The Savory, mostly Sweet Life…

If you don’t know Alice’s blog Savory Sweet Life then you are very much missing out on things. Two years ago when I attended a food bloggers conference here in Seattle I finally met Alice in person. Alice is someone who to me is the real deal. Her genuine warmth shines through when you talk to her. Alice is a busy lady with three children (two of whom I have met and are beyond adorable), runs a blog (a very popular one at that), writes for PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers, and of course wrote herself a cookbook Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion . And yet with all her hectic-ness Alice finds time to make time for others, myself included.

When I found out about her cookbok I hinted about as subtle as I could that when it did come out please send a copy my way. I’m hoping that when the time comes my not so subtle hints to her to come out of retirement from wedding cake making will be well received as well (don’t worry Alice you have a long time before any cake making needs to be done :P ). I’ve been disenchanted with cookbooks as of late (as many of you know) but can say that I love her book as I kind of suspected I would. Her cookbook is divided by life events from Sunday Mornings to Afternoon Tea Parties to Family Game Night. It reflects her love of family and that of food. There are pictures of her family throughout her book that help you get a better sense of just how much her family means to her.

I took the cookbook with me on my little vacation to the beach. I often read cookbooks as if they were chapter books…which in a way they are. The chapters just tend to be soups, salads, entrees, desserts. :) It was fun to go through the book and remind myself that you don’t really need an excuse to do something special for people or to invite them over for a reason. Thursday is a perfectly good reason.

So if I liked the cookbook so much why did I not make something from it? Well I did. I just didn’t photograph it. But at the heart of it all, where it all started, Alice is a food blogger. So I chose to make something from her blog. And give away her cookbook. See my copy was free, but I’m not giving you mine. So I will be nice and give one of you your very own copy (I’m a giveaway fool as of late). All you need to do is leave a comment saying what super power you wished you had. FYI- when people are asking me what cookbook I am recommending these days…this is it.

On to the cobbler. Alice’s version on her blog is a Nutella version but I was having a craving for peanut butter cups something awful so I wanted to see if this would do the trick. It did. This is one of those weird ones where you float liquid on top and kind of shake your head when it all comes out in the end. This ends up being kind of like a giant molten lava cake and is best served warm. But if it gets cold just reheat it up a little.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cobbler

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
6 TBSP hot cocoa powder (cocoa mix), divided
1 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
6 TBSP melted unsalted butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
1-½ cup hot tap water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons hot cocoa powder, and 1/2 cup of white sugar.

Stir in milk, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla. Mixture will be thick like the texture of a brownie mix.

Spread mixture into an ungreased 8-inch baking dish with a spatula and even out the batter. I used an 8-8-inch pan and that worked great.

In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup white sugar, brown sugar, and remaining cocoa.

Sprinkle mixture evenly over the batter. Pour the hot water over everything and do not stir.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the center is slightly firm but not fluid like liquid. Spoon mixture into small bowls (it’s very rich…a little goes a long way) and serve with a scoop of chocolate peanut butter ice cream.

Source: Adapted from Savory Sweet


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  1. This sounds great! I bet her nutella version is great too!

  2. Right now I wish my superpower could be to not need any sleep and still function like a normal human being. Also, that looks way yummy.

  3. I wish I could make time stand still. Too much to do and too little time especially as of late. Sounds like a very decadent treat!

  4. Bethany says:

    That sounds like THE most amazing dessert! I’m not kidding around… I’m traveling right now but WILL make this when I get home!

  5. I think I need a superpower that would allow me to blink and the housework was done. “BLINK!” dishes cleaned and put away. “BLINK!” laundry folded and cleaned. “BLINK!” Bathroom clean and sparkly.

  6. I wish I could see what people were thinking because communicating with others (esp. at work) has been so difficult lately. Maybe I don’t want to know what they’re thinking though and it would just create more problems.

  7. Denise B says:

    Speed – then I do do the housework in no time flat (and get it all done instead of drowning in work that needs doing), not waste so much time driving in the car, you could do the grocery shopping in like 10 minutes instead of the 2 hour minimum the trip takes now….

  8. how delicious! and I wish I could freeze time…think this would definitely come in handy!

  9. I just want to say this is freaking genius. I am SO making this when I get back from my work trip.

  10. Sharlotte says:

    I wish I could move really fast at lightning speed. I would get a whole lot more done in a day, have more time to relax at the end of it, and of course get to eat way more goodies since I would have burned thousands of calories.

  11. My power would have to enable me to create more time to do and cook and the things I have on my list.

  12. Oh man I love these types of pudding cakes! The pudding that sinks to the bottom is the best part. yum yum :)

    As for super powers…I basically already have the power of invisibility (I’ve often heard “OMG where’s Becca!? Did we leave her behind?” and I’m standly like right next to them) So if I were to have a super power it would be super-hearing or x-ray vision. That would be awesome :)

  13. if i could have any power i would be able to blink and be anywhere i wanted to be in time or space…

  14. This looks amazing so I just bought my own copy of Savory Sweet Life on (I suck at your giveaways). I love the super power question tho – my favorite was Petrelli brothers on Heroes. Why pick one super power when you could have all of them? :)

  15. Courtney says:

    looks like a recipe i need to try soon! :)
    I wish I could travel instantly–too many special people live too far from me! And I’d like to see other parts of the world, too.

