Introducing Recipe Box and a Giveaway!

It’s a pretty exciting day here. First, I’ve got a fancy new recipe box feature to share with you all and second I’m giving away a few copies of The Pioneer Woman’s new cookbook Food from my Frontier. I told you it was exciting!

First, let me talk about my new recipe box feature. I’ve teamed up with Zip List to bring you an easier way to save all of your favorite Life’s Ambrosia recipes in one place. You’ll notice that I’ve added a Save Recipe button to each recipe post, so you can now save your favorites to your own personal recipe boxes, along with any other recipes from many other websites and food blogs like, Simply Recipes, Recipe Girl and Kayln’s Kitchen.

In addition to saving your recipes in the recipe box, you can also save the recipe ingredients to your online shopping lists by simply clicking “add to shopping list”. How cool is that?! 

If you do not already have a Zip List account when you click the recipe box link you’ll be prompted to create an account. You can use your email or a social networking account such as Facebook or Twitter. Once you create an account you’ll be able to access your recipe box and shopping list from my website, and using free mobile apps so you have what you need to plan meals and grocery shop wherever you go. I really hope that you all like this new addition to the blog and I’m excited to hear what you think so please let me know!

Now on to the giveaway…

When I first started toying around with the idea of starting a blog, I perused the internet looking for inspiration and that is when I discovered The Pioneer Woman. A few dozen confessions and recipe posts later, I was determined that I too could start a blog. Her writing, wit and down right scrumptious recipes gave me the little push I needed to get this blog started. I even got to meet her once when she came to Seattle. I am pretty sure I sounded like a star struck idiot in front of her, but you know what, she was every bit as witty and sweet in person as she is on her blog.

To celebrate the release of Ree’s new cookbook, Food from my Frontier, I’m giving away THREE copies. This cookbook is loaded with all kinds of yummy recipes with drool worthy pictures including one for Fried Chicken Tacos. That’s right. Fried. Chicken. Tacos.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling me your favorite taco filling. Super easy huh?

The Details:

I sponsored this giveaway. The opinions are my own.

Winners will be chosen at random and announced on this post.

I can only ship to US mailing addresses.

Giveaway ends Sunday April 1st at 5PM PST.

Giveaway has ended the winners randomly chosen by are:

  1. “Pork machaca, with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and pico de gallo cannot be beat as a taco filling!”- Patty
  2. “Gosh! All of these posts sound sooo delicious!! It’s making my stomach growl!! LOL..I would say marinated, shredded chicken, Avocado, just started adding black beans to everything and they’re super yummy! I’d say avocado would be my favorite tho! No matter what kind of meat you’re using, it’s the perfect addition!” – Nichole Trevino
  3. “Fish tacos with pico de gallo!”- Irene Gutierrez
  • Donna B.
    April 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Taco’s at our house include meat, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce….throw on some salsa and chunks of avocadoes are a must. Yummy!!!

  • Thu-Thao
    April 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    veggie burger or chicken with cilantro. Oh, and cajun blackened tilapia!

  • Maurina
    April 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    halibut, avocado and lime!

  • Chantal
    April 1, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Shredded poached chicken marinated in spices.

  • Christa D
    April 1, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Everything- that’s why I like tacos. They are one of those foods that you can put a little bit of everything- salsa, sour cream, lime, cheese…the possibilities are endless!

  • Court
    April 1, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Talapia w/ lime

  • Julie Grodon
    April 1, 2012 at 9:09 am

    spicy refried beans as the base always works for me!

  • Linda W
    April 1, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I have recommended your site to so many!

    My favorite tacos are fried shrimp with the PW’s Pico de Gallo and Guacamole~YUM

  • Val Fowler
    April 1, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Well pork of course!

  • Carla Jahnke
    March 31, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    First a taco is not a taco without fried flour shells, hamburger and various cheeses with homemade salsa.

  • Nicole Varick
    March 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I love a Baja style tempura fish taco with shredded purple cabbage, lime & green salsa!

  • Jen T.
    March 31, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Shredded beef tacos for me!

