Carbonara with a Twist

Carbonara with Leeks, Bacon, & Goat Cheese

As I write this post my sink is full. There is flour spread haphazardly on my countertops. There are toys everywhere. There are at least two loads of laundry that need folding. Maybe three. But who’s counting? Weeds need pulling outside. Our carpets need vacuuming. The bathrooms need cleaning. And our realtor could text me at any moment to say someone wants to see our house in an hour.

But I’m ignoring all that because… well… I have been wanting to share this recipe and I cannot wait any longer!

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Mini Sweet Potato Pies

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Before we get started, I have a confession to make.

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Mexican-Style Quinoa

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I’m telling you… I’m dead keen on quinoa.

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Red Curry Peanut Sauce with Chicken

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When we go to a Thai restaurant I pretty much know what I’m going to order before I walk in the door…

CURRY.

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A Nod to Nectarines

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The nectarine’s flesh is sweet, succulent and firmer than that of its relative, the peach.

How do you tell the difference between a peach and a nectarine? There are not many genetic differences between the two fruits and their flavors are actually remarkably similar. They would be very difficult to tell apart except for the fuzz on the skin of the peach compared to the smooth nectarine.

When are nectarines in season?  Most nectarine varieties are available from midspring to late September with a peak during July and August. California produces 95% of the nectarines grown in the Unites States.

How do you pick nectarines at the supermarket? When you’re picking out nectarines, you want them to smell sweet (yes, smell them in the store). You also want them to be brightly colored (no bruises or blemishes), and they should give slightly when you press gently on the skin (not hard or overly green).

How do you store a nectarine? Slightly underripe nectarines can be left to ripen at room temperature for a couple of days. Ripe fruit should be refrigerated and used within 5 days.

Are nectarines good for you? One medium nectarine contains about 70 calories, no saturated fat, fiber, and a small amount of protein. They contain a fair amount of vitamins A and C.

While I really LOVE peaches, I kind of relished the fact that being on the letter “N” allowed me to indulge the seemingly less used, less appreciated nectarine.

If you like peaches, you’ll like nectarines too… it’s the perfect time to make nectarine recipes with July just a few days away… nectarines are just entering their PEAK season!

WOO HOO FOR SUMMER FRUIT!!! They keep me going during this Arizona heat… High of 120°F today by the way… yes, I choose to live here.

These are some of my favorite recipes yet!

I hope you’re hungry! I know I am.

Happy Economical Eating!

Love, Jenna