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Honey-Broiled Pineapple with Minted Cream

Fresh mint, honey, and ground cardamom add an exotic touch to this creamy sauce served with broiled fresh pineapple. Serve the pineapple warm with the chilled sauce or chill both the sauce and the pineapple. Blanching the mint leaves for 15 seconds softens them; otherwise they would make the sauce seem coarse.

Baked Pumpkin Pudding

Basically just a crustless pumpkin pie, this delicious baked pudding takes advantage of some off-the-shelf ingredients: canned pumpkin pie mix and refrigerated egg substitute. Once the ingredients are assembled (there are only four of them!), it should take only 5 minutes to put the pudding together. The rest is unattended cooking in the oven. Serve the hot pudding with a dollop of lightly sweetened fat-free sour cream or a scoop of low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt.

Breakfast Fruit Sundaes

Sundaes for breakfast? Why not? But instead of ice cream, this fresh fruit sundae is served with a honey-sweetened fat-free yogurt.

Angel Biscuits

Angel biscuits are also called Bride’s Biscuits, because the extra leavening power of yeast makes them virtually foolproof-perfect for the new bride or beginner cook. A bit of whole-wheat flour is a health improvement over the original refined-flour version.

Corn Relish

Serve alongside grilled meats, poultry, or fish.

Jamaican Jerk Pork with Mango-Kiwi Relish

Jamaican jerk is a combination of herbs and spices, frequently very hot ones, rubbed into meats, usually chicken or pork before grilling on the barbecue. Be careful not to get the jerk mix on your hands--it has jalapenos in it. The refreshingly cool relish is a perfect counterpoint to the heat. Either rice or sweet potatoes is a traditional accompaniment.

Curried Lentil-Sweet Potato Soup

Curry powder works beautifully with slightly sweet ingredients, like sweet onion, carrot juice, and sweet potato. The vegetables' sweetness brings out the complex flavors in the spice blend.

Indian-Style Baked Cod

Serve this dish with basmati or jasmati rice and a small dish of mango chutney. The marinade for this baked cod would work equally well with grouper or snapper.

Baked Fennel with Garlic & Herbs

Raw fennel is a wonderful addition to salads, but when you bake it, it becomes a meltingly tender side dish. The celerylike stalks attached to most fennel bulbs are too woody to be edible, but occasionally you’ll find some tender enough to eat. Test the stalks to see, and any that aren’t too tough can be baked along with the bulbs.

Onion Broth

This broth gets its flavor from two members of the onion family, Spanish onions and leeks. Be sure to wash the leeks well, since they often come with quite a bit of sandy soil hidden among the green leafy tops.