Recipe Box, BLT Pie

I think just about everyone loves a good BLT, so why not a BLT pie!     I have made lots of tomato pies, a Southern summer favorite, and this one is topped with lettuce and loaded with the ever popular, Bacon     HHjr planted chocolate sprinkle cherry tomatoes, their skin is sort of … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Tomatoes & Chicken Pesto Mac & Cheese

I know we are all shedding a tear as the end of summer tomatoes looms on the horizon 😢   But! Here are some ways to enjoy summer tomatoes all year- You can paint Tomatoes easily with the Waterlogue App     Pastel pencil on paper     Stacked Tomato Salad     Watercolor  tomatoes … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Taco Bread Boat

This is what greeted me when I got home the other night 😋 A 2 foot long taco boat full of the last of the summer tomatoes Piled high on a bed of taco meat, refried beans, sour cream and cheese A blanket of green onions was scattered on top along with a few jalapenos, … Continue reading

Gifts from the Kitchen, Show and Tell #2

Back in January I shared my favorite tricks and tips from the kitchen, Show and Tell here Many of you were kind enough to share your secrets and I have rounded up a few others to go with them Michael Lee West from Rattlebridge Farm shared a tip she learned from her chef son~ Cut … Continue reading

Creations, Painting Tomatoes

Let’s paint some tomatoes! Painting tomatoes is as easy as 1-2-3 It helps if you can look at some real tomatoes Study the shapes and color variations, the stem ends and the highlights where the shapes catch the most light   Step 1.  Load your brush.  Use a fat round brush like a #8.  You … 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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