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This Sunday marks the 4 year blogiversary for this little blog o’ mine. I can’t believe it has been that long already. It has been an amazing journey. I’ve enjoyed spending time in the kitchen. Getting to know all of you. And of course eating. Yes, there has been lots and lots of eating. And boy has it been fun.

I have enjoyed every moment that I have been writing this blog, but to be honest this past year and half or so has been the toughest to keep up with it. When I got pregnant, the only food that sounded good was taquitos dipped in sriracha sauce. Then after the morning sickness went away I had weird cravings. Then I got tired. Then I had a baby and I got even more tired. And now I’m chasing around a little dude while I try to create recipes. That is why I haven’t posted as much as I would like and I just want to say thank you to all of you who have stuck around. All of you that read the blog, try the recipes and let me know how they turn out. It really means a lot to me that you are all here so thank you.

To celebrate this special occasion, and to say thank you. I thought I would host a little giveaway. I’ve decided to give away a box full of things that you can always find in my kitchen. And a few tools and books that I really think are essential for every home cook.

In the box you’ll find:

  • Biscoff Cookies and Spread: I was just introduced to these a couple months ago and my life has been changed. THe cookies are unbelievably good. And the spread is basically the cookies in spread form. It’s genius.
  • King of the Cajun Gourmet Cajun Seasoning: I use this seasoning in several different recipes, like my cajun chicken wings. I also like sprinkling it on mac n’ cheese and french fries.
  • San Marzano Tomatoes: Use these to make the best pasta sauce you’ve ever had.
  • Mama Lil’s Sweet Hot Peppers: These lovely peppers are made right here in Seattle. I love to add them to sandwiches. Put them out on an antipasto platter. And spoon them over the top of cream cheese before spreading it on crackers or crusty french bread.
  • Montebello Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil with pourer: This is the olive oil that I like to use as a drizzle over my garlic bread, caprese salad, and in my salad dressings.
  • Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce: Its hot. Tangy. And I put it on EVERYTHING.
  • Sriracha Sauce: Because every kitchen needs a bottle.
  • Peugeot Paris Pepper Mill: I don’t like to use pre-ground pepper. Grinding my own allows me to make it coarse or fine. We got this for a wedding present and I’ve used it every day since.
  • Taylor Digital Cooking Thermometer with Probe and Timer: I heart this thermometer. My mama got it for me for Christmas a few years back. I use it just about every meal. My favorite feature is that you can set a desired temp and stick the probe it whatever you’re measuring and it will alert you when it has reached the desired temp. Nifty I think.
  • The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dorenburg: This is not a cookbook. It’s better than a cookbook. There are no recipes. Instead it lists just about every ingredient you can think of and tells you other ingredients that pair with it. Want to know what seasonings would work with the salmon you are making for dinner? Or different combinations you could add to the apple dessert you’re making? This book will help you. It’s one of my favorites and I think a must have for every home cooks kitchen.

There you have it folks. You get up to two chances to win. First, leave a comment below telling me about your kitchen must have. It can be a simple ingredient, your favorite pot or a cookbook. Second, become a fan on facebook and let me know in your comment below that you’ve become a fan.  Pretty easy huh?

Thank you for reading again friends. And may the odds be ever in your favor…..sorry I couldn’t resist.  :)

The Deets:

2 entries max per person (One via a comment on the blog post and one via Facebook)

Due to shipping costs I can only ship to US mailing addresses

Contest ends 10/10/12 at 5:00PM PST.

Winner will be picked at random.

I have personally purchased the products. I have not been compensated in anyway for this post or product recommendation.


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  • I forgot to also mention that I am a fan on Facebook =)

  • Nicia Mylenbusch

    My kitchen essential is tarragon. I love that spice, especially in potato dishes, it really adds a wonderful flavor.

  • Bethany

    My kitchen essential would be black pepper – I love it and put it in or on almost everything.

  • Bethany

    I am also a fan on Facebook :)

  • Happy Birthday, Life Ambrosia! Wow, to try to narrow my kitchen must haves down to 1 thing is pretty hard, but I guess I’d choose my Vita-Mix! It’s amazingly fast, powerful, and multi-functional. Thanks for the awesome giveway!!

  • Jackie

    My must have kitchen gadget is a citrus squeezer. Up until about a year ago I was squeezing lemons and limes by hand. Not sure why?! Along with the citrus squeezer you need greek yogurt. Greek yogurt with a squeeze of lime is just like sour cream with so much less fat and just as good!

    I have been a fan on facebook for a while now. I thoroughly enjoy your recipes. I think we have the same taste buds :)

    Also, I ALWAYS have a bottle of sriracha in the kitchen. Another kitchen must have of mine.

