Cure the fish in a mixture of salt and sugar so the flavor penetrates; then marinate in sake, sugar, and chile paste for a more complex taste. (Serves 4)
Quick-Cured Sake Salmon with Quinoa
Sesame green beans*

Lime sorbet
Credit: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

* Heat 2 teaspoons canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 cup vertically sliced red onion and 1 pound trimmed green beans; sauté 5 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender. Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds, and 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil.