Monthly Archives: November 2010

Cast a Gluten-Free Kitchen Spell with Mickey and…What's that Other Wizard's Name?

“It’s a very old story…a legend about a sorcerer who had an apprentice…he was a little bit too bright, because he started practicing some of the boss’s best magic tricks before learning how to control them.” – the Narrator, Fantasia

In Fantasia, Mickey, the sorcerer’s apprentice, loses control over the spell he initiates and watches as the dancing brooms nearly flood the chamber. The scenario may seem familiar to people with celiacbrooms disease. Starting new recipes full of strange ingredients is like trying to enchant broomsticks – it may turn out a little differently than the picture in the book. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to be both the sorcerer and the apprentice and clean up the mess when your magical baking pan explodes.

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From One Holiday to the Next: GF Hanukkah

Welcome back, everybody! Did you have a nice Thanksgiving weekend? Have you finished up your gluten-free leftovers, or are you still working on that last bit of turkey?

I don’t want to give anyone whiplash – especially those of us still basking in the tryptophan glow – but we’re quickly approaching another food-centric holiday, and information is in order.

Wednesday at sundown marks the start of Hanukkah. However you want to spell it, it’s early this year. It’s also one of my favorites, not least because the celebration involves fried food. The traditional recipes are either naturally gluten-free, or easy to adapt; whether or not you’re Jewish, you might want to give them a try.

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Giving Thanks: Gluten-free Around the Web

What will you be giving thanks for tomorrow?

2010’s been good to me; among the many things I’m thankful for is this (relatively new) gig blogging for Triumph. I love being able to engage with such a variety of fellow gluten-free folks, and reading the stories/recipes/thoughts you leave in the comments.

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I also love being able to share good gluten-free news with the people it affects.

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Last-Minute Pumpkin Ideas…for Thanksgiving and Beyond


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Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like the ripe orange of a pumpkin! Truly, this gourd represents the season. And, loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene, pumpkins are quite the superfood…not to mention naturally gluten-free. Here’s a round-up of some seasonal gluten-free pumpkin recipes, just in case you’re still not sure what you’re going to do with all that yummy orange goop:

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Going to Disney World: Gluten-free!

We interrupt our normal Thanksgiving program to bring you this important bulletin:

There are gluten-free cupcakes in Disney World.

If you’ve been on the hunt for gluten-free baked goods in New York or Los Angeles – or in the pages of your gluten-free dining guide – you may be familiar with Babycakes NYC.


The internet is abuzz lately, because Babycakes just opened a third location. Not only is it in Downtown Disney, it’s taken the place of a McDonalds.

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Gluten-free Thanksgiving: A Checklist

It’s almost time! Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. By now you’ve probably got your recipes set, your shopping lists made, your gluten-free dough happily waiting in your freezer…right?

just a few last things to do...

just a few last things to do...

In that case, a quick checklist to protect the gluten-intolerant at your table. If your Thanksgiving is 100% gluten-free, you can breath a little easier.

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Yet ANOTHER Thanksgiving Dilemma for Celiacs: Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is my favorite Thanksgiving food.

It used to be sweet potato pie (with marshmallows on top, natch). Not sure when exactly I traded the one for the other, but these days the thing I look forward to most is a bowl of my mom’s secret-recipe cranberry sauce.

It’s a study in contradictions: sweet but tart but nutty, crisp but reassuringly still sauce-like. Some people like to have pumpkin pie for their morning-after Thanksgiving breakfast, but I prefer a big scoop of cranberry sauce with yogurt.

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Another Thanksgiving Dilemma for Celiacs: How Do You Make Gluten-free Stuffing?

For many people, Thanksgiving isn’t complete without stuffing. If you’re gluten-free, you might think this is out of your reach (someone even commented on our facebook page that after a gluten-free dressing fiasco, their family refuses a 100% GF Thanksgiving!).

However, you can easily eliminate the gluten from your Thanksgiving stuffing, without making anyone feel like they’ve compromised on holiday traditions.

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A Thanksgiving Dilemma for Celiacs: How Do You Make Gluten-Free Gravy?

From now until Thanksgiving, we’ll be bringing you tons of gluten-free holiday goodness. You’ve already gotten ideas for gluten-free finger foods and advice on being a gluten-free Turkey Day guest, but that’s just the beginning. Check back daily for tips on serving a mixed crowd, gluten-free stuffing, and other gluten-free recipes to impress even the gluten-eating parts of the fam come next Thursday. Here’s wishing you the happiest gluten-free Thanksgiving preparation you’ve ever had!

As for gluten-free gravy, the old saying goes, “Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.” And well, our Triumph Family Gluten-Free Gravy Recipe certainly ain’t broke. It’s been working for years, and we feel fairly certain that it will work again this year.

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GF Guests: Thanksgiving Edition

On Thanksgiving, is it easier to be a gluten-free guest or a gluten-free host?

Each comes with a unique set of questions. As a guest, how much do you trust your hosts to make safe food? As the host, how much gluten do you allow into your home in the name of tradition?

Even though the goal of Thanksgiving is to happily spend time with your loved ones, it’s no secret that family and stress are sometimes synonymous. The balance between family peace and personal safety can be precarious – especially in the first few gluten-free years.

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