  • Josie

    My must have kitchen item is my chef’s knife. Can’t live without it!

  • Josie

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

  • Melissa

    Must have quality knives. There is nothing worse than a dull knife!

  • Zoe

    Happy blogiversary! A couple of your recipes have become regulars at my house, so thank you for continuing to blog. :)

    My kitchen must have is a big mixing bowl. I feel like I can never have too many, and I use them pretty regularly for random things.

  • Ma. Antonia Rios

    I love your facebook page and am a fan. my favorite thing in my kitchen is a cone shaped strainer that is at least 60 yrs old sits on three legs and it is the most conveint tool to fine strain anything. I couldn’t do without it. Thank you for your recipes, love them and what a cutie your baby is, too cute. Oh ;and I inherted that strainer from my Mom , that my Grandmother gave her as a wedding present. That’s why it’s 60yrs old!!

  • My kitchen essential is lemon pepper. So versatile and delicious!

  • My kitchen must have is fresh ground pepper! I put it in most things! That is why I MUST win this giveaway! :-)

  • I like you on Facebook.

  • 4 years?! AMAZING! I look forward to many many many more years with you. Your recipes are so great and I have a long list of your recipes to make. My most essential kitchen thing is my le creuset skillet. I can’t live without that pan!

  • I just wanted to wish you a happy four year blogiversary!! ^_^

  • Haydee

    I have been a fan of yours some time ago, and have learned a lot with your recipes, love them :-) My kitchen must have are lemons, I use them in lots of things and ground pepper of course.

    Happy blogiversary!!! :-)

  • Joanna

    My kitchen must have is my food processor. It shreds a 2 lb. baby loaf of sharp cheddar so quickly and easily – no shredded knuckles like with the regular grater. And it’s a wizard with any vegetable.

  • My kitchen essential is a cast iron skillet. Congrats on your 4 year blogiversary and I hope there’s many more!

  • I like you on Facebook too!

  • Ginger S

    A must-have in my kitchen is my dutch oven, real unsalted butter, and my micro-planer. A strange combination, but I use each of them multiple times a week :) I’ve been a fan on Facebook for a long time :)

  • Happy Birthday! Congratulations! I kitchen essential is my crockpot. I’m a fan on Facebook.

  • Grace S

    Caraway seeds

  • Nahall L

    Happy Anniversary! Love your cooking! Always find something to entertain with!

  • Arline

    My favorite kitchen essential is my Braun Immersion Blender.

  • leslie

    Thank you for the fun giveaway.

  • Pamela Joy

    Happy 4 Year Blogiversary! My kitchen must have is my stainless steel skillet , I use it all of the time , It is large and deep . It is my go to pan and it cleans quickly and easily . I am a fan on facebook, I just found you recently since I found Pinterest about 6 weeks ago and so glad I did!

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  • Jen B.

    My kitchen must-have is my calphalon Non-stick everyday pan. Congrats on 4 years, I have been following you for 2 years & 1 year on Facebook!

  • Amanda Thompson

    Happy Blogiversary!! My kitchen must-have is the Internet. I get sucked in to making the same meals all the time, so I need blogs like yours to inspire me to try new recipes!

  • Jen

    My must-have kitchen item is my chef’s knife.

  • Jen

    I’m a fan on facebook
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  • Emily

    My must have is my kitchen scale.

  • Holly

    My must have, can live without it, is my Kitchenaid Mixer! I love that thing! Happy Blogiversary!

  • Clarissa

    My favorite kitchen must-have (yes, this is cheesy….) is my fiancée. I love cooking with him, trying new recipes, and just bonding via creation. We tried the shrimp tacos with avocado and loved them! I am new to your blog but so far love it! and also became a Facebook fan. Thank you for helping to facilitate our family bonding, and dish washing! :)

  • PoopseyMarie

    Oh, WoW!! Congrats on 4 years. I’m like on the same page with you, Des. I just recently tried the Biscoff cookies myself. I tell you, those things are addictive, thus the reason I decided to fore go the spread. I’ll try it later, tho. The San Marzano tomatoes are the best for a full flavored sauce and pre-ground pepper is out at our house as well. Since I’m east of the Mississippi River, the sweet hot peppers, Cajun seasoning, olive oil, etc. aren’t familiar items to me.
    Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway!

  • Pete

    I make 4-5 dozen cookies every week and couldn’t get by without my small ice cream scoop!
    I’m a facebook fan, too.

  • Kim K.

    My essential kitchen tool is my Kitchen Aid mixer. I enjoy baking and couldn’t live without it.

