Add Whoopie Pies to List of Delectable Gluten-Free Goodies!

533979_465523490184379_1655917906_nThere seems to be no better impetus towards delicious gluten-free baked goods than a mother’s effort towards normalcy for her child. That’s how Hannah Balliet developed her gluten-free whoopie pies that earned her a spot on Lifetime’s cooking competition, “Supermarket Stars.”

Balliet’s son was diagnosed with a disorder similar to Tourette syndrome, resulting in facial tics that were relieved by muscle relaxants prescribed by his doctors. Unfortunately, the medication left her young son very lethargic, hindering his ability to act like an average first-grader. Balliet then began experimenting with a gluten-free diet, both for her son’s disorder and her own symptoms of lupus. Fortunately, after just a few weeks, she, herself, was less achy, while her son’s facial tics completely disappeared, encouraging her and her son to stay on the gluten-free diet.

The only hiccup to their new diet was the lack of gluten-free goodie options that were close to their gluten-filled counterparts. All the products seemed too dense or crumbly, and her son was embarrassed to bring gluten-free products into his classmates for his birthday. Balliet then came up with the idea to experiment with a gluten-free treat that kids may not have tried before. Instead of trying to make a gluten-free cake, brownie, or cookie that kids would scrutinize as compared to the gluten-filled version, Balliet started experimenting with whoopie pie recipes because they are so unique, and many eight year-olds may not have tried them before. Click to continue reading »

Squat and Gobble Gluten-Free Crepe Contest

If you live in San Francisco, you’ve probably heard of Squat and Gobble. They are a chain with five locations across the city.

Squat and Gobble sell lots of gluten-containing dishes such as crepes, burgers and sandwiches so they aren’t known to be the most celiac friendly of restaurants, although they do offer some gluten-free items on both lunch and dinner menus.

Known best for it’s savory and dessert crepes, Squat and Gobble are sponsoring a recipe contest for customers to create a fantastic gluten-free crepe which they can use across all of their stores.

Applicants are encouraged to use whichever filling they like in their crepe but chefs would like a fantastic, great tasting gluten-free crepe that can be used with all of the restaurants crepe fillings.

If you’re interested, check out out the rules on the Squat and Gobble website. The winner will receive $300 and dinner for two once a month for an entire year.

Happy Crepe Making!

Celiac Disease Center Opens on Long Island

stony-brook-childrens-300x130Long Island’s Stony Brook Children’s Hospital has opened a new Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity Center. They specialize in diagnosing and treating children who suffer from celiac disease and gluten sensitivities.

The team is led by pediatric gastroenterologists and also includes highly trained nurse practitioners and a registered dietician. Having all of these people with years or expertise and experience of treating children with celiac disease in the one place makes it greatly accessible for patients. In this facility, patients and their families can receive help with diagnosis, treatment, management and support during the often challenging transition to a strict gluten-free diet. Click to continue reading »

Glutino Keeps the Gluten-Free Goodies Coming!

Instant-Pancake-MixGlutino products come to the rescue again for the gluten intolerant and celiacs alike with the release of a gluten-free pancake mix! Their new instant mix is packaged in a portable bottle, only requiring the addition of water to make a quick, easy, delicious and SAFE gluten-free breakfast!

Glutino’s motto is to “live fully” with a life free from “can’t” and “don’t.” Their products strive to provide safe meal options to people living a gluten-free lifestyle, whatever their reason is for cutting out the gluten. Their facilities are dedicated to staying gluten-free, so that no celiac has to worry about possible cross contaminants or dangerous additives. Moreover, most of their Gluten-Free Pantry mixes and all of their premium breads are dairy and casein free as well, which is a common problem among the gluten intolerant. Click to continue reading »

Tim Hortons Introduces Gluten-Free Options

timmiesWhen I lived in Toronto back in 2005, I fell in love with Tim Hortons. I couldn’t get enough of their Ice Capps and Timbits. I wasn’t gluten-free back then so I was able to enjoy all the gluten-filled goodies they had to offer!

I haven’t eaten at Tim Hortons since being diagnosed with celiac disease so I was very excited to read that they have recently introduced a gluten-free item to their menu, a coconut macaroon! The Macaroon is certified through the Canadian Celiac Association Certification Program. The CCA’s trademark assures Canadians with celiac disease and gluten intolerance that products are safe to consume. Click to continue reading »

Nine Year Old Celiac Dines at the White House

US-WhiteHouse-LogoWe love sharing happy news about fellow celiacs here at Triumph Dining. We were very excited to hear that Ingrid Gruber, a 9-year-old with celiac disease, was one of 54 children who were welcomed to the White House this week to have dinner with First Lady Michelle Obama.

These 54 children between the ages of eight and twelve won the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a national recipe contest. More than 1,300 children from across the United States entered this contest, each submitting original, healthy and delicious recipe. One winner was then chosen from each state, DC and three U.S. territories. Click to continue reading »

Jamie Oliver Chain Fined After Making Celiac Sick

jamie-s-italianHave you ever eaten at a restaurant claiming to have “gluten-free” options and been terribly ill only to later discover your meal wasn’t gluten-free at all?

This has to be a celiacs worst nightmare and unfortunately it was a reality for 38 year old Kristy Richardson, from Portsmouth in the UK. Kristy was eating at one of Jamie Oliver’s Italian Restaurants where she told three staff members she required a gluten-free pasta dish and was assured this could be provided. Instead, she was given ordinary, wheat pasta and became violently sick for hours after eating the meal.

A legal battle followed the incident with the restaurant chain pleading guilty to selling food not of the nature, substance or quality demanded by a purchaser, a breach of the Food Safety Act. The lawyer acting for Jamie’s chain said that staff thought she had ordered a vegetarian, rather than a gluten-free and vegetarian option?!?

The chain’s lawyer said “Jamie’s Italian sincerely apologizes that it has fallen short of its food safety obligations…It takes this extremely seriously. It is a matter of very sincere regret to the company that any customer should suffer illness as a result of any meal served by us.” Click to continue reading »

Third Grader Raises Money For Celiac Disease Center

A third grader from St. Pius school, has been busy raising money for the Celiac Disease Center in Chicago.

Both she and her mother, Cassandra, have been diagnosed with celiac disease. After their diagnoses, the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago send both of them care packages. The packages contained a variety of gluten-free food and lots of helpful literate about celiac disease and eating gluten-free. Caroline’s package even came with a stuffed animal.

Since the care package program of the Celiac Disease Center is funded only by donations, Caroline decided she wanted to raise money to help them help other celiacs like her and her mother.

“She came to me and asked if she could make and sell pony tail holders with ribbons. She wanted the money to be used to send another little girl or boy a care package and stuffed animal,” said Cassandra. “She made all the items herself, sold them for $4.00 each, and collected over one hundred dollars!”

Dr. Stefano Guandalini is the founder of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. At her annual appointment with him, Caroline told him about how and why she wanted to raise money to help.

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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.

Detroit Tigers Offer Gluten-Free Tickets

Are you a fan of the Detroit Tigers? If you are and you’re free on June 17th, you may be interested to hear that the Tigers are offering a special gluten-free ticket and food package for fans who want to enjoy the game, gluten-free!

This gluten-free package is available at the game on Monday, June 17th 2013 when the Tigers are hosting the Baltimore Orioles.

The gluten-free package costs $40 and includes an Upper Box Infield ticket to the baseball game, a voucher for a gluten-free meal and a $4 donation to the Tri-County Celiac Support Group; the largest celiac support group in southeastern Michigan.  Click to continue reading »