Grilled Pork Chops

grilled pork chops

Dinner | June 9, 2016 | By

With Father’s Day coming, it dawned on me that most men I know love meat ~ especially if that meat has a bone it. Think chicken wings ~ and T-bone steaks. I don’t have proof, but I’m convinced it goes back to their caveman days. So today I have a recipe for bone-in Grilled Pork Chops with a homemade glaze the whole family will love. It’s really easy, but no one needs to know that and it’ll have you shining like a grilling rock star.


Marinated Rosemary Chicken Kabobs

marinated rosemary chicken kabobs

Dinner | June 2, 2016 | By

I’m not sure how the day got away from me, but it did. I had high aspirations when I got up this morning, but before I knew it, it was midafternoon and almost time for my monthly book wine club meeting with some of my favorite women. We’ve been a book club for a dozen or so years now ~ friends longer than that ~ and there was actually a time when we used to read. Times change though and somehow life got even busier (or did the days just get shorter?) so we no longer read an assigned book every month. It works out just fine because it leaves more time for important things, like food. . .and wine. . .and friendship. Wait ~ you’re here for Marinated Rosemary Chicken Kabobs, right? Read on. . .


It’s Winter. Let’s Make Steak

It's Winter. Let's Make Steak.

Dinner | February 4, 2016 | By

We’re already suited up for Super Bowl in our house, but until Sunday when we break out all that amazing touchdown-worthy food and get a good laugh (or maybe a sentimental tear) from the commercials, we really love a good steak. Medium rare. Juicy. Caramelized outside. Pretty in pink inside.  My husband, a true carnivore in every sense of the word and I don’t always agree on the definition of a good meal but when it comes to steak, we’re on the same plate page. Even though we’re in the throes of winter here in Michigan, we still get cravings for a delicious steak dinner hot-off-the-grill. I can easily picture myself outside, the sun warming my skin, the smell of fresh-cut grass, a dog barking, a goose honking ~ but my reality is knee-deep snow and temps in the teens. When I get these cravings, I make It’s Winter. Let’s Make Steak,  an easy recipe for steak made completely indoors and so delicious, you won’t even miss the grill marks.steak 7

No need to shovel snow off your grill or blow warm air into your hands to thaw them with this recipe. No freezing your you-know-what off. I love the grill ~ it’s no longer a “man appliance” ~ and it makes the most delicious summer-inspired food, plus no clean-up — but trust me on this one. Take advantage of this easy to follow recipe inside your own kitchen and you’ll find yourself uncorking a bottle of your favorite red and devouring this delicious steak in no time. It’s Winter. Let’s Make Steak.


Fiesta Peppers

Fiesta Peppers

For today’s post I’m turning over the reins of A Gouda Life to my daughter, Lauren Dezenski BLOG-fiesta 15because her Fiesta Peppers recipe is so delicious that it needs to be shared! It’s the perfect appetizer for your next get-together. It’ll improve your life. Guaranteed. 

Thank you so much Lauren for your support of A Gouda Life and sharing your recipe and story with us! Stay tuned for other A Gouda Life supporters/guest bloggers!

I LOVE to eat, pair food with a large glass of wine, and get more than a little creative in the kitchen…I am my mother’s daughter. Growing up in her kitchen I became enthralled with trying new things and was inspired by her desire to always put a personal touch on each and every meal. Growing up in her kitchen meant together time, and the promise of food that kept you eating past Thanksgiving-full. It’s about time this artistic home cook shared her recipes over the World Wide Web!


Best Cheeseburger

Best Cheeseburger ~ tasty, juicy grilled beef with minced onions loaded with flavor. Grills in just a few minutes. Nothing fancy, nothing finer.

Dinner | April 14, 2015 | By

Everyone has their own idea of what makes the single Best Cheeseburger, but there are a couple of things we can all agree on: the burger need to be juicy and it needs to be delicious. Beyond that, whether beef, turkey, even veggie – in my book they also need a layer of melted cheese. The ingredients in this recipe may raise an eyebrow, but you’ll have to trust me on this ~ they come together in grilled perfection. Nothing fancy. Nothing finer.