Special diet needs and food allergies are always
kept in mind.

All vegetable and pasta dishes can be prepared
strictly vegetarian.  

Sample menus can be interchanged, a main
meat dish does not always have to be a part of
a menu.

I’ll prepare anything plain, without sauces or
seasonings, if you like.

If there is something that you can't stand, you'll
never see it.

I am happy to use all organic or kosher products
if preferred.

I take requests.
Dessert specialties

Apple pie/galette/cobbler
Upside down pear tart
Fudge brownies with caramel
Bread pudding with chocolate, caramel or
banana sauce
Lemon shortbread bars
Dulce de leche in puff pastry
Blueberry tart
Strawberry pie
Orange custard
mixed berry crisp
lo-carb/lo-fat lemon cheesecake
fresh citrus
fresh berries with citrus vinaigrette
Peach cobbler
hot milk cake with cream frosting
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SAMPLE MENUS
Soups
Roasted tomato basil
Split Pea
Lentil soup with ham or vegetarian base
Butternut squash soup (chicken or vegetable stock base)
Curried butternut & shrimp (can be done vegan as well)
Carrot ginger
Vegetable
Chicken noodle
Minestrone
Tortilla
Pasta e fagioli
Beef stew
Clam chowder
Kabocha squash and black bean
Calde Verde (Portuguese Sausage and Kale Soup)
Super Hot Chili (or not so hot)
Roasted Curried Cauliflower
Winter Squash
Gazpacho
Special KIDS menus
(taste tested by kids)
I will prepare any kids menu to adult tastes and vice versa, so
your kids are eating the same thing as you are.
macaroni and cheese
chicken and rice
broccoli pasta
chicken and turkey noodle soup
beef stroganoff with egg noodles
plain lettuce and tomatoes with Italian dressing  
raw, chopped vegetables with dipping sauce (dressing)
green beans sauteed in butter or olive oil,
broccoli simmered in chicken broth,
steamed carrots with butter and parsley
corn and lima beans (succotash)
blanched green beans with lemon
oven-baked breaded chicken strips
Sample dinner menus (with plenty
more to choose from)
(lunch also available)

Strip steak with arugula pesto sauce
Sweet potato gratin
Mixed green salad with lemon vinaigrette

Chicken Marsala
Long grain and wild rice pilaf
Provencal green beans
Arugula and baby spinach salad

Mango salsa and fresh tomatillo salsa
chicken enchiladas with adobo sauce
spinach salad with grilled pineapple and
goat cheese crumbles

Butternut squash soup
Roasted chicken with lemon
Creamed spinach

Roasted beet and mesclun salad
Beef stew
Whole wheat Parker House rolls

Spaghetti Bolognese
Sautéed swiss chard
Mesclun salad with shallot vinaigrette

Fennel and Sage rubbed pork tenderloin
Caramelized apples
Tuscan broccoli
Mashed potatoes

Arugula pesto risotto
Green beans and tomatoes
Panzanella salad

Chicken piccata
Rigatoni primavera
Warm spinach salad with bacon bits &
marinated mushrooms

London broil with red wine reduction sauce
sauteed broccoli
mashed sweet potatoes

Chicken Souvlaki
homemade dolmas
tzatziki sauce
spanokopita (spinach and feta pie)

White wine braised meat loaf
buttermilk mashed potatoes
arugula salad with citrus vinaigrette
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