This Oct. 12, 2016 photo shows wild rice dressing in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

My oldest daughter is also a fan. Valentine is also gluten intolerant. For several years, I simply made my holiday dressing with dried gluten-free bread cubes, but we wanted other options that didn’t involve fussing with gluten-free breads whose texture can be unpredictable in a dressing recipe. This Wild Rice Holiday Stovetop Dressing fits the bill.

This Aug. 4, 2016 photo shows a ham and cheese sandwich with green spread, styled by Sarah Abrams, displayed at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The “Green Genie” spread, as my sister and I refer to it, is a garlicky pureed artichoke spread colored with curly green parsley that gives it a fresh clean flavor rich with garlic, lemon zest, pistachios and good olive oil. It is neutral enough to go with most of your sandwich fillings and enhance their flavor. It is also a great topping for crackers and if you keep it on hand, it’s an easy appetizer before dinner.

A simple, quick sautéed fish recipe comes to the rescue! It’s a classic saute plus pan-sauce method that is more blueprint than recipe: Sauté the fish and remove from the pan, add in some veggies and aromatics and cook until tender, deglaze the pan with broth, wine, or other liquid and then add finishing touches, such as whisking in a pat of butter or adding chopped fresh herbs.

This August 2016 photo shows chicken with spinach in cream sauce. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah E. Crowder via AP)

Sundried tomatoes were all the rage years ago, and then they faded out of fashion, but it seems a shame to turn your back on a great ingredient just because it was a little overexposed for a while. If you can find real sundried tomatoes — which won’t be hard little dried-up disks but rather pliant, brick-red, chewy bites — then that will make all the difference. Look for them in a store that sells good Italian ingredients. Oil-packed sundried tomatoes can also be used, but use paper towels to blot excess oil before chopping them.