C.W. "Butch" Welch, a native Idahoan, served twenty-one years as a Conservation Officer for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. In the course of his career he was assigned to various duty stations around the beautiful Gem State. In 1994 the Shikar Safari Club International recognized Welch as Idaho's "Wildlife Officer of the Year" for his meritorious service in the field of wildlife conservation and law enforcement!
Cee Dub's stories and recipes come from his years in the back country, both in the line of duty as well as in the "line of fun". Cee Dub calls his years of jerking pack strings into such places as the Gospel Hump Wilderness area or finessing his whitewater raft through the rapids of Idaho’s Middle Fork of Salmon River his post graduate period in outdoor cookin’! No one has ever left one of Cee Dub’s camps hungry!
A week after Cee Dub and Pen got married in September 1998, they filmed the first eight episodes of their very successful series Dutch Oven & Camp Cooking for KWSU in Pullman, Washington. They went on to film a total of thirty-nine episodes in that series. In addition they produced a thirteen episode series for KNDU TV of Kennewick, Washington, titled Dutch Oven Cookin’ with Cee Dub.
In the mid 1990’s Cee Dub started pecking away on an old IBM 286 computer. After months of weeping, wailing, gnashing his teeth, and cussing an electronic mouse, Cee Dub finished his first cookbook, Cee Dub’s Dutch Oven & Other Camp Cookin’. Since his first cookbook hit the market in December 1996 Penny has published More Cee Dub’s Dutch Oven & Camp Cookin’, Cee Dub’s Regional & Ethnic Dutch Oven Cookin’ and Gather Round the Table with Cee Dub.
In 1999 Cee Dub and Pen started www.ceedubs.com with just one cookbook, a VHS video, and a small selection of outdoor cooking products. Over the years there have been many changes at Cee Dub’s, but their goal when they started the website remains the same today – “Provide Dutch oven cooks with easy to read and easy to use Dutch oven cookbooks along with quality cooking equipment at a reasonable price.”
The fall of 2006 Cee Dub and Penny moved from North Central Idaho to the Texas Hill Country. They spend their summers teaching outdoor cooking at Camp Lonehollow near Vanderpool, Texas. Cee Dub still teaches Dutch oven clinics and makes personal appearances as his schedule permits. Cee Dub’s continues to serve their customers, striving to offer quality products and quality service.
From the fall of 2006 until early 2012 Cee Dub and Penny lived in the Texas Hill Country. They spent some summers teaching outdoor cooking at kids’ adventure camps, along with growing gardens year round and honing their canning and preserving skills. Early 2012 brought them back to Idaho to be closer to family. Cee Dub teaches Dutch oven clinics and makes personal appearances as his schedule permits. Cee Dub’s, the store, continues to serve customers, striving to offer quality products and quality service at competitive prices.