Flour Buds Cornbread | Triumph Dining Product Review

There are items in my monthly Cuisine Cube that immediately excite me and ones that I plan to try later. In the case of Flour Buds Bakery Cornbread I didn’t know what I’d eat it with so I added an extra layer of plastic wrap and tossed it in the freezer.

I pulled it out of the freezer this week to eat alongside a steak salad with dinner. I took it straight from the freezer and popped it into the toaster oven with low expectations.

I expected something dry and crumbly especially after taking it out of the freezer. Boy was I wrong. That thing was delicious! It was moist, fluffy and slightly sweet, the way I prefer my corn bread. I sliced it and ate some with butter and some without because it didn’t actually NEED it. I offered to share but was happy when I didn’t have to.

I’ve tried a lot of gluten-free corn bread and this was by far the best. These professional bakers have great skills, which is evidenced in their lighter, smoother product that didn’t have any bad aftertaste like some. The 6 oz. size of the cornbread was large enough for two people. It was bigger than a standard muffin but not as large as a mini loaf.

Flour Buds is a New York-based allergy-free and gluten-free bakery with an emphasis on natural and organic. They pride themselves in offering a wide variety of high-quality healthy items, baked fresh daily.

The founder, Pam Goldberg, is a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts and she eats gluten free. You can order this cornbread and other Flour Buds items from the Cuisine Cube website. Enjoy!

Thumbs Cookies | Triumph Dining Product Review

ab3097291fc0f073d9e32d669a594c87I got a cute little box of these tiny round cookies called Thumbs in my Cuisine Cube this month. If you see them somewhere run away. These melt-in-your-mouth buttery buttons are too addicting! You can’t eat only a few. Good thing the box was small because it was gone in a flash!

The cookies are about the size of your thumb print and lightly dusted with cinnamon and sugar. They are not soft but they aren’t crisp and brittle either. Think of a tiny butter or sugar cookie. Click to continue reading »

Chambelland Boulangerie Take 2 | Triumph Dining

There were a few inadvertent errors in our blog post about Chambelland Boulangerie  the gluten-free bakery in Paris.

First and foremost is that Chambelland Boulangerie does not work with rye flour, only gluten-free flours that they get from their own mill, Moulin Chambelland. They are also the only ones who work with this flour.

Lastly, Chambelland Boulangerie is lead by both Nathaniel Doboin and Thomas Teffri-Chambelland.

Please stop by the bakery the next time you are in Paris. It is located at 1 rue Marche PopincourtParisFrance.

Neat | Triumph Dining Product Review

neat-italian-mix__13897.1405355072.220.290When I was in high school I went vegan for a time. I only made it about four months before the delightful smell of buffalo wings reached my nostrils and I ended up caving. Luckily, in that time, I had learned about organic and free-range meat choices and never had to go back to the awful fake meat products (or “feat” as I called them) which were the only things available at the time.

Recently I came about the Neat meat replacement mixes because they weren’t made out of tempeh and tofu. Instead, these mixes are made from pecans, garbanzo beans, gluten-free oats and cornmeal, and spices. I had seen quite a few raves on Amazon and couldn’t believe that something people liked so much could be 100% vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and not contain any GMOs.

There are four flavors of Neat: Original, Mexican, Italian and Breakfast. Original is to be used as a replacement for ground beef in burgers, chili, and Sloppy Joe’s. Mexican is to be used as a replacement in tacos, nachos and enchiladas. Italian can be used in pasta and meatballs while breakfast is a replacement for sausage in dishes like sandwiches and quiches. Click to continue reading »

Paleo People Fruit & Nut Clusters | Triumph Dining

414eaZx+seL._SY300_For busy households like mine, snack mixes that you can trust are gluten-free are an absolute must for the pantry. Paleo People has a snack line of Fruit & Nut Cluster snacks that are not only certified gluten-free but also grain-free, sodium-free, soy-free, dairy-free, non GMO, and made from all natural ingredients.

These snacks are available in four flavors: Cacao Nut, Apple Crisp, Cappuccino Crunch and Banana Nut Crunch. While often compared to a granola, these cluster snacks are a bit more moist and chewy, though there is still a distinctive crunch.

The Cacao Nut is perfect for a chocoholic. The raw cacao powder is lightly dusted on all the almonds, raisins, pumpkin seeds and various other nuts and adds the robust but not overly sweet taste of the cocoa nibs mixed in. If you add this to yogurt it really brings out the chocolate flavor. Click to continue reading »

Brazilian Cheesy Bread | Triumph Dining

Brazilian Cheesy BreadAfter long stints in front of the TV with all eyes on Brazil, we’re still thinking about its cuisine. Here’s a delicious gluten-free recipe for Pao de Queijo.

