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.

Molly’s Gluten Free | Triumph Dining

mollys-gluten-free-bakeryPewaukee, Wisconsin. You read that right – Pewaukee – not Milwaukee, Wisconsin is where Molly’s Gluten-free Bakery is located. I’ve actually been there so when I saw that town on info at the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo in Chicago it caught my attention.

There were a ton of great gluten-free and allergy-free products at the Expo but the only bread and cookies I bought were from Molly’s Gluten-free Bakery. The bread caught my eye because they had these great looking baguettes stacked in baskets. The loaves of bread smelled great and looked like something homemade – not something pressed out of a machine.

I bought one large baguette at the show. I ate some of it as a sandwich that day and cut the rest into pieces and stuck it in the freezer. The bread tasted great fresh and held up well. I also used it toasted out of the freezer for a sandwich and for garlic bread with success each time. The bread had the right texture, toasted up well and did not crumble.

While I was at the booth at the Expo they also had me try a mini chocolate chip cookie. I thought it was great, it reminded me of these little ones I used to love as a kid. Then she let me in on a secret, the ones they were using for samples had been previously frozen! That was it. I was sold. If they tasted that good at the show after being frozen I knew I could buy a fresh batch and do the same at home. I bought a dozen, wrapped each one and stuck them in the freezer for when I’m in need of something sweet. They taste homemade, even out of my freezer, and they are a wonderful small, indulgent treat for myself.

Molly’s products are sold in their bakery and at restaurants and grocery stores around the Milwaukee. You can also order online. Various products have the option of also being made egg- and dairy-free. Visit their bakery for the largest selection of breads, cakes, pies, pizza, bagels and cupcakes.

Goodie Girl Gluten-Free Cookies

NewGirl-circle-logo-mdUnlike most people who start gluten-free food companies, Shira Berk, the founder of Goodie Girl gluten-free cookies, isn’t on a gluten-free diet. Nor are her three children.

Berk, who had previously worked in media relations at Rolling Stone magazine and TV Guide, was always trend-focused and thus was quite aware of the growing gluten-free foods market.

Berk’s been successful. Her cookies are now sold at Kings supermarkets, Whole Foods, Fairway Market, will be in select Targets this month and are coming to ShopRite. Click to continue reading »

Laurie and Sons Baked Brittle

Laurie & Sons BrittleI got a package of Laurie & Sons Toasted Almond Baked Brittle in my Cuisine Cube delivery today and the packaged lasted about 15 minutes. We demolished all three “grab ‘n go” packs after dinner tonight.

This was a great slightly sweet snack or, in our case, dessert. The description on the package says “baked brittle.” It’s described as “a light and airy indulgence with none of the sticky guilt of its kettled counterpart … it won’t break your teeth or your bank.” It held true to its packaging.

I’m not an expert in brittle but my idea of it is more akin to toffee. It’s good but it’s super sweet and tough on your teeth. This was not like that. The package came with individually sealed packets of about three strips each. Each strip was about the length of my finger and slightly wider.

The strips had toasted almond slices stuck to a melt-in-your mouth strip that reminded me of meringue but not quite as delicate. I wasn’t sure if I should think of it as a cookie or a piece of candy but it was good regardless.

Laurie and Sons is a women-owned business based New York’s Harlem neighborhood. They make small batch, hand crafted treats using carefully sourced, gluten-free ingredients (many local, organic and sustainable) and new techniques. This line of baked brittles made their debut this past summer.

Try it for yourself by ordering from Cuisine Cube. Buy extras because they don’t last long.

LUNA Bars are now officially gluten free for all flavors!

Luna-Choc-RaspDid you hear the news? 

I’ve secretly been eating these for years, just hoping that the non-gluten-free oats wouldn’t bother me. But now, knowing that they swapped out their regular oats for gluten-free ones I no longer have to worry.

According to the LUNA Bar website their ingredient suppliers confirmed that all ingredients are gluten free and are purchased from trusted, domestic farm suppliers. Most ingredients are organic. The manufacturing facility is capable of making gluten-free food and end products are tested to confirm that they are gluten-free. In addition to being gluten-free, bars also use non GMO ingredients and are certified Kosher.
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Announcing the new Triumph Dining Gluten-Free Cookie Guide!

51+9qDKpWhL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Just in time for the season of baking and entertaining is the new Triumph Dining Essential Gluten-Free Cookie Guide!  This is the third book in the Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guides series. The first two books were authored by well-known food bloggers Brittany Angel  and Iris Higgins.Part 1 and Part 2 were so successful that we bring you Brianna Hobbs and Part 3.

In this book, Hobbs includes recipes for more than 50 cookies including Soft Frosted Lemon Cookies. Gingerbread Cut-Outs and Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. Readers will find her tips on knowing when to use melted vs soft butter and cookie storage especially valuable. The book also includes recipes from gluten-free food bloggers Lisa Le, Miryam Doblas and Kristen Baker. Click to continue reading »

Still Riding Pizza | Triumph Dining Review

stillridingThe other night while the rest of the family had bread to accompany the large salad we were having for dinner I scratched my head to come up with something for myself. Then I remembered the personal size pizza crust from Still Riding Pizza in my freezer that I had yet to taste. Perfect!

I didn’t actually want pizza though, I mostly just wanted some sort of bread to go with my salad. So I experimented with a little sundried tomato pesto, olive oil and a light dust of shredded Parmesan. The result was a perfect one person flatbread to accompany my salad.   Click to continue reading »

Krusteaz Introduction | Triumph Dining

Krusteaz-Gluten-Free-Double-Chocolate-BrownieKrusteaz, a well-known maker of premium baking, pancake and waffle mixes, has brought to market its first line of gluten-free products.

These new baking mixes are widely available at grocery chains nationwide and each of the four new baking mixes deliver big on flavor without the gluten. In fact, Krusteaz is so confident that its new mixes taste just like their traditional counterparts that it is offering a Good Food, Great Flavor Gluten Free Guarantee, which will provide a refund to any consumer who is not entirely satisfied with the mixes.

“We created our gluten free line because we believe that if you don’t eat gluten, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste and quality,” said Andy Heily, SVP Sales & Marketing, Krusteaz. “We believe these products are so good that consumers will be shocked they are eating gluten free.” Click to continue reading »

Matcha Green Tea | Triumph Dining

matchaI have a new indulgence: Matcha Green Tea. To be honest it’s not exactly a NEW discovery. I can remember drinking green tea milk shakes as a kid at our favorite Japanese restaurant or ordering green tea mochi for dessert. The Starbuck’s Green Tea Frappuccino is a tempting coffee-free treat but not necessarily gluten free so it’s not really an option.

Then I discovered powdered Matcha at my favorite tea store, Adagio Teas. According to the Adagio Teas website, Matcha is a fine powder made by grinding green tea leaves. Only the finest, young, shade-grown gyokuro tea leaves are used to create Matcha. The leaves are plucked and laid out flat to dry. Veins are removed and the leaves and are carefully ground in granite mills until they become powder. Instead of soaking the leaves and drinking an infusion of tea you are essentially consuming the entire tea leaf. Because of this process, you are getting more antioxidant benefits and the “high” from green tea caffeine is released in a more even distribution. Click to continue reading »