Interview with Kim from Give it Some Thyme

Food Personality in no particular order: adventurous, easygoing, healthy (most of the time), curious, fun loving, and approachable.

Tell us about yourself!

Hey! I’m Kim, and so excited and honored to be part of WTR’s first spotlight segment! I live in Moorestown, NJ with my husband Kevin, two kids, Bryce (16) and Elise (13), and our rescue pup Colby.

Prior to starting Give it Some Thyme, I was an investment consultant for high-net-worth families and institutional clients for over 20 years. My professional life in finance always paralleled a personal passion for cooking great food.

I’m still fairly early on in my blogging journey, and love learning so much in the process. Having the opportunity to connect with so many passionate foodies is even better!

Share your approach to food with us: what do you like to cook? Why?

When growing up, my parents entertained often which is something I enjoy immensely whether it’s for a party of 2 or 20. Give it Some Thyme focuses on wholesome recipes that can be pulled together quickly for busy family weeknights and impromptu gatherings, along with those that may take a little longer but can always be prepped ahead. The goal is to create high-quality, super flavorful, approachable recipes that make memorable meals.

I’m inspired by all types of cuisines and love to cook seasonally with fresh, whole foods, taking full advantage of each season’s bounty, with occasional indulgences thrown in the mix. Julia Child said it best – “Everything in moderation… including moderation.”

Describe your food personality in 5-7 words

Hmm, this is tricky. Guess I would say, and in no particular order, adventurous, easygoing, healthy (most of the time), curious, fun loving, and approachable.

What are your 3-5 favorite recipes? Why? Tell us about them!

Wow. This was really hard to choose! So much goes into each post, and for me, there’s always a connection to each one. So, after a lot of thought, the following five percolated to the top. They’re not necessarily the most popular by website page views, Pinterest repins, Instagram likes or Foodgawker gawks. This Fab 5 are true favorites because of the stories behind them and they’re just so darn good!

Classic Meatballs & Tomato Sauce

Classic Meatballs & Tomato Sauce is one of those recipes that never existed on paper until starting the blog. Mom showed me how to make this decades ago just by adding one ingredient after another with no measuring involved whatsoever. It’s one of those recipes you just ‘do’. It was especially meaningful to take the time to measure things out, document it correctly, and be able to share on the blog. Plus, it is thee most year-round requested dish in our family by far, whether it’s for a birthday, weekend gathering, or to have a big batch on hand to get us through a busy week.

 

Sautéed Caramelized Salmon.

Less is more when it comes to this Sautéed Caramelized Salmon. It’s quick, easy and downright delicious. With the inspiration of Emeril Lagasse and a blistering hot cast iron skillet, this salmon is destined for nothing but greatness. Truth be told, we watched so much Emeril Live when now 16-year-old Bryce was a baby, one of his first words was ‘Bam!’ When making the recipe, be sure to toss half a lemon, lime or orange in the skillet as well for a quick squeeze of concentrated citrus to enhance the fillet’s sweet crusty flavor. Give your favorite veggies a roasting head start in the oven to round out one quick, healthy and tasty meal.

 

Red Wine Braised Lentils with Spinach

Red Wine Braised Lentils with Spinach is a vegan recipe my husband was initially a bit skeptical about when I told him what was for dinner. Needless to say, he was quickly won over by its rich, earthy flavor that’s jam packed with nutrients. This recipe was from a vegan cooking class I took last year that included highlights from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Suppers. What a hit! It’s perfect for Meatless Mondays as we enter into fall, or whenever you’re looking to include more plant-based meals in your diet.

Slow Cooker Chicken Mole Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Slow Cooker Chicken Mole Stuffed Sweet Potatoes is one of our favorite slow cooker comfort foods, and according to Kevin, goes down as one of the best things I’ve ever made. Moist shredded chicken bathes in a rich, flavorful mole sauce of reconstituted dried chiles, chocolate, and spices. When the mole meets the tender roasted sweet potatoes, it’s a culinary marriage made in heaven. And what’s not to love about dinner served in its own vessel?!

These Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes were Give it Some Thyme’s 100th recipe that serendipitously fell on its 1st blogiversary back in February. They marked a milestone for the blog, and I certainly couldn’t leave all of you hanging without a dessert! What makes them even more special, and I’ll mention this again below, I’m a self-proclaimed lousy baker so when this glistening ganache stayed shiny, and the sponge cake stayed spongey, and the custard didn’t curdle, I hailed a great, big Hallelujah!! When my kids say, “the pics don’t look good enough, Mom; you need to make them again,” that’s the ultimate endorsement. 🙂

What’s your favorite thing about Want the Recipe?

In addition to having a collection of recipes in one place from various sources, I’m psyched about the meal planning feature that can produce a grocery list based on the recipes selected. And to be able to share that list with my husband and sooner-than-later driving son is awesome!

What food can you not live without?

Meatballs. Nothing like a pot full simmering away in tomato sauce. I’m Swedish but much prefer Italian as you may tell by my favorite recipe response above. 🙂

What kitchen appliance do you swear by?

Slow cooking season is kicking into high gear so I’d have to say the slow cooker, especially since I have two and an Instant Pot!

What are your favorite blogs/ Instagram accounts that you follow? What do you like about them?

Cotter Crunch – Lindsay is so relatable and creates incredible gluten-free and nutritiously-powered recipes captured by bright-colored, minimalistic photography.

Halfbaked Harvest – I’m so drawn to Tieghan’s layered photography and multi-flavor profiles of her recipes.

Bakers Royale – I’m not much of a baker, as mentioned above, so I just swoon over Naomi’s creations.

Two Loves Studio – Rachel, an Aussie food photographer, generously shares a variety of delicious recipes along with detailed food styling and photography tips and tutorials.

Do you have any advice for our food community?

Keep cooking and challenging yourself in the kitchen! That’s what makes it interesting, and like everything, takes practice. And don’t be afraid to fail! We all do. In fact, stay tuned for a good laugh when I post this year’s flops in January. They’re all baking disasters so far. Go figure! The good news is you now have WTR to make organizing your favorite recipes and discovering new ones even easier.

What’s your Instagram handle, blog link, any other social media or accounts you’d like us to share!

You can find me on:

Pinterest @giveitsomethyme

Instagram @giveitsomethyme

Facebook @giveitsomethyme

And here’s a link to the blog https://giveitsomethyme.com.

Hope to chat with you there!

Thanks so much for having me! XO, Kim

 

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