I’d like to take a minute to introduce you to someone I feel like I know, Alice Currah. Alice, who blogs at Savory Sweet Life, has a passion for food and feeding people that’s hard to miss when you visit her site. I’ve exchanged Tweets and blog comments with Alice for a while now, and was trilled when she announced that she was publishing a cookbook. As a mother of three kids, I anticipated the recipes in her book to be easy, approachable, and downright tasty.

Β When Alice asked me if I would like to receive a copy of her book to review, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and start cooking. The book arrived at our house right before Memorial Day weekend – the perfect time to do a little cooking and try out a new recipe. Joe and I had a little cook-out for the two of us on Memorial Day, and I let him pick out what recipe he wanted me to make from Alice’s book. Since Joe loves watermelon, I wasn’t surprised when he selected Alice’s Watermelon Feta Salad.

Seeing how easy the recipe was immediately sucked me in. Although I was a bit skeptical of the flavor profile (watermelon, feta, mint, lime juice, oh my!) of this salad, I figured it was worth trying. Turns out Alice knows what she is doing in the kitchen, and this salad was a hit at the casa de Hofmeyer. Even a sworn watermelon-hater like myself could see the beauty of this sweet and salty combination.

Next time I cook from Alice’s book, I’ve got my eye on making the Banana Cream Pie or the Black Beans and Brown Rice. Honestly, I don’t mean to gush, but every recipe I read in the book was so approachable that I wanted to make it that very instant.

The best news? Alice’s publisher has kindly agreed to give a copy of The Savory Sweet Life Cookbook to one lucky Espresso and Cream reader! To enter, leave a comment between now and Friday, June 8th at 4 p.m. telling me what you’re most looking forward to eating this summer. A winner will be announced on Friday night!

Watermelon Feta Salad

Ingredients
*6 cups cubed watermelon
*1 cup crumbled feta cheese
*1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
*1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
*1/4 cup fresh lime juice
*1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
*Combine the watermelon, feta, onion and mint in a large bowl. Pour the lime juice and olive oil over the watermelon mixture and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.

Happy Cooking!
Madison

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  • http://RuminationsandReckonings.com/ Theresa

    I am looking forward to eating grilled french bread topped with Heirloom Tomato and green olive bruchetta.

  • Amy J

    I’ve actually been looking forward to eating watermelon! Costco puts the large seedless ones on sale at some point in the summer…and we eat ‘em until the fall time!

  • Christine T

    I am looking forward to eating fresh fruit pops… I will be receiving a Zoku pop maker for my birthday this June 20 !

  • Laura M Staugaitis

    Fresh midwest corn! I thought the best corn was in NY (where I’m from), but as a Chicago transplant I’ve already been impressed with some of the early harvest.

  • Laura M Staugaitis

    Fresh midwest corn! I thought the best corn was in NY (where I’m from), but as a Chicago transplant I’ve already been impressed with some of the early harvest.

  • Andrea

    Corn on the cob…so sweet!

  • Tifanie Dykman

    Im looking forward to bbq’s with corn on the cob. and as always…plenty of ice cream and popsicles.

  • amy beth marantino

    corn on the cob

  • http://www.blognewblack.com/ Blog is the New Black

    Anything on the grill!

  • http://mylessseriouslife.blogspot.com/ Sara @my less serious life

    i’m looking forward to drinking (okay, maybe not technically ‘eating’) pina coladas. my favorite.

  • Barbara P.

    I am looking forward to eating watermelon, I love it!

  • Caity G.

    I’m looking forward to corn on the cob and tomatoes from the garden!

  • Abby

    ooo…definitely fresh sweet corn on the cob and watermelon from our local farm stand!

  • Hatti

    I would love this cookbook – I love her blog and all the reviews sound awesome! I am most looking forward to alot of fruit, raspberries, peaches, nectarines…it is going to be a good summer!

  • Holly H

    There’s nothing better in the summer than a NJ tomato topped with fresh mozzerella and basil. Yummm!

  • Jennifer

    There’s so many, corn on the cob, fresh tomatoes, fresh green beans with balsamic vinegar….

  • http://www.dessertfortwo.com/ DessertForTwo

    Fun!
    Can’t wait to eat grilled corn on the cob :)

  • Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon

    Now that you mention watermelon and feta salad, I’ve got to have some.

  • Lynsie

    Summer fruits! Watermelon, mangos, guavas, berries, and more!

  • Amanda at the red table

    I’ve seen this recipe a couple of times, and it sounds great in theory but I’m not a huge watermelon fan — I want to be and I always try it and wind up not being blown away. But if you say you aren’t a fan either and liked this — maybe it’s something to try!

  • Abby H

    I am looking forward to eating all of the fresh fruit that is available, and making salsa with the veggies in my garden.

  • http://chipchiphooray.wordpress.com/ Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    I”m most looking forward to pasta salads! They’re my favorite grilling side dish. :)

  • Angela

    I’m looking forward to using the herbs I’m growing….particularly the cilantro (if I can keep it alive) since it hasn’t survived my last two attempts of growing it!

  • Sarah

    The wild strawberries on our mountain are almost ripe. It takes forever to pick a small amount of them but they are so worth it. I can’t wait!

  • Amanda O.

    Sweet Corn on the Cob!

  • Ilana

    I’m looking forward to the fresh fruit which grows in my area. I’m especially looking forward to the cherries and peaches.

  • Michelle

    I’m looking forward to watermelon!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gail.kuroda Gail Kuroda

    corn on the cob
    gkuroda(at)hawaii.edu

  • Kim A

    Cucumbers from my garden.

  • Audrey Greeson

    eating more watermelon. my husband and i have already eaten 5 this summer.

