Recently, Chris and I, with the help of some other friends have been helping one of my roommates produce a CD. It's all just for fun (and almost all covers), but we're taking it rather seriously. Last night we "released" her first digital single complete with this album artwork I designed.

We're planning on calling the full-length album Night Owl because the running joke in my apartment is that when you go to bed Lindy is awake and when you wake up ... Lindy is still awake. So the owl will be a consistent theme throughout.

An Ode to Nectarines

While grocery shopping earlier this week at Trader Joe's, they had cute 4lb crates of nectarines and peaches for $5.99, so I impulsively decided to by some nectarines. It turned out to be an excellent decision. Did you know how versatile they could be? I've made a meal out of them everyday for the past 3 days.

My first dish was a simple salad of baby lettuce mix topped with sliced nectarines, pecans, and white balsamic vinaigrette. Then I decided to try my hand at a chilled soup; into the blender went slices of nectarine, enough apple juice to give it the right consistency, and a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. After pureeing it, I topped it with a drizzle of french vanilla yogurt. The white swirls looked beautiful on the orange soup. Not only is this insanely easy to make, it's really refreshing for a hot summer day. 

My next experiment was figuring out a nectarine salsa. Here's what I came up with: 

2 nectarines, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 tsp jalapeño, finely diced
2 tbs lime juice
1 tbs honey
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1/8 tsp salt

Mix and refrigerate! If you wanted more heat, up the quantity of jalapeño. I ate it on top of chicken that I rubbed with cumin and chili powder before sautéing, but I think it would also be good with tortilla chips.

What's up next for the rest of my nectarines? Good question. Dessert? More salads? Smoothies? Perhaps a fruit panini or bruschetta or quesadilla? I might even test out this Vegetarian Times recipe that caught my eye: Nectarine and Basil Summer Rolls with Almond Sauce.