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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