One of the best presents I have ever received was a handmade cookbook from a friend of mine who is a superb cook. (For God's sake, she makes her own cheese!) Last night I made one of the recipes, Asian Fish in a Packet (from Moosewood cookbook). It was so easy and fast and there was virtually no cleanup!
I got to use lots of ingredients I don't normally cook with (haddock, sesame oil, baby bok choy). The recipe calls for cooked rice, and to save time I used Trader Joe's frozen brown rice which cooks in 3 minutes in the microwave.