Out of the Oven

Oct 21, 2009

I’m a mother of three young children, a wife and a new business owner—but not a writer. Yet here I find myself, writing a column about how I try to juggle those other roles.

My husband Alex and I met in college. We had an amazing time in our twenties, moving back and forth from west to east coast for our careers in high-tech. Our first child, Owen, was born in San Francisco in 2002 and ushered us into a new chapter of balancing two careers and a family. Five years later, the lure of big backyards, wonderful schools and a family cottage up north brought us back to Madison, where I grew up.

Returning home with a family in tow also meant a return to the traditions I grew up with. My parents made sure we ate dinner together every night. The kitchen table was where we enjoyed a wonderful meal together, talked about the day and connected as a family.

Alex and I didn’t have problems getting to the table and connecting as a family. It was the “wonderful meal” part of the equation that wasn’t working and, in the end, led to the idea for our company, Sharecipe.com.

After one too many chicken and rice casseroles, we thought there had to be a way to connect with the many good cooks we counted as family and friends. Sharecipe launched from our Madison home in June 2009 as a social networking site focused on sharing recipes, cooking ideas and inspiration with the people both near and far in our lives.

In this latest chapter, we are putting everything we’ve got into our children, each other and our new business. It is all at once exhilarating, hectic and rewarding. I’ll try to make sense of it all here in my new role as a columnist.

In keeping with trying new things, I recommend the recipe Pumpkin Wild Rice Soup. It’s perfect for fall and the first soup I ever made for my family.

Katie Colbert and her husband recently launched a social networking site, Sharecipe.com, out of their Madison home. Colbert writes biweekly about the challenges and triumphs of balancing work and family.

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