An intriguing combination of quinoa, arugula, dried cranberries, avocado, and grapefruit with a spicy dressing make this a snazzy side dish or lovely summer lunch main dish.

An intriguing combination of quinoa, arugula, dried cranberries, avocado, and grapefruit with a spicy dressing make this a snazzy side dish or lovely summer lunch main dish.

I’ve had the seared tuna in nice restaurants, but this is better than all of them. One tablespoon of wasabi sounds like a lot of heat, but somehow this cooking method mellows it to almost nothing, just leaves the flavor. Really really great.

I’ve had the seared tuna in nice restaurants, but this is better than all of them. One tablespoon of wasabi sounds like a lot of heat, but somehow this cooking method mellows it to almost nothing, just leaves the flavor. Really really great.

These elegant packets look complicated, yet are quite simple to prepare. A seasoned salmon fillet is placed onto asparagus spears and wrapped in parchment paper using a French cooking method known as ‘en papillote’. For maximum effect, snip the packets open at the dinner table, so the diner is presented with the wonderful, concentrated aromas! Serve with rice or fingerling potatoes.

These elegant packets look complicated, yet are quite simple to prepare. A seasoned salmon fillet is placed onto asparagus spears and wrapped in parchment paper using a French cooking method known as ‘en papillote’. For maximum effect, snip the packets open at the dinner table, so the diner is presented with the wonderful, concentrated aromas! Serve with rice or fingerling potatoes.

This colorful and elegant side dish is so easy to make. I love making this with beets and shallots straight from our local farmers’ market. Green onions or chives may be substituted for the shallot if you prefer.

This colorful and elegant side dish is so easy to make. I love making this with beets and shallots straight from our local farmers’ market. Green onions or chives may be substituted for the shallot if you prefer.