Many years ago long before A Gouda Life, I married and began a crazy but amazing journey into parenthood. Noisy, chaotic, spilled beverages and even tears were a part of our mealtime, but it was important because it was usually the only meal we all ate together.

I’ve always loved cooking and sharing food with family and friends from the first time I attempted Baked Alaska only to have it completely melt in the oven. Oops. 

As our kids got older I found I had a bit more time and an even greater passion for cooking and all things food and wine. I took classes at SurLaTable, watched the Food Network like I was training for the Olympics and channeled some amazing home cooks in my life, all of which ultimately led me to this blogging journey.

Along the way, I also realized that good food doesn’t have to be expensive and that not only does cheese make any dish better, that cheese and I share a bond, both improving with age. I especially love the way food invokes memories of times in our lives we may otherwise forget.

Which brings me to A Gouda Life~ a play on words ~ a good life, which I am blessed to have – not perfect life – but a good, happy life with the best family ever. Gouda for my ridiculous obsession with cheese and the usual 7-10 varieties in my refrigerator on any given day. 

The recipes reflect my personality and the way I like to cook for family and friends – nothing fancy, just real food for real people. You’ll find everything from heavy comfort food perfect for snowy winter days to lighter fare, like salmon or a jazzed up salad and my favorite way of eating ~ appetizers.

If you make any of the recipes on this blog, leave me a comment~ I’d love to hear from you because silence isn’t always golden ~ especially if there’s a toddler around ~ then silence can be suspicious. While you’re at it LIKE ME on FACEBOOK and FOLLOW along on TWITTER, INSTAGRAM and PINTEREST ~ to quote mama “because I said so. That’s why” ~ but also to find out what’s going on in my kitchen.

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    Jeanette Bach
    February 18, 2015

    Congratulations on your new venture! I look forward to your future posts and recipes.

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      February 20, 2015

      Thank you so much Jeanette!

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    February 19, 2015

    I really like the blog. Thanks for adding humor to our frozen days:-)

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      February 20, 2015

      Thanks Dana!! We need an afternoon at the wine bar at Partridge Creek after Lent! 🙂

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    February 19, 2015

    One more thing…since I have given up vino for Lent I will have to salivate for the next forty days. What was I thinking!!!

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    Wendy Dezenski
    April 25, 2015

    Love your blog! It’s fun, funny, and informative.

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    June 9, 2015

    Heard about this blog from some friends. Love it.

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    Annette Wilson
    June 15, 2015

    I see you put lots of time and energy into your blog. Very nice!

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    Linda @ Food Huntress
    August 3, 2015

    Hi Bernie, I saw your post over on Sunday Supper Movement. I am a Food Blogger in the Lansing Mi area. We will be moving to Orlando in the next couple of years but I’ll be here for another couple of years and would love to get together sometime. You can email me at foodhuntress@gmail.com. I love the pictures on your blog! Nice photography! Linda

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