Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer

Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer: the ultimate, easiest 3-ingredient dish. Warm, lemony creamy cheese inside, lightly toasted outside.

If you’ve wondered how simple an appetizer can be, how about a warm cheesy, lightly toasted lemony appetizer with just three ingredients that’s ready in under 10 minutes? An appetizer that until now you’ve only had in restaurants that’s so amazingly, yet simply delicious it’ll have you singing Opa! (with gusto) ~ but don’t worry, no flames are involved in the making of this Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer.


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. . .


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?


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.


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.  


Greek Chicken Pita Nachos

Greek Chicken Pita Nacho. Warm, toasted pita chips layered with seasoned chicken, Tzatziki, sauteed peppers and onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and feta cheese.

Do you have a favorite neighborhood restaurant? Ours is Pier III, family owned and our local version of  Cheers, the place in the old TV series where everyone knows your name. Everyone may not know our name there, but we usually see someone we know. They make a mean Mediterranean Nacho at the Pier ~ layers of pita chips topped with seasoned lamb, tzatziki, tomatoes and olives and it serves as the inspiration for this dish. If you’ve never had a Greek Nacho but enjoy a classic Greek Salad, Greek Chicken Pita Nachos is your dish.


Easy Homemade Guacamole Recipe

Easy Homemade Guacamole recipe: fresh bright flavor comes together in about 5 minutes plus tips on how to select a ripe avocado and safely remove the pit.

Appetizers and Beverages | January 25, 2017 | By

Guacamole is probably one of the simplest recipes ever. In fact, it really doesn’t even require much of a recipe, but for some reason, some people won’t attempt it at home. I love the bright flavor of freshly made guacamole. Add a bowl of tortilla chips and I’ve got a meal. It’s one dish I never get tired of making ~ or eating ~ all year around. This Easy Homemade Guacamole Recipe starts simply with ripe avocados and whips up in about 5 minutes. Learn how to pick only ripe avocados and *safely* remove the pit.


Spicy Beer Cheese Dip

Spicy Beer Cheese Dip: delicious creamy sharp cheddar dip infused with the flavors of crispy bacon, jalapeno, green chilies and beer.

Appetizers and Beverages | January 23, 2017 | By

Are you as excited for Super Bowl *food* as I am? I actually do like watching the game, but the food. . .oh man. . . the food. Spicy wings and dips and pizza in all shapes and flavors and please, don’t start the party without this Spicy Beer Cheese Dip ~ delicious creamy sharp cheddar infused with crispy bacon, beer and bits of jalapeno and green chilies. A total crowd pleaser that’ll have them cheering for you, even if it is just from the couch. 


Reuben Wonton Cupcakes

Best Super Bowl Recipes from appetizers to easy main dishes guests can serve themselves to tasty desserts. May the best dish, er team win!

Appetizers and Beverages | January 11, 2017 | By

It’s hard to believe but it’s been two years since I took a leap of faith and began this food blogging journey. Last year I wrote a piece on the one year anniversary, still feeling my way through after reading articles like ‘How to Start a Blog’ in just a few ‘easy’ steps. In case you’re wondering, it’s not easy and also contrary to the article, it’s not free.  In the last 12 months my support system grew from my family and friends, to fellow bloggers I now consider friends, like Kelly at The Hungry Bluebird, as well as faithful, supportive readers, like Mary and for all of you I’m so grateful. Last year in lieu of a celebratory birthday cake, I shared one of my favorite savory meals, an easy Soppressata Pizza. This year we’ll blow out a candle (or two) on these Reuben Wonton Cupcakes. If the thought of a Reuben sandwich excites you as much as it does me, then Reuben Wonton Cupcakes are for you. They’re my single most requested recipe and vanish in a snap every time I make them.  


Taco Cupcakes

Taco Cupcakes: wontons filled with spicy ground beef topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and everything you love on a taco all baked in mini muffin tins.

Appetizers and Beverages | December 30, 2016 | By

Hola! That’s pretty much the extent of my Spanish, even though Mexican food is one of my favorite things to eat pretty much any day of the week. I don’t need National Taco Day or Cinco De May to chow on 4 or 5 of these Taco Cupcakes. They’re really great all by themselves, but put out with a pitcher of margaritas and friends, you’re got yourselves a party.