Thank you for offering to feed the Rosenbergs, not an entirely easy task.  This guide has two parts.  The first describes the allergies and the seriousness.  The second part has an integrated table from which it is relatively easy to organize a menu. 

The one thing we have learned from our many meals out is that while no one cares whether we are eating the same dishes as they are, they are uncomfortable if they have food and we don't.  If that means we have a salad twice (even two helpings of identical salad) that is better than having us completely skip a course.  

Also, David's asthma can be triggered by:


The most serious allergy is to nuts.  All nuts, including peanuts, peanut butter, almonds and almond paste.  These reactions to nuts have been extremely serious and could be fatal.

Other moderate or mild allergies:

Rhonda and  Lynn                                                                          

Rhonda and Lynn have numerous food sensitivities that are similar to the common form of allergies except that they involve the “IgG” proteins of the body instead of the “IgE” proteins.  They will be uncomfortable if they have foods to which they are sensitive but they will not have the more serious reactions often seen in the common form of allergies and exposure to the foods on this list will not result in a medical emergency. 

We all keep kosher, so we also won’t have milk and meat at the same meal.  Nor will any of us eat shellfish, pork, swordfish or such exotic meats as rabbit.  Note:  Michael and Albert have no allergies but also keep kosher.


Integrated Table of Rosenberg Food Allergies


Not allowed





For everyone

Nuts All nuts Peanuts (just Lynn) None
Grains   Wheat (including soy sauce which contains wheat), spelt, oats, barley, gluten, quinoa Rice, potato, corn, tapioca, flax, buckwheat (groats)
Dairy   Cow's milk, goat's milk, butter, cheese, and all products containing whey None
Eggs   All eggs None
Fruit Berries, melon, grapes, watermelon, kiwi, figs, cherries, (citrus is an issue only if seeds have not been properly removed), raisins (due to seeds), currants Melon, avocado, pineapple, papaya, mango (all Lynn only) Citrus, apples, pears, dates, bananas, peaches, plums (dried versions of all of these are also fine)
Vegetables Broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, beans, peas, Chinese peapods, and string beans.

Note:  other vegetables must be seeded, such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers & summer squash

Broccoli and winter squash (e.g., acorn, butternut, and pumpkin), beans, peas, Chinese peapods, string beans (Lynn only, Rhonda can have all vegetables) Spinach, mushrooms, carrots, celery, endive, green/red/other peppers, onions, leeks, garlic, tomatoes, cucumber, summer squash, olives, hearts of palm, cabbage, lettuce, scallions, radishes, kale, Jerusalem artichoke, regular artichokes, avocado, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, potatoes, chard

(Anything with seeds must be seeded for David to eat)

Oils Nut and sesame oils   Olive, canola, corn, safflower, cottonseed
Meat Pork (due to kosher rules) Pork (due to kosher rules), beef (for Rhonda), lamb & turkey (for Lynn) Chicken
Seafood Shellfish & swordfish (due to kosher rules) Shellfish & swordfish (due to kosher rules), salmon (for Lynn) All white fishes except swordfish and catfish (due to kosher rules), trout, char, tuna, bluefish, cod, haddock, snapper, sole
Spices, baking ingredients & other Mustard, real vanilla bean or extract, nutmeg, capers, large amounts of cumin or coriander MSG (Lynn), soy sauce (contains wheat), coffee All green herbs, cinnamon, cloves, vanillin, salt, sugar, honey, xanthium gum, guar gum, dried onions and garlic, fresh coriander leaves (cilantro), small amounts of dried cumin & coriander, tea
Chocolate   Milk chocolate (Rhonda), all chocolate (Lynn)  
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