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Ina Garten’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

chocolate chunk cookiesThe Barefoot Contessa, otherwise known as Ina Garten, is my go to celebrity chef. Everything I’ve made from her seven cookbooks has come out well; several of the recipes are now family staples, the things our children will recall as the comfort food of their childhood.

(The gluten-free ones are her Roasted Chicken, Swordfish Steaks, Roasted Tomato Dip and French Potato Salad.)

Knowing that everything Ina makes is divine, I was so happy to see that she took her Chocolate Chunk Cookie recipe and converted it to gluten-free.


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Consumer Reaction to FDA’s Definition of Gluten-Free in Food Labeling

News of the FDA defining gluten-free in food labeling has received a lot of media play since it was announced earlier this month.

For those of you who may have missed it, the net net is that the US Food and Drug Administration published a new regulation which defines the term “gluten-free” for voluntary food labeling. This provides a uniform standard to help the roughly 3 million Americans who have celiac disease. The full announcement can be found here.

The FDA requires that, in order to use the term “gluten-free” on its label, a food must meet all of the requirements of the definition, including that the food must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. The rule also requires foods with the claims “no gluten,” “free of gluten,” and “without gluten” to meet the definition for “gluten-free.”

Consumer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. However, 20PPM is still a real health risk for those with acute gluten allergies. Consumers are also asking how the FDA will regulate those 20PPM. Will every product be consistently checked for gluten? Are products allowed to be made in a non-dedicated gluten-free facility and still earn the gluten-free label?

Here at Triumph Dining we’re excited about the move forward by the FDA. What are your thoughts?

Gluten-Free Pretzels Anyone?

The Triumph Dining product testers have really enjoyed Osem USA’s new gluten-free pretzels, certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization.

imagesThe New Jersey-based manufacturer, whose gluten-free foods are marketed under the brand name Gratify, sent us samples of its six pretzel types, which retail for $3.99 – $5.99 in 8 oz. or 14.1 oz. bags.

The varieties are:


  • ·         Sea Salt Thins, which are a good conduit for cheese, spreads and dips
  • ·         Sesame Thins
  • ·         Sea Salt Twists, most like traditional pretzels
  • ·         Sea Salt Sticks
  • ·         Milk Chocolate Covered Twists, which are a good crunchy treat coupled with chocolate, and
  • ·         Yogurt Covered Twists, an alternative to traditional pretzels because they come with the cool, hardened yogurt topping.


In the office our testers liked them all. However, we especially liked the Milk Chocolate Covered Twists and Sea Salt Sticks.

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Ivy’s Garden Chinese Food | Triumph Dining Product Review

Sweet-n-Sour-ChickenChinese food is one of those things we don’t often blog about. This is due to a simple fact: we haven’t seen many gluten-free Chinese food offerings out there.

Just yesterday I read about Ivy’s Garden, a company that has three Chinese gluten-free offerings on the market thus far. Although we haven’t tried their products yet, this is worth sharing!

The San Jose, California-based company, founded and run by a husband and wife, makes Sweet & Sour Chicken, Lemon Chicken and Chicken Nuggets. The wife, Ivy Lau, calls herself a Chinese Supermom. Click to continue reading »

Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry | Triumph Dining Book Review

paleoElana Amsterdam is a friend to Triumph Dining. The longtime author and food blogger is best known for her commitment to the gluten-free lifestyle.

The gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free recipes in this book are simple and for the most part, easy to make and delicious. They’re innovative without being weird. And they are family friendly. While there are a lot of Paleo cookbooks out there, this was an easy one to like because Elana is a proven resource. Readers don’t have to wonder about the quality of her recipes – she has a long, reliable track record.

The Triumph Dining testers really liked the Cauliflower Rice and Ice Cream. However, they’re still working their way through the more than 90 other recipes in the book. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the beautiful photography that accompanies some of the recipes.

There are chapters for Breakfast, Breads and Crackers, Vegetables, Entrees, Condiments, Pies, Ice Cream, Cookies and Beverages. This is a good book to pull out when you need to contribute something to a dinner party, picnic at the park, etc. Something this working mom of three appreciates is that it’s easy to substitute what you have in your pantry or freezer for common ingredients suggested in the recipes.

Friends with allergies, you will find lots of inspiration here!

We have an extra copy to give away. We’ll use the random number generator on August 10 to select a winner. Leave a comment for this blog post being sure to include your email address. We’ll need it to contact the winner.