  • Kim K.

    I am a Facebook fan.

  • Judy R

    My large ice cream scoop as I make cupcakes several times a week

  • Judy R

    I am a FB fan!!

  • Lisa

    The one item I could not live without in my kitchen is my Kitchen Aid stand mixer.

  • Melissa

    Have subscribed to you for all of your years. Excellent recipes and as i posted on fb my favorite recipe is your pumpkin cake amaretto cream cheese that i make every year. You have some other ones as well, the avocado sour cream with cilantro. Awesome with carnitas. Thank you for being an inspiration and i love your side stories of your family. Heres to many more years !

  • Melissa

    oh and i forgot to mention- garlic- is my must have in the kitchen. Great in EVERYTHING

  • This is so awesome! A Care Package from you! Happy Blogaversary! We’re so glad you’re out here!

  • I alaready love you on Facebook!!

  • Pat R

    I NEED my tube pans and my rasp……….I’d be lost without either.

  • Pat R

    I already like you on FB……and Happy Birthday!

  • Barbara

    My kitchen must have is a good set of knives

  • Sue

    My Ninja love it to make salsa, smoothies, and hummus.

  • Sue Clark

    I absolutely cannot live without my cast iron skillets!! Happy 4th Anniversary from a loyal southern fan!

  • Lyssa

    I can’t live without my KitchenAid stand mixer…it makes all of my baking so much easier! I’m also a fan on Facebook.

  • Tina V

    I couldn’t live without my Kitchen Aid Mixer. It’s so easy to mix things. Just walk by and toss in the ingredients. I don’t know how I lived without it for 25 years!!!

  • Sandy J

    Microplane zesters – they are the best! I have several different types, and all are in use almost daily.

  • Michelle

    My kitchen aid mixer and my handy dandy chef’s knife get me through all my kitchen adventures!

  • Tashieka

    My kitchen must have is currently cilantro. Ive found tons of different uses for it .im also a fan on facebook

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  • I already like you on Facebook. Happy Blogiversary!! :)

  • Deeli

    My must have kitchen utensil is a German made, almost as old as I am (which is old – LOL), chef knife my Daddy bequeathed to me!

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    I also ‘liked’ your Life’s Ambrosia Facebook page and the contest itself too ;-)

  • i simply must have my pastry cutter!

  • Gwendolyn

    New Facebook fan here! Happy B-Day Life’s Ambrosia…I tried to narrow down my fav kitchen must have to just one but i have to say it’s hard…I absolutely can’t do with out my chefs knife it’s my go to and must have, but I have recently discovered that I absolutley LOVE LOVE LOVE Dill…I can’t believe I was missing out….I have been using it so much lately. Did I mention that I “liked” Life’s Ambrosias facebook page!

  • Bippy

    I am starting to believe that the internet is my best kitchen tool. I love getting recipes from others and sharing my favorites as well. The abundance of great recipe ideas out there is incredible. There are so many nights when I have no idea what to make for dinner and turn to the internet for help. Also, I am a new Facebook fan!

  • Karen W

    Definitely my ceramic coated cast iron pot. I cook everything in that pot :)

  • Karen W

    Also I am A fan on Facebook.

  • Joyce

    I can’t live without olive oil!

  • Melissa Millman

    My kitchen must have is my crockpot!

  • Karla

    love the idea of trying all these products!!!! thanks for a chance to win.

  • Krista

    I guess my food processor is my favorite!

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    I liked you on Facebook :)

  • Patsy

    Happy 4th anniversary!
    My favorite item is my kitchenAid mixer. Can’t believe I ever lived without it.
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    I have been a fan on FB for a while.

  • Alina

    Must have kitchen item for me is a rice cooker! Rice is a staple in my diet :)

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    and I’ve been a FB fan for awhile! Love your site!

  • Tami G.

    My must have kitchen item is my Kitchenaid stand mixer…it is a must have item for all kitchens!

  • Tami G.

    Happy blogiversary! May you have many, many more!

  • Kathy

    I am in dire need of a new mixer…

  • Kim N.

    My must haves in the kitchen are a bottle of sriracha and a bottle of cholula :)

  • Kim N.

    I’m also a fan on Facebook

  • Hazel Russell

    Gosh, I have been a facebook fan from close to day one. I now live in California but when we were up in Oregon we loved, loved, loved Muchais Gracias. Soooo, our favorite recipe has to be your taquito recipe. Yum, yum!! My favorite pot? That’s easy too. I have a small pot that was given to my parents as a wedding gift 67years ago. I have lost both of them now so that little pot is a true treasure.

