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Nom Nom Paleo iPad App Version 1.3 Now Available!

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Just a quick announcement that the latest update to my iPad cooking app is available for download in the App store! We’ve been working like crazy for days to resolve an unexpected bug involving the extra recipe sets, and I’m happy to report that it’s been fixed! The app works on all iPads, and we’ve hunted down and corrected all the little typos and mistakes that you guys reported. 

Thanks for your continued support and patience!

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Paleo Eats: 6/1/12

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My word. Can it really be June already? 

Halfway through my graveyard shift at the hospital, I chowed on leftover sliced steak and roasted veggies.

When I returned home in the morning, I ate a handful of macadamia nuts and promptly passed out in the guest room.

In the evening, I stumbled out of bed to prepare dinner. I didn’t have much to cook since I was simply reheating the cheater oxtail stew that I’d pressure cooked the other day.

 To accompany the stew, I roasted a tray of cauliflower

…and stir-fried some baby kale.

Once the stew was piping hot…

…I topped it with a shower of minced Italian parsley.

Here’s my dinner plate:

I know this is pretty hearty fare for a summer supper, but I love braised meats any time of year. I’m crazy like that.

Before I sign off, I wanted to let you all know that the latest update of the Nom Nom Paleo iPad cooking app has been approved by Apple. For those of you who have already purchased it, you can download the latest version now.

(By the way, if you previously bought the bonus recipe sets, it may LOOK like you need to buy ‘em all over again — but you DON’T! Just hit the “purchase” button again, enter your password, and an alert will come up that says “You’ve already purchased this. Tap OK to download it again for free.” See? I’m not a crook!)

If you’re enjoying the app, please review it at the iTunes store. Every rating/review makes a huge difference!

Don’t know about the app? You can read about it here or watch this video:


And Then The Clouds Parted…

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After the bumps in the road we experienced yesterday, we weren’t optimistic about meeting our original April 27 release date for the Nom Nom Paleo app. From scouring the web, we had learned that after an app is rejected by Apple, it typically takes another 7 days or so before the re-submitted app to be reviewed again.


When extenuating circumstances call for it, an app developer can petition for an “expedited review” by Apple. You basically write a note begging for the App Store reviewers to take pity on you, and not make you wait another agonizing week. Fitbomb stayed up into the wee hours of the morning crafting a beseeching note to Apple, and…

Lo and behold, Apple granted our request for an expedited review this morning. Of course, even an expedited review can take another few days to be completed, so we still figured the app wouldn’t actually get re-examined until early next week.


Apple actually moved with lightning speed, and approved the Nom Nom Paleo app within a matter of hours — which means our original release date of April 27 is back on!

Mark your calendars! The app should appear in your country’s App Store at approximately midnight local time — so you lucky ducks in New Zealand will have a 16-hour head start on those of us in the United States.

Yippee-Ki-Yay, my friends! 

p.s. If you’re not already a fan of my Facebook page, go hit “Like” right this instant. Sometime in the next eight hours, I’m posting a super-quick, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it giveaway for a free download code for an advance copy of my iPad app. You’ll have a chance to see the app before it’s made available in the App Store!

[UPDATED 7:03 a.m. PST: The giveaway has begun! You have one hour to enter, so head over to my Facebook page!]

[UPDATED 8:15 a.m. PST: The giveaway is over! Thanks for playing!]

Technical Difficulties, An Apology, & Some Perspective

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When it rains, it pours.

The day started off fine, despite having to readjust to working in the middle of the night. At the hospital, I snarfed up a box of leftover grass fed burger patties and roasted veggies, and spent quality time with my work-husband, trading stories about our experiences attending the Whole Beef Butchery class at 4505 Meats.

And then everything went downhill from there.

As soon as I got back to our temporary digs (where we’ve been staying due to the mini tsunami at our house), we had to rush to get the kids ready for school AND pack up all of our belongings — again. The hotel is oversold, and we’re being kicked out for two nights, so we dutifully stuffed all our clothing, food, toiletries, and other supplies into garbage bags and cardboard boxes and lugged them down to our cars. 

Fitbomb sped off with the kids to deposit them at their respective schools, while I schlepped our gear back to our ridiculous mess of a house. With stripped floors, plastic-covered furniture, and deafening fans and enormous humidifiers in every room, the place is barely recognizable as our home.

But this is where I had to sleep for the day. After pressure-cooking some eggs in my dusty kitchen…

…I locked myself in the guest bedroom, pulled the shades tight, jammed in my earplugs, blindfolded myself, and did my best to catch some Zs.

