June 2009


Here are a few different takes on classic summer recipes from two Sharecipe users (my mother-in-law Nancy and friend Sam). We made these on Friday night and they were fabulous!

Best Ever Margarita!

Best Ever Margarita!

Best Ever Margaritas
May 30, 2009

Nancy Colbert
easy | 4 servings | prep: 10 minutes

This drink is a winner! My friends are always calling for the recipe and hoping that they will be served margaritas when they come to dinner.

Ingredients:
1 cup tequila
1/2 cup Cointreau or other orange liqueur
1/3 cup fresh lime juice, plus a little extra for moistening the rims of glasses
1/3 cup water
Sugar to taste
1/3 cup kosher salt for rims of glasses
3 cups of ice cubes

Directions:
In a small pitcher combine the tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and water. Add sugar if necessary.
Spread out the salt on small plate. Moisten the rims of 4 glasses and dip the rim of each glass into the salt.
Fill the glasses with ice and pour in the mixture.

Gilroy Guacamole

Gilroy Guacamole

Gilroy Guacamole
May 21, 2009
Sam Drahn
easy | 8 servings | prep: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
2 avocados
1/2 small white onion – diced
1 medium tomato – diced
5 cloves of garlic finely mined
1/4 sweet pepper chopped
jalepenos or other hot peppers to suit your buds
few tbsp freshly chopped cilantro
1/2 lime squeezed
coarse salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
start from the top and follow through to the end. discard the seeds of the peppers if you prefer a little less heat. actually stands on it’s own without the peppers because of the extra garlic. chop and mash with a spoon until a nice, think, chunky consistency is achieved. do not blend too smooth.

Brady and Lily on Friday night

Brady and Lily

Brady and Lily

Happy summer cooking!

Katie

Following up from my last post on Friday, June 5th, we did go to our neighborhood Bocce ball tournament that night and had a great time enjoying a beautiful night with friends, neighbors and margaritas.  So many fun conversations about Sharecipe and how people use it.   Everyone has their own “network” of friends who cook and so many were excited to get “so and so” on and to share all of their own special recipes.  One friend in particular wants to share his amazing family Italian dessert recipes.  How great is that?

Our first week has flown by in a blur of excitement.  We now have well over 600 users, 350+ recipes and many wonderful emails sent to us from people thanking us for the site.  And of course if you “wish” Sharecipe did “this” then we would love to hear about it.  Thank you to those of you who have already given us some great ideas!  We have an exciting road map of features we hope to roll out over the next 6-9 months and your input is appreciated.

Sharecipe in the news last week was fun.   We were featured in the Wisconsin State Journal’s 77 square, Madison Magazine , Milwaukee Journal on-line and issued our Sharecipe launch press release on Friday, June 12th.

Now we are focused on spreading the word, getting the road map finalized and eating great Sharecipe food.  Butternut Squash and Spinach Risotto tonight…yum.

Thanks again for your support!

Katie

One year ago we had a simple idea:

There must be a better way to share recipes and connect around food with our friends and family.

This idea grew and in August 2008 we incorporated Sharecipe.  In the fall we found and hired an amazing team and in May 2009 we launched our beta site.  Over the past month we have had our wonderful beta group test Sharecipe, tell us what they liked and what was and more importantly wasn’t working right.  It has been many late nights and weekends of working, discussing, laughing and crying (me, not Alex :))

In the end, we believe Sharecipe does deliver on our goal.  Now there is a better way to share recipes and connect with your friends and family around food.  Through Sharecipe I have been inspired to cook things I never would have dreamed of trying with ingredients I hadn’t heard of and couldn’t (still can’t) pronounce.  Our three children, Owen, Brady and Lily have already eaten many Sharecipe recipes from their Amma, Noni, Aunts, and our friends and neighbors.  And most importantly, we have sat around the table and talked about our blessings and family while we ate an incredible, healthy meal.  And for that we are so excited!

We hope you enjoy the site.  Now it is time to take the night off and go to our neighborhood Bocce Ball tournament/fundraiser for our parks.  I am not playing, though, but I will have a margarita please….

Katie

The date has been set….drum roll please…. Sharecipe will be launched and LIVE on Friday, June 5th!   Our private beta group has added a total of 125 recipes in three weeks which is nothing short of amazing!  The external beta site will be open to everyone who has signed up to the Sharecipe community and the public.

As you can imagine, it has been quite a journey and while we are likely to not be sleeping this week (luckily we are quite experienced with sleep deprivation from bringing home 3 newborns!), we couldn’t be more excited to start letting our beta users invite their friends and families and finally opening it up for the world to see and use.

Now I am off to work.  Will check in soon.

Katie

Alex's fresh Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil Panini

Alex's fresh Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil Panini