Life's Ambrosia

My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it,  food is one of my favorite things. This passion for all things food, that I have had for as long as I can remember,  is the reason that I started my blog in October of 2008.

I like to cook simply and I like food that is comforting. I am a home cook with no formal training and the recipes I create are designed for cooks just like me with easy to follow instructions and ingredients that you are likely to have on hand. To me food doesn’t need to be over complicated or gourmet to be a meal you and your family will love.


Summer Tomato Bruschetta

Is it hot where you are? Good golly it has been hot in Seattle. So hot that there have been days when I haven’t even turned on the stove for fear that it would heat my house up to that lovely “I can’t even breath in here it’s so hot” temperature ....more

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Basil Chimichurri

It’s Taco Tuesday again! And if you are looking for an easy and super fresh Taco Tuesday recipe then these Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Basil Chimichurri are exactly what you need. They are loaded with perfectly grilled shrimp, creamy avocado and a sweet and tangy basil chimichurri and I’m kinda in love with them ....more

Dr Pepper Cherry Float Popsicles

This is post is sponsored by Dr Pepper Snapple Group. All opinions are my own. Whenever I think back on my childhood summers, I think of lazy days spent by the river ....more

Cheesy Mexican Street Corn

Aside from summer tomatoes, one thing we cannot get enough of during the warm summer months is sweet corn. We eat it at least once , if not twice a week and usually always on Taco Tuesday. Because we eat it so much, I am always looking for new ways to make it ....more

Pepper Jack Bacon Ranch Dip

Hey friends! It’s that time again....more

Grilled Tomato Basil Burgers

Burger season is in full swing. What is your favorite topping? I love traditional mayo, ketchup and mustard ....more

Grilled Kale Caesar Salad

This last week Ryan had to go away on business and the boys and I decided to go visit our family in the Portland area. The night before we left, we still had a gajillion things to do. Like the pesky little thing called packing ....more

Chorizo Tacos with Sweet Corn Salsa

Tacos pretty much make a weekly appearance...more

Grilled Greek Flatbread Pizzas

It has been hot here. Well warm enough for me to not want to cook inside anyway. If you follow me on Instagram then you have probably noticed that this results in me grilling all the things ....more

Bacon and Kale Cheese Bread

I always love a good challenge. Especially when it’s a challenge in the kitchen. That is why when I was contacted by Sargento to participate in their Chopped At Home Challenge, I was all for it ....more