  • Jennifer Schoonover

    Shish Kabobs with extra red belle peppers.

  • Sandy w

    My very favorite is fresh tomatoes right out of my garden. And raspberries!

  • Andrea M Cooley

    I love anything that comes out of my garden: tomatoes, squash, peppers, corn!

  • Emilie

    corn on the cob. Obsessed.

  • Krisla

    strawberries!

  • Kritte01

    Watermelon!!!! I love how refreshing and sweet it is on a hot day. And that salad looks fantastic!

  • Kritte01

    Watermelon!!!! I love how refreshing and sweet it is on a hot day. And that salad looks fantastic!

  • Maura

    peach cobbler! my all time favorite!

  • Maura

    peach cobbler! my all time favorite!

  • Ardi

    Fresh rhubarb pie!

  • Jennifer So

    Peaches and rainer cherries!

  • UrbanWife

    I’m really looking forward to juicy, sweet mangoes.

  • KYng

    Grilled corn on the cob!

  • Rebekahrsmith81

    Watermelon, smores and macaroni salad. mmmm.

  • http://profiles.google.com/irishjc820 Jessica Colligan

    I can’t wait to eat anything and everything on the grill! I love summer food!

  • Julie P

    I love grilling out and my husbands BBQ chicken is a fave. But then I also love his grilled salmon. I’m hungry just thinking about it!

  • Helennaturally

    Our favorite and most aniticipated summer food is totally watermelon! We love it in our house. Once they hit the stands we keep one at all times. I have never tried watermelon salad, even though I see it very often :)

  • Debvdw

    One of my favorite summer foods is watermelon!!

  • Cellabella

    I’m actually looking forward to eating lots of watermelon! As well as fresh mangoes and white nectarines :)

  • Anne

    I’m looking forward to trying out my first home-grown tomato, assuming it’s not destroyed by bugs, squirrels, my 15-month-old, my neighbor’s kids or my dog. Yeah, I might have to settle for onr grown in someone else’s home. PS: this cookbook looks amazing!!

  • Shawna Greenway

    I’m looking forward to the Barefoot Contessa corn salad – fresh corn off the cob, red wine vinaigrette, fresh basil and red onions. I could eat it every day during the summer!

  • Diane

    I really enjoy all the fresh fruit and grilling out everyday!
    dwmarks33@comcast.net

  • Maggie

    I’m most looking forward to eating ice cream from the pier in my hometown! It’s the best around. Lovely looking cookbook!

  • http://twitter.com/justinelorelle justinelorelle

    Ice cream, ice cream, and more ice cream. Preferably outside, and always with sprinkles ;)

  • scarlettbelle57

    excited to eat avocados and mango and corn cut right off the cob… so yummy!!

  • Liz Hill

    Summer is about turning farmer’s market finds into amazing meals!

  • Kristi

    Can’t wait to eat corn on the cob again…and I want to try grilled pineapple!

  • Kristin

    Looking forward to eating salmon cooked on our new grill!

  • Kristel

    Oh where do I begin :) I love so many summer eats! I would have to say watermelon, blueberries, and tomatoes are my top three.

  • Elizabeth Hyman

    Mmm can’t wait to eat some yummy tomatoes! and ice cream :)

  • Laura J

    Fresh tomatoes!

  • Sarah Erickson

    Every summer it’s the same- fresh garden tomatoes on toast for lunch every day!

  • Alex

    I’m looking forward to making panzanella (part grilled)!!

  • Dr2baka

    I am looking forward to grilling seafood.

  • http://profiles.google.com/yranan Yael Even

    I’m looking forward to ice cream this summer- not that I ever have to wait for summer for ice cream, but still…..!

  • Kristyn Haines

    I’m looking forward to all the fresh fruit that’s available. There’s so much that can be done!

  • http://www.twitter.com/AngelaTenClay Angela Ten Clay

    Delish! This sounds sooo good! I have to go with fresh asparagus on the grill with garlic. Nothing beats it!

  • Dulce

    I can’t wait for sweet, juicy Missouri peaches! Maybe in a recipe, but my very favorite way to enjoy them is right out of the bin at a roadside stand.

  • Annieo

    Hamburgers in Seattle!

  • Carissa

    I Love grilled pizza! And I love all the fresh berries that are on sale:)

  • Emily B.

    BERRIES! I love that they are in season and so inexpensive this time of year!

  • Jane

    My favorite summer food is fruit – especially berries!

  • ShannonW.

    Homemade Strawberry Pie and Ice Cream!

  • Neena

    Grilled corn on the cob!

  • Andrea Baran

    I am so looking forward to cooking up all the veggies I have growing in my garden!

  • ShannonLC

    I’m looking forwards to plucking fresh tomatoes from the garden. Nothing beats the fresh flavor!

  • V Estridge

    Grilled Chiavetta’s chicken and homemade pasta salad!

  • Sarah D

    I’m looking forward to sweet corn and fresh cherries!

  • Monica S

    I am looking forward to eating Pacific Northwest blackberries where they grow like weeds sometimes forming 12 foot high walls and are considered a nusiance. You have never tasted anthing so amazing no matter if right from the bush or in a pie.

  • Melissa

    I love picking fresh strawberries, they’re so much better than anything in the store. I’m also looking forward to watermelon and grilled sweetcorn.

  • Lizvc

    Watermelon!!!

  • Bakingwithbite

    The concept of watermelon and cheese sounds very unusual but as I picture the taste in my head I am intrigued! Would love to try this recipe, it would make such a lovely fresh summer salad.

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  • EmilyR

    Fresh strawberries! Cannot wait to read Alice’s book–thanks for the opportunity