Author Archive: Patty

We all have a friend in our lives who is smart, witty, intelligent: you give her cold pasta and chicken and she will whip out a gourmet meal in 15 minutes, she makes chicken soup from scratch for her sick neighborhood even though she is nursing a cold herself… you know that friend who will always be there to drive common sense into you, but doesn’t realize that she is as perfect as they come as a mother, wife and friend. That is our Patty….

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Vitamin D: It Does a Body Good

| March 25, 2013 | 6 Comments
Vitamin D:  It Does a Body Good




Every year, since my children were born, we (meaning all 4 members of the family) get sick, multiple times during the year, particularly during the winter months.   Usually, it works as follows:  my kids will pick up some terrible virus/bacteria at school and bring it into the house, where it will incubate in their little […]

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Rino, the Incredible & Adventurous Mini-Eater

| March 7, 2013 | 3 Comments
Rino, the Incredible & Adventurous Mini-Eater




Have you met Rino?  The adorable Japanese toddler-girl who took the internet by storm with her voracious appetite and adventurous spirit? If you haven’t gone online and met Rino, I strongly suggest you do.  You’ll find her enthusiastically inhaling large quantities of international foods made by her loving parents;  in one video you’ll find Rino […]

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Long Lost USDA Food Pyramid Found

| February 2, 2013 | 0 Comments
Long Lost USDA Food Pyramid Found




The guys at buzzfeed thought it would be hilarious to recreate the USDA food pyramid from the 90’s.  I thought this was worth sharing as many of you (assuming you are a child of the 80’s/90’s) will reflect fondly on many of the ‘food’ products shown in the pyramid.   Enjoy!      

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Secret Something Revealed Soon!!!!!

| September 24, 2012 | 3 Comments
Secret Something Revealed Soon!!!!!




Zomppa Supporters! We’ve got something super exciting coming to you next Monday, October 1!  We can’t wait to share it with you! In the meantime, we’d like to inform you of a couple of changes to the website.  If you haven’t already noticed, Zomppa has reduced the number of weekly featured posts down to one; […]

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Wheat Belly: Honey Citrus Almond Cake

| September 10, 2012 | 18 Comments
Wheat Belly:  Honey Citrus Almond Cake




I read Wheat Belly in the course of 5 days.  During the first 4 days, I’d gone from eating wheat (sliced whole grain bread for my tomato sandwiches, whole-wheat tortilla’s for my wraps, spelt crouton’s for my spinach salad, etc) to eating ZERO wheat.  Why?  Well, during the first 4 days of reading Dr. William […]

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Increased Prices = Universal Veganism?: Vegetarian California Rolls

| August 20, 2012 | 3 Comments
Increased Prices = Universal Veganism?:  Vegetarian California Rolls




Recently, CNN reported on the highly unusual weather patterns that the United States has endured during the past year.  For instance, they noted that the U.S. has experienced its warmest 12 month period since 1895 and that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is calling 2011 a year of ‘extreme weather’. Whether or not […]

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Bittman & Blueberry Dutch Pancakes Sans Milk

| July 16, 2012 | 6 Comments
Bittman & Blueberry Dutch Pancakes Sans Milk




On July 7th, Mark Bittman wrote an op-ed piece that divulged the source of his (note, the word, ‘his’) chronic heartburn and stomach pain – dairy. He goes on to discuss dairy’s (almost) institutionalized presence in the western diet and how, maybe (just maybe), we really don’t need dairy products (or as much as the […]

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Low-Salt Diet = Hypertension?: Olive and Thyme Farinata

| June 11, 2012 | 8 Comments
Low-Salt Diet = Hypertension?:  Olive and Thyme Farinata




Recently, the Nytimes published an article about the ongoing debate surrounding the health benefits of a low-salt diet, particularly as it relates to reducing the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.   Contrary to popular belief, this op-ed piece argues that there is little strong evidence to support the long (and steadfast) belief that a that […]

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Unrefrigerated Eggs Okay to Eat?: Cherry-Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

| May 7, 2012 | 8 Comments
Unrefrigerated Eggs Okay to Eat?:  Cherry-Chocolate Chip Pound Cake




How long can you leave an uncooked egg on the counter before it goes bad? I asked myself this question a couple of days ago. As most bakers know, the key to tender and perfectly baked cakes/muffins/cookies requires that all of your ingredients are at room temperature prior to baking.  This includes butter, eggs, dairy […]

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Good Bye Wine? Good Bye Thai Food?

| April 2, 2012 | 6 Comments
Good Bye Wine?  Good Bye Thai Food?




Six weeks after giving birth to my second child, the nurse looked up at me, horrified and asked, “You don’t’ have high blood pressure, do you?”  The nurse would know better than anyone as she had diligently monitored my blood pressure over the course of two pregnancies.  However, her shock had prompted the concern on […]

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