What is your apron story? If aprons could talk, what would they say? Serious chef aprons, frilly Sunday dinner aprons, cherry-stained work apron, grilling aprons sporting team spirit, Grandma aprons with embroidered yellow daisies, or maybe just a kitchen towel neatly tucked into the waistline of a pair of jeans. This is a sample of the apron stories. Click on Apron Stories on my menu for more.
I love to collect vintage aprons. I bought the white one in the picture above with a yellow basket full of embroidered daisies at an estate sale in Evening Shade, Arkansas. My daughter and I had traveled back to my hometown to celebrate my mom’s birthday by spending the morning at yard sales and, of course, taking her out to lunch! When I saw this very old, yet sunny and happy apron draped over a shelf of books, I wondered how many biscuits had the apron’s owner made wearing it? How many pieces of apple pie had she cut and shared with family? Did she embroider the daisies as a child and lay the crisp, new apron in her hope chest for later on when she would marry? Did her mother teach her to sew like mine had taught me? I happily paid the small price of one dollar handwritten on the tag and brought it back to Alabama with me. I proudly wore the daisy apron to the Time Inc Food Studio recently while testing some older Southern Living recipes and couldn’t help but wonder if the original owner of this apron had prepared some of the same recipes in her kitchen in Evening Shade, Arkansas many years ago.
I’m Robbie Medley from Hayden, Alabama. I’m married to my high school sweet heart for 23 years. We have 4 children. Two are grown and we home school (the two still at home)and we have a grand baby due any day. I am a facilities supply advisor at Veritiv and love the Birmingham area. How did you learn to cook? Although my mom and grandmother cooked every day, I was never interested in cooking until I got married. I love to cook, especially if involves the Big Green Egg. I have learned many tricks of the trade and have become the local grill master. Who inspired you to cook?Expensive Food inspired me. I just believed I could replicate, or even make better foods, that I love. Any special cooking story you would like to share? My “butt” is famous and is requested often among family and friends. Any special cooking story you would like to share? My “butt” is famous and is requested often among family and friends. Where did you get your apron? A friend and fellow Big Green Egg griller.
Robbie, thank you for sharing your apron story with me. Count me in as one of your friends requesting the grilled chicken! kp PS….Roll Tide!