Gluten-Free Tin Foil Dinners | Triumph Dining

0abc4ec06c4c563d42a039e6100f6c11The suffocating summer heat has passed in many regions leaving in its place leaves turning colors, cool mornings and nights, and weather perfect for light jackets. This is a great time of year to go camping. If you find yourself camping and in search of some easy foil dinners, here are a few new ones to try:

Salmon with Artichokes and Kalamata olives.

Double up foil. Set piece of salmon on top. Douse with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic, salt, marinated artichoke hearts and Kalamata olives. Fold the foil into a tightly sealed tent and grill on medium heat for 15 minutes. Click to continue reading »

Cider Brothers | Triumph Dining Product Review

beer_271447It’s not very often that two 5th generation vintners stray from their family’s craft to start their own business ventures, but that’s just what two brothers from Lodi, California did when starting the Cider Brothers company. Michael and Paul Scotto create gluten-free, craft ciders produced from a five-apple blend of Golden Russet, Gala, Fuji, Red
Delicious, and Granny Smith apples.

It is with their wine-making knowledge that the Scotto brothers craft their various ciders, making them aromatic and well balanced. The apples they use are cold pressed and then the juice is fermented for 9-10 days three times, each with a different champagne, wine or ale yeast, depending on the types of flavors they are seeking to gain.

Cider Brothers currently have four craft ciders available: the William Tell Hard Apple Cider, the William Tell Pinot Grigio Apple Cider, the Pacific Coast Hard Apple Cider and the Pacific Coast Pinot Grigio Apple Cider. Both Pacific Coast Ciders are branded under the parent company name, Pacific Coast.

The William Tell Hard Apple Cider is crafted from apple juice and other natural flavors. It is dry and tart with some champagne-like qualities. The William Tell Pinot Grigio Apple Cider is 85% cider and 15% California Pinot Grigio. Right from the pour, you can distinctly smell the white grapes thanks to the process the brothers invented called “Frost Fermentation.”

The Pacific Coast Hard Apple Cider is a very light yellow, slightly sweet cider with a bright carbonation and a dry finish.

The Pacific Coast Pinot Grigio Hard Apple Cider is also made with a base of 15% California Pinot Grigio and a finish of their apple cider, which adds complexity and body that a cider normally wouldn’t have. It’s perfect for any wine drinker or craft cider drinker as it pairs just as wonderfully as a normal Pinot would with food.

Each 22-ounce bottle retails for $8.99. Click here to see where you can buy the cider near you.

GeeFree | Triumph Dining Product Review

geefree_franks_in_a_blanketUnexpected guests used to stress me out because I have never been good at entertaining. Either something ends up burned or I feel I have ignored my friends. Luckily, I now have a box or two of GeeFree’s frozen appetizers on hand as they are easy to cook, gluten-free and a big crowd pleaser.

My favorite items are the Spanakopita and the Franks in a Blanket.

The Spanakopita is spinach and feta cheese inside a flaky pasty shell. Yes, that’s right, a gluten-free puff pastry made from potato starch that’s every little bit as delicious as it’s non-gluten-free counterpart. Spanakopita is one of my favorite Greek-style snacks and even works for a light lunch, plus kids will devour them up without even giving the spinach a second thought. Click to continue reading »

A Question for the Gluten-Free Gurus | Triumph Dining

 

labelsDear Gluten-Free Gurus,

Over the weekend we celebrated a milestone event and had many people to our home. One of our guests walked in and immediately asked which of the foods on the buffet were gluten-free. There were lots of fruit options but it hadn’t occurred to me to label which other items met specific dietary needs.

This begs the question – what is a good host or hostess’s responsibility to offer a variety of dietary options? If you go with the Dear Abby belief that a host or hostess is on the hook for making their guest comfortable and seeing that they have a good time then you would absolutely do this. However, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a buffet table at someone’s home with foods labeled “gluten-free” or “dairy-free”.

What would have been the right thing to do?

Sincerely, Miffed Hostess

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Cuisine Cube and the Non-GMO Project | Triumph Dining

CCHome-Page-01By now I hope you’ve seen some of reviews I’ve done on the gluten free products that come in my monthly Cuisine Cube delivery.

Cuisine Cube was founded by a team of food and e-commerce professionals that were frustrated by constantly having to run around to numerous grocery stores or specialty shops in order to purchase the gluten free items they loved. Thus their idea of a monthly gluten free box delivered to your door was born.

The team at Cuisine Cube continues to scour the marketplace locally and far away for items you won’t find at your neighborhood grocery store. They package up the best ones and send them to you. You can wait for your box each month to see the surprising new contents or go back to their site and order the items you love from their marketplace with a low flat-rate shipping rate.

