Salmon Salad

1/4 cup honey

1 clove garlic, finely minced

2 tablespoons Dijon whole-grain mustard

1/2 cup fresh raspberries

1/2 cup store-bought raspberry vinaigrette

1-1/2 pounds skinless salmon fillet

Mixed greens (mesclun is best)

3/4 cup chopped walnuts

2 ounces goat cheese (put in freezer

for about 1/2 hour before you start cooking)

Place honey, garlic, mustard, half the raspberries, and half the vinaigrette in a small bowl. Crush berries and whisk ingredients until blended. This will be your glaze.

Brush both sides of salmon fillet with glaze; let marinate for about 1/2 hour.

Rinse and pat dry the greens.

Toast walnuts in a heavy skillet over medium heat until lightly browned.

Chop semi-frozen goat cheese into small pieces. (Freezing makes it easier to chop.) Mix hot walnuts and goat cheese in a small bowl then toss them with the salad greens, remaining raspberries, and vinaigrette.

Heat grill to high. Grill fillet for about 5 minutes. Turn, brush with glaze, and grill an additional 5 minutes for medium-rare. Do not overcook.

Place greens on a large serving platter. Place warm salmon on greens and brush salmon with any remaining glaze.

Serves 4.

Peppercorn Beef Filets

4 6-ounce filets mignons

1/4 cup coarsely ground peppercorns

1/4 pound butter

1/2 cup finely chopped shallots

2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon,

or 1 tablespoon dried

3/4 cup beef stock or nonalcoholic

red wine

Press peppercorns firmly into filets. Heat frying pan with half the butter. Add filets and cook 3 to 4 minutes on first side, 3 minutes on the second for medium rare. Remove filets to a warm plate.

Add remaining butter, shallots, and tarragon to frying pan. Saut until shallots begin to soften (about 1 minute or so). Add the stock or red wine. Reduce mixture on low to medium heat until thickened to the equivalent of a light gravy. A tablespoon or two of butter may be whisked into the sauce at this point to enrichen it.

Pour sauce over steaks before serving.

Serves 4.

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