This sticky Italian specialty, also known as torrone, has a light lemony bite, a honeyed sweetness, and a marshmallow-like smoothness that's the perfect backdrop to the crunch of toasted almonds. Get the packaging how-to for the Lemony Almond Nougat.
A perfect make-ahead lunch, these noodles -- made with a sweet-and-spicy sauce of peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, and crushed red-pepper flakes -- can be prepared and refrigerated for up to week. It takes just minutes to cook udon noodles and coarsely chop baby bok choy to toss with the sauce.
Blanched English peas are scattered around a simple roasted side of wild salmon. Beurre blanc, served on the side, is essentially a warm vinaigrette made with butter instead of oil. Finish with a sprinkling of chives and -- if you have them -- a few flowering pea shoots.