Monthly Archives: December 2013

Larabar Product Review | Triumph Dining

larabarLarabars have to be my favorite on-the-go snack. Not only are they gluten-free and insanely delicious, each bar is made from only a blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. They are so simple and yet they taste so good!

Larabars come in around twenty fabulous flavors from Coconut Cream Pie to Peanut Butter and Jelly to Blueberry Muffin and even though they are made with only fruit, nuts and spices, they somehow manage to taste like these decadent flavors! No flavor has more than 9 ingredients and many have as little as 3 or 4. Click to continue reading »

Winter Brews | Triumph Dining

photoThere’s nothing like a good winter brew to pair with holiday meals, especially for New Years Eve. With celiac and gluten sensitivities, it can be tricky to find ample choices. Here are a few of our favorites for your enjoyment this holiday season and into the winter months. Click to continue reading »

Advantage: Gluten Free | Triumph Dining

Have you ever used your gluten sensitivity to avoid buying or eating something? If you’re so inclined to use this strategy, being gluten-free is a built-in excuse to avoid eating all the sweets that come to the office this time of year. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the time those items look great and I wish that I could partake. But other times it’s a great excuse to stay away from the junk food or to decline without hurting anyone’s feelings. It means I don’t have to explain any further than “It looks great but I can’t eat that. I’m gluten-free. Thank you though.”

This even works with my kids, who are not gluten-free. When we pass those holiday cookie samples at the grocery store with the bright colored frosting and the appropriately colored holiday sprinkles my kids always want them. What kid wouldn’t?  But get this: when they ask if we can buy them and I say, “No. Sorry, they aren’t gluten-free,” and it actually works! They say, “Oh, okay,” and keep moving. I love it! They can eat cookies filled with gluten but they know I can’t and for now they are comfortable forfeiting certain things. I will use this to my advantage as long as I can.

I also use my gluten-free restriction when we order in food for meetings at work. Knowing my preference for certain places, I often offer to select the caterer, select the menu or at least tell the person ordering how I need my meal prepared. It’s a built-in excuse to avoid a certain establishments and a legitimate way to influence the menu selection. Plus I’m happy to do the added work if it ensures something that I can eat safely.

It’s all about perspective. Eating gluten-free does have its advantages at times.

Eda’s Candy | Triumph Dining Holiday Week

edasThere’s something about the holidays that makes the inner grandmother come out in some people. Do you feel like you should have a dish of hard candies on display at home at all times? Maybe it’s the more frequent entertaining or maybe it’s because now is the time of year that people have dry throats and cough. Click to continue reading »

Halloumi & Bacon Rolls | Triumph Dining Holiday Week

recipe-image-legacy-id--4457_12I’m all about side dishes at Christmas time. The turkey or the ham are great but it’s the sides that really get me excited about my gluten-free festive meal. Today I found this amazing yet super simple recipe on the BBC Good Food website that I’m going to have to try this Christmas. Yes, please!  Click to continue reading »

Cider Veggies & Cinnamon Walnuts | Triumph Dining Holiday Week

SD6704If you’re looking for a gluten-free side dish that’s both sweet and savory, this simple recipe for Cider Glazed Roots with Cinnamon Walnuts could be something to try. As I’ve said before, sides, in my opinion, are the best part of a festive meal and I think this recipe from Kitchen Daily would go down really well with my family. It works as a great alternative to potatoes or yams if you fancy trying something a bit different.  Click to continue reading »

Festive Gluten Free Cocktails | Triumph Dining Holiday Week

coladaI’m generally a wine or hard cider drinker but when the festive season and family arrive, it’s fun to create tasty mixed drinks. My mom and I both like sweet, fruity cocktails the most and I plan to make and enjoy a few of these this Christmas.

Pina coladas are one of my favorite mixed drinks and I thought this recipe from Eating Well sounded like an interesting way to change things up a bit. This Passion Colada substitutes pineapple juice for passion fruit juice to give your colada a different kind of fruity kick. The best news – it takes all of five minutes to prepare. Click to continue reading »

Gluten Free Gift Idea: Kitchen Scale | Triumph Dining Holiday Week

TimerScale_Jacob_JensenGluten-free bakers often find themselves weighing ingredients. It seems to be even more important in gluten-free baking than it is in traditional baking with wheat products.

The kitchen scale is a workhorse for many serious cooks and frankly, when one assumes a gluten-free lifestyle, they are forced into more serious cooking than they may have planned. Click to continue reading »

Cookie Exchange | Triumph Dining Holiday Week

Triumph Dining Holiday Week Cookie ExchangeCookies exchanges are no easy thing for people like us. What do you do if you, or anyone else in the exchange, has a dietary restriction? You try to find recipes that will work for everyone, that’s what.

Here are two no-flour, easy-to-bake cookie recipes. You can serve these to a mixed crowd and no one will even know they are gluten-free. Click to continue reading »

Holiday Gift Idea: Restaurant Gift Cards | Triumph Dining Holiday Week

Triumph Dining Holiday WeekTake the stress out of choosing which celiac-friendly restaurant your friend / family member / co-worker should eat at by giving them a meal at a place they can dine worry-free.

The Triumph Dining Essential Restaurant Guide, now in its 6th edition, has ideas upon ideas. Click to continue reading »