First up is Pappardelle with Salmon and Leeks, as elegant as it is easy. Rosy salmon and pale green leeks are tossed with broad ribbons of pappardelle pasta and fresh herbs. If you can't find pappardelle, cut fresh lasagna sheets into wide strips.
An admittedly pricey ingredient, lobster fancies up any dinner and is worth the splurge. Opt for lobster tails--versus whole live lobsters--to bring the cost down.
Sustainable choice: Look for tails from American lobsters trapped off the New England or eastern Canadian shores.