For their annual holiday celebration, the county of York has come up with a new tradition: Christmas in July. The idea is that individuals and businesses can decorate their storefronts to celebrate the holidays all year-round.,
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In a unique manner, the lights and outdoor decorations across town are spreading pleasure. Lights on ranch fences, Santa on a rooftop, reindeer gathering in a front yard, and Christmas songs performed near a manger set all appeal to the “child in me.”
The other night, we went for a walk along Vine Street in Paso Robles simply to look at the lights. It was stunning. Make that trip a priority for yourself.
By obtaining a Holiday Lighting Tour map in Atascadero, you can see all of the holiday decorations in the region.
For directions, go to VisitAtascadero.com/TrailofLights. The tour will be open from 5-8 p.m. till December 25th.
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This Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., don’t miss Holiday Magic at the Charles Paddock Zoo. The animals will be given Christmas presents that the zookeepers and some very special elves have carefully created. VisitAtascadero.com/events for additional information.
The 6th Annual Atascadero Tamale Festival will be held on Jan. 15, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Atascadero. Along with the tamale contest and eating contest, there will be over 20 tamale sellers, the famed Dancing Horses, and the Folkloric Dancers. Mariachi Voces Tapatias, Los Gatos Locos Band, Steppin’ Out Band, Outlaw Mariachi, and Brass Mash will perform live music. It will be a free day of enjoyment for people of all ages.
This week’s recipe is for a lemon tart, which is ideal for the holidays. Two 6-inch round fluted tart pans with detachable bottoms are required.
Lemon Ricotta Tart
2 store-bought (10-inch) pie crusts (Trader Joe’s or Pillsbury are my favorites)
2 cups (1 pound) ricotta made from whole milk, drained
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2 big yolks of eggs
a third cup of sugar
1 lemon zest, grated (about 1 tablespoon)
1 orange zest, grated (about 1 tablespoon)
12 tsp. kosher salt
12 cup pine nuts, roasted
sugar in powdered form
Set aside the pie crusts that have been pressed into the two tart pans. Whisk the ricotta, cream, egg yolks, sugar, lemon zest, orange zest, and salt together in a mixing bowl until smooth. Fill the crusts with the filling. On top, strew pine nuts. To avoid spillage and for easier removal from the oven, place the pans on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes on the center rack of a preheated 375°F oven, until brown and filling is set. Before removing the tarts from the pans, allow them to cool fully. Just before serving, dust with powdered sugar. This recipe serves 8 people.
Note: A few pieces of frosted fruit, such as blueberries or grapes, may be served with tart portions.
Remember to have a cookie party with your small ones, but prepare ahead of time. If you don’t have time to create your own sugar cookies, there are lots of bakery sweets available. There are holiday shapes like stars, bells, and wreaths available. Cover their work surface with a disposable plastic tablecloth after they’ve covered it with icing and sprinkles! Set out several cheese spreaders for them to use to simply spread the frosting. At each child’s station, little dessert or salad-size plastic plates are ideal for storing the icing. It’s a necessary to use food coloring. Also, remember to put on your apron!
Have fun and take advantage of the rain when it arrives.
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