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The vertical line that forms Nevada’s border with California turns east at Lake Tahoe and runs on a long diagonal for 400 miles down to the northwest corner of Arizona, giving Nevada the vague appearance of a cartoon quote box. The Silver State is perhaps one of the more unlikely places to find some of the swankiest restaurants in the world. After all, Nevada (also called the Sagebrush State) is mostly desert. Early Native inhabitants survived on diets of little more than grasshoppers, berries, pine nuts, seeds, roots, and desert rodents. When the Comstock Lode was discovered in 1859, early prospectors made due with little more than sourdough biscuits. Las Vegas and jet airplanes changed things. Today, some of the world’s most famous chefs have opened restaurants in Vegas, flying in whatever exotic ingredients their extravagant menus require. Quite a change from the dirt-cheap “all you can eat” buffets that once lured hungry gamblers to the city. Well before Vegas rose out of the desert, a large Basque population settled in Nevada to graze sheep. Their culinary influence can still be experienced in the hearty, family-style restaurants in some Nevada towns.

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I am a Working mom wanting to expand my recipe collection. I may want to be a small event caterer when I retire from teaching in the mean time I am experimenting with new things a creating a few recipes of my own. I am about to relocate to the Las vegas Area summer2007 ( due to job layoff and new hiring.) and Having anew baby in July. soo lots of up coming changes ina short time

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Lick-the-Spoon Cilantro Jalapeno Aioli

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I made this for my fish tacos. My husband won't eat fish without tartar sauce and the first...

Chicken Broccoli Ca - Unieng's Style

Reviewed on Mar. 29, 2015 by Cheryl Wrzesinski   view full review
I added fresh ginger and water chestnuts. I omitted the broccoli. Totally yummy per my...

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good, but missing something. I put balsamic vinegar on the bread and it was better.

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