  • John Wood
    March 31, 2012 at 7:43 am

    smoked brisket with horseradish cream sauce topped with bacon and crumbled blue cheese. yum..You will think you have found Utopia.. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks,

  • Gwendolyn
    March 31, 2012 at 6:39 am

    I had some really awesome fish tacos in san antonio once, but i have to say that my newest try to recreate because they were awesome is asian tacos! I had them a t a local restraunte lately….they had this wonderfully juicey and delicious teriyaki chicken topped with an asain slaw all inside a crispy fried wanton! So Yummy!

  • Michelle Glenn
    March 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I am in a phase right now where I want shredded taco chicken with shredded lettuce, cheese, sour cream and lite on the refried beans. I’m a freak, I know it. Thanks for this awesome opportunity.

  • Tami G.
    March 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    My favorite taco filling is spicy chicken with pico de gallo, guacamole, lettuce, cheese and extra onions!!!! Refried beans, spanish rice and queso and chips on the side!

  • grace
    March 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    some combination of cheese and beans and cilantro is a MUST!

  • amber evert
    March 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Shredded beef with jalapeno cheese!!!

  • kristina
    March 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    cannot wait for pages of deliciousness!

  • Patti
    March 30, 2012 at 10:13 am

    fish and red onion! With a bit of cilantro and chese it makes a great taco!

  • Irene Gutierrez
    March 30, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Fish tacos with pico de gallo!

  • Renee B
    March 30, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Carnitas with a spicy salsa, guacamole and of course cheese!

  • Shirley
    March 30, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Shrimp or grilled fish w/mango salsa

  • CJ
    March 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I prefer a soft cheese filling, with a little lettuce and tomato on top. Oh, and salsa!

  • Carol
    March 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Just lots of veggies with a sprinkling of cheese!

  • angelica
    March 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Brisket tacos have to be my absolute favorite!!!!!

  • Randi
    March 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    My favorite taco filling is my husband’s yummy Pipián sauce, based off a recipe in Totally Mexico (which, ps, is an amazing cookbook).

    On a (related) aside, I made my very first Pioneer Woman recipe last week–her infamous cinnamon rolls. I can’t believe that recipe makes 9 pans! We surprised all of my husband’s aunts and uncles by dropping off warm, still gooey pans on Sunday morning at each of their homes. The rolls were so good that its been only 4 days and there’s already another batch rising in the fridge so that this time we can surprise my family.

    Thanks for maintaining a wonderful cooking blog! Your recipes are continually in my top “must makes!”

  • Alison
    March 29, 2012 at 5:03 pm


  • Angie
    March 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Cheese, cheese & more cheese!!!! :)

  • Compltlyme
    March 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Carne Asada, with grilled scallion and lime on a soft corn tortilla. Just the way we used to get as kids when we went to Mexico. Sometimes I add fresh cilantro.

  • Stacey
    March 29, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    My favorite is chicken, beans, and rice!

  • Kathy
    March 29, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    pulled pork, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream…

  • Xochi
    March 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Bulgogi! I’m in love with Korean tacos. :)

  • Sue Clark
    March 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Fish tacos, with spicy cilantro slaw!!! Too good!

  • Naomi Bennett
    March 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

    beer battered cod! Nothing like a good fish taco with a creamy yogurt sauce and shredded cabbage

  • Dave D
    March 29, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Shrimp ceviche, crisp lettuce and tomato!

  • Natasha Carlton
    March 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Yes I simply love tacos! I make them homemade all the time. Add some fresh guacamole, sour cream, cheddar cheese n lettuce with my homemade salsa and it’s a sure fire winner! I know fried it would only be better. Good eats to all

  • Martha T
    March 29, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I love pulled pork with vinegar based sauce and coleslaw!

  • Ashley
    March 29, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Seasoned chicken with Spanish rice, lettuce, pepper jack cheese, red onion, red pepper strips, tortilla strips, sour cream and mild salsa with a drizzle of siracha on a soft shell! Yummy with the perfect amount of heat

  • Deeli
    March 29, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Soft shells layered bottom to top: Ground chicken, salsa, sour cream, diced jalapenos, shredded cheddar, salsa, sour cream, more diced jalapenos, lettuce, sour cream and more jalapenos with black olives served on the side to cut the mouth burn ;-)

  • Sara
    March 29, 2012 at 5:44 am

    I’m a traditionalist – seasoned ground beef and all the fixings!

