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Braised Pork Belly

Just because some pilgrims told you to make turkey for Thanksgiving, doesn’t mean you have to. I mean, wouldn’t you rather have braised pork belly? I know I would. Making delicious pork belly is easier than it sounds. Here’s one of my favorite secrets (out of all my other favorite secrets): If you have a…

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Smoky Corn Soup

This is a great time of year for a smoky soup. Summer is winding down and there’s a crisp fall chill in the air at night but you’re still using your grill! I decided to pull out the Traeger grill again to make this smoky corn soup. The recipe serves 4, and to make it…

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Cheers to The Toast

Smoked wild salmon tartine! I was tasked to make a few recipes using a Traeger grill. And because I’m a little different, I wanted to make something a little different. That being said, check out this recipe! It’s an awesome meal, snack or hors d’oeuvre. Whatever you want. First you need to smoke the salmon. You’ll…

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The Story About the Story

Last November, KSL did a story on Chef Tom. They came to a home where Tom was doing a pop-up dinner and took photos and video, as well as got comments from host Grant Smith. Photographer Katie Dudley was there to capture some shots of both Tom and the KSL crew at work. They also…

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Toast and Jam

Nothing beats a healthy breakfast for dessert. This healthy breakfast was organic yogurt panna cotta, roasted berries, toasted brioche, and milk jam. I did this breakfast/dessert for a pop-up dinner hosted by  Real Foods Market. Making the panna cotta it is super easy. You’ll need 20 oz of organic yogurt, 10 oz milk, six sheets of…

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Tomato Caprese

The old caprese salad is probably one of the most played out dishes in the universe. But there are ways to make yours exceptionally better than everybody else’s, and isn’t that what it’s all about? The key to success is finding the best tomatoes you can. In this case, I used tomatoes from my own garden,…

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Quinoa Melon Salad

Every once in a while I get on these little kicks and make super healthy food. I wouldn’t say that I am characteristically a health food person, but it happens once in a while. Let’s just say that I was on a healthy streak when I came up with the salad of quinoa, melon, cucumber, onion,…

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Cherry Sarsaparilla

When you go out to most restaurants, the waiter will hand you a wine list tell you about their special cocktail and try to upsell you on drinks. I’ve been to a lot of restaurants and and I feel like I’ve disappointed a lot of waiters by just ordering a coke. I happen to like…

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Tomatillo Gazpacho

Right now is a good time for gazpacho because it’s late in the season and the tomatoes are ready in everyone’s gardens. Harvests are happening! A friend of mine had a whole mess of tomatillos and when she came over for dinner, she gave me a bushel of them. I needed to do something a…

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Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato

The bacon lettuce tomato, is a tried and true sandwich. You can’t go wrong. I recall, as a youngster, I once ate 6 blt’s at a Waffle House in Missouri. I must have been hungry then, and I wish I had one now. So what can I do as a chef that the Waffle House…