Monthly Archives: May 2013

Gluten-Free Givers

celiac5krunThough I imagine most readers of this blog are adults who are diagnosed with Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, many of whom probably weren’t diagnosed until after childhood (as I was), there are many parents who also look to this blog for advice for running a gluten-free house for their celiac son or daughter. Any medical diagnosis is certainly life altering, but trying to explain to a young child why they can’t eat certain foods that their friends, siblings, and parents eat on a regular basis can be a heart breaking challenge.

A couple of parents from Westfield, New Jersey took that challenge and have changed it into an opportunity to teach their child what it means to be special, not different.  The Kesslers have 4-year old twins, a daughter, Sydney, with celiac disease, and son, Alex, without. In just one year after being diagnosed with celiac disease, Sydney has been feeling much better, thriving with the gluten-free lifestyle. Click to continue reading »

Disney Pulls Gluten-Free Bullying Episode

jessie-tv-seriesThe Disney Channel have pulled an episode of the show “Jessie” off the air after receiving lots of feedback from an unhappy gluten-free community.

The episode, called “Quitting Cold Koala,” featured a boy named Stuart who must follow a gluten-free diet. Why he is on the diet is not mentioned. A variety of jokes are made at this boy about his need for gluten-free food, including the main character of the show pointing out that Stuart has a list of dietary requirements which is five-pages long.

At one point in the episode, another child is shown throwing pancakes at Stuart whilst he screams “gluten!” and wipes them away from his face. Click to continue reading »

Fitting in Folate: Did the FDA Forget Fortifying Gluten-Free Goods?

fdachinesefood1In 1996 the FDA mandated that all flour and uncooked cereal-grain products in the U.S. be fortified with folic acid, the synthetic form of the water-soluble B complex vitamin, by January of 1998. The policy was put in place after researchers found how important folic acid was in the development of red blood cells, DNA synthesis, cardiovascular health, and for preventing neural tube defects during fetal development. Unfortunately, B complex vitamins have varying absorption rates, especially as the bioavailability of the vitamin varies from about 50% from diet, to about 100% absorption from supplementation. The FDA determined that preventing the micronutrient deficiency was a benefit that outweighed any risk of toxicity, especially with a water-soluble vitamin. 15 years after this law was passed, it is rare to see the problems associated with folate deficiencies, as most commercial products have folic acid added to them. Click to continue reading »

Changing the Rules of “Gluten-Free”

Gluten-Free-LogoAlthough Celiacs are safe in the United States for now, Australians may need to adjust their eating habits AGAIN. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian food manufacturers are lobbying to increase the permissible amount of gluten in gluten-free processed products.

As most gluten-free eaters are aware, manufacturers in the US are allowed to label products gluten-free as long as they contain less than 10-ppm of gluten protein. This negligible amount cannot be detected by gluten-free eaters, and is therefore safe to consume (for the most part).

Australian companies are currently not allowed to label products as gluten-free if they contain ANY gluten at all. The food companies are hoping to increase the threshold for gluten-free products that contain up to 20 milligrams of gluten per kilogram, which is the current European standard for “gluten-free” goods. Click to continue reading »

Sunshine Burger | Triumph Dining Product Review

Sunshine-Burger-SWSunshine Burger make tasty veggie burgers from sunflower seeds, Lundberg Family Farms brown rice, beans, veggies and spices. Made from these pure and simple ingredients, Sunshine Burgers are gluten-free, soy-free and vegan.

Veggie Burgers come in a variety of flavors include Hemp & Sage, Falafel, Black Bean South West, Original Quarter Pounder, Garden Herb and Barbecue. The burgers are oven baked and browned so all they require is a little reheating before being served.

All Sunshine Burger products are made on dedicated gluten-free lines. Whilst the plant is currently not 100% gluten-free, gluten testing is done to ensure gluten levels of less than 5ppm. Company owners are looking into becoming Gluten-Free Certified in the near future. Click to continue reading »

Wegmans’ Pizza Shop Tries Out Celiac-Friendly Crust

Wegmans is a grocery store that has long offered a generous variety of gluten-free options. From their own brownie and cake mixes, to labeled prepared food items, all the way down their Gluten-Free aisle, it is a Celiacs paradise, filled with gluten-free products you never even knew you were missing.

