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Maninis Gluten Free

The Maninis folks sent me a big box of their mixes and also some cookies made with this gluten-free flour. The chocolate chip cookies were great; there was no sacrifice made for them to be gluten-free.

The product offerings are worth checking out. The company manufacturers Certified Gluten-Free mixes and pasta for both the commercial and home baker. Its rice-free products are made with native, minimally processed ancient grains and are produced in 50 lb bags for foodservice and 5 lb bags for the consumer retail market. There is no bio-engineering used to produce them and both its Washington state kitchen and blending facility have been certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group. Impressive.

I sent the flour off to Brittany Angell, who is writing the Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guide. Watch for some of her recipes on this blog in the coming months.

 

Triumph Dining Releases The Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guide

We’ve been busy over here at Triumph Dining!

Well, OK, let’s be real. I personally have been busy eating delicious things. Brittany Angell and Iris Higgins have been busy working.

These two blogger extraordinaire, who you might remember from our Recipe Fridays in December, have joined forces to create The Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guide, a two-part resource that takes the mystery out of gluten-free baking.

The two-part series, available now on Amazon.com (and soon directly from our site), have something to offer everyone. To borrow from the press release, the series “teaches people of all skill levels how to use alternative flours, unrefined sugars, and other healthful ingredients to achieve a taste and texture comparable to the “real thing.” The books offer over 100 gluten, dairy, and soy-free recipes, as well as hundreds of tips for both new and experienced gluten-free bakers.”
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McDonald’s Spain Gluten-Free Burger Taste Test

Note: Due to an overwhelming response to our blog post on McDonald’s and its gluten-free buns debut in Spain, we asked our Madrid correspondent Maricarmen Escamilla to do a taste test for us. Spanish speakers can find their celiac blog here.

McDonald’s in Spain has some history offering gluten-free products. In January 2011 it announced there would be gluten-free “Deluxe Fries”. Then in May 2011 it announced that gluten-free buns would be available with its hamburgers in all their restaurants. This announcement caused a huge BRAVO! amongst gluten-free Spanish diners.

Triumph Dining Foreign Correspondent Mari at McDonald's in Madrid

We were honored that Triumph Dining reached out to us and thrilled that they offered us the opportunity to do this taste test for their loyal readers.
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Soup is Great Food!

I get awfully tired of packing my lunch for work. Or sorting out the gluten-free dining options near my office and wondering how gluten-free they really are.

Enter Kettle Cuisine and its gluten-free soups, found in my grocer’s natural freezer section. This is a working person’s dream. Each box contains a 10 oz single serving in a microwavable bowl. This makes them even more convenient than a can of soup.

So far I’ve tried the Roasted Vegetable Soup and Chicken Soup with Rice Noodles. The vegetable soup was surprisingly filling and the chicken soup, while not like mom’s, was very good.

Kettle Cuisine makes ten gluten-free soups in all including Three Bean Chili, Organic Mushroom and Potato, Southwestern Chicken and Corn Chowder, Thai Curry Chicken Soup, and New England Clam Chowder, among others.

The company has been certified as a gluten-free manufacturer by the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) and the soups are cooked in its USDA-inspected kitchen in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Through January 31 you can submit photos of places you’ve taken Kettle Cuisine via its Facebook page and have a chance to win a free trip to Boston.

Udi’s Announces a New Millet Chia Bread and Omega Flax & Fiber Bread from

Here’s a factoid for you: research shows that approximately 3 million Americans, or roughly 1% of the population, has been diagnosed with Celiac disease. This, plus the fact that many people choose to live gluten-free because of how it makes them feel, means that many more gluten-free products are showing up on the shelves of our local Safeways, Whole Foods, Ralph’s and Piggly Wigglys.

Udi’s is one of those companies that caters to us gluten-free diners. Its products include breads, bagels, granola, buns, cookies, muffins, pizza crusts, and cinnamon rolls. With these in the house you can almost forget you’re gluten-free! The products are easy to source and well-known and, in case you didn’t know this second factoid, its white and whole grain breads are the #1 and #2 top sellers in the segment.

The company has just introduced Millet Chia Bread and Omega Flax & Fiber Bread, which are fiber- and nutrient-rich, and fortified. I’m picturing a post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich on these breads! Early 2012 will bring fortified muffin tops, fudgy Double Chocolate Brownie Bites and three flavors of frozen gluten-free pizzas.

More information on Udi’s is here.