  • Cyndi

    Tough one but GARLIC! Love your recipes… first one I made was Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Dip and I cannot count how many times I have made it and had requests! I’m a fan on FB as well!

  • Sharon Gribble

    Cilantro. Facebook friend

  • Jessen

    My Guy Fieri Knife! Best Kitchen Purchase I ever Made. My other Kitchen Essential is Freshly Cracked Black Pepper and my New Pepper Cracker – a Unicorn Magnum Plus 9in =)

  • Traci B.

    I couldn’t do without my Wustof Trident Chef’s Knife…

  • Traci B.

    I’m also a Facebook Fan…thanks for all your great recipes and tips!!!!




    I, too, am a FB fan!

  • Glenda

    My crockpot. Being a busy wife and mother there are many nights we would be looking for something to eat if not for my crockpot.

  • Pat

    I must have good, whole bean coffee and a great coffee maker…

  • Pat

    I’ve been a Facebook fan for a while…

  • Ashley

    my must have in the kitchen is my itunes box radio. since i spend more time in my kitchen then the rest of my house (sleeping doesn’t count) i always need to have my music on regardless of what im doing.

  • Ashley

    also a fan on facebook!

  • Liz

    Congrats on your 4 year anniversary. Love your recipes. I think the must have for my kitchen is garlic. If a recipe calls for garlic I always increase the amount requried because my whole family loves it. I am a fan on facebook. Keep up the good work.

  • sarah

    My kitchen must have is my brain multiquick handblender. Happy anniversary!

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    That was supposed to be Braun…autocorrect got me again!

  • Marianne

    Kitchen must have(s): homemade sour dough starter, coriannder, earl grey tea, buckwheat soba noodles, Henkles knives canned hatch green chiles, rosemary, tomatoes that have never been inside a fridge, Bodum tea kettle, garlic, well-seasoned cast iron skilet, raw honey.

  • Maureen Reid

    Happy birthday!

  • D.J.

    My kitchen must have are my cast iron cookware as they are healthier for non-stick cooking.

  • D.J.

    Happy Blogiversary and Happy Birthday? My son shares your birthday, he turned 3 today? I also just became a facebook fan of yours. Your recipes are soooo delicious!!!

  • Heidi

    Facebook fan AND I can’t live without my Crockpot. As a working single mom, it’s saved many a day when I was late coming home and the teenmonsters needed something warm, homemade, and oh so good.

  • Imane

    Happy Blogiversary and Happy birthday. Your recipes are soooo delicious!!!
    Many more years to come and keep this delicious blog.


  • shannon

    hmm, I think I’d have to say my must-have kitchen item would be my iPad! I rarely ever use actual cookbooks anymore… if I want to make something or get inspired I’ll first head over to and do a search to get visually inspired… then, I will triangulate my chosen direction by picking (at least) 3 different recipe versions of that dish, then i pick and choose from each the ingredients and/or techniques from those I want to use, and voila, my dish is created (the downfall is many times I can’t retrace my steps and re-create anything exactly… but that’s fun too).


  • shannon

    oh, and. I wish more chefs were joining you in the fight for healthy kid’s lunches… Thank you for all you have done so far to advance the cause!

  • Tish

    Happy Anniversary! I enjoy your recipes. My favorite kitchen item is my Calphalon Stainless Steel Sauce Pan. I use it for everything and love it!

  • Monica

    Happy Blogiversary!! My kitchen must have is my fondue pot.

  • Monica

    Became a fan on facebook :)

  • Marnia

    Tough question – but my indispensable kitchen items are chopsticks (you can grab, stir, flip, direct a pour, etc.) and a most delicious salt- free chile & spice powder called Zesty Red Boost by Chipotle Texas that will knock your socks off if you use too much.

  • Marnia

    I am a Facebook fan and even got my mom addicted to your blog. Happy Blogiversary!

  • Greg

    congrats on 4 years! I must have a crock pot, so nice to come home to a house filled with delicious smells after work

  • Jenna

    Pick me Pick me!! Congrats, this is a huge accomplishment!

  • Lauren L.

    Congrats; love your recipes!!
    Love double zero flour for fresh pasta.
    I’m also a FB fan!

  • Jenny G.

    Congrats!!! Ive been following your blog for about 3 years now and its ALWAYS my go to site for recipes. I love your cooking style! My kitchen must have at the moment is a supreme smoothie maker. Im pregnant right now and cant live without my smoothies!!! My blender is about to die on me!

  • Jenny G.

    I’ve been a FB fan for a long time too! :)

  • David C

    Sharpened chef knife and a Facebook fan.

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