Savory Sweet Cookbook

As a professional blogger, who makes their living as a blogger, blogging about blog related stuff, I don’t get a lot of time to look at the bloggy business of other bloggesses.   Being that I’m busy blogging.  Because I am a professional blogger.

However … there are a few sites I make a point of going to because I know I can trust what they say or do.

Alice, from Savory Sweet Life is one such blogger.

I have no idea how I found Alice originally, but I do know it was in the early days of my own blogging “career”.  Because I’m a professional blogger.

The very first thing she introduced me to was the microwaved potato chip.  A food so unlikely, so unfathomable, I thought she must  be insane.  I thought, poor Alice.  Alice has a case of the crazies.  Poor, poor Alice.  A potato chip you can cook in the microwave.  Good thing she’s a cook and probably wears oven mitts all the time otherwise poor thing might injure herself.

Of course I instantly tried  her crazy potato chip in the microwave recipe and was stunned and amazed when it actually worked.  Holy crap.  This woman was to be revered, not institutionalized.

Through her website, Alice consistently provides me with recipes that I use over and over again.  Things like the  Mango Orange Smoothie and the absolutely perfect Garlic Cheese Bread.

Where I am manic, she is calm.  Where I am sarcastic, she is genuine.  She’s the anti-me.  And that’s what I love so much about her.

Alice branched out of the on-line world recently with the publication of her first cookbook.




Her recipes are simple, foolproof and always, always delicious.  There isn’t a single recipe you look at and think … Oh!  That looks good!  I’ll put next weekend aside to try and make it.  

Instead you look at all of her recipes and think Oh!  That looks good!  I’m gonna make it for dinner tonight.


“Good food doesn’t need to be complicated in order for it to be unforgettable.”

–    A l i c e    C u r r a h



And my mother who likes to just look at cookbooks but doesn’t actually make anything out of them?

She fell in love with this cookbook instantly.  Every time she comes over, she looks at it and then makes other people look at it.

Alice’s photography is stunning.

She, you see, has not only provided all of the recipes for her cookbook, written all the personal stories and text that are in it, but ALSO took all the photos for it.

Being a woman who loves the food photos in a cookbook more than the actual recipes, my mother has decided this is her most favourite cookbook in the world.  More astonishing than that … she wants to actually make, as in COOK, the recipes in this book.

She’s a magical woman that Alice.

Swiss Chard


I read Alice’s entire cookbook in one sitting.  It’s filled with stories about food, how we associate it with family and how it can bring back memories and emotions like nothing else can.

Going through it I wanted to make each and every recipe, but it wasn’t until I came to the very last recipe in the book that I knew, without a doubt what the first thing I would make was.

Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Alice makes the bold claim that she has, the very best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe in the world.  She understands her claim is bold, but stands behind it.

So I tested her claim out …
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Alice?  She does have the very best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe in the world.  The outside is crisp and crunchy, the inside is chewy, soft and delicious.  These were, without a doubt the very best cookies I have ever made.  Ever.

Her Best  Chocolate Chip Recipe EVER  happens to be on her website so you can try it yourself.

Her cookbook Savory Sweet Life – 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion is on sale for $14 (regular $25) on right now.  If you’re in Canada, it’s on sale on for $17.50, regular $30.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go back to blogging.  ‘Cause I’m a blogger.



  1. Kim says:

    Bought the book!!! It’s wonderful.

  2. Barbie says:

    I’ll try her cookies…then get back with ya….but I’m a lil leary that they could not POSSIBLY be anywhere near as good as my mother in laws! We shall seeeeeeeee……

  3. Laura Bee says:

    I have to say, that is one beautiful cookie sheet. My favourite was nearly wrecked in an unfortunate chicken wing baking incident. It’s taken a few years, but it’s almost back to it’s former glory. Might have to try the cookie recipe, but I have a pretty good one from a church ladies book my aunt gave me :)

  4. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I have printed the recipe and will bake this weekend..Thank you Miss Professional Blog Lady!!!

  5. Wendy says:

    Not just a blogger, but a professional blogger!

  6. Denise says:

    Between you and anti-you, I will be the best cook ever! Thanks so much for another great recommendation. I look forward to trying Alice’s recipes too. I did your pizza crust/BBQ pizza technique last night and had the family swooning! You rock! We will never make pizza in the oven again!! Thank you!!!! (did I use enough exclamation points?)

  7. Alex says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I am still on the hunt for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. Though I am betting it has a lot to do with my baking abilities than the recipe.

    • Karen says:

      Alex – I’m not much of a baker …. more of a cooker. But these came out perfect. The first batch I kept them in the oven 2 minutes longer than she says and I shouldn’t have. Just follow her recipe *exactly* and you’ll be good. Also the darker your baking sheet, the better “crisp” you’ll get on the bottom of the cookies. ~ karen

  8. Shauna says:

    The sauteed swiss chard looks yummy. the cookies look and sound tremendous – crispy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside is the perfect cookie.

  9. Lucy says:

    I sound very much like your mother — love to eat, love to peruse cookbooks, hate to cook. I’m a world-class cleaner-up, though, which all the cooks in the family think is a prized talent and gladly cook in exchange for having all their accoutrements ready for their next extravaganza. I think I’ll buy them copies as a thank you (disguised in a “ooohh-can-you-make-this?” wrapper).

  10. taria says:

    Good golly. I have bookmarked Alice’s blog. I am going to get fat. I am going to look like a blimp at my son’s wedding. I will tell all it is Karen’s fault. I am a victim.

  11. Dawna Jones says:

    Wow usually I don’t get sucked in with the cook book thing,but you have made it a challenge not to have this one!

  12. Mel B says:

    You are so bossy and persuasive! I bought 2 copies, one to keep & one to lend. This does look like a great book, not overwhelming large, and not overwhelmingly complex. Can’t wait!

  13. Debbie says:

    And chocolate chip cookies are probably my favorite thing in the world to make. Definitely going to try out her recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Gayla T says:

    Ok blogger. Blog! I’ll talk to you about this cookbook thing tomorrow. It’s after 3 and I’m going to bed.

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