Talking Turkey (and other treats) with local butcher Philip Grubisa

November 16, 2017

Philip Grubisa—chef and owner of artisan butcher shop Beltex Meats, tells Mary Malouf all about buying and roasting the holiday turkey—or whatever meat you're cooking for your holiday feast. Tips on buying, brining and cooking. 


Managing Holiday Stress

November 9, 2017

The holidays bring images of family, food and friends to mind, but what about the stressors that always accompany those traditions? Most of us have some memory of our moms or grandmas frantically cleaning the house for company or expressing anxiety about cooking for dozens of people. Especially in Utah, where there are so many large families, how do we manage the holiday stress? Jen Reuben, owner of Salt Lake Power Yoga, joins us to discuss the experience of holiday stress and to give listeners some tips and tricks to avoid mental fatigue. Take some time for yourself this holiday season and remember to breathe.


A meal to raise the dead.

November 1, 2017

Despite Halloween’s long, creepy shadow over our culture, its twin, the Day of the Dead, turns the tradition of fear and fright on it’s head.

Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of life, love and good food to which the dead are encouraged to join.

Dining Editor Mary Brown Malouf talked to Matt Lake, owner of Salt Lake’s Alamexo restaurants, about this macabre party to lure a family’s beloved dead to the table for a night of memories.

But most of all, Mary and Matt talked food: especially a simple traditional sandwich—mollete—that is guaranteed to bring La Catrina, death’s grande dame, to your table. Think: house-made Mexican bread filled with spicy black beans, Oaxaca cheese, chorizo and pico de gallo.


Ghost Tours Unearth Haunted Utah

October 26, 2017

You already learned about Utah’s sordid and wild past, but that kind of rough and tumble history is bound to leave some scars. We tend to associated hauntings with the East Coast and the South—they’re seemingly older and much more steeped in superstition than the young West. However, just because we’re younger doesn’t mean we’re any less prone to paranormal activity—or, at least, that’s what Kristen Clay believes. Salt Lake Speaks invited Clay, founder and director of Story Tours, to discuss some of the Wasatch’s spookiest stories and legends, and to tell you how you could possibly encounter your very first ghost.


A Navajo Quilter’s Art and a Bernina Sewing Celeb

October 19, 2017

Navajo artist Susan Hudson is a member of the Towering House Clan of the Navajo Nation and an award-winning quilter. Most of us think of native American art forms as pottery and weaving. Hudson’s chosen medium, quiltmaking, is an art form spread by Christian missionaries and taught in the Indian schools where the goal was to assimilate Indians into white culture. The federal government began sending American Indians to off-reservation boarding schools in the 1870s, when the United States was still at war with Indians. Hudson has turned an art form of the oppressor into a commentary on being oppressed. 

As a fellow seamstress, I had to ask Hudson what kind of sewing machine she used. Of course, a Bernina, she told me.

For anyone who sews, this is a Big Deal. Bernina is the premier manufacturer of precision, sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, ne plus ultra of sewing machines since 1893. Because of Utah’s strong pioneer heritage, quilting and home sewing is alive and well here and Dave’s Bernina (locations in Salt Lake and St. George) is the number one dealer in the country.

On this week's podcast, Hudson discuss her quilt art, how she came to it and the meaning behind her work.


Haunted Houses: The Art of Scaring in the 21st Century

October 13, 2017

Any time of year, be it day—or especially night, Utahns can venture through ghost towns, creep through haunted houses or explore the paranormal. But during the peak month of October, you’ll experience the $3 million local All Hallow’s Eve industry that rivals Utah’s ever-lucrative wedding industry. Commercial haunted houses may have their roots in Madam Tussauds, Chamber of Horrors, and, yes, even Disney’s Haunted Mansion, but the art of evoking screams has come a long way from stationary wax decapitated French men and ghosts floating in mirrors. Salt Lake Speaks sat down with Nightmare on 13th‘s Casting and Art Director Jimmy Dilley and Marketing Director Travis Hahn to find out what goes into creating a cutting-edge Haunted House and why it’s getting harder to scare the pants off people.


Utah’s Wild, Wild West Days

September 28, 2017

When Ogden was chosen as a connecting city for the transcontinental railroad, the Wasatch become a hub of activity—both legal and illegal. While it might seem difficult to believe looking around our state now, Utah used to be a rough and tumble part of the wild west that housed criminals, mobsters, speakeasies and houses of ill-repute. In fact, the Madams who ran brothels were some the wealthiest residents of Northern Utah and owned quite a bit of property for women in the 19th- and early 20th-centuries. Salt Lake Speaks invited Sarah Singh, Curator of Special Collections at Weber State University Stewart Library to discuss how Utah’s wild history allowed women to engage in power politics, property ownership and, yes, prostitution.


Is the iPhone X worth $999?

September 22, 2017

Apple’s recent announcement of their upcoming iPhone X (pronounced iPhone 10) meant to showcase the company’s 10th anniversary of their juggernaut iPhone product. While the internet will often go all abuzz at any Apple announcement, changes coming along with the iPhone X didn’t have universally positive reactions. The removal of the home button in lieu of Face ID technology and the decision to fully encase the phone in glass to create an “edge to edge” screen have even ardent Apple fans feeling a bit apprehensive. And all this without even mentioning the whopping $999 price tag. Salt Lake Speaks sat down with Todd Cohen, a tech industry veteran, to discuss whether or not Apple’s newest toy will break sales records or cause some to convert to the iPhone’s archnemesis, the Android.


Walking the Wild Side with Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams

September 14, 2017

County Mayor Ben McAdams wants to restart his community’s compassion for the homeless. Last spring, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams was groping to understand Salt Lake’s homelessness crisis. He had all the statistics to make a controversial decision on a new homeless shelter—but something was missing. McAdams put on a jeans and a hoodie, left his ID and money behind and walked into the Rio Grande district to get a more intimate idea of it meant to be homeless. He would be scared, cold and witness drug use. But McAdams returned convinced that a long-term solution to homelessness—beyond law-enforcement sweeps—has to be found.


Utah’s Medical Cannabis Debate

September 5, 2017

While several states have already voted to legalize recreational marijuana, the conversation in Utah is in a much different place. Christine Stenquist, director of Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE) Utah, is bringing this conversation to the forefront of Utah’s political stage.