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.


Basil Guacamole

Basil. The quintessential summer herb. I always try to have a plant or two in my garden every year ....more

Loaded BBQ Hot Dogs

Now that grilling season is in full gear, I thought it high time to share a new hot dog recipe. After all, the good ol’ standby of ketchup, mustard, relish and onions can get a bit boring. Today, I’ve decided to take one of my favorite sandwiches “the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich” and turn it into a hot dog ....more

Zucchini Noodle, Tomato & Avocado Salad

Who’s ready for all things summer? The grill. The beach ....more

Rosemary Bacon Potato Salad

This coming weekend marks...more

Basil Whipped Goat Cheese

If you are looking for a way to fancy up a meal this summer then this Basil Whipped Goat Cheese is it. And guess what, it is beyond easy to make. 3 ingredients, 1 food processor and you are on your way to a creamy whipped cheese spread that will be your new favorite thing ....more

Grilled Chicken Teriyaki & Broccoli Stir Fry

Weeknights can be busy and I don’t even have school-age children in the house yet. No homework to do or after school activities to race them to, yet...more

Strawberry Buttercream

I don’t know if you have noticed but the strawberries are gorgeous right now. Red. Ripe ....more

Parmesan Herb Grilled Artichokes

Artichokes are one of those vegetables that I love but we don’t eat that often. One, they are usually pretty expensive and two they are quite a bit of work to prepare and I don’t always have time for it. But a couple of weeks ago they were on sale and I was just craving a really good artichoke so I thought what the heck and bought them ....more

Harissa Aioli

Happy Friday! Today I have a quick and easy aioli recipe to share with you: Harissa Aioli. It’s creamy, spicy,...more

Sweet Chili Flanken Ribs

It’s only April and we’ve already broken out the grill a few times. We’ve made burgers, dogs, steaks. Grilled veggies and fruit ....more