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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 they’re looking to expand, as well.) So Plated teamed up with OXO and their wonderful line of kitchen tools to ask bloggers to create a vegetarian meal based on the Plated guidelines that took no more than 30 minutes to prepare (including prep work!) and that used at least three […]

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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 cake is more about technique than ingredients. I have successfully made sponge cake before. While 3 milks (the translation of tres leches) may be asking a lot of someone who needs to avoid lactose, it’s different than needing to be actually dairy-free, so I had some wiggle room. The 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 infiltration can be detected, to an extent, by ultrasound, a liver biopsy is necessary to determine the extent of the infiltration and the severity of the disease. Since I was already going in to have my gallbladder removed, my surgeon opted to do the biopsy then, which is when we […]

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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 night! Participating bloggers received a bottle of Pedra Azul Tequila, a copy of Gaby Dalkin’s new Absolutely Avocados cookbook, and a $25 gift card to Whole Foods (ours opens in less than a month and I can hardly wait to have one nearby, finally!). For the past few months I’ve […]

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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 (~ 1/2 cup) 3 green onion tops, sliced (~ 2 Tbsp) 1/2 cup red seedless grapes, halved 2 Tbsp hulled sunflower seeds 1 1/2 – 2 cups shredded chicken breast 1/3 – 1/2 cup mayonnaise salt & pepper to taste Combine everything in a large bowl and stir until thoroughly combined. […]

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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 little forethought you can avoid that, too. While the authors of Ultimate Nachos obviously have a high respect for a well-crafted plate of nachos, they seem to carefully walk the line of acceptable components and creativity. They eschew round chips (though I have no personal issue with those) and (rightly-so) […]

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Review | The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook

August 19, 2013
Review | The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook

***This is a sponsored post. I was provided a copy of The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes for When It’s Too Hot to Cook for purpose of review. No other compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…*** Here in Florida we’re no stranger to it being just too hot to cook. Growing up without air conditioning, Mom would often forgo cooking supper in the summer months in favor of take-out or microwavable entrees. These days we don’t have the heat problem too often, but still there are nights when you just don’t want to pull out the pots and pans and go to all that trouble. Which is why I was happy to try out some of the recipes in The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook by recipe developer Matt Kadey. It’s not all salads and sandwiches, either, there are soups, pasta dishes, and even pizzas included in this slim volume as well as breakfast through desserts. Beginning with breakfast, I gave their Overnight Oats (p 8) a try. As a substitute for my usual instant oatmeal in the mornings, this was a nice, if chewy, change of pace. […]

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Low-FODMAP Graham Crackers

August 12, 2013
Low-FODMAP Graham Crackers

If you follow this blog’s cocktail companion, Sips & Shots, you already know that this past Saturday was National S’mores Day, and since 1/3 (or maybe even a full half!) of a s’more is the graham crackers, what’s a low-FODMAPer to do but make their own! While I could look for a pre-existing gluten-free graham cracker recipes, I wanted to try the theory that my favorite flour blend would truly work in any given recipe. So I went with the first Google result: the Smitten Kitchen’s Graham Crackers. Did it work? In spades, my friends, in spades! Here’s my adaptation of their adaptation of Nancy Silverton’s recipe: Low-FODMAP Graham Crackers 2 1/2 c + 2 Tbsp Gluten-Free flour blend 1 c light brown sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp xanthum gum 3/4 Kosher salt 7 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed 1/3 c maple syrup 5 Tbsp lactose-free milk 2 Tbsp vanilla extract Additional sugar for sprinkling Combine the flour blend, brown sugar, soda, gum, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine, or stir together in a large bowl. Add butter and process until the butter has been reduced to small bits among the flour and […]

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Review | The Low-GI Slow Cooker

August 5, 2013
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***This is a sponsored post. I received a copy of The Low-GI Slow Cooker for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own and no further compensation has been received. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…*** When I got married the first time, I purposely did not register for a slow-cooker as I patently did not want one in my house. So of course we received three, all from concerned relatives thinking we’d merely forgotten to request one. We gave two of them away but kept the one and over the years I learned to appreciate it for it’s convenience. And I still have that same Crock-Pot that I received in 1995 and it still works wonderfully. Better, for some things, than Todd’s newer, slightly larger model, in fact. (A few years ago they adjusted the internal temperature settings, so his cooker’s ‘Low’ cooks faster and at a higher temperature at mine.) And they keep coming out with  newer, shinier, multi-featured models all the time, it seems. Which is why, among other reasons, I was happy to take a look at The Low-GI Slow Cooker cookbook by Dr. Mariza Snyder, Dr. Lauren Clum, and Anna V. […]

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