  16. photographic memory

  17. If I could have a super power… I think I’d like to be able to transport to wherever I want immediately.

  18. Victoria says:

    Telekinesis. Definitely telekinesis. And I would figure out some way to use that power to set people’s pants on fire.

    Yes, I have issues.

  19. Kelly D says:

    I would heal the sick.

    Then I would celebrate by eating this cobbler.

  20. My superpower would be to be in two (or three, or four) places at once. That way one of me could do the dishes and clean the house, while the other was playing with my kids and having a good time.

  21. Chelsey says:

    That looks delicious!

    My super power at this moment would be to control the weather. I don’t mind rain at all but when it lasts for 6 plus weeks with maybe 3 sunny days in between I would like to change it. We are going a little nuts!

  22. My superpower would be the gift of teleportation of myself and others. It sure would cut down on the commute time!

  23. If I had a super power, I would like to be able to stop time. This way, I have more time to do everything.

  24. Heidi L says:

    the ability to fly – teleporting would be faster, but I somehow think flying would be more fun

  25. KristinaYellow says:

    Right now I wish I had the superpower of giving those I love peace–know 3 families who are suddenly breaking up, one family who is being evicted, and some other not so happy stuff. I need some happiness to spread!

  26. I wish had I healing powers! Or the ability to make these delicious dishes calorie free!

  27. Yumm!! If I had a super power I would be able to rearrange fat in the body so that it would go to more desirable places. No but seriously I would create world peace…

  28. That is my kind of cobbler! I wish I had the dream of jennie power to transport myself wherever I wanted around the world! I have so many friends in lots of places and I would love to be able to see them easier!

  29. Katie Rose says:

    Definitely super speed! I don’t get nearly enough time to just chill and with super speed I’d get all that silly “life” stuff done so I could read a book or make and eat something divine or take a walk.

  30. Delicious! I can’t get enough of peanut butter and chocolate!

    I’d love to have the ability to just *snap* my fingers and have a job done–especially chores like dishes and laundry!

  31. I have always wanted The powers of Mary Poppins. She can snap her fingers to clean anything, jump inside scenic pictures, have tea while floating on the ceiling, fly from place to place, and sarcastically tell people off without them realizing it. ;-)

  32. I’ve always wanted to fly!

  33. My super power desire would be to translocate/ transport to any location instantly or to read peoples thoughts. I have family members who have stress, depression, anxiety, bi polar… and since I have never had to deal with those, I want to understand more of the internal battle. Plus, it would help me be more compassionate and/or super angry that someone didn’t tell my what they were really feeling:)

  34. I’ll agree with others who wish they could snap their fingers and have cleaning done.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. My superpower would be poof-and-it’s-clean. Perhaps this could apply to the world’s supply of drinking water as well as my kitchen, so I could use it for both altruistic and selfish purposes.

  36. I’d like to be able to put out fire with a wave of my hand, or be able to blow it out. Many friends evacuated with the fire at Colorado Springs. Fire is just a few miles from my friend Dawnie’s home. Many other damaging fires in the West–so sad.

  37. Best super power ever… “give” a lot of people patience, compassion, empathy, and kindness. You know, a mind to actually DO unto others as you want them to DO unto you….. I guess that might be called a conscience. Hey, maybe there would be no more road rage, no more speeding tickets, no more accidents….. Yep, that would certainly be a good super power!

    I can’t make this recipe…because my conscience wouldn’t be able to keep me from eating the whole thing!

  38. Oh man! Totally craving something like this right now. I wish it wasn’t so blazin’ hot.

    I would love to be able to fly.

  39. choc pb cobbler??!?!? could there be anything more delicious?!?!!?!?!

  40. Yum! I made a chocolate cobbler last week but peanut butter and nutella sound like great additions!

  41. Samantha says:

    At the moment I wish my super power was the ability to speed up time!
    Also, I noticed the Bloggess’s book there…I hope it made you laugh as hysterically as I did. Especially the chapter of post-it notes.

  42. Oooh, you had me at chocolate peanut butter. Mmmm.

    I wish I had the superpower to see and talk to people whenever I wanted–whether dead or alive. It could make for some interesting learning!

  43. I would want whichever superpower gets my ass to Hogwarts.

  44. Teleportation – I want to see the world!

  45. I would like supersonic speed so that I could go visit Australia and then be back home quickly rather than a 10hr trip each way.

  46. Valerie says:

    Wow! After reading this post (and drooling over your pictures!), I wish I had the superpower to eat all the desserts I want and never gain a pound! Ha! ;-)

  47. Sarah C says:

    The super power I wish I had? The ability to teleport myself to exotic locales when I need a break.

  48. I used to wish for flying, but now that I’m a mom to two boys, I wish I could split myself in half to give them both attention at the same time. That’d be SO useful sometimes!

  49. Michelle P. says:

    This looks soooo good! I make a chocolate only version of this but haven’t tried a version like this. This will go on my must try list.
    I am torn on which superpower I’d like. As a kid, I always wished I could fly like a bird. As an adult, I’m much more inclined to like the ideas above like blinking and having all the housework done! :)

  50. I think it would be pretty cool to fly.


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