Glutenetto Assorted Cookie Box

unnamed2The holiday season has passed but there are still occasions when you’ll need a host gift. If you are gluten free and need to bring something over to say thank you or if you’re not gluten free and going to someone’s house who is, bring a box of Glutenetto cookies by Cookies Con Amore. You will be the hero of the party.

These cookies were wonderful and the assorted box it smelled like an Italian grandmother’s kitchen of butter, almonds and fresh baked cookies. The packaging says, “Cookies con Amore” and that’s how I felt when I opened the box and the delicious smell reminded me of grandma. Click to continue reading »

Saifun Noodles with GF Soy Sauce

unnamedWe’ve posted in the past about the various forms of gluten-free Asian noodles but they’re still easy forget about when I’m doing my weekly meal planning. Pairing these noodles with a gluten-free soy sauce or gluten-free teriyaki sauce (like the one made by Kikkoman) makes a great quick, weeknight dinner. Click to continue reading »

Toffee-tastic Review: Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookies | Triumph Dining

toffeeBy now you’ve seen them outside your local grocery store and Starbucks: Girl Scouts of America. Maybe they’re even knocking on your door or sending out neighborly emails. The selling season has begun!

The first of its new gluten-free offerings that we tried was Toffee-tastic, buttery cookies with toffee bits. This is the first time in the 98-year Girl Scout cookie-selling history that a gluten-free cookie is available nationwide. Last year, the Scouts tested a gluten-free Chocolate Chip Shortbread in select markets. Click to continue reading »

Celiact Gluten-Free Diet Support | Triumph Dining

If you have been following a gluten-free diet, due to gluten intolerance or celiac disease, but still suffer from lingering fatigue and digestive distress, you’re one of many.

The intestinal damage that accumulates during the months and years prior to your diagnosis can take years to fully heal. Unfortunately, every time you accidentally ingest small amounts of gluten due to cross contamination, your symptoms flare up and it sets your full recovery back even further.

The folks over at CeliAct created Gluten-Free Diet Support, a nutritional supplement created specifically for those on a gluten-free diet. Gluten-Free Diet Support contains highly bioavailable forms of 12 different vitamins and minerals that help alleviate fatigue.

Additionally, Gluten-Free Diet Support contains a powerful probiotic called Unique IS-2, a strain of bacillus coagulans that has been shown to help ease bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.

CeliAct is offering the readers of Triumph Dining 30% off their first purchase.

CoraBella Gnocchi | Triumph Dining Product Review

3082097703Cuisine Cube has done it again. They’ve sent me something gluten-free that I haven’t seen before. This time it was CoraBella gluten-free gnocchi.

Gnocchi is a small dumpling-like pasta that’s traditionally made with potato and wheat flour. I’ve suspected that this would be easy to convert into a gluten-free version but I’ve never actually seen one nor have I been curious enough to try to make it from scratch. This pasta was tender and chewy and held together. It’s heavier than typical pasta, so for me, the serving size is smaller.   Click to continue reading »

Parm Crisps | Triumph Dining Product Review

AgedParmV6BigIt’s not often that I can find a gluten-free, sugar-free, corn-free snack that gives me the crunch I crave. As I try to curb sugar and grains from my diet I find that this becomes what I want – and the hardest to find.

A 1.75 oz bag of Parm Crisps made by Kitchen Table Bakers arrived with my Cuisine Cube delivery this month. It says that there are 3.3 servings in this bag. I’m always searching for a low carb snack in the afternoon that is something other than apples and carrot sticks. These crisps really filled a void for me and did it without carbs.

Parm Crisps are made entirely of aged Parmesan cheese and that’s it. They are 80 calories per serving, with 7 g protein. Click to continue reading »

Five Points Baking Company | Triumph Dining

It’s a cold gray day. I have one kid home sick resting and the other due home from school shortly. I’m taking a quiet moment for myself with a hot chai tea and a few Almond Shortbread cookies by Five Points Baking Company.

These shortbread cookies are addictive. I made sure to put a few on a plate and leave the others in their package so I wouldn’t eat too many. Their small flower shape makes them all the more decadent. They are buttery and crumbly and melt in your mouth. I can taste the almond meal and the cookies have a smooth, not gritty texture and are not overly sweet. They pair well with a hot beverage on a cold day.

