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 »

Feel Good Foods Eggrolls | Triumph Dining Product Review

eggrollThis is our second review for Feel Good Foods. In the first post we reviewed their Chinese dumplings. Similar to dumplings, even at the rare Asian eateries that cater to gluten-free diners, dumplings and eggrolls are off the menu. Those of us who follow this diet have had to do without until now. Now, thanks to Feel Good Foods, we can easily make a gluten-free stir fry at home and pair it with rice and dumplings or eggrolls.

In this taste test we tried the chicken eggrolls and the veggie eggrolls, but they are also available with shrimp. Our taste testers found these eggrolls were comparable to non-gluten free eggroll options on the grocery store shelves. No one would have guessed these were gluten-free.

The baking instructions were easy and the eggrolls were hot inside in the amount of time indicated. (We did not try the pan fry method but directions for that are on the box also.) The outside wrapper on the eggrolls was crispy though not as browned as I would have expected. Both the chicken and the veggie varieties had lots of tasty, identifiable veggies in the mix. And the wrapper didn’t overpower the stuffing. The eggroll had a good flavor and texture overall.

The boxes contain three eggrolls, which could be an awkward number for a family of four. And while the dumplings we previously reviewed came with their own sauce packets, these did not.

Here are easy stir fry directions to pair with gluten-free eggrolls or dumplings for a quick weeknight meal:

-        In a mixing bowl whisk together and set aside:

  • ¼ cup gluten free soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cooking sherry or white wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Enough water to bring the total mixture to 1 cup

-        Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and drench with corn starch

-        Sauté chicken and veggies of your choosing until the chicken is cooked and veggies are at the desired crispness

-        Add sauce last

-        Serve over rice

Feel Good Foods Dumplings | Triumph Dining Product Review

vegetable-dumplingsEven at the restaurants that will prepare Asian dishes with gluten-free soy sauce and other gluten-free ingredients, the eggrolls and dumplings on their menu are usually not an option for most of us. Until now – well – at home at least.

Feel Good Foods makes gluten-free chicken dumplings and gluten free vegetable dumplings. These can be purchased from the frozen section of many retailers online from Gluten-Free Mall and cooked by you at home.  Click to continue reading »

Secret Ingredient Cookies | Triumph Dining

cookiejarThere’s something about the change of seasons that drives people into their kitchens to bake.

I came across this Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe when reading Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. In that book she chronicles the life of her family on their year-long quest to eat only food they could grow on their own or trade for locally. In it she talks about the time of year when squash is so plentiful that neighbors will leave baskets of it at each others’ doors for lack of any other ideas on what to do with it.

In the book, her hidden ingredient cookies passed the taste test of kids who didn’t know about the zucchini. I thought I’d try it out on my own kids, modifying the recipe to use a gluten-free flour, of course. I also use one or two zucchini, whatever I need to use up. Click to continue reading »

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 »

Gluten-Free Food Trucks | Triumph Dining

50941a31-7c78-4921-87ef-042446204482By all accounts, Food Trucks became even more popular in 2013 than they did in 2012. For people who live gluten-free, this is a fabulous thing. If you live in cities served by Food Trucks you have some tasty, safe options that you might not have previously considered.

In New York, The Squeeze Truck (@TheSqueezeTruck) provides choices such as moc n’ cheese, a sprouted quinoa pasta with raw cashew cheddar cheese, and an open faced meatloaf sandwich.

Another New York option is The Taim Mobile (@TaimMobile) for filling Middle-Eastern lunch options, with their falafel as the star. Click to continue reading »