Continuing their crusade towards gluten-free substitutes for all, Wegmans has found their way into the heart of all gluten-free pizza lovers with their new Pizza Shop. The pilot program that has been set in 42 stores across 6 states will bake gluten-free pizza (Pepperoni, Mushroom Florentine, or Margherita) for customers in their Market Café. The pizzas are pre-packaged in a dedicated gluten-free facility, arriving at Wegmans frozen, in order to cut out cross-contamination risk.

Currently the pilot program is taking place in many east coast stores, including Wegmans’ in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The pizzas are available for purchase baked at the Market Café, or can be purchased for home-use in the gluten-free freezer aisle.

What do you think? Would you buy GF pizza at Wegmans?

Libre Naturals | Triumph Dining Product Review

Libre Naturals, previously known as No Nuttin’ Foods, are a fantastic gluten-free company founded in 2002 by Alana Elliott, in response to her family’s six life-threatening food allergies. She wanted to make products which were not only safe but healthy and delicious for families like hers to enjoy.

All Libre Naturals products are certified gluten-free by GFCO and made in a facility free from the top 11 food allergens plus gluten.

Chewy Granola Bars, Granola, Trail Mixes & Seeds and Oatmeal Cups are what Libre Naturals have to offer. If you are gluten-free and can also eat oats then you may enjoy some of these products.

Granola Bars come in Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chunk, Apple Cinnamon and Raisin whilst Granola flavors include Vanilla Caramel, Vanilla Cinnamon, Blueberry Maple and Cranberry Apple.

Berry Delight, Fruit Explosion and Hiker’s Delight are the tasty trail mix options and Oatmeal fans can enjoy Daily Hug, Pacific Coast Morning, Sunny Start and Morning Mojo.

For more information, check out the US or Canadian online store on their website.

Post authored by The Gluten-Free Traveller

Cupcake Wars

craveCupcake Wars is a Food Network TV show where four bakers compete in a cupcake bake-off for $10,000. They are judged on taste and appearance. One of my children loves this show and together we’ve watched many episodes.

I was very happy to see that Crave Bake Shop, a gluten-free bakery in Portland, Oregon won the 100th episode. This just goes to show that living without gluten doesn’t mean sacrificing taste.

Crave is owned by Kyra Bussanich, who was diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder when she was 20. Part of staying healthy meant switching to a gluten-free diet, avoiding all wheat and overly processed foods. Often Kyra would run to Whole Foods or her local market to look for gluten-free substitutes.

After being disappointed in the gluten-free products that were available on the market, Kyra thought she’d have to live without Click to continue reading »

Chocolate Idiot Cake


David Lebovitz, one of our favorite food bloggers, came up with this foolproof, gluten-free dessert. He calls it Chocolate Idiot Cake, since any idiot could make it…and only an idiot could screw it up. We offer this recipe now because you’re going to need something to offset all that fruit people bring to all of those early summer celebrations – Memorial Day picnics, graduation parties, end-of-year school year sporting events.



Chocolate Idiot Cake
One 9-inch (23 cm) cake

Adapted from Ready for Dessert (Ten Speed Press)

This cake is extremely rich, and tastes like the most delicious, silkiest, most supremely-chocolate ganache you’ve ever had. Use good chocolate —you’ll appreciate it when you taste your first melt-in-your-mouth bite. Click to continue reading »

Sad Day

Here at Triumph Dining we view the gluten-free community as one large, extended family. That being our mindset, we are sad to let you know that our matriarch lost her battle to cancer on Mother’s Day. She was a valiant warrior in the battle that ultimately took her from us far too early; everyone she touched is better for having known her. Her son and granddaughter are intimately involved in every aspect of Triumph Dining and supporting people with Celiac Disease around the world.
The past several months have been hard on the Triumph Dining Family and we don’t expect to get over her loss, just to get used to it.