Q Gary, your description of Mrs. Roadshow's shrimp rigatoni — "Man, good doesn't begin to describe it" — really whets my appetite. Is there any chance she might share the recipe or could I come over the next time she fixes it? "... Mrs. Roadshow: Forget about potholes and high gas prices and leave them to Mr. Roadshow. Is your recipe for shrimp rigatoni a secret or are you willing to share? Mr. Roadshow made it sound wonderful! "... This must be good that Gary would even consider running through a slow metering light to get home in time for dinner.
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A Jan says: Here's the rigatoni with shrimp and feta cheese recipe that Gary gets on his birthday, Father's Day and other special dinners. It's adapted from the San Francisco Encore cookbook. We often double the recipe because this is so good when reheated. Enjoy!
Rigatoni with Shrimp and Feta Cheese
5 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds of large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup of dry white wine
2 cups fresh tomatoes, peeled and cubed
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped (or 2 tablespoons dried basil)
1 teaspoon dried crumbled oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper (to taste)
6 ounces of crumbled feta cheese
12 ounces rigatoni
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet. Saute shrimp until they turn pink. Transfer shrimp and pan juices to a baking dish.
Add remaining oil to the skillet. Briefly saute garlic. Add wine and cook for two minutes over high heat. Stir in tomatoes, basil and oregano. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, then sprinkle feta cheese over shrimp. Spoon tomato sauce over all. Cover and bake for 10 minutes.
Cook the rigatoni in a large pot of boiling water until tender but firm. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl.
Add the shrimp-tomato mixture and gently mix with the rigatoni noodles. Serve immediately.
— San Francisco Encore cookbook, adapted by Mrs. Roadshow
Q My wife and I were traveling on Highway 17 and came upon a Volvo SUV traveling well below the speed limit. Upon passing the vehicle, we noticed that the person driving appeared to be texting, which would explain why she was driving so slow. And just last week on Interstate 280, a person driving a Honda Pilot was in the fast lane driving well below the speed limit and weaving back and forth. Upon passing this vehicle, the driver appeared to also be texting. This is incredibly dangerous, and I'm sure you get e-mails all the time regarding this issue. What could my wife and I do the next time we spot someone driving like this?
A A blast of the horn would be so tempting, but not wise. Brandie-the-CHP-Officer says a 911 call would be warranted, "especially since both drivers were either weaving back and forth and impeding traffic by driving way below the posted speed limit. Whether talking on a cell phone, texting, using your laptop or any other device not related to driving, you will be distracted from the task at hand — safe driving. Driving requires 100 percent of your attention."
Q It's not just auto drivers who are texting. Wednesday morning at the Great Mall VTA transit center in Milpitas, I saw a man talking on his mobile phone while driving his wheelchair. He ran straight into a light pole.
Q Seriously. I was walking to the light rail from the bus and he was coming the other direction, and just smacked right into the post.
A Call 911!
Q When the carpool lane is re-striped into an express lane on I-680, what will the rule be on big rigs using the second lane from the right? It can be argued that the freeway has only three lanes, so trucks are restricted to the right lane except to pass. What do you think?
AI think not. Trucks can use both of the far two right lanes on any roadway with four lanes in one direction. It doesn't matter if the left lane is a carpool or toll lane.
Q Your answer about taking Graham Hill Road to get to Henry Cowell Park from Felton was in error. Highway 9 is open south from Felton for about four miles. From Felton, drive south to the park entrance, as driving down Graham Hill will take you away from Felton, although it will get you to the Henry Cowell campground. If coming up from Santa Cruz, the detour sends you up Highway 17 to Scotts Valley, then across on Mount Hermon Road to Felton. They are trying to limit traffic on Graham Hill Road and are listing it for cyclists, although you still can drive it. All businesses in Felton and Santa Cruz on Highway 9 are open and accessible.
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