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What's simple, sweet and a gives you a boost?

I have something really wonderful to share. My sweetheart and I have been working on a top-secret project for the past little while - and after an intense and fun month of hard work it's finally ready!

It's called iBooster, and it's a sweet, simple, easy-to-use iPhone app that helps boost your confidence. We put together a little website that describes our app - you can also check it out in the iTunes App Store.

I made these funny little chocolate spice shortbread cookies to celebrate! I wanted them to look like the iBooster icon, which is a soft square, so I formed cookie dough into a log, wrapped it in plastic wrap, then flattened it by pressing down onto the log with a small cutting board, rotating the log a quarter turn, and then flattening it again. I then chilled it till firm, and sliced 1/4" cookies. I made a little stencil by printing the logo onto a transparency, and then cutting the shapes out with an exacto blade. I placed the stencil on a cookie, gently sifted icing sugar over it, then carefully removed the stencil. (Next time I'll try dabbing icing over the stencil too.) The cookies are made with blue maseca corn flour, coconut oil, cocoa, cinnamon... will share the recipe when it's just right - but as you may know by now, I like to tweak my recipes a million times before I share them. ;)

We'd love your feedback on our app, so please let me know what you
think! This is just version 1.0 of iBooster, and we plan to tweak it and
add more great content in the coming weeks. :)

Can you tell by the !!! and :) that I'm excited? :D

xo Patty

Gluten-Free Oats?


Photo of oat flowers (avena sativa) by Andreas Trepte

Are oats gluten-free? For someone with Celiac Disease who can't tollerate wheat gluten (almost 1% of the population), this is an important question. Adi Lucas posted this sweet comment and great question under my recipe for Spiced Pineapple Oat Cookies:

"Hello Patty and thanks for the wonderful recipe. I´m always trying to improve my stash of healthy recipes and this one works great for me! I love oats as it goes fine with the small amount of carbs I include on my daily diet. My question is the following: I have heard that oats are forbidden for celiac disease and as I have a good friend with this problem, I´d like to know what kind of oats you use in this recipe so I can tell her about it. Thanks."

caffeine, supplements, teflon, & fortune cookies

7 Food Hacks to Stay Alert Without Caffeine
The low-down: 4-5 meals/day, low-glycemic foods before bed, fruit on an empty stomach, less meat, more water, whole grains, a low-glycemic snack between lunch and dinner.

How to Find Pure Products in a Sea of Supplements
Thorough write-up on which natural health products are pure and healthy: vitamins, oils, herbs, teas, grains...

Chemical Used in Non-Stick Cookware Continues to Prove Its Toxicity
Avoid teflon and toxic "telomers used to make the stain and grease repellent coatings for fast food containers, apparel, and carpeting... Alternative food storage and cooking source suggestions include glassware, stoneware, and enamel coated cast iron."

Giant Chocolate Fortune Cookies
Very fun recipe!

news: water bottles yanked

"Canada's largest outdoor-goods chain has pulled water bottles and food containers made of polycarbonate plastic from its shelves over worries about the chemical bisphenol A, which has been linked to cancer and reproductive problems in animals.

Welcome to Pattycake.ca 2.0!


The new pattycake: peruse the recipes using recipe tags, add your $0.02 with a comment ;-)

I'm pleased to announce that we've just updated the site! I've been hinting at it for a while, and it's finally live. It was a lot of work - and we're still working on it :-) (There were some things we wanted to change, and some things we had to...) You will notice some fabulous and friendly new features:

Comments can now be made on all blog entries and recipes. Share your thoughts!

Blog tags have been added to blog entries. Searching for info will be easy, fun and intuitive.

Recipe tags have been added to all recipes. You'll notice a dynamic recipe tag cloud for browsing recipes. See and sort recipes by keyword, i.e. vegan, gluten-free, cookies, easy...

Please feel free to let me know what you think, using the convenient "Add new comment" link below ;-)

Booze Health Cookie ~News

* Love of Chocolate May Have Begun With Cacao Beer
"New archaeological findings by John S. Henderson of Cornell and Rosemary A. Joyce of the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues push the date of the first use of cacao back to about 1100 B.C., 500 years earlier than previously known. What’s more, the researchers suggest that this early beverage was something different again — a fermented beer made from cacao pulp, not seeds."

* Citrus Juice, Vitamin C Give Staying Power To Green Tea Antioxidants
I'd like some lemon with my tea please.

* Christmas Countdown:The 40 Best Cookie Recipes For Shipping
~ that was a super-fun list to peruse (mostly very rich refined sugary goods). My list would include a variety of super-delicious, crunchy, (sturdy!) and surprisingly healthy biscotti like Chocolate Almond Bran Biscotti or Pecan Gingerbread Biscotti...

news bites~

Antioxidants Abound In Ripe Fruit
~ keep eating those delicious fall apples!

Key To Good Health May Be Concentrating On Food Not Nutrients
~ getting your nutrients from healthy whole foods is where it's at

50 Ways to Beat the Reaper
~ from men's health magazine: these tips are good for women too - apparently, a bit of chocolate is good for everyone :-)

Almondicide!

cartoon from NewsTarget

It's true!

I tried sprouting some "raw" almonds this week, and they were dead.

Check out this article:
The Killing of California Almonds (and why dead foods lead to dead people)

(thanks for almondicide CB)

Allergen-Free Peanuts

Great news!

Dr. Mohamed Ahmedna at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has developed a simple process to make allergen-free peanuts. (Peanuts are a versitile inexpensinve legume packed with healthy fat, protein, antioxidants, and minerals - tasty too.)