Favorite Granola and Lemon-Dill Grilled Shrimp with Dana Bate

Favorite Granola

Makes 10 cups

3 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup sliced almonds
2/3 cup pepitas (aka pumpkin seeds)
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
6 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup chopped dried figs
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup chopped prunes

(Note: You can use any combination of dried fruit that you want. Just use 1.5 cups total.)

Preheat oven to 325F. In a large bowl, mix together the first seven ingredients (oats through nutmeg). In another bowl, whisk together the olive oil and honey.

Pour the oil mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until everything is coated. Spread evenly onto a sheet pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through, until everything is lightly golden.

Remove from the oven and transfer the baked granola onto a long sheet of wax paper and let it cool for 10 minutes.

Sprinkle the dried fruit on top and toss to combine. Let the granola cool completely before storing it in an airtight container.


Lemon-Dill Grilled Shrimp

1 small lemon (or 1/2 a large one)
1 tablespoon minced dill
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
Coarse salt
1 lb. extra-large peeled and deveined shrimp

Squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl, then mix in the dill, garlic, olive oil, a pinch of ground pepper, and a very big pinch of coarse salt. Add the shrimp, toss to coat, and marinate for a few hours. Preheat grill to high. Thread onto skewers and grill for 2-3 minutes a side.

(Note: If you don’t have metal skewers, soak wooden ones in water for about 30 minutes or so.)



9781617732621“Bate’s writing is smart and compelling.” —Publishers Weekly

In this hilarious, insightful new novel from the author of A Second Bite at the Apple, a cookbook ghostwriter finds that she’s bitten off more than she can chew…

When Kelly Madigan is offered a job abroad right after reading a letter from her late mother urging her to take more risks, she sees it as a sign. Kelly’s new ghostwriting assignment means moving to London to work for Natasha Spencer–movie star, lifestyle guru, and wife of a promising English politician. As it turns out, Natasha is also selfish, mercurial, and unwilling to let any actual food past her perfect lips.

Still, in between testing dozens of kale burgers and developing the perfect chocolate mousse, Kelly is having adventures. Some are glamorous; others, like her attraction to her boss’s neglected husband, are veering out of control. Kelly knows there’s no foolproof recipe for a happy life. But how will she know if she’s gone too far in reaching for what she wants?

Praise for A Second Bite at the Apple

“In smart, crisp prose, Bate tells a winning story about food, love, and second chances…Great fun.” —Booklist

“Delicious! Dana Bate’s writing is smart, sparkling, and completely charming.” –Allie Larkin, author of Why Can’t I Be You

“A tasting menu of everything you want in foodie fiction…a lovingly flawed heroine you root for in her most cringe-worthy moments, a deeply rendered cast of supporting characters, and a roller-coaster plot that keeps you thrillingly engaged to the very end. Bate’s writing will always keep you hungry for more.” –Stacey Ballis, author of Out to Lunch