So, a couple of weeks ago, when it was still, just for the record, OCTOBER, we lucky citizens of the Northeastern part of the United States got treated to a rare mid-autumn snowstorm. Which meant my backyard, which is supposed to look like this….
Instead looked like this.
A fall snowstorm is even crazier than one that happens at the appropriate time of year (which would be WINTER, Mother Nature), because all those lovely autumn leaves turn into snow-catching cups. Which meant that the beautiful orange and red and yellow trees started struggling under all the extra snow. Branches started dropping, trees started falling, power lines went down, and everyone hunkered down inside to wait it out.
Which was nerve-wracking enough, but to make matters worse, it happened on a Saturday. Supermarket Day in my house is Sunday, and Saturday is usually go-out-to-dinner night…but not this Saturday, for obvious reasons. So what did I have hanging around that could be thrown into an October snowstorm supper? Something that relied totally on the gas stove, in the event of power failure?
I had eggs. I had pasta. I had a lone frozen chicken breast, and a bag of frozen peas. I had bacon. I had a hunk of Parmesan cheese.
I was ready for loaded carbonara! Which is basically your regular carbonara – pasta, eggs and bacon – but with extra of chicken and peas and parmesan cheese and a little white wine. You cook the bacon first, and then the chicken cooks in the bacon, and well, you can just imagine the rest.
Take that, inappropriate October snowstorm!
Recipe adapted from Cooks Country