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This Site Has Merged!

April 3, 2014

Hello, everyone! If you’re still visiting this page you may be wondering why we haven’t been updating much. Well, in the interest of streamlining my online life, I’ve combined my niche blogs into one “lifestyle” blog over at ScrapsOfLife.com. Book and product reviews are now covered under the Tuesday Reviews-Day header over there, while the food and beverage posts have their own categories, as well. I’ll still be talking about living life on the Low-FODMAP diet, but juggling multiple sites each week was taking time away from creating content. This way I post 3-5 times a week on one site and get to cover everything that I used to, plus a lot more. If you subscribe through our RSS feed link, then you’ve been getting the food-related content without a break (though you might be wondering where all the cookbook reviews went) and will continue to receive the category-specific feed as if nothing changed. Both Nibbles and it’s sister site Sips & Shots domains are up for renewal in August. I’ll probably renew them one more year, but set them to redirect to their categories on ScrapsOfLife at that point, just to simplify things.

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Low-FODMAP Kale and Carrot Eggs with Tri-Color Millet

October 7, 2013
Kale and Carrot Eggs with Tri-Color Millet

While we’re no stranger to meatless meals, it does get a bit tougher on a Low-FODMAP diet to eat vegetarian and, frankly, I’m at a loss of how vegans with FODMAP-triggered IBS manage. It must be tough with so many vegetable protein sources no longer viable alternatives. This was the thought in the back of my head as I applied to participate in the OXO/Plated Very Vegetarian challenge and, when I was accepted, the thought turned to ‘okay, then, time to prove you can do it!’ Plated is a service that goes a step beyond providing a recipe subscription service and actually delivers the ingredients as well–which, if you’re the type that hates grocery shopping with a passion or are just to busy, that might sound like absolute heaven to you! (Granted, at the moment you also need to live in the DC or Chicago area, but their website says…

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Daring Bakers | Pastel de Tres Leches

September 27, 2013
Daring Bakers | Pastel de Tres Leches

Because I didn’t have enough going on, I decided to join up with the Daring Bakers challenges starting this month. Actually, the reason I joined up was that with the “alternative” baking I’ve been doing, it’s easier just not to and there’s so much out there to experiment with. I figure the challenges will help push me to test my theories of Low-FODMAP baking while getting back to a bit of my pastry chef-roots. Inma of la Galletika was our Sept. 2013 Daring Bakers’ hostess and WOW did she bring us something decadent and delicious! Pastel de Tres Leches or Three Milk Cake, creamy yet airy, super moist but not soggy… just plain delish! I have eaten Tres Leches before but I’ve never made it myself. Nonetheless, making it for the first time in a Low-FODMAP way wasn’t all that daunting for 2 reasons: The base is a sponge cake and sponge…

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Review | Healing Fatty Liver Disease

September 23, 2013
Review | Healing Fatty Liver Disease

***This is a sponsored post. A copy of Healing Fatty Liver Disease by Raman, Sirounis, and Shrubsole was provided for the purpose of review. No other compensation has been received. All opinions expressed are my own. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…*** A few years ago, as I was dealing with a number of converging health issues, an abdominal ultrasound revealed some “fatty infiltration” of the liver. At the time this was the least of my concerns and I joked that I was “foie gras.” Fatty Liver Disease isn’t much to laugh about in all reality. Having measurable fat deposits in the liver may not progress to any sort of decrease in liver function, or it may progress so far as NASH or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (which is to say, liver disease with inflammation and scarring), not to mention an increased risk of developing cirrhosis. And while fatty…

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National Guacamole Day Dip & Sip? Challenge Accepted!

September 16, 2013
National Guacamole Day Dip & Sip? Challenge Accepted!

I’ve always loved playing hostess at parties and I’m so lucky to have found, in Todd, a willing accomplice to party perfection. We try to throw at least one good-sized party a year (with written invitations, party favors, etc.) but with this year’s bash being the wedding (in 47 days–holy cats it’s getting close!), at-home entertaining has taken a back-seat. Sure, we have our group over for regular game nights but it’s just not the same. Which is why, when I was invited to participate in the Dip & Sip Challenge in honor of National Guacamole Day (today, September 16) and sponsored by Piedra Azul Tequila, I jumped at the chance. The idea was that, as participants, we invite folks over to share some delicious guacamole and tequila cocktails and blog about it–it was just the kick in the pants I needed to stop focusing on the wedding for one…

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Low-FODMAP Seeded Chicken Salad

September 9, 2013
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A lot of living with a medically-necessary restricted diet, is finding ways to enjoy our favorite foods in ways that fit our new needs. Some ingredients post more challenges than others, it’s true, but often it’s just a matter of knowing your ingredients. Chicken salad–either as a salad topping, sandwich filling, or snack with crackers–used to be one of my favorite things to whip up for picnics or a weekend lunch. My preferred version’s not-so-secret ingredient used diced apples for their bright flavor and crunchy texture. Sometimes I’d also add walnuts, but not often. Since apples are ingredient-non-grata on a Low-FODMAP diet (they’re naturally high in fructose, fructans, and polyols), I needed to tweak my go-to recipe. And while walnuts are fine, in limited quantities, they don’t show up in our home very often due to Todd’s dislike of them. Low-FODMAP Seeded Chicken Salad 1 celery stalk, small dice (~…

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Review | Ultimate Nachos

August 26, 2013
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***This is a sponsored post. I was provided a copy of Ultimate Nachos by Lee Frank and Rachel Anderson for purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own and no additional compensation has been received. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…*** Who doesn’t like nachos? (That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. If you truly do not like nachos I’m not sure you should say anything, it might well color the way I think of you. No, really, just keep that to yourself.) In case you didn’t catch that, I love nachos. They are fantastic snacks to munch on in a group setting and a fantastic light supper if you’re more in the mood for grazing. Of course, one of the downsides to nachos is the tendency of some to pile each item in a layer, leaving the bottom-most chips mostly or completely naked, but with a…

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