Pao de Queijo is a small, baked cheese bread that is popular in Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador, often eaten for breakfast or for a snack. These buns are made with tapioca flour and the inside is very chewy and moist because there is no leavening and air pockets expand inside of the dough when cooking. The Japanese have a similar bun called Dekasegis made with rice flour instead of tapioca starch. If you have trouble finding tapioca flour (try Whole Foods) and have rice flour instead, try making the Japanese version as it’s an even exchange in the recipe! Click to continue reading »

Finnriver Farm Cider | Triumph Dining

images-2At Finnriver, cider making isn’t their only venture, but it sure is one of the tastiest. Finnriver Farm is a 33 acre organic family farm, artisan cider, and event venue located in on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. They are a certified organic and salmon safe farm where you can find an assortment of berries, vegetables, flowers, honey bees, chicken, ducks, pigs, and goats as well as heirloom apple orchards. From those apple orchards comes the apple juice that is fermented through the winter using both traditional and contemporary methods to make the Finnriver Cider. Click to continue reading »

Asian Noodles | Triumph Dining

asian-noodlesI scraped through the cupboard recently in an attempt to avoid the grocery store before an upcoming vacation. I grabbed a couple eggs, peapods from my garden, an onion and pulled the meat off of leftover dry rubbed pork ribs. I also fished out some Asian cellophane noodles and a bottle of gluten-free teriyaki sauce. I tossed it all together and dinner was made!

It got me wondering why we don’t talk more about Asian noodle options in the gluten free community. While we talk a lot about gluten-free Italian style pastas, Asian-style noodles can also be a great addition to gluten
free menus. Click to continue reading »

An Easy Gluten-Free Salad | Triumph Dining

zucchini-shaved1000A few years ago my parents turned their in-ground swimming pool into a garden. My mother had just retired and this garden soon became her new hobby. We’ve benefitted greatly from the bounty of things she’s grown and when I saw this recipe, I knew we’d make it often.

Shaved Zucchini Salad with Lemon, Almonds, and Asiago

Serves 6

Credit: Bay Area Bites

Ingredients

  • 5 or 6 small zucchini, trimmed (about 1 1/4 lbs total; I like to use a mix of different colors)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 oz. Asiago, Pecorino, Parmesan, or ricotta salata cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons chopped roasted, salted almonds; toasted pine nuts; or chopped toasted walnuts

Directions

Using a vegetable peeler, shave long strips of zucchini from the stem end to the blossom end into a shallow serving bowl or plate. As you shave ribbons, rotate the zucchini until you’ve shaved down to the center core of seeds. Discard the core (or shave it as far as you can!).

Shave edge of cheese with a vegetable peeler to create thin strips.

Drizzle with a little oil (1-2 tablespoons), squeeze the lemon over the top, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat the ribbons evenly. Sprinkle with the cheese shavings and nuts and serve.

Pairdd | Triumph Dining Review

If you’ve seen the online ads for “meal in a box” services such as Blue Apron or Plated and wished there was a gluten-free option available, you may be in luck. Pairdd is a new Wisconsin-based company that will ship you gluten-free ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes each week so you can cook your own gluten-free meals without any hassle.

With Pairdd, you decide which meals you would like to make for the following week and pay for them on the website before each Sunday. On Tuesday, your ingredients will arrive at your doorstep, pre-measured with the recipes you chose from gluten-free bloggers, chefs and businesses. All the prep work is taken care of ahead of time so you can have your meal on the table in under an hour.

You can choose to make the meals the day you receive your box or keep them refrigerated for up to five days for meat-based dinners or two days for seafood-based dinners. The Pairdd boxes are sent to you with FedEx PeriShip, which is tailored to perishable items so there’s no need to worry about a box getting delivered to your home while you’re at work.

Pairdd has six weekly menu options either a la carte for $15 a serving, though each order is two servings, or through a weekly subscription of $50 for two meals (4 servings). This company takes a lot of the legwork and guesswork out of eating gluten-free. Sometimes a product is not clearly labeled gluten-free, or a manufacturer makes other products that contain gluten, resulting in cross-contamination. Pairdd double checks the ingredients in its meals whenever possible.

“We’re reading all labels and we also attempt to make phone calls to manufacturers to make sure that they are prepared in a place that doesn’t have any gluten around,” Casey Lanto, one of the company’s founders, said. “There’s certain products, say blue cheese, where it can be grown on gluten containing bread. Some blue cheese isn’t clearly labeled on whether or not there’s gluten in it.”

Also convenient is that Pairdd offers up their past recipes of a la carte items on their website so if you have already cooked your meal for the week, you can easily find inspiration for the rest of your dinners.

Unfortunately, Pairdd only serves the Wisconsin area right now but hopefully will be expanding soon! If you’re lucky enough to live in the delivery area, get your first week free by signing up on their website though you do have to pay shipping fees.