For the past five years I've had a love affair.......

……with food

I love making, eating, and reviewing food!

Check out our latest adventures….
Jeff David
meet the chef

For the past few years I have had a love affair with food; no, not an overeating problem but a love of cooking, tasting, critiquing & experimenting with food. My wife says that I am a food snob.
In 2009 I decided that I really wanted to take my cooking to the next level. I registered for cooking classes at Sur La Table & in 2010, found the “Fine Art of Cooking” series at Orson Gygi taught by Chef Shawn Bucher. This course taught me the fundamentals of cooking. It’s not a “follow this recipe” class but a foundation on how to be a fabulous cook. I am not a great recipe follower so this really fit. I have since taken other classes, gleaned any knowledge I can along the way and have done a great deal of my own experimenting.
What will follow will be my adventures in cooking. I will also be a food critic (albeit a nice one) for restaurants.

Restaurant Reviews
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RoDizio–The Return!

A number of years ago, I found a good way to make the budget all get spent before the end of the year. Let me clarify: I wasn't committing white collar crime. I was in the leadership of the youth ministry of my church. We had a budget each year for activities....

The Old Dutch Store: Insulate my Heart for Winter

In the Netherlands, there's an old folk belief that a layer of fat around your heart keeps you warm and happy throughout the winter. And though the concept is contrary to current health trends, food that contributes to such a layer certainly tastes good. The Old Dutch...

TOGO’S: A California Import to the Utah Sandwich Scene

Here in the Beehive State, we are use to having people from California move to our state. Maybe they are tired of the traffic, the smog or the lack in the change of seasons back home. Recently there has been another move, or expansion, to Utah from Southern...

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Bean Thread Noodles with Pickled Vegetables

About a year ago, my sweet Sister-in-Law gave me a year's subscription to Bon Appetit magazine as a gift. By reading this magazine, I have been around the world many times from the comfort of my own living room. From the Adalusia region of Spain to Shanghai China to...

Breakfast Smoothie: My 5 Hour Energy!

Starting back in September, Rachel and I began having smoothies for breakfast. They are healthy, filling and refreshing. Just recently, she made a new smoothie that was wonderful and now we are on top of the world. Having received a Ninja Blender as a Christmas...

Smoked Turkey Breasts: Citrus Soy & Honey Sherry!

My brother-in-law asked if I wanted a couple of turkey breasts. They give them away at his work and he even had a couple packages in his freezer from last year. The package is not a pretty sight. It's plain, ugly, see-through and weighs as much as a bowling ball. They...

Brined and Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey

About two months prior to Thanksgiving I was assigned the task of bringing the turkeys. Okay, I might have volunteered. Sous Chefs Sam & Jesse know that when I volunteer, it means all three of us.I took some time pondering what would be best. Smoking the turkey was...

Boston Butt with a Honey Mustard Glaze

Now that's a Big Butt! What is a Boston Butt you ask? It's another name for Pork Shoulder. It's one of the meats that we judge at KCBS Competitions and it's incredibly delicious. With another dinner coming up for the Society of Divine Foodies, I was excited to smoke a...

Anaheim Chili Smoked Chicken

As I fall more desperately in love with my Traeger Smoker, inspiration flows freely. Saturday morning I was at the grocery store and picked up two whole chickens (not live chickens). The day got busy and around 3:00pm I realized that I had to figure out a marinade....

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