Start with a salad of smoked salmon and watercress. Try to buy the commercial bagged watercress that already has been cleaned to speed things along, or you may substitute other mixed salad greens. (I like to make sure there are some bitter ones, such as radicchio and arugula, along with milder greens, such as butter lettuce or baby spinach.) Also, because this is such a simple salad, all the ingredients should be top-quality. So spring for the best smoked salmon you can find.
Sometimes you just need steak soup and this recipe yields a gallon of it. Really, a whole gallon. This is a roux-based soup made with round steak, tomatoes, carrots, and other vegetables. It freezes beautifully.
This is a great salad with lots of taste sensations - strawberries, mandarin oranges, red onions, and tomatoes. The poppy seed dressing is very different; it is made with honey, cherry juice, lemon juice, and mayonnaise.
These red and white stuffed pastas are completely different, but use the same technique, making it a breeze to put together. This recipe is also a great way to use up leftover ham and ground beef or Italian sausage.