Author Archives: Leslie Morris

Gluten-Free Hamantaschen | Triumph Dining

Jewish dessertIn the Jewish culture, every holiday has its own special food. Think about this. Latkes for Chanukah. Matzoh for Passover. Apples and honey for Rosh Hashana.

The Jewish holiday that’s upon us this Saturday is Purim, the kid-friendly holiday that celebrates the bravery of Queen Esther, a wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus, in revealing a plot by Haman, the king’s advisor, to destroy a community of Persian Jews. Click to continue reading »

Cookies by Design | Triumph Dining

IMG_2974Have you ever received a Cookies by Design bouquet? They are staple gifts in our family and we’ve used them as centerpieces for Thanksgiving dinners, baby showers and birthday parties. And, to be honest, we’ve actually just gone into the store and bought some to eat, too, as they’re that tasty.

Now these cookie bouquets are available gluten-free! The official Triumph Dining taste testers compared gluten-filled to gluten-free and we are pleased to let you know that while the cookies don’t taste exactly the same, the gluten-free ones are very good.

Take a look at the bouquet options and then consider your flavor choices: sugar, chocolate ship, white chocolate macadamia nuts and “millionaire”. What we like best about these cookies is the look – they come in hundreds of shapes and are beautifully decorated and can be personalized.  Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free on Pinterest | Triumph Dining

frittersMost of us think of Pinterest as a visual social medium, often turned to for party ideas, pretty pictures and viewing collections of physical items.

However, just last week I searched Gluten Free on Pinterest and came up with more than a few things to share. Click to continue reading »

Misty Mountains Farm | Triumph Dining

bread_makingYet another find on my Seattle trip was Misty Mountains Farm, where Matt and Arial Buza work together to create the sweet and savory breads and baked goods they offer through a unique community-supported bakery (CSB). Each CSB members’ weekly share is delivered right to their doors. About half of Misty Mountains Farm’s selection is gluten-free, and it is always popular. Click to continue reading »

Brown Butter–Polenta Cake with Maple Caramel | Triumph Dining

brown-butter-polenta-cake-with-maple-caramel-940x600Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. We found this recipe in Bon Appetit and thought it a nice dessert alternative for those who aren’t fixated on chocolate. For a moist cake, be sure to use finely ground polenta labeled “quick-cooking” or “instant”; cooking times listed on the package will be five minutes or less. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Raspberry-Ginger Muffins | Triumph Dining

gluten-free-raspberry-ginger-muffins-940x600On my flight home from Seattle I caught up on my cooking magazines. And as soon as I’ve sorted through the backlog mail that comes with being out of town, I’m going to make these muffins, courtesy of Bon Appetit magazine. Click to continue reading »

Seattle’s Thrive Cafe | Triumph Dining Review

freshrolls_menu-e1383983059351-1024x678I stumbled upon this gem in Seattle’s Roosevelt District while on that previously mentioned business trip. Seattle, by the way, is a huge foodie city. And it’s green, too, in more ways than one.

Thrive’s menu has something for everyone, especially if you have extreme food allergies. They serve whole foods and those without soy, dairy, gluten, corn, eggs and peanuts. This place serves up some great vegetarian chow in the Pacific Northwest. Click to continue reading »

Trophy Cupcakes | Triumph Dining Review

Trophy-Cupcakes-and-Party2I woke up Monday morning in Seattle, a beautiful, foodie city. After a crazy morning of meetings I found myself at Trophy Cupcakes in the University District and looking at a beautiful three-tier display of gluten-free goodies.

While the Seattle-based cupcake shop does not have a dedicated gluten-free baking facility, they do take general preventative measures to prevent cross-contamination. So, be careful if and when you go.

Each day they feature three gluten-free cupcakes amidst their lineup of regular cupcakes. Yesterday I found Red Velvet, Chocolate Vanilla and Cherries Jubilee

Trophy was founded in 2007 by Jennifer Shea and her husband Michael Williamson. Jennifer is a life-long baker and party-maker, winning accolades as early as age eight, in the form of 4-H blue ribbons for her grandma’s pumpkin roll.

The storefront is adorable and Jennifer bakes with European chocolate, Madagascar bourbon vanilla and local sweet cream butter. They are finished with hand-piped buttercream, rich French sprinkles and happy decorations.

Their other Seattle locations are Wallingford Center, Pacific Place, Century Link Field and The Bravern.

I carried a box home with me on the plane and the TSA agent laughingly said to me that he needed to further inspect the box. And I didn’t even know that those people had a sense of humor!

Gluten-Free Food Trucks | Triumph Dining

50941a31-7c78-4921-87ef-042446204482By all accounts, Food Trucks became even more popular in 2013 than they did in 2012. For people who live gluten-free, this is a fabulous thing. If you live in cities served by Food Trucks you have some tasty, safe options that you might not have previously considered.

In New York, The Squeeze Truck (@TheSqueezeTruck) provides choices such as moc n’ cheese, a sprouted quinoa pasta with raw cashew cheddar cheese, and an open faced meatloaf sandwich.

Another New York option is The Taim Mobile (@TaimMobile) for filling Middle-Eastern lunch options, with their falafel as the star. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Skincare Products | Triumph Dining

images (3)Skin hypersensitivity is just one of the side effects of a gluten intolerance or allergy. Fortunately it’s getting easier to find gluten-free skincare products. Manufacturers are now calling out their products as gluten-free and retail consolidators often have information about which of the products they carry are gluten-free. (Thank you Sephora!)

Doing some research on chemical ingredient names of soy and gluten made us realize how many skincare products contain hidden soy and gluten derivatives. Click to continue reading »