I was awakened in the evening by my husband, who greeted me with two pieces of most unwelcome news:

1. Big-O is sick. He barfed during his afternoon kung fu class.

2. Our iPad app was rejected by Apple. That’s right: REJECTED.

The gory details:

First (and most importantly): Big-O. My in-laws reported that he was uncharacteristically quiet after school, and during his kung fu class, he told the instructor that he felt ill before rushing to the restroom to puke. Poor guy. When I woke up, he was splayed on his bed, still in his kung fu outfit and shoes, staring at the ceiling.

But after sipping some kombucha and resting for a bit, my little man seemed to perk up. He announced that he felt well enough to join us for a quick dinner at a nearby Chipotle. Good thing, too — I was in no mood for cooking in this dustbin of a house.

He managed to drink some juice and nibble on some guacamole and carnitas while we polished off two big pork-topped salad bowls.

But I’m guessing that the iPad owners among you are more interested in why our iPad app was turned away by Apple. Evidently, it was due to a technical error in our submission (a “missing IAP” — whatever that means). My project manager (a.k.a. husband) has been glued to the phone all night, chatting with our app development team to find and fix the problem. Our developer has promised to re-submit the app for approval in the next few hours.

Unfortunately, this means that the review process has to start all over again, and we’re no longer able to bank on an April 27 launch date

I know — total bummer. Trust me when I say that we’ve been anticipating the release of this app more than anyone else, and it pains me to report that you’ll have to wait a little while longer before the app is available. But we’re 100% committed to making sure this thing sees the light of day, because we think it’s awesome. 

I want to sincerely apologize to all of you for the delay. Please bear with us — we’re truly doing the best we can. I wish we had a bunch of minions to whom we could delegate all this headache-inducing work, but it’s just me and the hubs camped out here in our newly-wrecked living room. Between working full-time jobs, raising two kids, developing recipes, cooking, blogging, app development, juggling new super-top-secret projects (as if we don’t have enough on our plates!), and trying to figure out where our family’s going to sleep tonight, we’re feeling a little cooked.

But you know what?

This ain’t the end of the world. So what if the app release is delayed a bit? Or that our house is barely habitable at the moment? Or that we got booted out of our temporary housing? Or that our son’s most powerful kung fu move involves puking?

Our family has plenty to be thankful for:

We’re healthy. Other than the aforementioned vomiting, and a good deal of adrenal fatigue and stress, we’re relatively hale and hearty. With the medical issues and tragedies we’ve witnessed of late, we know better than to take our good health for granted. 

We’ve received tons of support from all of you in the real food community. I read each and every one of the comments, tweets, and emails from all y’all in the blogosphere, and I appreciate the outpouring of support we’ve gotten — not only in response to the events at our house this past week, but also the cheery messages that have propped us up every time it felt like the sky was falling this past year.

We’re blessed with wonderful friends and family, who have lifted our spirits time and time again. Even today, in the midst of all the Sturm und Drang, I received a wonderful present in the mail from my foodie soulmate, Melissa (Melicious) Joulwan — a copy of The Flavor Thesaurus by Niki Segnit. I can’t wait to read it!

The book came with a lovely note from Mel, which made me smile, and reminded me that there are much more important things than…things. It struck me that all our recent woes are related to material possessions. And in the grand scheme of things, this stuff just isn’t that important. (Not even the nifty little camera I just got — though it’s pretty darn cool, and perfect for less-conspicuous food photography when dining out.)

Even when the veins started popping out of our heads tonight and we started hurtling down the road to Apoplectic Land, it didn’t take us long to remember: Hardwood floors come and go. Apps and release dates come and go. But in the end, it’s the people we cherish that really matter.

That, and bacon. Insanely delicious, fully-pastured bacon.

(Which reminds me: Congratulations to DAVID WENDLAND, the winner of my U.S. Wellness Meats bacon giveaway!)

Remember: No post tomorrow. It’s my flip day — but I’ll be back before you know it. And hopefully, with happier news to report.

The Big Reveal!

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I know I’ve been a tad sadistic for the past few months, dropping hints about a mysterious “side project” and taunting you with new dishes while withholding the recipes. I’ve been a total see-you-next-Tuesday, and for that, I apologize.

But know this: It gives me zero pleasure to keep secrets from you. In fact, IT’S KILLING ME INSIDE.

I’ve never been able to keep secrets. I can’t throw surprise parties ‘cause I’m a big blabbermouth. I’d make a terrible CIA agent; if I got caught, I’d barf up every last piece of classified information — no torture required. So you can imagine how tough it’s been to keep my pie hole shut. At this point, if I hold it in any longer, I’m going to explode.

So here goes.

The top secret “side project” revealed at last — along with some preview pictures — after the jump!

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