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The Golden State has emerged as America’s culinary capital. In the late 1970s, California chefs created California cuisine, an innovative hybrid that favors simple preparations using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. It has also benefited from Asian, Mediterranean, and Latin influences. No fad, California cuisine today is an important contemporary culinary approach that has caught on throughout the country. The Golden State can also claim inspiration for many of our favorite foods. Though the hamburger had been around, the illustrous cheeseburger was invented in Pasadena in 1920. Other California creations include the Popsicle, hot fudge sundae, canned fruit cocktail, and French dip sandwich. In the 1930s, Hollywood's Brown Derby restaurant was the birthplace of both the Cobb salad and Shirley Temple. Creamy Green Goddess Dressing was dreamed up by a San Francisco chef in the 1920s. More recently, the fruit smoothie, fish taco, and California sushi roll have come out of the Golden State to nationwide success. Almost all of America’s almonds, walnuts, olives, artichokes, pistachios, and 9 of every 10 bottles of wine that we drink come out of California.

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Home Town: Bakersfield, California, USA
Living In: Cornelius, Oregon, USA
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I love to cook--and cooking is truly relaxing and is my "therapy". I was a home economics major in college and have taught cooking for 30 years. My greatest cooking influence is my Mom (who is now 91) and other home cooks. My favorite cooking experiences have been in cooking with my family, grandkids and people in my cooking classes. I love to cook for others and have dinner parties. I recently complied all my recipes on the computer and generated my own cookbook. I love to be able to take "goodies" to all the neighbors on a regular basis. Trying new recipes is fun and keeps cooking interesting and fun. This web-site is great for trying out new things.

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Cooking Level: Intermediate
Home Town: Vallejo, California, USA
About me: I've been cooking ever since my mother would let me help! Now that I have my own family, its a joy to learn new things and share with others!
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Cooking Level: Intermediate
Home Town: Antioch, California, USA
Living In: Little Elm, Texas, USA
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Home Town: Mojave, California, USA
Living In: Mayfield, Kentucky, USA

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G.G.'s Chocolate Sheet Cake

Reviewed on Jan. 28, 2015 by FrackFamily5   view full review
This cake is very good. Donut double the icing like I did. It's way too much. Lol. You'll get...

Minestrone Soup I

Reviewed on Jan. 28, 2015 by ElizabethB   view full review
Good recipe. Almost exactly how my Italian family makes it. Like some reviews recommended, I...

Tangy Glazed Black Cod

Reviewed on Jan. 28, 2015 by bd.weld   view full review
This glaze works amazingly well on this fish. Next time I will double the glaze and keep the...

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