My name is Dave and I have a cooking addiction. [Hi Dave.] I must begin with a confession — despite the Chef Dave moniker I am not really a chef. I have never cooked professionally a day in my life. Nor have I ever played a chef on TV, or even stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. The “chef” part is merely an honorific bestowed by my beautiful (and supremely charitable) wife, who inexplicably seems to enjoy eating what I cook. I mean, she makes happy sounds when she eats and gives me compliments and everything — go figure.
No, I’m just some guy who really, really, REALLY loves to be in the kitchen — slicing, dicing, frying, blanching, braising, whipping, sautéing, baking, caramelizing, pureeing, stewing, reducing, flambéing, you name it. I absolutely can’t get enough. It’s my creative outlet, the way I give voice to my muse and show the depth of my affection for family and friends. Cooking to me is an art, a craft, an expression of love, and above all, a need. Someday I hope to actually learn how to do it worth a darn.
The “esquire” part of my site name is, however, entirely true. I’m a licensed attorney in the Cincinnati area, practicing since 1998. I hope you won’t hold that against me. My day gig keeps the stove and the lights on and ingredients in the pantry, so I suppose it serves its purpose. At the end of the day, though, I’m a cook trapped in a lawyer’s body.
A word of warning: I’m even more of a novice at this blogging thing than I am in the kitchen, so you can expect that my early efforts at sharing my culinary passions will be a bit clumsy, if well-intentioned. So bear with me, be kind, and hopefully we’ll have some fun together in the days to come as I share the thing that makes me tick. Eat well, my friends!