Nuts can turn a lackluster dish into something truly excellent. They add crunchy texture to plain, limp salads, fatty richness to blended dips and sauces and a blank canvas for flavor in everything from spiced holiday snacks to simple desserts. Plus they're loaded with heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. F&W's guide includes dozens of ways to fit nuts into your diet with recipes for every course, occasion and season.

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Chestnut Pavlova
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This chestnut pavlova recipe is fabulously festive: an exuberant, rich, and luxurious treat for the holidays. The meringue base is crisp on the outside with a soft marshmallowy interior,topped with sweetened chestnut puree (sometimes labeled "chestnut spread;" seek out Clement Faugier brand) followed by swaths of softly whipped cream and splinters of bitter chocolate. This chestnut pavlova is, despite appearances, a relatively easy affair. The only complicated part is the meringue base, and, provided you stash it in a completely airtight container, it can be made 2 days in advance. Handle the baked meringue carefully,as it is quite fragile.
Auntie Roberta’s Bourma (Armenian Phyllo Pastry with Walnuts)
A wooden skewer, dowel, or chopstick is the only special tool needed to make this crispy scrunched phyllo pastry filled with chopped nuts and drizzled with sugary syrup. A splash of fresh lemon juice adds bright, zesty flavor to the syrup that balances both the sweetness of the pastry and the rich, buttery walnuts. The recipe is from Roberta Kochakian of Los Angeles, who is descended from a family of Armenian Genocide survivors and has devoted much of her life to chronicling traditional Armenian recipes and cooking techniques.
Our Favorite Recipes That Start with a Can of Coconut Milk
Sweetly scented coconut milk adds creaminess and depth to everything from chicken-and-rice to luscious cake.
Curry-Spiced Nut Bars
Roasting nuts with curry powder enhances the flavor and aroma of both. Add the rice syrup while the nuts are still warm to soften the syrup for easier stirring. Slideshow: More Nut Recipes
Spiced Candied Almonds
Inspired by the candied nuts sold at carts throughout New York City, these not-too-sweet toasted almonds have a great crackly shell.  Slideshow: More Almond Recipes 
Walnuts are packed with nutrients, and thanks to a relatively mild flavor, can be used in a variety of dishes. They’re a great substitute for pine nuts in pesto, can be turned into a savory salad dressing, and add great flavor and texture to cookies and brownies. Here, our best recipes showcasing walnuts.

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Coconut Cream Recipes
Coconut cream is an excellent way to add flavor to desserts like chocolate truffles and chocolate cream. Whether you're looking for a classic coconut cream cake or non-dairy dessert ideas, these sweet recipes featuring coconut cream are sure to be a hit.
Chestnut Recipes
Best known for their cameo in the classic Christmas song, chestnuts are delicious when roasted over an open fire. But they can also be turned into flour, candied, deep-fried or pureed. Chestnuts are quite starchy when cooked, with a slightly sweet flavor—perfect for both sweet and savory dishes. Here, all of our best recipes featuring chestnuts.
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