In October, Cuisine Cube is teaming up with the Non-GMO Project to help raise awareness for our right to know what’s going into our food. GMO’s are “plants or animals created though gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.” The gluten free community may be especially at-risk for eating large amounts of GMOs because our food tends to contain many of the biggest offenders, including corn and soy.

If you sign up for a subscription by September 15, you’ll get $10 off via the Triumph Dining coupon
code: TRIUMPHNONGMO. Your first cube will be made of up only gluten free brands that are also Non-
GMO Project Verified and Cuisine Cube will be donating a portion of this month’s sales to the Non-GMO
Project.

Lotus Foods Rice Ramen | Triumph Dining Product Review

1507893_10152153996141635_1438057275_nFood trends always sneak in quietly and then suddenly, BAM! that food is everywhere and everyone is talking about it. Ramen is definitely today’s dish du jour. A great bowl of ramen, packed with an egg, veggies and meat, makes gloomy days feel much brighter. When the weather is cold and foggy, like most summer days in San Francisco, a visit to one of my favorite ramen shops and an order of natural ramen made with a shiitake and konbu broth with gluten-free noodles is a staple.

Gluten-free ramen is not available everywhere and often when I am traveling or in a new location, I have a hard time finding any. Now we have Rice Ramen from Lotus Foods . Rice Ramen comes individual packets that include the noodles and a powdered miso soup base, or in a family pack that includes 4 cakes of noodles. There are three different flavors of rice noodles: Jade Pearl, Millet & Brown, and Forbidden Rice. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Peach Pie | Triumph Dining

peach-crumble-pie-8While the late summer months may mean family camp for some and BBQs for others, to me it has always meant Peach Season with a capital P and a capital S. To celebrate the bountiful harvest each year, I always kick off the late summer season by making my Peach Pie with an Almond Crust and serve it with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. It’s the perfect way to end a hot summer day.

Plus, not only are peaches juicy and delicious this time of year, but they are full of health benefits as well. Peaches are great for the skin and contain a high amount of fiber and potassium, which reduces kidney related diseases and lessens the risk of an ulcer. They’re also loaded with vitamins and antioxidants and have been proven to fight cancer and heart disease. Click to continue reading »

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Pie | Triumph Dining

strawberries_leadBetween school starting back up, end-of-season BBQs and holiday plans popping into our heads earlier and earlier, the last days of summer always seems to be a crazy-busy time of year. For those of you who like to entertain, this is an easy gluten-free dessert that doesn’t require baking. It’s inexpensive and a huge crowd pleaser, too.

The finished result is a light and creamy pie with sweet strawberries and zesty lemon flavors that melt in your mouth. Cool and refreshing, you may end up seeing that this bad boy makes at least one appearance every summer. This recipe makes two pies. Click to continue reading »

Vigilant Eats’ Superfood Cereal | Triumph Dining Product Review

Whether you’re going camping, on a road trip, or are just at work, make sure to have a few containers of Vigilant Eats’ Superfood Cereal on hand because you really can’t beat the convenience or taste. These gluten-free cereals have powdered hemp milk inside so you just have to add water or milk (cold or hot) and then stir with the folded up spoon that is included in each cup.

There are four Superfood Cereal flavors: Goji Cacao, Coconut Maple Vanilla, Espresso Maca Mulberry and Maca Double Chocolate. All are made with gluten-free oats yet lack soy, dairy, additives, preservatives and refined sugars. They are all also Kosher and organic.

The best part about these cereals is that they are ready in about a minute (unless you’re adding in the time to heat up your water/milk) and are packed with nutritious, low-glycemic and antioxidant heavy ingredients so you stay fuller longer and have a massive amount of energy.

It really makes up for the lack of “stick to your ribs” breakfasts that exist in the gluten-free diet world, especially when mixed with almond milk.

Superfood Cereals are made in a dedicated, gluten-free facility by Vigilant Eats, which was started by Doug Siegel. Siegel had created a cereal mix called “Doug’s Daily Dose” that included organic oats, goji berries, cacao nibs, cinnamon, and natural sweeteners that his friends liked so much, they convinced Doug to share it with the world.

Advocating not only his cereal but also “food justice”, Doug started Vigilant Eats which supports organizations like the Farm to Consumer Defense Fund a national organization that “protects ad defends the legal rights of consumers to buy directly from farms.” The cereals can be bought from the Vigilant Eats website or on amazon.com

Top 10 Colleges for the Gluten-Free Part 2 | Triumph Dining

homephoto1As we noted in our previous post on this topic, living a gluten-free life is not an easy task. Living on campus can mean limited options and extra chances of being “glutened” by a dining hall staff who may or may not be trained in how to handle gluten allergies. Here is the second part of Udi’s list of The Top 10 Gluten Free Accommodating Colleges. Click to continue reading »