Welcome to Cook a Good Life!
I am Rachel, recipe developer, cook, and photographer behind Cook a Good Life.
What you will find here are simple recipes, kitchen tips, and inspiration to help you cook budget-friendly meals from scratch so you can enjoy good food with your family.
Since most of us don’t have time to spend in the kitchen, my recipes are organized, easy to follow, and come together with minimal effort. I use easy to find ingredients that can be purchased in your local grocery store, farmers market, or online.
I live in New England and come from Italian and French-Canadian roots, so many of my recipes are influenced by this region and heritage. However, I also love exploring cuisines from around the world and strive to match the flavors of meals from my favorite dinner parties and restaurants.
I am an avid collector of vintage cookbooks and love old time recipes that made the most out of common and locally sourced ingredients.
Food is nourishing, tastes good, and has a history. I often explore the origin of a recipe and various ways of preparing it before tweaking it to fit the time crunched, busy lifestyle that we find ourselves in.
My goal is to encourage you to cook from scratch using good quality ingredients rather than rely on unhealthy fast food or packaged convenience foods with mystery ingredients.
My recipes are developed and tested at least three times before publishing, so you can be sure that your dish will come together if you follow the process. The recipes shared are ones that I often make in my home kitchen, so they are re-tested frequently.
Cook a Good Life is the sister site to the vegetable gardening website, Grow a Good Life. I grow a good-sized vegetable garden each year and enjoy experimenting with different ways to use the seasonal harvests to keep meals exciting.