I’ve been doing a lot of fundraising lately. And failing miserably at it, but still chugging along and doing it. I need to have at least a thousand dollars by August 12. So I’ve kind of thrown shame and caution to the wind and am currently in the process of emailing every professor at MIT. I started with the professors I actually took classes with, one of whom emailed me back saying “Good luck with your run!” but then didn’t donate anything. Now I don’t mind if you don’t donate. I understand. I’m not going to hold it against you or dislike you in any way because of it. I just think it’s strange to go out of your way to acknowledge the fact that I am doing this and then not contribute at all when you could have just as easily not responded. Oh well.

For those of you who DO want to donate, the link is: http://pages.teamintraining.org/nyc/nikesf09/jbruno. I know that we are in pretty hard economic times right now and so I hate asking for money, but it really is an AMAZING cause. As someone who is doing cancer research, I know how far this money can go. And think about it this way – a donation of only $20 will give someone up to five hospital visits.

Okay, I’m shaking off the seriousness now.

Putting on my happy face.

And daydreaming about pasta.

You see. The theme for this month’s Monthly Mingle is Marvelous Melons. Easy you say. Fruit salad. Dessert. Salsa. Bruschetta. Light. Easy. Fresh.

I say, okay yeah but what about OUTSIDE the box. Now I’ve heard lots of stories about how amazing cantaloupe and prosciutto are together. They are a classic Italian appetizer combination. And so I thought I would take that fact, chew it up a bit, and then spit it back out as something completely different. Hence this Pasta with Cantaloupe, Bacon, and Feta Cheese was born. You may be doubtful but it was some kind of awesome. The saltiness of the feta and bacon contrasted so nicely with the sweetness of the cantaloupe. And pasta is just a good medium for any and everything.

I am submitting this both to Meeta’s Monthly Mingle which is being hosted this month by Hilary of Chew On That, as well as to Presto Pasta Nights which is being hosted by Amy of Very Culinary.
Melon Madness Pasta with Bacon and Feta
Serves 4

1 lb pasta
3/4 of a medium cantaloupe, diced into small pieces
1/4 lb feta cheese
1/4 lb turkey bacon, diced into small pieces
1/2 cup basil, chiffonaded
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 shallot
salt and pepper to taste

1. Set up the water for the pasta. When it boils, add the pasta and then drain when it reaches desired consistency.

2. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan. Saute the shallot, some salt, red pepper flakes, and bacon over medium heat until the bacon is crisp.

3. When the pasta is done, mix it with the bacon mixture, cantaloupe, and feta. Season with salt and pepper.
Tonight is a blogger meet-up with Sophia from Burp and Slurp! If you are going to be in the NYC area, come meet us at Green Pea on 5th between 38th and 39th.

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22 Responses to Melon Madness (With A Hint of Crazy)

  1. Megan says:

    It looks great! All those flavors and textures going on – sounds like a sure-fire hit.

  2. Finsmom says:

    This looks amazing to me! Love those flavour combinations! So clever!
    You always have such great recipes!
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. Interesting combination of flavors.

  4. OMG! This is just crazy! i have everything at home but the cantelope. I have to stop and buy them so i can make this tonight!

  5. Ruth says:

    A very delicious looking “outside-the-box” pasta dish. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

  6. Natashya says:

    I love fruit in savoury dishes, brilliant!

  7. Kim says:

    Sounds like another great pasta recipe. Pasta is just is like the perfect canvas, isn’t it? You can just about pair it with anything. Love the colors with this dish.

  8. Debinhawaii says:

    Really intersting combination–I bet it was delicious. Great job thinking “outside the box!”

  9. Laura says:

    I’m very intrigued. Think I may just try this one!

  10. Ty'sMommy says:

    Oh, I just LOVE melon and prosciutto together! I’ve never tried it in a combination like this, but it looks great!

  11. Mari says:

    Hey chickie! I had a great time ayer and I love your blog! Everything looks delish =)

  12. Kristin says:

    This sounds like a very interesting dish. Would have never thought of putting them together, but if you liked it I’ll trust you! I’ll bookmark it for when my dad has so many melons we can’t keep up!

  13. We are loving cantaloupe right now! It would be great this way. This looks so fresh and terrific!

    That is a great cause. It’s wonderful that such a small amount of money can give so much. I will go check it out.

  14. Donna-FFW says:

    Melon, prosciutto, turkey bacon holy crap does this sound delicious. I so so so wish I could meet you guys , I am not too far from the city, maybe 1 hour 15 minutes.. maybe next time, give me advanced notice, I need a sitter. Have fun!

  15. Reeni? says:

    This looks so good! I love the sweet flavors with the salty and savory. A really healthy comfort meal!

  16. The combination sounds great. Looks so colourful. The taste must be delicious too!

  17. Kerstin says:

    Turkey bacon and feta are several of my favorite ingredients and adding the cantaloupe is such a great idea! Looks delicious!

  18. I am a pasta addict! Looks really really good! (sans bacon [:)

  19. girlichef says:

    Awesome flavors…lovin’ the bacon mixed in with all that goodness 😀

  20. Miranda says:

    THis looks absolutely incredible. I love every melon there is…LOL

    I am making an asian chicken salad this wk. can I submit that recipe to those sites?

  21. violet says:

    Here’s a Tomato Basil Past Recipe that I hope everyone likes:


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