Tag: Hearth and Soul Hop

Dip into this

| June 20, 2011 | 12 Comments
Dip into this




Make a splash with a dip in the near east this summer with three colorfully tasty, easy and healthy dips. We start with Baba Ghanouj, a fusion of roasted eggplant and tahini. Then on to Muhammara, a mix of roasted red peppers, walnuts and pomegranate. And finally, the widely popular Hummus, a blend of chickpeas […]

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Shine On, Strawberry: Melissa@Market

| June 7, 2011 | 19 Comments
Shine On, Strawberry: Melissa@Market




When I was around 5 or 6 years old, Strawberry Shortcake™ ruled my world. (Along with Star Wars, but that’s a different story.) The Berry Bake Shop™ dominated my collection and stood surrounded by Strawberry’s friends: Blueberry Muffin™, Apple Dumpling™, Raspberry Tart™, the Purple Pieman™, Orange Blossom™ (not really a baked good, but whatever!), Lemon […]

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Feels Like Home!

| May 29, 2011 | 18 Comments
Feels Like Home!




Growing up, my family moved all over the place. Though my sister and I were both born in Wyoming, over our childhood we spent time in Africa, Houston and Colorado. Immediately after I went to college, my family moved to Geneva, Switzerland. I feel very fortunate to have been able to grow up in many […]

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I was a Kick-Butt Girl Scout: Melissa@Market

| May 24, 2011 | 13 Comments
I was a Kick-Butt Girl Scout: Melissa@Market




I was a kick-butt Girl Scout. Slap that hefty badge book down in front of me, and I would crack that baby open and go to town. I loved how each badge ticked off the tasks to complete until, TA-DA!, you earned one of those knobby round disks. To earn a “Camp Together” badge: plan […]

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Chile y Chocolate

| May 15, 2011 | 11 Comments
Chile y Chocolate




One of the bright sides to growing up as an immigrant in North America is that you’re rarely alone. In no time the U.S. will be majority Hispanic. Growing up on the California-Mexican border that reality has always been real to me. But just below the surface California is a hodgepodge of “minority” immigrants, including […]

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Confessions of an Unchef-y Chef: Melissa@Market

| May 9, 2011 | 12 Comments
Confessions of an Unchef-y Chef: Melissa@Market




This week marked my first demonstration of the season for the farmer’s market. As with most of the classes I teach, my employers and I haggled over my “title”. I like monikers such as “food educator” or even “cooking instructor. They tend to like “chef”. And, you see, I’m not really a chef. To me, […]

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I Got Married! A Fresh Start: Mushrooms & Coconut Oil

| May 2, 2011 | 21 Comments
I Got Married! A Fresh Start: Mushrooms & Coconut Oil




On March 19, 2011, I got married!! The beloved Frank Stasio of NPR officiated. Even Wool E. Bull came to celebrate my wedding. OK, before I get my parents into a tizzy, I didn’t actually marry a person (sorry folks, still single!). I married Durham! I’ve never lived in a city with so much pride […]

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Type-A Therapy: Farmer’s Market Style: Melissa@Market

| April 25, 2011 | 13 Comments
Type-A Therapy: Farmer’s Market Style: Melissa@Market




Type-A personalities frequently have a hard time at the farmer’s market. I should know. I was (am?) one. Before I became an enamored addict of market fare, I used to plan each week’s menu way in advance, choosing recipes and making a precise list of ingredients. I felt lost if I had to deviate from […]

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Guest/Healthy Food for Living: Dried Fruit & Nut Truffle Recipes

| April 18, 2011 | 13 Comments
Guest/Healthy Food for Living: Dried Fruit & Nut Truffle Recipes




Dearest Readers, please welcome our newest guest contributor, Ms. Lauren from Healthy Food for Living.  She has come to us with the most delectable recipes and a food philosophy that resonates with Zomppa.  We are sure you will find Lauren’s recipes and perspective refreshing & awe-inspiring. Hello Zomppa readers! My name is Lauren and I […]

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A Welcome to Melissa@Market

| April 12, 2011 | 20 Comments
A Welcome to Melissa@Market




One year ago this week, I was terribly unhappy. Then, the Farmer’s Market changed my life. Hyperbole, you say? (Congratulations on your extensive vocabulary, incidentally). I say, truth. (My vocabulary *is* smaller than yours). After a very depressing winter, an unclear career direction, and a severe case of the blahs, I made a decision. The […]

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