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The Pacific West includes the only two states that are not part of the contiguous United States, Alaska and Hawaii, plus Washington, Oregon, and California. For centuries, native cultures thrived in the lush, remarkably fertile mainland Pacific Northwest, making the most of the area’s abundant seafood, wildlife and foraged foods, like wild berries, wapato (a tuber that grows submerged in lakes), and mushrooms. Fur traders were the earliest non-native settlers to the area. They planted the West’s first apple trees at Fort Vancouver, Washington, in 1826. (Today, Washington produces more apples than any state in America.) More recently, the Pacific West, receiving inspiration from Asia, Latin America, and the Mediterranean, has been at the vanguard of a culinary movement that focuses on fresh local foods served in season and using preparations that place a light touch on quality ingredients. Sometimes called West Coast Cuisine, other times simply California Cuisine, it is a style and sensibility that has caught on across the country.

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Traditional Creamy Coleslaw

Reviewed on May 2, 2015 by christineservando   view full review
Awesome!! Even my mom Loves it and she says she hates Horseradish. We did not tell her it is...

Chili Rellenos Casserole

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This recipe could be 5 stars with a few changes. I used fresh roasted and peeled Poblano...

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Dressing

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Made this for Thanksgiving and then it was requested for Christmas. I do not add the bacon to...

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