Menu# 3 – Suzanne Schroeder


Suzanne Schroeder said…

My luncheon menu consists of earthy and nutty–yet fresh–flavors, which are appropriate year-round. Though these dishes are somewhat light, consuming the multi-course menu will prove to be satisfying. A variety of cheese and some nuts provide sustaining protein in this (accidentally) vegetarian menu.

I prefer serving simple dishes with limited ingredients so that the flavors are not too complex nor overpowering (plus, that means less time in the kitchen!). And I definitely want to limit foods that don’t mix well with ladies trying to hold conversations: strong garlic, long noodles, and spinach that can get stuck in our pearly whites!

Julie Anne, June, Sofia, and Julia


Fontina Melted on Mini-Toasts and Drizzled with Honey Rocket (Arugula) Salad with Beets and Goat Cheese, and Lemon-Olive Oil Dressing

Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Browned Butter, Fresh Sage & Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Sliced Fuji Apple served with Individual Ramekins of Pumpkin Dip
(beat together 6oz reduced-fat cream cheese, 1/2C packed brown sugar, 1/2C canned pumpkin, 2tsp maple syrup, 1/2tsp ground cinnamon)

Almond Champagne
(with splash of chocolate port during the dessert course to make an “Almond Joy” cocktail!)

Congratulations Suzanne… it is a wonderful menu that I plan to serve at my next party. I love that it is “accidentally” vegetarian, because I think that is why it translates well for everyone – even hard core meat eaters wouldn’t mind a menu like this. The voting certainly proved that. The menu was well thought out. Both menu and recipes are really creative yet economical, plus you’ve shown us that keeping it relatively simple is not only user friendly, it is elegant. I think the Almond Joy aperitif just hit it out of the ball park. Well done! Don’t forget to email me your street address to, and I will send you Amanda’s Cloak & Dagger Butterfly.

Julie Anne Rhodes and Amanda Eliasch

I want to reiterate that all of the menus submitted were fabulous in their own right. Thank you to everyone who participated, and to all of you that voted. This was fun. I already have a few ideas for more competitions up my sleeve, so please do keep coming back.
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  • June 6, 2010
    4:20 pm

    My sincere gratitude goes out to Julie Anne, Amanda, and all those who voted. I am honored that my menu was so appealing, especially considering the competition. Despite being a contender, it was difficult for me to decide on my favorite menu from the list of finalists!

  • June 6, 2010
    9:13 pm

    Oh yeah! Congratulations Martina D' Epifanio

  • June 6, 2010
    9:14 pm

    Congrats Suzanne!Marcia Abud Anck

  • June 6, 2010
    9:15 pm

    YEAH Suzanne!! What time shall we come over?? LOLJosie Elder- Chow

  • June 6, 2010
    9:16 pm

    Yeah, Josie… good question, when do you want us Suzanne? Congratulations again!

  • June 7, 2010
    1:51 am

    I'm ready to come since my flatmate wants us to settle in L.A.!!!Martina D' Epifanio

  • June 7, 2010
    1:52 am

    Julie Anne I met Suzanne last summer she is soo sweet and if I remeber right lives near the wine country! I say road trip!!Josie Elder- Chow

  • June 7, 2010
    1:53 am

    Sounds like Thelma and Louise time!

  • June 8, 2010
    2:36 pm

    Congrats Suzanne what a gorgeous menu – those fontina toasts will certainly get a whirl next time I'm treating myself 🙂

  • June 10, 2010
    1:39 am

    YAY!!…..Congratulations Suzanne, well done. It was certainly my favourtie menu. Although they were all quite tempting. Well done to everyone and Thank You Julie Anne, we all had fun coming up with ideas. Aussie Mum

  • June 20, 2010
    3:13 pm

    Ladies, any time you want to come over for this lunch, it will be my privilege to make it for you. And yes, I'm less than an hour's drive from the three wine areas: Napa/Sonoma to the west, Shenandoah Valley to the south, and Nevada City to the north. (An hour to the east is Lake Tahoe!)

  • June 21, 2010
    6:06 pm

    Congratulations Suzanne, just checked in here.As a vegetarian this appeals to my palette :)I'm putting my recipe book together as suggested by Ruth recently.Suzanne would you like to join me for lunch? [never mind the pond between us 🙂 ].Julie-Anne, do you want to join us? We like a good belly laugh with our good nosh.Shar /Twilight, London UK