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Thanks, The Kitchn (and YOU!)

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Wow! Henry and I were tickled pink this morning after reading The Kitchn’s wonderful review of the Nom Nom Paleo iPad cooking app. More than anything, we truly appreciate that Emma, the reviewer, took the time to explore every little feature that we lovingly and painstakingly crammed into the app — many of which are impossible with a physical cookbook.

(Image courtesy of The Kitchn)

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Take Two: A Big Update to My iPad Cookbook App!

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Right before Christmas, I proudly announced the release of an update to the Nom Nom Paleo iPad® cookbook app. Unfortunately, there was an unforeseen glitch: The wrong version of the app had been inadvertently submitted to Apple for approval. And the company’s App Store review team was shutting down for the holidays. Argh.

So for the past two weeks, we (and you) have been stuck with an old version of the app, without all the new goodies we promised. Double argh. We can’t say sorry enough times to make this right, but thanks for bearing with us anyway.

Thankfully, with the App Store team back in action, we got word late yesterday that our update — the real one! — has been approved by the good folks at Apple. And now, version 1.5 of the Nom Nom Paleo app is finally live!

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So what does this mean for those of you who own an iPad or iPad Mini? Keep reading for the full scoop!

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Paleo Eats: 4/27/12

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I’m going to write this post as if we didn’t launch an iPad cooking app today. I’ll pretend that my stomach didn’t clench up every time I read a negative review from folks who felt we were trying to con them into buying more recipes. (Believe me: we’re not — check out this FAQ for a deeper dive.) And I’ll also pretend that I didn’t squeal with joy with every note I received from those of you who were delighted by the app that we worked so hard to put together.

Nom Nom Paleo actually reached #3 in Top Paid Lifestyle Apps this afternoon, and we are shocked and grateful to all of you!

I’ve learned so much from all the constructive feedback you’ve given us, and will do my best to incorporate your suggestions in our next update. I want to be as transparent and upfront as possible about any and all issues with the app (including pricing), which is why I spent most of the day responding to just about each and every comment that’s been posted on my Facebook page, Twitter, and blog. I’m new at this customer service stuff, so please be patient with me!

Okay, enough about the app. Let’s cut to my day of eats:

For breakfast this morning at our lovely extended-stay hotel, I reheated leftover sliders and stir-fried cabbage.

I also gobbled up a nuked sweet potato.

After breakfast, Lil-O and I drove over to Big-O’s school to watch his first grade class perform an “African Celebration” at school.

It was so cute — I couldn’t stop giggling.

I didn’t really eat lunch today ‘cause I was busy responding to comments and tweets. My stomach was in knots. To settle it down, I nibbled on dark chocolate all day. Yes, you read that right. ALL. DAY.

In the late afternoon, I received an awesome care package from Steve’s Original

Something tells me that my next three weeks in our temporary digs will be a-OK. 

I’ve been dying to try the seasonal flavor of Paleo Krunch: dark chocolate espresso

…and the new-to-me Cinnamon Krunch.

At dinnertime, I was in no mood to whip up food in our tiny kitchenette. Instead, we picked up Big-O after his martial arts class and headed out to Mayfield Bakery & Cafe for dinner.

We sat outside under the heat lamps…

…and the boys waited patiently for their food with the aid of iPads.

Lil-O was visibly offended by the very EXISTENCE of in-app purchases…

…but Big-O didn’t seem to mind ‘em.

When the food finally arrived, hubby and I shared grilled bavette steak, duck fat cottage potato, asparagus, spring onions, and sauce bordelaise…

(a half-portion is pictured above)

…roasted Arctic char, braised oxtail, and velvety red cabbage…

…roasted carrots…

…and wilted greens.

We had some service and quality-control issues, which seems to be par for the course at Mayfield. The steak was sent back because it was cooked well-done rather than medium-rare, the “roasted” carrots were inexplicably served in a broth, and we didn’t get our check for 20 minutes after our dishes were cleared — but the good outweighed the bad. Remember, pickings are slim in Palo Alto.

Time to catch some zzz’s!

Paleo Eats: 4/26/12

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When the Nombomb household woke up this morning, we were surprised and delighted that people Down Under were already downloading the Nom Nom Paleo iPad app since it was Friday there.

Unfortunately, we also discovered that optimizing the app for the retina display on the newest iPad made it not work properly on first generation iPads.

D’oh!

Our developers are working to solve the issue but our app might require too much memory for that version. Yep, that’s the sound of me exhaling deeply.

Despite being giddy about our app launch, I still had all my regular mommy duties to tackle. Before my participating parent shift at Lil-O’s preschool, I made everyone a simple breakfast of bacon, hard-boiled eggs, and strawberries.

When I returned to our dusty house in the afternoon, I seasoned a couple of skirt steaks that I butchered and portioned on Sunday and seared them quickly in bacon grease.

While the steaks rested, I chopped up a cabbage and stir-fried it with some Red Boat Fish Sauce in the “dirty” cast iron skillet.

Here’s my lunch plate:

Some of you might think the steak looks really rare…

…and you’re right, but that’s how I like to eat it. Besides, I know exactly how the meat was handled during processing.

I spent the afternoon shuttling the kids around town and also picked up my weekly vegetable CSA haul from Mariquita Farm.

We were checking into our new digs after dinner so while the kids watched T.V. in the garage, I roasted a tray of baby artichokes tossed in bacon grease, salt, and pepper…

…formed and fried a bunch of mini sliders…

…and stir-fried chard in the burger grease.

We crammed ourselves around the kiddie table in the garage and ate supper.

Thanks again to all of you who’ve downloaded the new app! If you’ve purchased it, please take a moment to rate it in the App Store

Good night, everybody!