September 2009


Madison is excited to welcome Michael Pollan from University of California, Berkeley, to our city for three days this weekend!   This visit is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin’s Center for the Humanities and also comes as a part of the Food for Thought festival.  I am continuously intrigued and educated by reading Michael’s opinions on food, the affect of higher fructose in our diets (i.e. diabetes!) and what nutritional information to trust (and not trust).  We will be attending Michael’s session tomorrow night at the Kohl Center, 7pm on September 24th.

“Thirty years of nutritional advice have left us fatter, sicker, and more poorly nourished. Which is why we find ourselves in the predicament we do: in need of a whole new way to think about eating.”  Michael Pollan

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Then on Friday morning I am off to San Francisco to attend the BlogHer Conference in San Francisco.  It will be exciting to meet all of the talented food bloggers whom I have been reading for quite some time, such as The Pioneer Woman, White on Rice, Steamy Kitchen, and more!  In addition to a day full of sessions and work, I am looking forward to having a bit of wine and fun…and will hope to return with pictures and stories too.

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Happy cooking to all!  Come back soon to see what’s new with me (and Sharecipe!).

Katie

What a busy few weeks we have had as we acclimate to the new school routine with the boys.  Thankfully they are still at the age where they were as happy to begin as I was to have them start!  It helps that they both love their schools and enjoy learning.

We are finally set with our schedule, which includes carpooling with three families, after school activities (soccer and flag football), and work.  It is understated to say it is complex so even I, a reluctant planner, have resorted to documenting it all on calendar hanging in my kitchen.  Heaven forbid I forget to pick up one of my sons, but I would literally die of embarrassment if I had other children stranded as well.  Since I am determined to never have that happen, lists and calendars here we come.

Back to school also brings the need to pack lunches and snacks each day.  I am always looking for new ideas for healthy foods that my kids will enjoy.

On Sharecipe there are many recipes in the “kid-friendly” category that have been hits in our house.   Here is a great one that my kids enjoy from Chef Ann Cooper, the renegade lunch lady.

Check out Apple Date Bars on sharecipe.com

Hope everyone is off to a great school year!

Katie

Brady at Countryside Montessori Preschool

Brady at Countryside Montessori Preschool

Owen's first day of 2nd Grade!

Owen's first day of 2nd Grade!

I just returned from a wonderful trip to San Francisco where I visited with friends and family, ate fabulous meals and celebrated my birthday.  Everyone needs a break and time to get away, get inspired and take a deep breath!  I have included some wonderful food pictures that my friend took (my camera unfortunately stayed in Madison).

To begin my journey, after a long trip I went from SFO to the Marina where I spent the night with my dear friend Hilary and ate at Terzo.

Fig Goat Cheese Bruchetta

Fig Goat Cheese Bruchetta

Terzo Meatballs over Polenta

Terzo Meatballs over Polenta

More Terzo...Cilantro Grilled Chicken Skewers

More Terzo...Cilantro Grilled Chicken Skewers

Then off to Marin to see all my friends and their adorable children, having fabulous wine and take and bake pizzas from Picco in Larkspur (unbelievable)!  Unfortunately no camera, but it was a perfect night ending by drinking Artezin Zinfandel wine with Mary on her porch at Spa Harrington.

Friday night was the girls night out dinner at A 16 on Chestnut in the Marina.  What a treat.  We had the Mozzarella burrata, moved onto the Maccaronara with tomato ragu and house-made ricotta salata, Gnocchi and  the special of the night, short ribs!  We were all full, happy and hot (did I mention it was 100 degrees in SF?)!

Maccaronara

Maccaronara

Short Ribs

Short Ribs

Then off to Oakland for my last night with my in-laws, adorable nieces and nephew and reuniting with Owen.  It was one of those nights with kids splashing in the kiddie pool, pretending to “drive” my rental car with their newly made drivers licenses in hand, and Papa ending the dinner with adorable quotes from the grandchildren that week.  And of course, another fabulous dinner made by Nancy and Laura of ribs, chop salad (on Sharecipe!) and cupcakes.

Needless to say on Sunday morning, at 3:30am when my alarm went off, I was exhausted, happy and full.  Owen and I made it without a hitch back to SFO to make our 6:00 am departure to Denver and narrowly make our connection to Madison.  Alex, Brady and Lily were there to greet us and welcome us home.  And now I am back at work, full of wonderful memories of an unforgettable trip.   I am inspired to continue my quest to make Sharecipe the best recipe site to connect with your friends and family over food.  As my trip reaffirmed to me, food brings people together.   And life is about connecting with the people you love.

Katie

p.s.  I will be contacting Terzo and A 16 to see if they will share their recipes!  If they agree, I will add them to Sharecipe!