Table365 partners Sharon & Kimberly.
We’re two moms from different backgrounds who share a passion for food and the impact it has on family life. We relish the ritual of mealtimes together, which we feel has a great influence on the development of our children.
“There has to be a way to make this easier.”
This is our motto at Table 365, and it drives us forward. Getting meals on the table is challenging for all families, and we want to help. We often rely on each other for ideas and inspiration so we want to do that for our readers, too! We are always learning more so we can support others in meal planning and feeding our families.
“One of our first business meetings took place in my kids’ playroom. Sharon and I brainstormed over a card table covered in documents with inspirational magazine clippings taped to the wall. While our infants crawled on the floor with scattered toys nearby, Table365 was created. That pretty much sums things up, doesn’t it?”
“Kimberly and I met at a neighborhood picnic then discovered the following week we had enrolled in the same music class with our kids. Our friendship only deepened from there. It has even survived a cross-country move when my family left Columbus, Ohio for the Pacific Northwest.”
We’ll introduce ourselves through some brief questions and answers…mostly about food…what else?
What is your first significant food memory?
Sharon: Yeast bread. I used to make it with my mom; I would stand on a chair and knead it. I loved the smell and the feel of the soft dough in my hands.
Kimberly: A fresh batch of simmered black beans. Part of my family is from Mexico, and whenever I visited, there always seemed to be a pot of beans cooking on the stove. When my mom made them at our house I remember how their rich smell filled the house and especially how they tasted – like the flavors of Mexico.
Favorite kitchen tool?
Sharon: My Dijon Yellow Le Creuset Dutch Oven. I use it for everything. I’m always washing it out to make room for the next dish.
Kimberly: My always-sharp Wüsthof Santoku knife. I found a great one that is the perfect weight and size for my small hands.
Most feared ingredient?
Sharon: Jalapeno Peppers. I learned a painful lesson the last time I opened one then touched my eyes.
Kimberly: I never cook mussels and other shellfish for fear of getting everyone sick. A totally irrational fear if you handle them correctly, but one I haven’t gotten over yet.
Would love to learn to cook?
Sharon: I dream of one day having time to go through and cook all the recipes of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”.
Kimberly: The perfect omelet.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Sharon: “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” by CAKE
Kimberly: “Forever in Blue Jeans” by Neil Diamond
What dish are you known for?
Sharon: I’m known for comfort foods like my spaghetti sauce, yeast rolls and chicken noodle soup.
Kimberly: Friends always ask me to make spicy international dishes like Kung Pao Chicken, Sopes (a raised tortilla pattie topped with a variety of fillings), or various Indian dishes.
Favorite Food Film?
Sharon: Big Night.
Kimberly: Eat, Drink, Man, Woman.
Most irresistible food temptation?
Sharon: Butter, heavy cream, cheese – I love all kinds of dairy fat.
Kimberly: Rice Krispies treats (every night).
Ingredient that sits unused in your pantry?
Sharon: Coconut milk.
Kimberly: Dried chili peppers because my kids won’t eat the spicy dishes I used to make all the time.