Tomatoes and football | Around About North County

OK, I guess I’m ready for football! We have been watching the tennis Open in New York City and it has been extremely hot and humid back there. I can’t even imagine competing in any sport for three or four hours at a time in that kind of weather!   

I am definitely ready for fall — the colors, the falling leaves, the acorns, the pumpkins, football, of course, and even the tarantulas. Haven’t seen any crossing the road yet, but I’ll let you know when I do. I’m sure the lady tarantulas are waiting. I understand that the male will often travel many miles to find the right mate.

Someone asked me about our tomato plants the other day and I can report that the tomatoes are finally ripening, but only a few at a time. I thought they would ripen all at once, but I was wrong! They have a mind of their own this year. So every day we scout the plants for ripe tomatoes! It’s like a contest.

Here’s another tomato recipe for those of you who want to add to your collection of “what to do with tomatoes.” Several of you commented that you used the recipe I recently included. Thanks for the feedback. Enjoy this new one!

Tomato-Feta Pie


1 pkg. Rolled refrigerated unbaked pie crust (2 crusts)

4 oz. Feta cheese, crumbled

2/3 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

¼ cup mayonnaise (I use Best Foods)

1 egg, separated

1 Tbsp. Chopped fresh oregano

¼ tsp. Freshly cracked black pepper

4 cups assorted tiny tomatoes

1 to 2 Tbsp. Drained capers

½ tsp. Kosher salt


Let pie crusts stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl stir together feta, 2 Tbsp. Of the Parmesan, mayonnaise, egg yolk, oregano, and pepper. Unroll one pastry into a 1½-to-2-qt.

Baking dish. Ease pastry into dish, pressing lightly into bottom and up the sides. Sprinkle crust with remaining Parmesan. Spoon feta mixture into baking dish, spread over Parmesan. Top with tomatoes and capers; sprinkle with salt. Cut remaining pastry into desired shapes (fall leaves?). Overlap shapes over the center of filling. In a small bowl whisk together egg white and 2 tsp water; brush over pastry.

To prevent over-browning, cover the edge of pie with foil. Place a foil-lined baking sheet on the rack below pie in the oven. Bake 35 minutes. Remove foil from pie and bake 45 minutes more or until the crust is golden brown. Cool 2 hours on a wire rack. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Speaking of food, don’t forget the Atascadero Kiwanis “BBQ in a BAG” is today from 4 to 6:30 p.m.  Proceeds will benefit ECHO Homeless Shelter. The “BAG” includes a whole barbecued tri-tip, Ranch beans, green salad, garlic bread and cookies, and can easily serve 4 hungry people.

Tickets are $50 for the “BAG”. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at Glenn’s Repair & Rental, Carquest Auto Parts, and the Chamber of Commerce. No tickets will be available at the Veterans Memorial pick-up location in Atascadero.

Consider purchasing your ticket, picking up a “BBQ in a BAG”, and enjoying a  beautiful evening at the Lake Park with family and friends, all while supporting a wonderful cause.

Just a reminder that the Fiber and Felt Show at ärt/, located at 5806 Traffic Way, in Atascadero will run through Sept. 13. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 12 to 4 p.m.

Artists Kathi Battles, Ellen November, and Debbie Gedayloo have brought their own unique perspective on the use of fiber in artistic expression.

Fiber art is a tactile and visually stimulating medium and the artists have captured the vast possibilities of this art form.

For additional information, contact Marie Ramey at 805-466-3684.

Lastly, I want to apologize for the misspelling of Bonnie Wilkins’ last name in the title of last week’s column. I do not write the heading of my column and I had spelled her name correctly throughout my article. Bonnie was a dear friend and a Quota sister and her passing brought sadness into my life. I had known her since I joined Quota some 20 years ago so I certainly knew the spelling of her name.

I contacted her husband, Bob, to let him know how sorry I was and in his gracious manner, he responded by saying he understood.

I know we are all human and mistakes happen, but this is a reminder that we must always check on the names of people and make certain they are spelled correctly.

Enjoy the weekend. Enjoy the weather. 



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