Turkey Meatballs and Marinara

Turkey Meatballs and Marinara: Tender, juicy meatballs seared then simmered in robust marinara sauce. Healthy twist on a classic without sacrificing taste.

Main Dish | February 27, 2017 | By

If you think beef is the only way to go with meatballs, think again. Turkey Meatballs and Marinara are pan-seared then braised in rich, robust marinara for a dish that not only your family will love but it’s classy enough (if you’re the type that has classy friends) for company too. While I could be perfectly content with old-school marinara my husband is a card-carrying carnivore that needs meat and actually believes it improves his life. Who am I to argue? These turkey meatballs won over the carnivore who calls them “fowl balls“.  I can’t make this stuff up. They’ll win over your pickiest eater, too.


Grapefruit Margarita

grapefruit margarita

Appetizers and Beverages | February 22, 2017 | By

What comes to mind when you think of  Florida? Sunshine. . .palm trees. . .Disney World. How about grapefruit juice? I love a glass with breakfast (in addition to coffee, because coffee is like air), but have you ever had a Grapefruit Margarita? It’s a tropical makeover on a classic. They’re really easy to make and homemade tastes way better than the bottled stuff. With or without salt, in about 5 minutes, you too can start sipping and imagine you’re on a beach, the sun warming your face. . .


Artichoke Lemon Risotto

artichoke lemon risotto

Main Dish, Side Dish | February 20, 2017 | By

Do you want to know the one ingredient for the creamiest risotto ever? I just discovered it and I’m happy to share it with you. First off, creamy risotto is one of my favorite dishes and if it’s on the menu, it’s a pretty safe bet I’ll order it. I don’t care what it’s served with or what kind of risotto it is. I love making it at home, too like this Artichoke Lemon Risotto or Tomato Basil Risotto.  This flavor of risotto is ramped up with bits of crispy prosciutto ~ the perfect briny topping for this creamy dish. But wait ~ that secret ingredient. . .


Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup, creamy, cheesy tasty soup packed with chicken, garbanzo beans, chipotle pepper for smoky heat and topped with tortilla crisps.

Soup | February 16, 2017 | By

My daughters and I are all on the same page when it comes to our taste in movies. We love spending a Saturday or Sunday afternoon having lunch at the mall and catching a good flick. One of our favorite lunch spots is a place with amazing Tortilla Soup ~ loaded with chicken in a spicy broth and topped with crispy tortilla strips. We all get a bowl and share an appetizer so we still have room for the *required* movie popcorn. Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup is everything I love about the restaurant version but thicker and includes garbanzo beans, chipotle pepper for heat and smoky flavor and even more cheesy goodness. If you like a spicy, cheesy soup this is it. 


Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps: seasoned ground chicken sautéed with mushrooms and water chestnuts, nestled in lettuce leaf, topped with a spicy hoison sauce.

Appetizers and Beverages | February 14, 2017 | By

No one would ever accuse me of being a trendsetter, though I have ditched the oversized glasses my kids used to make fun of. That said, lettuce wraps aren’t the latest trend and probably aren’t new to you. Maybe you’ve shared them with friends in a local restaurant, but did you know how simple it is to make Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps at home?


Classic Bolgonese Recipe

Classic Bolognese Recipe ~ for meat lovers and those looking for a classic meal for a special occasion, this is it. Buttery, velvety tomato rich meat sauce.

Main Dish | February 9, 2017 | By

Bolognese is probably one of the best sauces you will ever eat – you can trust me on this – I’ve eaten more if it than most Italians, but I won’t sugarcoat it ~ it’s not a quick Tuesday night, 30 minute meal. This  Classic Bolognese Recipe is, however well worth the time and love you put into it and perfect for Valentine’s — or GALentine’s Day or any night you want a really special meal. Do you know about GALentine’s Day? It’s like Valentine’s Day…but better ~ single or married, it’s a celebration of your favorite gals – the women who enrich your life.


Asian Pan Fried Noodles with Shrimp

Main Dish | February 7, 2017 | By

This Asian Pan Fried Noodles with Shrimp shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #MuellersMatchmaker #CollectiveBias

From the Mueller’s®  Pasta Matchmaker ~ simple, any night Asian Pan Fried Noodles with Shrimp. Make it in under 30 minutes; ideal for company, too!

I’ll admit, I have *a couple* of quirks, like reading magazines from back to front and taking almost every quiz I come across: “Which TV Mom Are You?” on Facebook or “Who Are You Meant To Be?” from my Oprah magazine. The latest quiz I took was Mueller’s®  Pasta Matchmaker that blends three of my favorite things  ~ taking quizzes, cooking and pasta. I won’t keep you in suspense. Based upon my answers, my recipe is. . . drumroll . . . Asian Pan Fried Noodles with Shrimp.


Best Super Bowl Recipes

best super bowl recipes

Even if you’re not a football fan, it’s hard to avoid the fact that the Super Bowl is this Sunday. I’ll tune into the game, but I’m really excited about the commercials that range from funny to tugging on heart-strings and of course, the best part ~ the football food. And Super Bowl food, like the game itself, is on a whole different playing field. That bag of chips and dip from the store just won’t do for this occasion but no worries, we have you covered with the 10 Best Super Bowl Recipes.


Cuban Ropa Vieja

Add the shredded beef to the skillet. Cook uncovered 10-15 minutes over medium heat. Last add the frozen peas and cook 3-4 minutes until the peas are warm.

Main Dish | February 1, 2017 | By

Do you want to travel to Cuba without leaving your kitchen? You won’t even have to hassle with a bag! Cuba is still on my bucket list, but I was in Key West, just 90 miles north of it where I had some amazing Cuban food like the classic sandwich, robust Cuban coffee and Cuban Ropa Vieja ~ braised shredded beef, peppers and onions in an old-world, full bodiesd sauce. We ate on the outdoor patio of a quaint restaurant while the warm breeze blew, the band played a Latin-Jazz tune and we sipped fruity Sangria. 90 miles to Cuba? It seemed like we were already there.


Ultimate Spicy Chicken Wings

Ultimate Spicy Chicken Wings: light, crispy breading, unique hot/tangy sauce for a flavor that keeps 'em coming back for more.

Do you want to know the recipe to a man’s heart? Ask any man what his favorite finger-licking (I mean this literally) go-to meal is that he eats with cave-man gusto ~ the #1 food he chooses on nights he’s out with the guys and words like whole grain and healthy are strictly taboo and he’ll tell you it’s wings ~ Ultimate Spicy Chicken Wings. So today we turned over the A Gouda Life kitchen to my husband for the straight scoop from the horse’s mouth on how to do wings right.