It doesn't take hours of work to make something really delicious. Here are three examples, an appetizer of shishito peppers (at top), a vegetable side dish and a pear and cheese combination that could be either an appetizer or a dessert. They're all from Chef Tom Fraker of Melissa's Produce.
PAN-SEARED SHISHITO PEPPERS
1 pound shishito peppers
Canola oil, as needed
1 cup soy sauce
1 lemon, zested and juiced
Crushed red pepper flakes, if desired
Quickly fry the peppers in hot oil until they just turn golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Or lightly rub them with oil and roast at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, lemon and crushed pepper.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.