Recipes from Paso Robles Wine Country: Kiler Ridge Gazpacho

by Audrey Burnam

Looking for a great way to use those delicious tomatoes and cucumbers that are so abundant in our local farmers markets? We have a solution for you! Try this delicious, creamy gazpacho which will become a huge hit with your end-of-summer guests. Remember to use a high quality, local, extra virgin olive oil in the recipe because it really makes a huge difference in the taste and quality. I also recommend heading out to your local Farmer’s Market for some fresh-from-the-garden, organic veggies and fresh, local herbs.

Kiler Ridge Gazpacho

Makes about 4 cups
*Adapted from recipe in Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food, by Mogannam & Gough

1 cup of extra virgin olive oil (we recommend Kiler Ridge Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1/8 cup Spanish Sherry Vinegar
1/2 tsp Tapatio sauce
1 tsp Kosher flaked salt
1 small clove garlic
1/4 medium red onion
Handful of parsley sprigs
Handful of basil leaves
1/4 cucumber (I recommend Armenian or English cucumbers) and a bit extra to use for garnish
3 medium to large and very ripe tomatoes (feel free to mix up all kinds of tomatoes, including heirlooms)

Peel and cut cucumber into chunks. Core and cut tomatoes into chunks. Put olive oil, vinegar, Tapatio sauce, and salt in food processor and blend until mixed (about 30 seconds). Continue blending, and slowly drop vegetables and herbs into the food processor, in the following order: garlic, onion, parsley, Kiler Ridgebasil, cucumber, tomato. Blend until smooth consistency.
Chill for at least 2 hours. This soup will keep in refrigerator for 2-3 days. Serve cold, garnished with chopped cucumber (peeled and seeds removed), and olive oil croutons.

To make croutons: Cut french bread into 3/4” cubes. Put the bread cubes in a large bowl and toss generously with extra virgin olive oil and a little sea salt. Spread bread cubes onto a cookie baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Stir halfway through baking.

Cheers!

Audrey Burnam and Gregg Bone are the co-owners of Kiler Ridge Olive Farm located on the west side of Paso Robles, just two miles from the Downtown Square. Kiler Ridge specializes in Italian varietals of olive trees and produces award-winning, green/grassy and robust extra virgin olive oils.

Classic Films Return to he Big Screen in Paso Robles

Vintage Film Guest blog Bogart w Bacall 2by Chris Weygandt Alba

Classic films return to the big screen twice a year in downtown Paso Robles, thanks to the Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association and the city’s downtown movie complex, Park Cinemas. These Sunday-evening classics, offered in September and February, are hugely popular with vintage movie buffs, boasting a $10 ticket price that includes popcorn and soda pop. It’s for a good cause, too, benefiting the local Main Street program that is devoted to the preservation and vitality of Paso Robles’ historic downtown.

On Sunday, Sept. 9, Main Street’s “Pajama Party” fundraiser features one of the greatest cinema romances of all time: the 1946 film-noir classic “The Big Sleep,” starring Humphrey Bogart and his sizzling new love, Lauren Bacall, in a devious mystery spun by masters Raymond Chandler and Howard Hawks.

“The Big Sleep” ranks in cinematic history as a classic work of film noir. Bogart—rated the greatest male star in the history of American cinema by the American Film Institute—plays the iconic hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe with wicked cleverness, as he weaves through the lurid underbelly of 1940s L.A. glamour in a plot of blackmail, murder, and deceit.

The film is historic for another reason. “The Big Sleep” is Bogart’s second film with young Lauren Bacall, who is about to become his lifelong partner, and before your very eyes, the camera captures the deepening love affair between the icon and the ingénue. After filming wrapped in early 1945, scenes were re-shot and parts of the film revised to capitalize on their chemistry, and they married before the movie was released in 1946.

Seating is limited and advance tickets are advisable because previous events have sold out. They can be purchased in advance only through the Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association. To use a credit card, call the office (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at 805-238-4103, or visit the office at 835 12th St., entering around back in the Norma’s Way alley.

The show begins at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9 at Park Cinemas (1100 Pine St.), but arrive much earlier for best seating. Main Street volunteers will have a table outside the cinema entrance if tickets are still available Sunday evening before showtime.

Chris Weygandt Alba left a magazine career in Southern California a dozen years ago for the greener pastures of her childhood home. Now she writes for a local magazine, profiling the many intriguing characters who make their home in northern San Luis Obispo County.