Recipe Box, Lemon Ricotta Lasagna Rolls with Spinach, Fennel & Basil

  Just in time for Mother’s Day, these light lemon ricotta lasagna rolls are elegant, yet surprisingly simple       The filled noodles are nestled on a bed of sauteed spinach, fennel and shallot, topped with Parmesan and finished with a little brown butter and fresh basil     They look sinful but they’re … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Basil Pesto Naan with Caramelized Shallot & Pine Nuts

On this Flag Day 2016, it is more important than ever to stay strong America, and be proud   Prayers to Orlando and all those affected in the latest tragedy to befall our nation…     🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 ………….. Okay, if you ever make one of my recipes, make sure it’s this one   … Continue reading

Recipe Box, The Marinara Sauce Mystery, and Stuffed Marinara Meatball Subs with Basil Pesto

me: “I’m going out  with the girls tonight…  💅  💄  💃  🍷  There’s leftover meatballs and marinara in the fridge you can heat up for  dinner” him: “Okay, how do I fix it?” me: “Just put it in a sauce pan and heat it up as you would soup, and toast the bread” him: “Okay, … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Summer Cherry Tomato Pie

Our garden this year has not been the perfect success it started out to be We did harvest some kale and made Krazy Kale and Pan Fried Kale Ribbons with Garlic before a giant snake got caught in the protective netting and thrashed about for 3 days bashing everything with it’s tail… And even though … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Lunch in the Garden

We have had so much rain this spring that my backyard is a jungle  botanical garden… I’m so sorry California, how I wish we could share with you~     My Garden Girl has been working overtime and doing a great job   We recently enjoyed an unusually cool and bug free day, perfect for … Continue reading

Gifts from the Kitchen, Fresh Basil Oil

When I saw this Fresh Basil Oil over at the Café Sucré Farine, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some fresh basil~ Make up a batch and put it in a fancy bottle and you have the perfect gift from your kitchen, A most welcome addition to anyone’s pantry…. I used a handpainted … Continue reading

Gifts from the Kitchen, Tomato Basil Butter

This flavorful butter will brighten up your summer!  Make up a batch to take to the next BBQ or picnic, your host will love having some to stash away! Roast some tomatoes with some olive oil and salt & pepper It’s a beautiful thing! Slide all this yumminess into a dish of softened butter Add … Continue reading

Happy Father’s Day, A Manly Menu!

Sundays mean pork and barbeque around my house, the men in my life LOVE THE PIG~it’s usually a Boston Butt, cooked low and slow all afternoon.  Last Sunday was rainy so HHjr decided to try a recipe for ribs that begins in the oven and finishes on the grill.  This would be perfect for your … Continue reading

Pesto Primavera

Remember all those gorgeous veggies I photographed the other day? [see Aug 1]  Well, I have a big basil plant taking over one of my patio pots and I have Ina Garten’s Amazing Pesto on my “Bucket List” of recipes to try, so I decided to make a pesto dressed pasta topped with roasted fresh … Continue reading

Inspiration

Welcome to “the Painted Apron”, a  crazy place where there is cooking, painting and creating going on most of the time. I hope to inspire you with recipes and ideas for your own creations and experiments.  My focus topics will be recipes, gifts, tablescapes, organization, painting and parties. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to use fresh … Continue reading

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