Crispy Mushroom Chips Recipe

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Crispy Mushroom Chips

Recipe and photo courtesy of Nomnompaleo

All summer long we see people dipping into crunchy, wheat-laden snacks poolside. We’ve finally found a healthy, crunchy snack that draws looks of envy from poolside parents and picnickers alike.

These oven-baked bursts of umami goodness are like potato chips on flavor steroids — and they’re easy to make. This recipe makes two snack-sized servings.

·         10 ounces (300 grams) king oyster mushrooms

·         2 tablespoons melted ghee

·         Kosher salt

·         Freshly ground pepper


Here’s what you do:

1.       Preheat the oven to 300°F (or 275°F on convection bake), and line some rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. For this recipe, you’ll either need to use multiple trays or bake in several batches.

2.       Cut the mushrooms in half lengthwise, and then use a mandoline to cut them into ⅛-inch slices.

3.       Arrange the slices in a single layer on the parchment-lined baking sheets. Make sure the mushrooms are super-dry, and leave some space between the slices.

4.       Brush melted ghee on both sides of the mushroom slices, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

5.       Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the chips are golden brown and crispy. These chips won’t continue to crisp once they’re out of the oven, so don’t pull them out if they’re still kind of soft.

Dogfish Head Tweason’ale Gluten-Free Beer

This beer is good stuff. Molasses and stone fruit flavors are balanced by strawberries and a malty buckwheat honey. It’s both sweet and  sour.


“It seems as if lots of folks who have gluten-tolerance issues are pining for an interesting beer,” Dogfish founder and president Sam Calagione told us. “While there are a few well-made examples that mirror traditional beer styles, there aren’t any off-centered offerings.”

Enter Tweason’ale. This beer is a joy for the millions of Americans who suffer from Celiac disease can cut back on gluten while relishing the distinction of this very special brew. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Restaurants in SLC

the pieAre you a winter sports fan? Is Salt Lake City on your short list of places to visit? If so, read on. We came across this list of Salt Lake City restaurants that keep the needs of celiacs front and center.

Any of the Greek-inspired burgers at Astro Burger can be made on a gluten-free bun. Additionally, Astro Burger maintains a separate deep fryer for fries vs. other breaded products, meaning that your fries will never be cross-contaminated with wheat proteins. These gluten-free options are available at all three Astro Burger locations: Draper, South Jordan and Midvale.

The Pie, Salt Lake City’s well-known pizza shop, can prepare any pizza you want with gluten-free dough. It even makes them in a separate kitchen to minimize the risks of cross-contamination.

Another local company, Costa Vida, is gluten-free except for the tortillas and desserts. If you can be happy eating your Mexican food without tortillas then this restaurant is worth a visit. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Dunkin’ Donuts Are Here

dunkindonutsDunkin’ Donuts fans unite – the company is readying to sell gluten-free cinnamon-sugar doughnuts and blueberry muffins in stores nationwide this year, positioning itself as the first in the fast food industry to offer gluten-free pastries.

The company was pleased with the results of its pilot in Massachusetts locations earlier this year and the gluten-free items are now available in the Hartford, Connecticut area.

Note that the new menu items are not necessarily lower in calories than other baked goods sold by Canton, Massachusetts-based Dunkin’ Brands. The wheat-free doughnut has 320 calories, while its glazed doughnut has 260 calories. The gluten-free blueberry muffin has 400 calories versus 460 for the standard version and 410 for a reduced-fat one. So, though the tasty eats will be better alternatives for those who are gluten intolerant, they will not necessarily be better for you. They are still doughnuts, after all.

The suggested prices are $1.89 for Dunkin’s gluten-free doughnuts and $2.39 for muffins. The Dunkin’ chain has more than 7,300 U.S. shops.

Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes | Triumph Dining Product Review

TJcupcakeTrader Joe’s does it again – these frosted chocolate cupcakes are indiscernible from gluten-laden ones. Better than that, they’re not cloyingly sweet and they have the right balance of cupcake to frosting. Trader Joe’s is a regular stop for celiacs and these cupcakes are just one more reason why.

While you’re shopping at TJ’s, try out a few more of our favorite go-to products.

·         Gluten-Free Waffles

·         Coarse Almond Meal (for pizza)

·         Gluten-Free Oats

·         Gluten-Free Pizza