About Noel

I’m the oldest of five children. Guess who got to help out in the kitchen the most? Guess who then got to fix supper when mom was going to be late getting home from work? Yup, that’s me.

I’ve learned a lot over the years about food – what people around me like, how to fix meals on a budget, how to stretch the food from four servings to seven, what things really don’t work and I’ve learned it from experience. I’ve no formal culinary education, unless you count Mrs Noggle’s Home Ec class in junior high school. We made peanut butter cookies and Jell-O cream pies, if I remember correctly. Come to think of it, we made an apron as our sewing project.

That brings me to the title of this site: Apron Free Cooking. I live in the real world. I have a job, husband, children, pets, family activities, college classes, school sports events and a million other things vying for my attention. I like to eat. So do my kids. I’ve collected a series of recipes that require minimal prep time, short cook times, common ingredients and easy instructions. It’s what I call “Apron Free”. 

Some of my favorite recipes:
Grandma’s Corn Pudding
Green Bean Casserole
Prize Winning Chili

My great aunt Artie always -and I mean ALWAYS- wore an apron. It was the kind that looped over her head, had ties at the waist, deep pockets and covered most all of her house dress. Aunt Artie was a neat lady. (More on her later… ) I don’t have an apron and I don’t have time for the kind of cooking that would require an apron. Altho, I think one day I’ll try to have the kind of lifestyle that allows me the chance to cook while wearing an apron.

I live in a small town in north central Ohio. We don’t have much in the way of exotic foods, so ingredients I use are what I would consider common and easily available. Please note that if your local grocery store doesn’t carry the same type of food items I use, you may certainly substitute similar ingredients that are available to you.

Simple Instructions
Easy to Find Ingredients
Low Time Involvement


Pour a cup of your favorite beverage: coffee, iced tea, hot cocoa or soda and surf this site! Thanks for stopping and happy cooking!

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