I am off to San Francisco for a much needed reconnect with my wonderful friends and family and to enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation.  And did I mention I will be taking my seven year old son Owen with me?  And I will be having a few meetings?  Life as a mom entrepreneur means even the best intentioned girls trip evolves into more.  Not that I am complaining, just stating the facts of how things change and how you need to adapt your expectations and enjoy every moment.

I will be taking Owen by our old house in Noe Valley which will surely bring up some bittersweet emotions in me.  It was our first home which we bought together in 2001 and was OUR perfect home in every way.  It was the house we brought Owen and Brady home from the hospital to.  The home we spent so many nights dancing, happy, dreaming, laughing and in general so optimistic of the future.  The home we put our hearts and soul into painting, gardening, setting up nurseries (even one in the “bonus” room, i.e. hallway, outside of the master bedroom), and in general enjoying so far the best five years of our lives.

I am so happy, albeit a little anxious, to be able to go back and can’t wait to see everyone.  And I will surely be eating well, even though I won’t be cooking…I will have the fabulous chefs at A 16 to help with that!

Katie

Last month I had a great conversation about Sharecipe with Nancy O’Mallon from AboutHarvest, the production company behind the great site Stories About Food.  Nancy is an award-winning filmmaker and has a passion for food and telling stories about recipes and personal connections around food.  She contacted me to talk about Sharecipe and instantly understood our company mission and the value of our site.  Nancy is also a mother and while her daughter is older than our children, she explained that the connection around her dinner table has become even more important as the years have gone on.  The sharing of recipes and keeping up personal connections through communities, families, friends and neighbors is what it is all about.

Hope everyone enjoys the weekend!! It is a rainy Friday night here and we decided to have “breakfast for dinner” tonight which features pancakes and berries.  Kids loved it and now it is clean up time 🙂

Cheers,

Katie

Brady and his adorable cousin Charlie from NY

Brady and his adorable cousin Charlie from NY

We are starting the great tomato season here in Wisconsin.  Last week we received from our CSA farm (Luna Circle) a box with the first gorgeous tomatoes and this week there were even more!   I have decided to use the tomatoes and zucchini this week for a summer vegetable pasta salad (see link below).

Here is a picture of some my great veggies…

Tomatoes and Green Beans from "our" Farm!

Tomatoes and Green Beans from "our" Farm!

I will be making this wonderful Pasta salad (one of my favorites!) for Alex and the kids.  I hope you enjoy this salad as much as we do!

Check out Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad on sharecipe.com

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Happy cooking!  And don’t forget to invite your friends to join Sharecipe to enter into our next summer drawing!

Katie

This weekend we concluded our first ever Sharecipe giveaway. The July contest was to add recipes and for each recipe you were entered into the drawing for (3) $100 Amex Gift Cheques. In total we came close to doubling the amount of recipes on Sharecipe (YEA!) which will hopefully make Sharecipe more fun for everyone as we look for new cooking ideas and recipes. I have had such fun watching everyone add such delicious, inspiring recipes and have tried many but have so many more to go. Thank you again!

Since we are a start-up, and let’s face it, in budget mode, we did the drawing the good old low-tech way. We assigned each person who entered the contest a number, then put that number in the bowl the amount of times of the “recipes” they added.

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Owen picking the first winner

Then we decided to get the kids in on the fun and went into our backyard and had Owen, Brady and Lily do the drawing. Owen was incredibly excited and of course needed to pick first, then Brady went and reached in and grabbed a number. All was smooth until it was Lily’s turn….when she did what most 19 month olds do and first decided she didn’t want to do it, then after we all pulled and urged her on, she reached in and grabbed about ten and tried to put them in her mouth. This was much to the horror of her older brothers and they quickly started screaming “No Lily, No Lily”! So we  readjusted, put the numbers back and then Owen finished it by picking the last winner.

Lily "helping"

Lily "helping"

Congratulations to Delta Smith, Nicole Smith and Diann Condon, our winners of the $100 Amex Gift Cheques!

New in August!
We are doing another contest in August, but this time you get entered in the drawing for every friend who joins your network through Invite a Friend. Each new friend must be new to Sharecipe. We hope this encourages you to expand your community and start sharing cooking ideas, recipes, and tips with your friends and family.

Also, we just added new features to Sharecipe!!! “Share This” enables you to post to Facebook, Twitter, and Digg and send recipes in emails and text messages. Also, we are now opening up “All Recipes” so you can see more recipes on Sharecipe!

And lastly, Happy Birthday to my two sons, Owen and Brady, who have their birthdays in August. Owen will turn 7 years old on August 6th (and has requested steak and frites….so french!) and Brady turns 4 on August 14th. I can’t believe how big they are getting, makes me feel happy, proud and sad all together. Owen had his birthday party last week at Laser Tag (what a crazy, intense place that is) and Brady is having his party at the Little Gym in a few weeks. Never a dull moment.

So we are off to Northern Wisconsin for our first and last summer vacation tomorrow. My in-laws are coming from Oakland with our niece to experience “up north” for the first time. We are hoping for good weather but I KNOW we will have good food. I have planned some great Sharecipe meals and will update this with pictures and stories when we return next week.

Happy cooking!

Katie

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Owen, Brady, me and Lily

Summer is in full swing and I find it hard to believe it is already the end of July. Owen, Brady and Lily are having such a great time and watching them I find myself reminiscent of being a young girl enjoying Wisconsin’s lakes, pools and parks. But somehow it is a lot more work now, funny to be a parent and realize that your childhood “summer fun” meant so much work for someone else…and for me and my siblings that was my mom. Thankfully I have a husband who loves to be a dad and helps out as much as he can. But even so, the work/life balance is exhausting!

Up north in July

Up north in July

Sharecipe is off to a great start even in these “light” cooking months of summer. People are joining and adding recipes every day which is very positive. Of course I have the inevitable stressful “what did we do” moments that all entrepreneurs have…but to remedy these all I have to do is go on the site, pick a recipe, make the meal, enjoy it with the family and the stress goes down. Then I remember “this is why we did it”!

Our challenge now is to get the word out, which these days is more complex than ever with such a diverse media landscape…blogs, twitter, facebook, foodie this, group for that, blogher conferences (one for food in SF in the fall…oops sold out already ? help!). We have had success with local/national papers and local magazines but are in uncharted territory trying to navigate the social media world. Thankfully another local Madison company, Alice, just launched and we get to watch them do it, and do it WELL! Now if they would only talk to us….we must not have hit it big time yet. Will let you know when we do.

But in the end it is all about food and family. So I am going to make myself lunch and find my family. TGIF.

Katie

Lac du Flambeau 4th of July Parade

Lac du Flambeau 4th of July Parade

Announcing the first Sharecipe summer giveaway! For the month of July, for every recipe you add to your account you receive an entry into the drawing for $100 Amex Gift Cheques! There will be three winners of the $100 prize, the more recipes you add the more chances you have to win…and Amex cheques can be used as cash almost everywhere. We will announce the winners at the end of the month, so get adding those scrumptious recipes 🙂

Good Luck to you all!

Katie

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