Well Worn Apron Food

Welcome to the Well Worn Apron Food Travel 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 on Well Worn Apron Food Travel Blog since 2011!

Cheers! And let’s eat!

Pasta Carbonara with Italian Sausage

Pasta Carbonara with Italian Sausage

Luxuriously Pasta Carbonara   Pasta Carbonara was something I always ordered out at an Italian restaurant. It seemed so complicated — a dish I couldn't possibly make myself at home — silly me. Of course, I could make Pasta Carbonara! I make bread and pastries....

Friskie Fries Newport

Friskie Fries Newport

Obsession with Fries Potato products are their own food group in my mind. They are the perfect food and can be prepared in many yummy ways. I like my potatoes and I love my fries. I grew up with chip shops in Ireland and McDonald's fries in the US though now my go-to...

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Square Foot Gardening

Square Foot Gardening

 Start of a Square Foot Gardening Adventure   For those who know me, you if you grow it, fish it, or hunt it, then I can cook it. I have never been much of a gardener outside of my herbs. I have tried and failed at growing the traditional garden fare. I seem to...

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Life Experience Well Worn Apron Roams

Life Experience Well Worn Apron Roams

The summer of 2017 was a life experience where for the month of August we were roaming nomads. It is a polite way of saying we were without a home for 30 days as we moved from Tarboro, North Carolina to Newport, Rhode Island. It was not planned that way, but when life...

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Indian Fried Cabbage and Peas

Indian Fried Cabbage and Peas

Indian Fried Cabbage and Peas Breaks the Cabbage Image Cabbage. This vegetable has an image problem. Cabbage, like many vegetables, has a bad reputation. It has been cooked to death without much thought to flavor. It is known as dreary, boring veg that is served in...

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Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus Made Fresh   Hummus is a quick and delicious snack or meal. It is easy to stop at the grocery store picking up a tub. While store-bought is good, hummus made fresh is the best. When you make it yourself, it just tastes so much better and you can...

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Getting Serious About Plant-Based Eating

Getting Serious About Plant-Based Eating

Plant-Based Eating - Not Just for Hippies   I've been down this road before regarding cutting down on meat in our family's diet. It is a struggle to come up with varied, filling, and tasty vegetarian meals to serve to my guys that they will eat willingly. It is...

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Homemade Gnocchi

Homemade Gnocchi

Nothing Beats Homemade Gnocchi   Being Irish with the DNA test to show I have no southern European genes, pasta came out of a box and the sauce from a jar growing up. Fresh pasta was unknown. In the late 70s and early 80s, my mom learned how to make tomato sauce...

Cranberry Chutney

Cranberry Chutney

  Cranberry Chutney - A Multipurpose Condiment Most American holiday tables from Thanksgiving to Christmas have some sort of cranberry dish. I grew up the jellied kind that came out of a can. Just slice it up and serve it. Sometimes my Mom would make a cranberry...

Layered Shrimp Dip

Layered Shrimp Dip

Warning: this layered shrimp dip is addictive. Be prepared to embarrass yourself at parties by hovering over it. Or at least that's me when my sister would make this wonderful party-friendly layered shrimp dip. Imagine me sitting in front of it on the porch of our old...

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Vietnamese-Style Shrimp Balls over Rice Sticks

Vietnamese-Style Shrimp Balls over Rice Sticks

Worth the Effort Vietnamese-Style Shrimp Balls over Rice Sticks Growing up in Newark, Delaware, there was a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant called Saigon. It was my first exposure to Vietnamese food over thirty years ago now. It started my love affair with southeast...

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Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

 A Fresh Classic Beef Bourguignon Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon is simple and elegant   While I use my slow cooker year round, the fall and winter are the perfect times to use the slow cooker. And the perfect time for the French classic of bistros, Beef...

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Not Your Granny’s Irish Beef Stew

Not Your Granny’s Irish Beef Stew

Seriously Not Your Granny's Irish Beef Stew Unless your granny puts beef and wine in her Irish beef stew. My Irish Granny would never have put alcohol in any food. OK maybe a drop of sherry in the trifle, but that's about it. My Mom did not cook with alcohol, either....

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Creamy Parmesan Gnocchi

Creamy Parmesan Gnocchi

Creamy Parmesan Gnocchi with Kale   Creamy Parmesan Gnocchi is one of the only recipe where I can get my guys to eat kale without faces of pure disgust. The menfolk in my house are not fond of kale or any other bitter greens regardless of how it is prepared. You...

Easy Quick Vegetarian French Onion Soup

Easy Quick Vegetarian French Onion Soup

Vegetarian French Onion Soup from Your Pantry It seemed a waste to throw out homemade baguette, but it was stale. And stale baguettes are not very nice. Unless you repurpose them to use as rocks or bats. What to do? Make vegetarian French onion soup. It is a great...

Italian Pandora Bread Pudding

Italian Pandora Bread Pudding

Don't regift that Panettone or Pandora Breads Ever since watching the British Bakeoff Master Classes where Paul made the Italian sweet yeast dough, Pandora Bread, I wanted to make it since it looked tasty and lovely. It is a rich bread made with what flour, sugar,...

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No Waste Banana Bread

No Waste Banana Bread

Overripe Bananas? Make Banana Bread Got overripe bananas sitting on your countertop? The ones you meant to eat a week ago or maybe longer. Yes, those. While you maybe tempted to put them in the compost or trash bins, do not. Do not waste them, but instead make banana...

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Layered Shrimp Dip

Layered Shrimp Dip

Warning: this layered shrimp dip is addictive. Be prepared to embarrass yourself at parties by hovering over it. Or at least that's me when my sister would make this wonderful party-friendly layered shrimp dip. Imagine me sitting in front of it on the porch of our old...

Italian Pandora Bread Pudding

Italian Pandora Bread Pudding

Don't regift that Panettone or Pandora Breads Ever since watching the British Bakeoff Master Classes where Paul made the Italian sweet yeast dough, Pandora Bread, I wanted to make it since it looked tasty and lovely. It is a rich bread made with what flour, sugar,...














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