Asian Pan Fried Noodles with Shrimp

Main Dish | February 7, 2017 | By

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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.  


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. 


Best Salisbury Steak

Best Salisbury Steak: budget-friendly, seared ground beef patties slathered in rich onion-mushroom gravy, serve over mashed potatoes~easy, any night meal.

Main Dish | January 20, 2017 | By

I woke up this morning with a nasty cold *ugh* the details of which I’ll spare you and while some people lose their appetite when they’re sick, mine actually increases. And the stuff I crave, like Best Salisbury Steak ~ pan seared ground beef patties slathered in rich onion-mushroom gravy over a bed of creamy mashed potatoes. For some it’s all about Chicken Soup for the cure, but I have a theory that when I crave food there’s some ingredient in it my body is lacking. Some may argue with this, but I just go with it.  Salisbury Steak is an oldie, but a goodie updated with a tip to make it the best you’ve had.


Beer Braised Chicken Sliders

Main Dish | January 18, 2017 | By

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Beer Braised Chicken Sliders ~ juicy, tender beer braised chicken shredded and tossed in a mildly spicy sauce served on slider buns.

I’m wearing my favorite faded, lucky shirt today waiting for the most important football game of the season to begin. The winner of this game wins the division and a place in the playoffs. To say my home team has had a postseason drought may be an understatement. The fact is, they haven’t made the playoffs in 23 years, but friends, once you’re at the dance, anyone can be crowned homecoming king or queen. You gotta have faith. These Beer Braised Chicken Sliders ~ juicy, tender pulled chicken tossed in a mildly spicy sauce on toasted Pepperidge Farm® slider buns ~ oh man. . .perfect for game time or anytime and so good they almost do their end zone dance.


Parmesan Breaded Pork Chops

Parmesan Breaded Pork Chops: a classic comfort recipe. Juicy, tender pork with a crispy, parmesan breading. It's that meal they'll all want to come home to.

Main Dish | January 16, 2017 | By

Sometimes I just crave classic, old-fashioned comfort food. Parmesan Breaded Pork Chops ~ crispy, golden breading on the outside, tender juicy pork inside. Sunday dinner with a touch of nostalgia for the dinners Mom or Grandma used to make.