Five Points Baking Company is a new North Carolina venture with a purposeful vintage vibe. Their products are made with the best ingredients and prepared in small batches. All products are all natural and gluten-free. Four of the almond shortbread cookies, made by substituting almond meal for flour, contain 3g protein, 2g fiber and 8g carbohydrates.

I’m partial to the shortbread cookies but they also make gluten-free cheese straws. The shape and texture of the “cookie” is similar but these are cheesy and have a note of heat with each bite. This snack is gluten-free, sugar-free and low in carbs.  Instead of a hot beverage these would pair well with your favorite gluten free beer.

This review is based on the pre-made shortbread cookies and cheese straws but you can also buy the mix to make yourself. I’ve not tried that yet so stay tuned.

Five Point Baking Company products are sold in select retailers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. If you are outside of those areas visit their online store.

General Mills Files Patents for its Gluten-Free Dough | Triumph Dining

general mills logoGeneral Mills, Inc. has filed three international patents for ready-to-bake gluten-free dough: one for pie, one for pizza and one for cookies. This is good news for gluten-free diners as it validates the importance of these products.

Minneapolis-based General Mills said in its filing, “Consumers enjoy the modern convenience of ready-to-bake products, which can go directly from the pantry, refrigerator or freezer to the oven or other associated baking appliance without the need for additional preparation steps and/or the addition of ingredients. Particularly, there is demand for ready-to-bake gluten-free products that can go directly from the refrigerator to the oven or other associated baking appliance.”

In the pie dough patent filing, a gluten-free flour mixture constitutes 31% to 50% by weight of the composition. The flour mixture may include rice flour, sorghum flour, potato starch and corn starch. Besides the flour mixture, other ingredients include at least one oil, shortening, fructose, water and sucrose.

In the cookie dough patent filing, a gluten-free flour mixture constitutes 25% to 30% by weight of the composition. The gluten-free flour mixture includes less than 30% rice flour by weight of the composition and less than 2.5% potato starch by weight of the composition along with tapioca starch, corn starch or combinations of tapioca starch and corn starch. Besides the flour mixture, other ingredients include shortening, sucrose and water.

In the pizza dough patent filing, a gluten-free flour mixture constitutes 45% to 55% by weight of the composition. The gluten-free flour mixture includes less than 12% rice flour by weight of the composition and at least one of the following ingredients: tapioca starch, sorghum flour and millet flour. Besides the flour mixture, other ingredients include dried egg whites, oil, shortening, water, ethanol and sucrose.

Pecan Dandy | Triumph Dining

Ethels-Edibles-Pecan-DandysIs it strange to say that back before I went gluten free the best part of the pie for me was the crust? The filling can be great too but it was those bites with a little filling plus the crust that were always my favorite. That had to change when I went gluten free. Often times the crust is ether not good or non-existent. Crust free quiche anyone?!

When I tried a Pecan Dandy made by Ethel’s Edibles I was blown away. Not only were they fun pecan squares but the shortbread crust on the bottom was just as good as I remember. The pecans are crunchy and sweet, and there is a thin layer of pecan pie goodness then a perfect layer of shortbread crust on the bottom. I bought a box of three squares to take to a party and had to make sure and share so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat all of them myself. Click to continue reading »

North Brooklyn Eats | Triumph Dining

north_bklyn_blondie_and_brownie_intAt home I like to have a gluten-free baked good stashed in my freezer. Do other people do this? I like to know that if we have a dinner to host or one to go to I might be able to bring myself something so as not to get left out of the dessert part of the meal. That and then there are just those days when you need a little chocolate, right?

The North Brooklyn Eats brownie and blondie showed up just in time with my Cuisine Cube. My frozen stash of Molly’s chocolate chip cookies is just about gone so now it’s been replenished with a new treat. The dark chocolate brownie and the Heath Bar crunch blondie that came in this month’s box were large enough for me to cut each in half before freezing. I even took a small sample of each without having to skimp much on my future snacking.

These brownies are delicious. They have that slightly crunchy crust on the outside while still being soft on the inside without feeling under baked. There were plenty of chocolate chunks where they should have been and even the bar I froze before eating came out soft and moist like it was just baked. I will be sad when these are gone from my freezer. Order your own to eat now or stash away from the stock up section of CuisineCube.com.