  • Kris
    March 29, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I love shredded chicken in my tacos….just a nice simple filling and load it up with fresh guacamole and fresh salsa.

  • Megan
    March 29, 2012 at 5:32 am

    My favorite taco filling right now is panko crusted avocado! Crunchy, smooth, creamy and yummy!

  • Maris
    March 29, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Carnitas al pastor, soft corn tortillas. Black beans w/avacado and sour cream on the side. MMMm!!!

  • Netty
    March 29, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Roasted Chipotle Sweet Potatoes with Black Beans! :)

  • Shannon
    March 29, 2012 at 5:07 am

    My girls only want meat and cheese in their tacos!

  • dave
    March 29, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Tomatoes, cheese,sour cream,black olives,Guacamole and jalapeno

  • Andrea
    March 29, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Spicy ground beef with lots of cheese and cilantro.

  • Mare
    March 29, 2012 at 4:03 am

    I love black olives and sour cream. Oh and cheese!

  • Nichole Trevino
    March 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I also like any kind of tacos that I didn’t have to cook, or clean up after!! lol

  • Nichole Trevino
    March 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Gosh! All of these posts sound sooo delicious!! It’s making my stomach growl!! LOL..I would say marinated, shredded chicken, Avocado, just started adding black beans to everything and they’re super yummy! I’d say avocado would be my favorite tho! No matter what kind of meat you’re using, it’s the perfect addition!

  • Karen
    March 28, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Chicken, or maybe guac, and lots of lettuce…all together. Cant pick just one

  • Carmen
    March 28, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Shrimp, chipotle sour cream, cabbage w/shallots – the best!

  • Ginnette
    March 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Hi, I love my tacos with: black beans, meat, pico de gallo, guacamole and cheese hmmm. I looove Mexican food! Hope I win this book :)

  • Rekha P
    March 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Taco seasoned ground chicken, sharp cheddar, lettuce, pico de gallo and sour cream. Can’t wait to try some fried chicken tacos, YUM!!

  • Todd
    March 28, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    The best taco is blacken’d tuna with shredded cabbage, a little black beans and rice and topped off with habanero/ mango salsa

  • Ginger S
    March 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Guacamole.. with lime and salt

  • Tina V
    March 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I love your recipes. So easy and right up my alley!!! Keep them coming!

  • Julie
    March 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Love fish tacos with a tasty salsa!

  • Susan Greenwald
    March 28, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I have toyed with the idea of fruit tacos–apple, cheeses, nuts, lettuce
    Susan Greenwald

  • Danielle
    March 28, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I love fish tacos, and it HAS to have cabbage.

  • Grace Schroeder
    March 28, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Gotta go old school: refried beans.

  • Kristin Y
    March 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Tomatoes, cheese, & sour cream! :)

  • Pat R
    March 28, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Shrimp! Pulled pork! Fried oysters……..hard to decide

  • Tracy F.
    March 28, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Tilapia makes great fish tacos!

  • Stephanie B
    March 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I too love the Pioneer Woman- I make her restaurant salsa every week! So that probably is my favorite taco topping because it is so good!

  • Aviva
    March 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Pulled Pork!!!!!

  • Nikki
    March 28, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I love to just go traditional, ground beef with lots of cheese! :)

  • Anita
    March 28, 2012 at 11:25 am


  • Teela C
    March 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I like shredded chicken tacos with tomatillo salsa, hot sauce, and and a ton of fresh lime juice!!!

  • Shelby W.
    March 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Beef Tongue, sounds gross but tastes great!

  • Tina W.
    March 28, 2012 at 10:57 am

    My favorite is fish, with super spicy salsa.

  • Courtney
    March 28, 2012 at 10:33 am


  • Char
    March 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I love almost any kind of taco, but my fave is tacos al pastor (specially prepared pork) in a soft corn tortilla with fresh lime juice, sweet onion, and lots of cilantro. Mmm!

