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Shiitake Mushroom Risotto with Saffron and Butternut Squash

I love to cook, and as an Organic Farm to Table Vegetarian Personal Chef, for over 30 years, I enjoy going into people’s home and cooking up a feast for special occasions.

Here is the Organic Vegetarian Menu I created for and with my client for her upcoming 50th Birthday Dinner:

Cilantro Sun Dried Tomato and Olive Spread
Goat and Sheep Cheeses
Served with Organic gluten-free crackers and veggies

Shiitake Mushroom Soup with Cashew Cream

Main Course
Butternut Squash Risotto with Shiitake Mushroom Served with Pecorino Romano on the side
Garden Salad Tossed with Leslie’s Dressing
Italian White Bean Salad with Capers

Whenever I create menus, I take in account the local harvest, your desires and your dietary preferences to make a great organic farm to table meal/feast. Please contact me to cook for your special occasions. Please call 413-259-1695, landline, no texts or please Email

You can contact me if you are too busy to cook, or just because you would like a refrigerator filled with wonderful dishes to nourish you and your family all week long. I can deliver, or you can bring me to your place worldwide. Local inquiries welcomed. I am based in Amherst MA.

Please Email Leslie for more information on my Personal Chef Services for a week’s worth of meals, a romantic dinner, parties, meals for a special occasion, and/or create recipes specific to your taste and dietary preferences. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets. Using the finest local, seasonal, organic and sustainable grown ingredients . Click here for menu suggestions.

Photos by Tracey Eller

Leslie Cerier, The Organic Gourmet develops recipes for individuals, natural and organic food companies and consults with colleges and corporations to create vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free recipes everyone will love

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