About me

About me and the blog. I’m the cheese-obsessed creator of recipes you’ll find here. Simple, delicious, comforting and all from grocery store ingredients.

I’m food obsessed meaning I think about tasty, decadent meals, snacks and the wine that goes with them most of the day.

A contest winning soup recipe, a love of writing, family encouragement and a complete disregard for my lack of tech skills lead me to start this blog.

Why A Gouda Life? A play on words ~ a good life and a nod to my favorite cheese and and the usual 7-10 varieties of cheese found in my refrigerator on any given day.

I’m passionate about developing recipes that make all of us look like a kitchen ninja without spending all day at the stove. Many of these recipes I’ve been making for years. I love how they invoke memories the way only food can do.

Contact me:

Need a quick answer to a recipe question? How about a recipe suggestion? Feel free to contact me by email: agoudalife@yahoo.com 


Where does the recipe inspiration come from? Back in the day of noisy, chaotic dinners that usually involved spilled beverages dinnertime was important. It meant we all sat together as a family, sometimes squabbled and shared our day. Even though I didn’t know it at the time, it was the start of the inspiration.

My daughters, niece and many of my closest friends are staunch foodies and amazing home chefs. Time spent with them over good food and time also serve as my inspiration. I wouldn’t want to be on this journey without them. I’ve also taken many classes at SurLaTable and watched cooking shows like I was training for the Olympics.

Food, family and friends ~ not necessarily in that order are what’s most important. I’ve tried to create a balance of recipes from healthy to comfort to the easiest and my favorite way to entertain.

Recently there was a second soup contest winner but what all these recipes have in common is achievable, mind-blowing food that’s made with love. They all come together with simple, grocery store ingredients and are the kind of meals you want to come home to. Many involve cheese. That’s not an accident.

Blog Love:

I love this blog and everything it represents. I’m passionate about seeing it grow because even though I write the content, it’s not about me. It’s about good food, feeding ourselves and the people we love and spending more time together. 

I’m quirky. In short, I run with scissors and talk to strangers. If you can relate, follow join me on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM and PINTEREST.

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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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