Give a Chef for the Holidays

By Kate Thornberry, Fri., Dec. 7, 2007

McGovern's Organics Home Delivery

www.mcgovernsorganics.com, 512/983-3197

If you have a beloved friend or family member who has celiac disease, severe food allergies, or a child with an autism-spectrum disorder, meals prepared by McGovern's Organics might be the best gift they have ever gotten. Dealing with learning a whole new way of cooking and eating is often a frustrating trial, especially for parents of young children, dual-income families, and the cooking-challenged. Unlike many personal chefs, the McGoverns prepare gluten/casein-free meals in their own commercial kitchen and deliver them to clients. You can buy one meal, a week's worth of meals, or a simple batch of cupcakes.

Katie and Meagan McGovern prepare and deliver delicious meals specifically tailored to any individual's or family's needs, including bread, muffins, pizza, and a myriad of other foods that the gluten- and casein-intolerant may have thought they would never taste again. Everything they sell is prepared from scratch using predominantly organic ingredients. These sisters have devised ways to make gluten-/casein-free foods delicious and satisfying, including kids' favorites like chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, and sweet sticky buns. You can order on their website or by phone, and if you place your order by Mon­day, the food will be delivered the following Friday. (For a quick gift, Peoples Pharmacy carries several McGovern's meals in their frozen section, as well.)

In addition to the dishes and breads that are available year-round, the McGoverns are offering a holiday menu especially for Christ­mas Day, complete with a variety of stuffings (Rustic Mushroom Onion Stuffing; sausage stuffing; and cranberry, sausage, and pecan stuff­ing), potatoes (orange-glazed sweet potatoes, trio of roasted potatoes, bourbon-walnut sweet-potato mash), vegetables, desserts, sauces, and gravies – everything but the turkey! Order by Dec. 20, and your gift meal will be delivered on Christmas Eve.

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