A Bourbon Gal in Utah

cocktails, cookery & occasional domestic badassery

Who is this Gal?

WEB--9I spent my formative drinking years in Kentucky and Tennessee.  Since then, I’ve lived on both coasts and all over the Western US.  I currently live in Salt Lake City, Utah with my husband, two sons, and a couple of Labradors.  I’m an avant gardener, urban chicken wrangler, manic canner, novice butcher, sporadic angler, and a Bourbon Ambassador.

During college, I worked the front and back of the house at a couple of restaurants, and slung my fair share of cocktails.  Since my Kentucky days, I’ve had the pleasure of working all over the country in some amazing jobs:  wildland firefighter, backcountry forest ranger, archaeologist, museum collections consultant, and arts advocate.  I’d like to think my approach to all of this moving and job changing is similar to the way I approach food:  dive in, revel in it, and get the best out of everything that you find.

When my boys were babies, I wrote a food and recipe column for a parenting newsletter in Phoenix called “A Bun in the Oven: Simple Meals for Busy Parents.”  There may have been a instance or two where condensed cream of something soup was mentioned; sue me, I was sleep deprived.  More recently, my recipes have been independently posted, including a contribution to Utah’s Beehive Cheese recipe index.

I hold a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology from Rhodes College, and an M.A. in Public History from Arizona State University (Fear the Fork!).  I was working on my PhD in Public History through ASU when we found out we were moving to Utah about eight years ago.  Needless to say, I got distracted by life, kids, and whatnot and am malingering in my ABD status (sorry, committee!).  Long story short: I’m a Utah housewife whose approach to life, food, and drink may not be what you’d traditionally expect from the Beehive state.  Perhaps it’s an immature response to what is sometimes a patronistic and morally repressive dominant culture in the state, I try to integrate as much booze and coffee into my subversive cookery experiments as possible.  I hope you’ll stick around to see what I find next.

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