All About Almond Flour | Triumph Dining

imagesFood blogger David Lebovitz recently shared some good information on almond flour. It is excerpted here.

Is almond flour the same as almond meal or ground almonds?

Yes. If you are unsure, check the ingredients on the package; the only ingredient listed should be almonds. If there are other ingredients, it’s not the same thing and should not be used in a recipe that calls for almond flour. Other names for almond flour are powdered almonds, almond meal, and almond powder. Click to continue reading »

Dunkin’ Donuts Pulls Gluten-Free Items from Lineup | Triumph Dining

dunkinLast June, celiacs and gluten-free eaters rejoiced as Dunkin’ Donuts rolled out a big campaign to announce that they would soon be adding two GF items, a cinnamon sugar donut and a blueberry muffin, to their menus nationwide. Nearly six months later, DD is quietly canceling those plans and scrapping the idea as a whole.  Click to continue reading »

Misty Mountains Farm | Triumph Dining

bread_makingYet another find on my Seattle trip was Misty Mountains Farm, where Matt and Arial Buza work together to create the sweet and savory breads and baked goods they offer through a unique community-supported bakery (CSB). Each CSB members’ weekly share is delivered right to their doors. About half of Misty Mountains Farm’s selection is gluten-free, and it is always popular. Click to continue reading »

Brown Butter–Polenta Cake with Maple Caramel | Triumph Dining

brown-butter-polenta-cake-with-maple-caramel-940x600Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. We found this recipe in Bon Appetit and thought it a nice dessert alternative for those who aren’t fixated on chocolate. For a moist cake, be sure to use finely ground polenta labeled “quick-cooking” or “instant”; cooking times listed on the package will be five minutes or less. Click to continue reading »

Valentine Meals for the Family | Triumph Dining

51This year Valentine’s Day will be a family affair. I’ve been looking for creative menu ideas to celebrate at home with the kids and these are the ideas I’ve come up with. We’ll have pink and red heart shaped theme for each meal of the day. Nothing complicated, just fun and gluten free. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Raspberry-Ginger Muffins | Triumph Dining

gluten-free-raspberry-ginger-muffins-940x600On my flight home from Seattle I caught up on my cooking magazines. And as soon as I’ve sorted through the backlog mail that comes with being out of town, I’m going to make these muffins, courtesy of Bon Appetit magazine. Click to continue reading »

Seattle’s Thrive Cafe | Triumph Dining Review

freshrolls_menu-e1383983059351-1024x678I stumbled upon this gem in Seattle’s Roosevelt District while on that previously mentioned business trip. Seattle, by the way, is a huge foodie city. And it’s green, too, in more ways than one.

Thrive’s menu has something for everyone, especially if you have extreme food allergies. They serve whole foods and those without soy, dairy, gluten, corn, eggs and peanuts. This place serves up some great vegetarian chow in the Pacific Northwest. Click to continue reading »

Trophy Cupcakes | Triumph Dining Review

Trophy-Cupcakes-and-Party2I woke up Monday morning in Seattle, a beautiful, foodie city. After a crazy morning of meetings I found myself at Trophy Cupcakes in the University District and looking at a beautiful three-tier display of gluten-free goodies.

While the Seattle-based cupcake shop does not have a dedicated gluten-free baking facility, they do take general preventative measures to prevent cross-contamination. So, be careful if and when you go.

Each day they feature three gluten-free cupcakes amidst their lineup of regular cupcakes. Yesterday I found Red Velvet, Chocolate Vanilla and Cherries Jubilee

Trophy was founded in 2007 by Jennifer Shea and her husband Michael Williamson. Jennifer is a life-long baker and party-maker, winning accolades as early as age eight, in the form of 4-H blue ribbons for her grandma’s pumpkin roll.

The storefront is adorable and Jennifer bakes with European chocolate, Madagascar bourbon vanilla and local sweet cream butter. They are finished with hand-piped buttercream, rich French sprinkles and happy decorations.

Their other Seattle locations are Wallingford Center, Pacific Place, Century Link Field and The Bravern.

I carried a box home with me on the plane and the TSA agent laughingly said to me that he needed to further inspect the box. And I didn’t even know that those people had a sense of humor!

Buffalo Sauce Without the Wings | Triumph Dining

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The Superbowl gets us all thinking about traditional “football foods” and among those are wings. Lately I’ve decided that it’s not necessarily the wings that I like, it’s the wing sauce. Once I figured that out I’ve been able to satisfy my urge in a number of ways, none of which actually involve the messy process of eating chicken wings.

First, there’s buffalo chicken salad. Toss cooked chicken chunks in a hot wing sauce like Frank’s (check their website to verify which flavors are gluten-free) or just sprinkle it on your salad in addition to or instead of the dressing. Along with mixed greens you can add some cooked quinoa, diced carrots and celery and blue cheese. Top it all with blue cheese dressing. If you’re worried about blue cheese with your gluten-free diet you can sub that out of another cheese of your choice and a different creamy dressing.

I am still working to prefect my buffalo chicken pizza. It starts with a gluten-free pizza crust. I top that with a small amount of pizza sauce or bbq sauce then cover that with cooked chicken chunks that have been tossed in a buffalo sauce. Add some blue cheese then some mozzarella on top of that and bake until hot. Serve with carrot and celery sticks or dice and add to the top of the pizza once it comes out of the oven.

Lastly, there’s buffalo chicken dip. I love this dip but it’s something I need an excuse like a football party to bring out. It makes a lot so be prepared to share.

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts,  cooked and diced or shredded
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Ranch dressing
  • 3/4 cup buffalo/wing sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients and bake in an uncovered casserole dish for 20 minutes at 350F or until hot. You can transfer to a crock pot to keep warm. Serve with tortilla chips, carrots and celery.

Superbowl Gluten-Free Style | Triumph Dining

022413Pulled-Pork-SliderI’m certain that each of us has shown up at a party only to find out there’s nothing gluten free for us to eat. Here are some ideas for a totally gluten-free Superbowl party. Host it yourself or bring your own dish so you know there will be something there for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to bring your own cider or gluten-free beer. Click to continue reading »