  • Aleta
    March 28, 2012 at 10:16 am


  • Nicia
    March 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Homemade guacamole!!

  • Marnia
    March 28, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I’m a little old school when it comes to my tacos. Spicy ground beef (with a small amount potato for binding) in homemade crispy corn shells, lettuce, tomato, colby cheese, sour cream, and fresh jalapeno salsa puree. Just like my mom and grandma taught me.

  • Patty
    March 28, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Pork machaca, with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and pico de gallo cannot be beat as a taco filling!

  • Andrea
    March 28, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Avocado, mango salsa, and pulled pork!

  • Sarah
    March 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

    The best tacos ever America’s Test Kitchen
    Serves 6
    For warm tortillas, wrap the tortillas in foil and heat in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

    3 tablespoons unsalted butter
    4 garlic cloves, minced
    2 teaspoons minced canned chipotle chiles in adobo
    ½ cup orange juice
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    ¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro
    4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1½ pounds)
    1 teaspoon yellow mustard
    Salt and pepper
    12 (6-inch) flour tortillas

    1. POACH CHICKEN Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and chipotle and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in orange juice, Worcestershire, and ½ cup cilantro and bring to boil. Add chicken and simmer, covered, over medium-low heat until meat registers 160 degrees, about 10 minutes, flipping chicken halfway through cooking. Transfer to plate and tent with foil.
    2. SHRED AND SAUCE Increase heat to medium-high and cook until liquid is reduced to ¼ cup, about 5 minutes. Off heat, whisk in mustard. Using 2 forks, shred chicken into bite-sized pieces and return to skillet. Add cilantro to skillet and toss until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with tortillas.

  • Irene
    March 28, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Fish tacos with pico del gallo!

  • Cameo Harrington
    March 28, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I love spicy shredded beef in my tacos!

  • Niki
    March 28, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Mushrooms & cheese!

  • Pat
    March 28, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I’m thinking about a really good fresh fish taco…

  • Dana
    March 28, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I’m so classic it’s painful, but give me a good ole ground beef taco with cheese, sour cream, salsa, tomatoes and lettuce and I’m a happy girl!

  • amy
    March 28, 2012 at 8:45 am


  • burgundy R.
    March 28, 2012 at 8:38 am

    My favorite filling for tacos are pulled pork, hot salsa, cheese, lettuce, pico de gllo, and sourcream.

  • Pia
    March 28, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Fish tacos with fresh salsa, black beans, and avocado. I prefer the soft taco shell to the hard one.

  • erin
    March 28, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Cilantro lime shrimp with avocado and sour cream.

  • Emily
    March 28, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I like shredded chicken tacos.

  • Zoe
    March 28, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Right now my favorite taco filling is avocado. I could eat avocado every day, I think, and having little chunks in there, adding a burst of flavor and buttery texture with every bite… perfect.

  • Melissa Bilinski
    March 28, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Salsa sauce made by puree’ing tomatoes, peppers, fresh cilantro, garlic, ginger, shallots, and lime juice

  • Robyn
    March 28, 2012 at 7:54 am

    My favorite taco filling is America’s Test Kitchen’s recipe for beef taco meat. It’s so much better than a seasoning packet!

  • Madeline
    March 28, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Chicken tacos with salsa and a side of guacamole and chips YUMMMM

  • Angie
    March 28, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Sour cream and Frank’s hot sauce!!

  • Rory W
    March 28, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I’d have to say pulled pork as well. Yum! Of course you have to have the toppings too! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Emilee
    March 28, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Shrimp and fresh salsa and avacado!

  • Kira
    March 28, 2012 at 7:40 am

    We’re having Tacos tonight! We’ll be filling them with seitan, pineapple, beans and rice! Yummers!!!

  • Heidi M
    March 28, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Shrimp with bacon. Yummy!

  • Jessie O'Connor
    March 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Pulled Pork! I had never thought to put pulled pork in a taco before but my friends and I ordered them at restaurant once and they were fantastic!

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