Carne cilantro. Buy several slices of prepared beef tenderloin; cut into 1-inch pieces and serve cold with cilantro-pesto dipping sauce.

Potato latkes with gravlax and crème fraîche. Buy four potato latkes from the prepared foods case. Bake at 375° for five minutes, until warmed through and crispy. Top with crème fraîche and gravlax. Cut into quarters. Serve warm.

Potstickers. Buy chicken or vegetable potstickers from the refrigerated section of the market. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat; sauté potstickers until browned and crispy. Serve with shoyu or sweet sauce (usually packaged with the potstickers).

Cheese and meat plate. Pick out a selection of olives, hard and soft cheeses, a log of hard salami, and blanched or roasted almonds. Arrange on a platter and serve with thinly sliced baguette and artisan crackers.

Red pepper and feta crostini. Purchase a seeded baguette; thinly slice. Toast until lightly browned. Top with store-bought basil pesto, sliced roasted red peppers from a jar, and crumbled feta cheese. Place under a broiler for three to four minutes until warm.

Smoked trout with green apples. Look for smoked trout in the refrigerated smoked fish section. Place small pieces on slices of green apple and top with a dollop of organic sour cream.


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