Ruby DogJoshua and I were cuddled up on the sofa- me working on my laptop, he probably watching cute kitten videos. Ruby dog was in her usual spot, nestled in between us when I noticed her sweet white muzzle was red and a little bumpy. At first, we thought she and her pal Mabel played tug of war a little too rough- bumping heads, but a couple of minutes later, her face was redder, and puffier, and her adorable little forehead wrinkles were not so little. By the time we decided to rush her off to the vet, little miss Ruby had gotten sick all over the bedroom carpet.

Upon our arrival at Mission Pet Hospital, Ruby was (reluctantly) taken to the back without us. Our vet came out  and confirmed what we suspected; Ruby was having an allergic reaction. They gave her benedryl and a shot of steroids, and apparently, she was doing a bit better already. They wanted to keep her for the rest of the day, so of course, I was mopey about not going home with my pup. I hate to think of her in a little kennel at the vet all day.

California Avocados- Native Californians Just Like Me

When we got home, there was a box on my front porch; I hadn’t ordered anything so I smiled thinking, avocados! I had signed up to receive a box of California Avocados from Foodbuzz and the California Avocado Commission, but didn’t know for sure if I was on the list to get them. I’ll admit, this brightened my day just a bit.

Goat Cheese and Avocado Quesadilla with Caramelized  Nectarine Salsa Avocados are my absolute favorite, and since we hadn’t had lunch, I was hoping there was a ripe one in the box. There was, and my day was starting to look up just a bit more. A simple lunch of avocado and goat cheese quesadillas was just the thing. Comfort food at it’s California best.  I also had some nectarines ripening on my counter and the most amazing Avocado honey. If you have a chance to try this, it tastes like a cross between honey and molasses and adds a deep rich flavor to anything it touches. It also tastes really great on a spoon (just don’t eat the spoon). Grilled nectarine salsa with avocado honey? Yeah, sounded good to me too.

Caramelized Nectarine

In the end, Ruby dog was just fine and so happy to see us. As always, she made friends with everyone at the office and melts hearts and pitbull stereotypes everywhere she goes. That’s my girl.

Caramelized Nectarine Salsa

  • Ingredients For Quesadillas

  • 4 tortillas (I used red chile tortillas made with a mixture of corn and flour)
  • 4 oz soft fresh goat cheese (chevre)
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • handful of cilantro
  • squeeze of lemon (I used Meyers, because I’m a California girl)

 

  • Ingredients For Caramelized Nectarine Salsa

  • 2 ripe nectarines, halved and stones removed
  • ¼ red onion very finely chopped
  • 1 serrano chile very finely chopped (seeded if you want to get rid of the heat)
  • cilantro leaves very finely chopped- to taste
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • grapeseed oil for brushing nectarines
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Goat Cheese and Avocado Quesadilla with Grilled Nectarine Salsa

  • Instructions

  • Heat a cast iron  pan over a high flame and heat until very hot.
  • Brush nectarines with grapeseed oil, and place flesh-side down on about 3 minutes before checking for caramelization.
  • Once caramelized, flip to skin side and cook for another two minutes and remove from pan.
  • Chop nectarine into ¼ inch chunks, mix with red onion, chile, and cilantro.
  • Whisk honey, oil, and vinegar until fully combined then pour over nectarine mixture.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Slice avocado and sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning. Sandwich slices of avocado and crumbles of chevre in between two tortillas and add some cilantro. Brush with oil and add to hot grill pan which has been set on a burner on high flame.
  • Grill for just a couple of minutes on each side of the tortilla, cut into quarters, and serve with nectarine salsa.

 

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Kimmie June 17, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Ruby sure does destroy pitbull stereotypes, doesn't she? She is hands down the sweetest dog of any breed that I have ever met! =)

These look tasty, I think I'm inspired to hit the farmers' market for honey ASAP.

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Gina June 17, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Poor Ruby, hope she is better soon. I love nectarines and finding new recipes for them. My friend owns and peach and nectarine orchard, so I get scores of them.
-Gina-

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Ilke June 19, 2011 at 5:53 AM

Aren't people quick to judge?!! She seems very sweet. I am glad she is ok.

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thislittlepiggywenttothefarmersmarket June 21, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Hope Ruby is better soon. This looks another great recipe. I love summer fruit!

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Susan June 21, 2011 at 8:32 PM

So glad your pup is on the mend! Sooo stressful when your animal friend is sick, isn't it?

As for your quesadillas … spectacular! Love the idea of the nectarine salsa … love sweet spicy blend of flavors!

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The Tomato Tart June 23, 2011 at 12:28 PM

She\’s doing super well. I sneaked her into work today, so she\’s getting lots and lots of love.

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Stephanie- Wasabimon June 22, 2011 at 10:53 PM

You had me at "nectarine salsa." Oooooooooooooh! *curls toes*

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The Tomato Tart June 23, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Any time you want to get together for toe curling nectarine salsa, let\’s do. ;) And you can bring some of those gorgeous chicken & dumplin\’s.
We\’ll drink something cool and wear big summer hats even if we\’re in SF fog.

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Encore June 24, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Fantastico! Even if I forgot a couple ingredients! I had to show off your recipe so I linked back to you! Thanks a million!

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The Tomato Tart June 24, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Thanks, glad you enjoyed the quesadillas- cilantro or no ;)

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The Tomato Tart July 7, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Thanks, so glad you enjoyed it!

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