2 to 3 tablespoons slivered almonds
1 cup rice
2 cups chicken stock
1 small bunch asparagus
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium pot and toast nuts 2 minutes, add rice and toast 1 minute more. Add stock and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat 15 minutes. Trim off the top 4 inches of asparagus and thinly slice on the bias. Add to rice and cook rice 2 to 3 minutes more for a total of 17 to 18 minutes.
--Adapted from Rachel Ray