RP’s Pasta | Triumph Dining Product Review

WFGF Fettuccine - artisticWhen people first go gluten free they’re logically concerned with what they’ll eat. They worry about having to find replacements for bread, crackers, cookies and pasta. Fortunately, pasta is an easy one because there are good gluten-free substitutes that an entire family can enjoy with gluten-eaters not noticing a difference.

Except for pasta salad. Until now I haven’t found a pasta that holds up and still tastes good cold. On a recent trip to Wisconsin I ran across RP’s Pasta in the refrigerated section. This certified gluten-free pasta was developed by Wisconsin chef Peter Robertson and uses California grown brown rice flour as its primary ingredient. Since the pasta is refrigerated and fresh, not dried in a box, it cooks up in about two minutes. It has the same al dente texture as traditional pasta and that texture holds up even when served cold the next day. It did wonderfully in my simple pasta salad.  Click to continue reading »

Chic Naturals | Triumph Dining Product Review

untitled4If you like chickpeas, you’ll love these fantastic chickpea snacks from Chic Naturals. I’m a huge chickpea fan myself and I’ve tried making my own snacks a few times but the results were never half as delicious as the snacks these guys have created!

Chic Naturals are a family owned and operated business. They started their line of delicious, crunchy chickpea snacks when their family developed their own allergen-free needs. High quality ingredients are used in all of their products and the most exciting part is that they are made in a dedicated nut and gluten-free facility on beautiful Maui.

Flavored Chickpea Snacks come in five great flavors:

  • Spicy BBQ
  • Maui Mocha
  • Sweet Citrus
  • Sea Salt & Herbs
  • Chocolate Crunch

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Brazi Bites | Triumph Dining Product Review

Brazi Bites Product Line - Original, Jalapeno & baconThis week we tried Brazi Snacks and they are crazy delicious! Brazi Snacks are an all-natural, gluten-free cheese bread snack, which comes in three yummy flavors: Original, Jalapeño and Bacon!

I’ve never been much of a bread fan, and even less so now that most bread is trying to kill me, but these cheesy breads are fantastic. They come frozen and ready to bake in bags of around 20 small cheese breads. Just bake them for around 20 minutes and they will become golden and ready to enjoy. Click to continue reading »

I Heart Keenwah | Triumph Dining Product Review

i-heart-keenwah-bigI Heart Keenwah makes little square snack clusters with quinoa, fruit and nuts. The texture is similar to a nut brittle and is made, in small batches, with 100% organic, toasted quinoa. Tapioca syrup is the binder, along with honey and raw sugar depending on the flavor. All products are gluten-free tested and certified. I’m partial to the Chocolate Sea Salt flavor but also worth trying are Almond, Cranberry Cashew and Ginger Peanut.  Click to continue reading »

Peace Love & Crumble Muffins | Triumph Dining Product Review

peacelovecrumbleDo you find breakfast or brunch as challenging? I really love eggs and omelets and can usually subside on those, or my previously blogged about yogurt and granola mainstay  but on weekend mornings with the family I get a little bored with the usual standbys.

This morning I decided to give Ginny Bakes “Peace, love & crumble muffins” a try. I had all the ingredients that the mix called for on hand: 1 egg, butter, Greek yogurt, vanilla and muffin tins. The mix directions were straight forward and the muffins only needed about 25 minutes to bake so they were easy to pull together on a wintery Sunday. Click to continue reading »

Skinny Crisps | Triumph Dining Product Review

skinny-cinnGluten-eaters seem to assume that gluten-avoiders miss out on baked goods like break, cakes and cookies. While I do miss those things at times, there are also a lot of them that I can easily live without.  The one item I miss, though, is good crackers.

Because I haven’t quite found what I’m looking for I’m always buying new products when I see them. And so I stumbled upon Skinny Crisps. These are low carb and gluten-free “crackers” that come in quite a few different flavors.

I say “crackers” because that’s what the are called on their website but I’d liken their chocolate flavor to more of a cookie. It reminds me of a chocolate sandwich cookie minus the filling. I started eating a bag of these and couldn’t put them down. This weekend I will crumble them and make pudding parfaits using the brownie crisps as one layer and the cinnamon ones (think cinnamon graham cracker) as another layer. I think they’d also work well for anything that needs a cookie or graham cracker crust. Click to continue reading »

Larabar Product Review | Triumph Dining

larabarLarabars have to be my favorite on-the-go snack. Not only are they gluten-free and insanely delicious, each bar is made from only a blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. They are so simple and yet they taste so good!

Larabars come in around twenty fabulous flavors from Coconut Cream Pie to Peanut Butter and Jelly to Blueberry Muffin and even though they are made with only fruit, nuts and spices, they somehow manage to taste like these decadent flavors! No flavor has more than 9 ingredients and many have as little as 3 or 4. Click to continue reading »

Winter Brews | Triumph Dining

photoThere’s nothing like a good winter brew to pair with holiday meals, especially for New Years Eve. With celiac and gluten sensitivities, it can be tricky to find ample choices. Here are a few of our favorites for your enjoyment this holiday season and into the winter months. Click to continue reading »

Eda’s Candy | Triumph Dining Holiday Week

edasThere’s something about the holidays that makes the inner grandmother come out in some people. Do you feel like you should have a dish of hard candies on display at home at all times? Maybe it’s the more frequent entertaining or maybe it’s because now is the time of year that people have dry throats and cough. Click to continue reading »

Gluten Free Gift Idea: Kitchen Scale | Triumph Dining Holiday Week

TimerScale_Jacob_JensenGluten-free bakers often find themselves weighing ingredients. It seems to be even more important in gluten-free baking than it is in traditional baking with wheat products.

The kitchen scale is a workhorse for many serious cooks and frankly, when one assumes a gluten-free lifestyle, they are forced into more serious cooking than they may have planned. Click to continue reading »