About Us: Meet Jessica & Nellie

 Meet Jessica & Nellie…

Here’s a brief look into who exactly is writing this blog…


Hi! I’m Jessica, wife to that handsome man above and mom to those five little ones aged 11 months to 11 years old. My hubby and I both grew up in Northern California where we went to elementary school together. It was love at first site, there in the 2nd grade. Ha! No really, we dated, got engaged then moved to Utah where we could afford to live in something other than a tent in our parent’s front yard. 12+ years later we both still agree on one thing: The way to a man’s heart truly is through his stomach. I love to cook and my family loves to eat; it’s a blessed combination. Almost 4 years ago I started a blog called Utah Deal Diva. I began Butter, with a Side of Bread to delve deeper into my fascination with food! I love cooking easy, delicious recipes and trying out new products. Welcome and I hope you stick around!

  • What is your favorite food? Ooh- I love this one. Fruits and vegetables, particularly if they are in combination with bread or pasta. Margherita pizza. Fried zucchini. Spinach lasagna. I love soft, feathery breads like Challah, but also can’t say no to a really great sourdough. I’ve still got the Bay Area in my blood, so clam chowder in a sour dough bread bowl literally makes me giddy! Dark chocolate in any form, really. Mint Milano cookies. Creme Brulee with fresh berries. Grilled salmon. Halibut. I’ll stop, but the list goes on and on…
  • What is your least favorite food? I’m really open to trying just about anything, but will never again attempt to eat brussel sprouts. I like cabbage, I have no clue why I don’t care for them, but I’ve tried several times and trust me, it’s never a pretty sight.
  • Any food quirks? I’m odd with consistencies. I can’t eat yogurt without granola on top. Shrimp feels weird when you bite into it, so that’s a no-go as well. {Which my hubby loves, btw. More for him!} I can’t do gristle of any kind in meat, so that makes me a weird meat-eater. Also, my food needs to look good. If it looks like schlop, I literally can’t eat it. So yeah, many casseroles are out.
  • What is your favorite thing to make? I love to bake! Bread is a favorite. Years ago I made the most terrible breads you’ve ever tasted. No joke- they were awful! I was bound and determined to learn how to make bread so I spent hours and hours watching videos online, reading articles and lo and behold- I figured it out. Now I’m pretty good at whipping up all kinds of different breads! Pretty much any baked goods are fun to make!
Hi!  I’m Nellie, wife to Bubba and mom to 4 kids from 3 years to 9 years old.  I grew up in Colorado and then moved to Utah to attend BYU, met my husband at the apartment complex where we were living, and now we have been married for almost 12 years.  From the time I was only 8 or 9 years old, I liked to help in the kitchen and constantly browsed through recipes to find new things to try.  All these years later, I still love to browse recipes…which is sort of ironic considering I have always been an extremely picky eater.  I have gotten a little more adventurous as far as trying new foods, and am trying to be a bigger fan of vegetables…well, maybe I’ll get there in a few more years!  
  • What is your favorite food?  What a hard question!  Cookie dough is the first thing that comes to mind…there isn’t much that beats fresh chocolate chip cookie dough!  As far as real food goes, probably fruit.  I could live a long time on just watermelon, strawberries, raspberries and pineapple!
  • What is your least favorite food?  That’s an even harder question since that is a pretty long list!  I can’t stand any type of seafood though…just the smell makes me lose my appetite.  Cauliflower is also at the top of the list – I had a traumatic experience with it as a child and can’t even look at it without gagging!
  • Any food quirks?  You can probably tell from the previous question that I have quite a few!  Anything that requires a lot of chewing (i.e. raw carrots) or has a weird rubbery consistency (i.e. shrimp) is hard for me to enjoy.
  • What is your favorite thing to make?  Fondue!  Nearly every time we invite people over for dinner, we make fondue.  It’s fairly easy, everyone loves it and it’s something that most people don’t make very often.  I also love making cookies…I can eat the dough, everyone else can eat the cookies…win/win!
We also have a team of assistants who help us with the back end of running this site.
 Because I have 5 kids and Nellie has 4. Which means 9 kids total. Nine! That’s a lot of kidlets.
Yes we’re Mormon. No we’re not sister wives. 
All those kids means a whole lot of responsibility.
So our assistants help us to get out of the office
and do what we have to do in real life.
I mean seriously, look at all those kids.