Chef Daniel Boulud of New York City's luxurious Daniel just can't help himself: Even his simplest dishes—ready in about half an hour—have a four-star quality.

Steak with Lyonnaise Potatoes 30 min
Curried Crab and Watermelon 35 min
Tangy Strawberry Parfait 35 min
Peppered Pork Chops 35 min
Green and Yellow Bean Salad 25 min
Mushroom-Crusted Flounder 30 min
Scallops with Peas and Bacon 35 min