy curry rice noodle dish with vegetables, meat, and/or seafood. Be prepared for it to clear your sinus. We love it our household. My recipe is for Vegetable Singapore Noodles....read more
New Bern Sunset Sailboat Cruise There is something about the water that draws me to it. So when I had an opportunity to take a sunset sailboard cruise in New Bern, North Carolina, I had to do it. What a nice way to spend an evening but sailing the Neuse River while...read more
Lazy Vegetable Korma Yes, you read that correctly: lazy vegetable korma. Indian food can be time consuming with all the vegetable and spice preparation. That can be a turnoff to many. Let’s be honest, even the most avid cook gets lazy sometimes. Me, included...read more
Fresh Figs I am new to this whole love of fresh figs. Growing up figs were in Fig Newtons and were not fresh. Honestly I do not think I saw a fresh fig until five years ago while at my friends’ water house on the Chesapeake Bay where they had a fig tree. The fig...read more
There is something about fried food at the beach that is so good. We enjoy our fish and chips in the Van den Hurk family. And being Irish, I’m genetically disposed to craving fish and chips. With lots of malt vinegar doused on it. To the disgust of my Dutch...read more
Salt Lake City – A Foodie Town I traveled to Salt Lake City to speak at the National Federation of Presswomen annual conference. I didn’t know much about Salt Lake City outside of the Winter Olympics and the Church of Latter-Day Saints. And to be honest, I...read more
New Mexican Cuisine isn’t Tex-Mex It isn’t Mexican. And it isn’t Tex-Mex. It is New Mexican. That’s what New Mexican friends shared with me on my first trip the American Southwest. And they are passionate about their food as well as proud of...read more
Ezme. Eggpant Salad. Hummus. Baba Hounush. Adana Kebab. Kofta Kebab. I crave the above. And I can’t get enough of it. Really. I’m at my happiest sipping tea out of a glass and nibbling on a mezze platter. I’ve been lucky to have friends from all over...read more
Let’s make some Sunday Gravy! Mama Mia! Cue some Dean Martin music. Turn on Moonstruck! For years I’ve had this recipe for traditional Italian-American tomato gravy (or sauce). It has traveled with me through 3 moves in my well-worn recipe binder. I...read more
When in the Netherlands, try the Rijst Tafel. Indo-Chinese food in the Netherlands is one of my favorite types of “Dutch” food. I look forward to visits to my family’s favorite, neighborhood, Indo-Chinese restaurant, Tong Ah. It is a very local place...read more