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Almond granola

This granola is scented of almonds – full of crunch sliced almonds, and flavored with a big splash of amaretto to boot. When I developed it, I had in my mind a crunchy but chewy almond-scented granola, and indeed, it delivers. I’ve been making a whole lot of it – …


Pasta salad with fresh green almonds and Mediterranean herbs

It’s been a pleasant, sunny and slightly chilly spring, but spring nonetheless. And as the seasons change, the market is offering the first springtime and summer fruits — namely, stone fruits. That includes loquats, a few too-solid peaches and nectarines, and green almonds. Yes, green almonds — generally grown for …


Confetti pasta with nuts, raisins and parsley

This oil-based pasta sauce is sweet and salty from the raisins and olive tapenade, and contains everything from onions and garlic to nuts and a big handful of parsley. I think I once had something similar at a fancy restaurant. Plus, it’s an easy dish to make for potluck dinners.